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Admission and enrolment

Do you want to study at VIA University College? Here is what you will need to know about enrolment, visa applications and studying in Denmark.

Information about admissions

  • Rules of admission

    You can apply for admission to any of VIA’s higher educational programmes by filling out an application on optagelse.dk.

    You can apply for admission to any of VIA’s higher educational programme by filling out an application on optagelse.dk

    You can apply with or without a Danish civil registration number. 

    Please note that the application deadlines are:

    • 15 March at 12:00 noon for quota 2
    • 5 July at 12:00 noon for quota 1 

    If you do not know which application deadline applies to you, please contact the student councellors at the study programme(s) at VIA to which you are planning to apply for admission.

    Please read the general rules of admission carefully before you apply for one of VIA's programmes.

    Language requirements

    For language requirements please see the individual programme. 

    The language requirements under each programme will refer to the shared document under the Danish University College Code of Conduct (pdf)

    Admission requirements

    Admission requirements for each programme are listed on the programme’s own web page.

    You are welcome to contact us if you need assistance

    • Get answers to your questions regarding the application procedure by calling +45 87 55 00 00 or e-mailing via@via.dk 
    • Get answers to your study-related questions and questions regarding admission requirements by visiting the web page of the relevant study programme or by contacting the student councellor at the relevant study programme 

    Get an overview of VIA's programmes


  • VISA

    You are required to apply for a visa if you come from a country that is not part of the Schengen agreement. 

    Schengen country citizens are exempt from visa requirements if they choose to study in Denmark. Other international students and visitors are required to apply for a visa. A visa allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days. 

    Please note that if you wish to stay in Denmark for a longer period you must apply for a residence permit before coming to Denmark.

    Please be aware that it does NOT grant you the right to work in Denmark. 

    Check if you need a visa

    You can find a list of countries whose citizens must have a visa to enter Denmark on the Danish Immigration Service's website  

    The Danish embassy or consulate in your home country can also inform you whether you need a visa to enter Denmark.

  • Residence and work permits

    The rules vary depending on the country you come from. 

    Denmark has specific rules regarding residence and work permits that apply to students from other countries. 

    There are three main groups of students:

    • Students from the Nordic countries
    • Students from EU and EEA countries
    • Students from other countries. 

    Non-EU/EAA citizens

    A visa application may take up to three months to process. When you have paid the tuition fee, we will initiate the visa application process.

    See deadlines for payment of tuition fee

    Work as a student

    As an international student in a higher educational programme or a qualifying course approved by the Danish Ministry of Education, you are only allowed to work the number of hours stated in your residence and work permit.

    Read more on the official portal for foreigners, New to Denmark

    More information 

    You can find more information about current procedures, rules and regulations for immigration to Denmark on the following websites:

  • General recommendations

    Exchange students will be offered a place to live, but full degree students are required to find their own accommodation.

    If you are an exchange student at VIA, we will assist you in finding suitable housing. Please contact the international coordinator at the programme in which you have enrolled. 

    Full degree students and housing

    If you are a full degree student, you are required to find your own accommodation for the duration of your study period at VIA. The international coordinator will be able to recommend housing facilities. 

    Please be aware that the options vary depending on which VIA campus you are studying at – please see the list of housing options at our campus-sites 

    Bringing a vehicle to Denmark

    If you are bringing your own car, please be aware of Denmark’s rules and regulations

  • Academic credit system

    VIA uses the academic credit system ECTS.

    VIA uses the academic credit system ECTS and allocates credits to a student on the basis of the expected learning outcomes as outlined in each programme’s regulations. 

    You can find the regulations and curriculum for each programme on the programme's own web page.

    Study abroad

    All of VIA’s higher educational programmes provide students the opportunity to study or do internships abroad. 

    Studies and internships abroad will be credited towards a student’s final diploma.

    Diploma supplement

    VIA automatically and free of charge issues a Diploma supplement in English upon graduation from a Bachelor or Academy Profession Programme.

    The Diploma supplement is an addition to the diploma for higher education and it is meant to make it easier for graduates who wish to work or continue studies abroad.

    The Diploma supplement is developed on the basis of a common EU template and provides you with comprehensive documentation of the programme you have completed. It describes in English the aim, content, length and level of the programme. 

    Example - Diploma Supplement (pdf)

  • Danish grading scale

     The Danish grading scale is compatible with the ECTS-grading system.

    The grading scale is a state-regulated scale used in all institutions of higher education in Denmark. 

    Individual student performance will be measured with respect to the academic requirements for each specific course or subject. 

    The conversion scale below is approved by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

    Grade    Explanation    ECTS 
    12


      For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all
    aspects of relevant material with no or few minor weaknesses.

      A


    10


      For a very good performance displaying a high level of command in most
    aspects of the relevant material, with only few weaknesses.

      B


    7


      For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant
    material, but also some weaknesses.

      C


    4


      For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material,
    but also some major weaknesses.

      D


    02


      For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for
    acceptance.

      E


    0


      For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for
    acceptance.

      F


    -3

      For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects.

      G

    Notes: 

    • The minimum grade for the approval of an exam/assignment is 02.
    • Apart from the 7-point grading scale, pass/fail assessment may also be used.
    • The student’s performance will be assessed according to the academic targets set for the specific subject or course.

    See the Ministerial Order on the grading scale (pdf)

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