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Nature, Health and Democracy

Short-term programme of Nature, Health and Democracy, 30 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services

Institution VIA University College
Campus Campus Aarhus C
Duration 4,5 months
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR


This international course focuses on how children, youth and adults can benefit from exploring and experiencing nature and the physical surroundings and heighten their body awareness, pleasure in activity, performance and health, as well as acquire skills for democratic participation and understanding.

The four months course will include:
  • Danish pedagogy and democracy in theory and practice
  • Outdoor approach to the pedagogical practice
  • Health, body and movement in pedagogical practice
  • Practical placement
  • Assessment

Career Opportunities  

Through the course you will develop new techniques:
  • Analytical and critical reflections on pedagogy and pedagogical work
  • Carrying out different kinds of pedagogical activities in nature with children and youth
  • Substantiating and expressing health; the potentials of educational movement, experience, culture and health
  • Developing practical and theoretical know-how about pedagogical work

About the Degree

This course will provide students with relevant knowledge, competencies and skills in order to understand and work with nature, health, body and physical activity.

The course is conducted in English with the following learning situations:
  • Theories and methodology focusing on pedagogy in an outdoor and democratic context
  • Theories and methodology focusing on health, body and life quality in a pedagogic perspective
  • Individual practical placement in a professional setting


All Danish students must complete English at a B-level according to the level system in Danish secondary schools or equivalent proof of English skills.

General requirements in English language (corresponding to Danish B-level):
IELTS - 6.0
TOEFL Internet-based - 80
TOEFL Computer-based - 213
TOEFL Paper-based - 550
Cambridge test - CAE
TOEIC test - 700

Apply through the national electronic admission system, with all relevant documentation.
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact your institution directly. 
A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.
Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement must pay a tuition fee.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at   

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn 2017

Application date
May 01
Start date
Aug 21

Spring 2018

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 05

Campus Aarhus C


This new united campus is the biggest Campus in Denmark within University Colleges. The Campus is 46,000 squaremeters divided in 5 buildings, each with 4-6 floors.
The architecture is breathtaking and has been awarded with an architecturally prize as being one of the 3 most beautiful and best new constructions in Aarhus.
The Campus is situated in the centre of Aarhus, close to everything.

Campus Aarhus C offers 10 different programmes in Danish within the fields of teaching, social education, social work, construction, engineering, business and management and 3 programmes taught and conducted in English within architecture, engineering, business and management. 

  • Students: 6.300
  • International students: 450
  • Employees: 430
Read more about Campus C here.

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