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University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is spread across 5 campuses in southern Denmark. Its main campus is located in Odense, Denmark’s third largest city. This is the campus of our partner organisation. Odense is one of Denmark’s oldest cities. It is the birthplace of H.C. Andersen, and many of its old half-timbered houses have been preserved.

The university has about 30,000 students, and approximately 15% of these are international students.

HVL has been collaborating with SDU for several years in the field of health sciences. This applies especially to knowledge-based practice, systematic reviews, and mobility/physiotherapy.


This is an Erasmus + agreement. As an Erasmus student, you will be participating in the world’s largest exchange programme and can study at good European universities without paying tuition. Through Erasmus+, you will be given an extra grant that provides more money to enjoy your stay.


Classes will generally be in Danish. There is no special language test for students whose native language is a Scandinavian language.


You will not be paying tuition at this institution and will receive the Erasmus+ grant in addition to a grant from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway. You will receive the same financial support from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway as for studies in Norway, in addition to a travel grant. You must pay a semester fee to HVL in order to receive a loan and grant from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway during the exchange period.

Course approval

In order to apply for a student exchange programme, your application must first be approved by the study programme of your faculty. An approved application means that you have been given an academic pre-approval for the course or traineeship you will be doing abroad. The academic pre-approval specifies what you will be doing while you are on an exchange programme and confirms these activities will be fully approved as part of your education plan at HVL.

What can I study?

Master of Physiotherapy

Students who are doing a Master’s in Clinical Physiotherapy may travel to SDU in their 2nd semester and take the module “Evidence-based practice - Critical focus on examinations, interventions and assessment of effect in physiotherapeutic practice”, which begins in February. Contact the academic contact person for more information.


Students who are doing a Master’s in Knowledge-Based Practice may do an exchange programme at SDU for 3-5 months. Contact the academic contact person for more information.

PhD Programme in Health, Function and Participation

Students who have been admitted to the PhD programme in Health, Function and Participation may do a research stay at this institution and receive an Erasmus grant for up to one year. Speak with your advisor and PhD coordinator to find out when it would be best to do the exchange and to determine the length of your stay.