Interdisciplinary Aspects of Healthy Aging

IARU Summer School 2019

As populations age, we need to understand how to ensure life-course processes that enable older adults to live independently in good health, stay engaged in social relationships within families and communities, and uphold social roles important to well-being.

At this international summer course, you will develop tools for writing a grant application and gain research insight in the field of aging by exploring the aging phenomena through an interdisciplinary lens. Over three weeks in July, you will meet engaged and highly skilled researchers and work with ambitious students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and countries.

The primary objective is to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and research experience in the field of aging to better understand how older people can preserve their vitality and enjoy a robust older age.

The course provides experience with interdisciplinary work and aging research under the supervision of researchers from Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen. The course is offered as part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Courses.

Please read the programme flyer.

On-campus module 1 - 19 July 2019
Exam 19 July 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

You can participate, if you have a bachelor's degree. However, bachelor students in their 3rd or 4th year are welcome to apply. 

You should have a keen interest in aging research and you must be able to read and write English at a scientific level.

How is the course structured?

The course will combine lectures, interdisciplinary workshops, presentations, and project work in groups.

The following objectives will be achieved over three weeks in July 2019.

  • Week one: The main objective is to provide knowledge on the interdisciplinary nature of the aging process and how to evaluate the strengths and limitations of this research field. 
  • Week two: The main objective is to design an interdisciplinary research project. You will work in small groups. 
  • Week three: The main objective is to learn how interdisciplinary research projects are written down and evaluated. In groups, you will write grant proposal, which will be presented and defended in a mock grant evaluation. An individual written proposal will be submitted for evaluation on a pass/fail basis at the end of the course.

Field trips also will be arranged during the three weeks course. 

For inspiration, please read the course schedule from 2018.


  • Professor Rudi Westendorp, UCPH
  • Assistant professor Maarten Rozing, UCPH
  • Assistant professor Claus Desler, UPCH
  • Associate professor Maria Kristiansen, UCPH
  • Associate professor Louise Lafortune, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Nicolas Cherbuin, Australian National University
  • Dr Marco Demaria, University of Groningen

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database.

How do I apply?

You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this webpage.

The online application form is now available. The application deadline was 1 April 2019 but has prolonged until 1 May (only waiting list).

How much is the tuition fee?

You are exempted from payment, if:

You are enrolled at a Danish university and the course is part of your master's programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer from their home institution upon application.

You are a student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH,  and the course has already been approved for your study programme. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of your Erasmus+ exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).

You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.

You are a student from an IARU university with a exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen (UTokyo).

Fee-paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 4,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 6,250 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. Payment details will be provided upon acceptance.

Refund policy

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for the Novo Nordisk International Talent Programme (NNITP) scholarship, if you are incoming students from IARU universities, Harvard University, or University of Sydney.

  • Application deadline is 1 April 2019.

Read about application procedures and the NNITP at International Education & Grants homepage.

Please note, that the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.

Contact information

If you have questions about the course content, please write to

Course administration: Pia Nygaard and Hanne Kracht

Course responsible: Professor Rudi Westendorp


Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

Please study our websites for more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the University of Copenhagen.


IARU Summer School