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Crossing Borders - Social Education

Short-term programme of Crossing Borders, 30 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University College South Denmark
Campus Åbenrå
Duration 5 months
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3500 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Erasmus Yes


“Crossing Borders” is a five-month international course specially designed for both foreign and Danish students.
The course will provide students with skills, knowledge and experiences in order to increase their intercultural competence, their ability to address cultural diversity in educational settings and their ability to describe, analyse and develop educational practice in an intercultural perspective.

With the reflective practitioner as guiding principle the course will facilitate active learning both inside and outside the classroom. Through excursions, fields studies and practical training you will observe and explore pedagogical practice, and in lectures, workshops and group work you will be encouraged to discuss and reflect upon your experiences.

The course focuses on cultural diversity in early years education and will provide knowledge about and understanding of a culturally responsive pedagogy in an international perspective. As part of the overall theme the course will put emphasis on educational institutions serving minorities.

The subjects are:

Cultural Diversity in Education (20 ECTS)
Cultural diversity in education (20 ECTS) Globalisation, migration from all parts of the world and the historical shifting of borders has turned the European map into a patchwork where people with different cultural backgrounds live together. In educational settings, cultural diversity is manifest both as a challenge and a possibility for the educator. This module will focus on cultural diversity as a resource in education and provide the students with knowledge and skills needed for addressing diversity in educational settings. Main themes are: Culture, minorities and identity Intercultural communication and learning Multiculturalism and intercultural analysis Pedagogical theory and practice in an intercultural perspective Cultural production and aesthetic learning Educational development and processes of change Nature and outdoor educational practice The module puts emphasis on the combination of theory and practice. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the field of practice and to participate in group projects aiming at the development of educational practice.

2. Practical Training Period (10 ECTS) 
7 weeks practical training in a Danish kindergarten/school or a kindergarten/school belonging to the German speaking minority in Denmark.

Career opportunities
The short term programme is intended to be part of your education as a social educator or teacher for pre-primary education and primary education.


Students must have sufficient oral and written English language skills.

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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

International Coordinator

Simon Bødker Andersen -

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

Spring & Autumn

Application date
May 01
Start date
Aug 16


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