Students at Civil Engineering

Get the foundation for a career in the construction industry

At VIA Civil Engineering you will get a solid understanding of the entire construction process and get a chance to work with engineering-related tasks.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 

    Duration of the programme: 3 ½ years (210 ECTS). Full-time course of study. 

    Programme start: February and August. 

    Study location: Horsens. Read more about Campus Horsens 

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    Study curriculum: See the current curriculum (pdf) 

    Executive order: See the executive order (only in Danish) 

    See the Study activity model 

    See average grade and statistics of VIAs programmes (only in Danish)

  • Structure and content

    You will work with engineering-related tasks from the very first day.

    The teaching philosophy at VIA Civil Engineering includes a combination of theory lessons, assignments and project work. You will primarily learn theory through practical assignments, case studies and project work. 

    At VIA Civil Engineering you will be taught how to design and perform construction. In all seven semesters, you will work with projects that become increasingly influenced by your own choices. 

    Content, structure and specialisations 

    The content of the first three semesters of the program is fixed. During the fourth semester, you can choose between two courses of study. The fifth semester involves an internship. During the sixth and seventh semester you can specialise, and in the seventh semester you will write your bachelor thesis. 

    • 1st semester: Building Design - industrial building 
    • 2nd semester: Town Development – infrastructure planning 
    • 3rd semester: Structural Design – larger buildings 
    • 4th semester: Choose between 'Building' or 'Civil Works' in open areas. 
    • 5th semester: Internship 
    • 6th and 7th semester: Specialisations. Here you can choose between 'Structural Design', 'Civil Works' or 'Energy Design'. 
    • 7th semester: Bachelor thesis. 

    Read a description and get an overview of Civil Engineering 1st – 7th semester.

  • Enrolment

    You must have studied mathematics at an advanced level.

    Requirements for Danish students

    Danish students need an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX) or an Access Course for Engineering Education (Adgangskursus til ingeniøruddannelserne) with Mathematics at high advanced level corresponding to a Danish A-level,  Physics B-level, Chemistry C-level and English B-level. 

    You must have passed all subjects with a minimum mark of 02. It is extremely important that you are able to attend courses that are taught and examined in English.

    Quota 2

    The assessment of quota 2 applications is also based on the average grade from qualifying education, relevant vocational diploma and average grade, grades in English and mathematics/business economics, relevant supplementary education and work experience.

    Qualified applicants may be called for a personal interview, if possible.  

    All applications will be evaluated individually. In addition to good exam results from your previous studies, we will also take in to account other qualifications, such as stays abroad, work experience and general motivation.   

    Equivalent qualifications

    Each semester contains a complete and partial learning sequence with its own exams. This means it is possible for students to complete parts of the study programme with documented equivalent qualifications from another Danish or foreign educational institution.  

    Requirements for international students

    • Upper Secondary School Examination Certificates and diplomas. Send a copy of transcript of records translated to English.
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates. 

    The above certificates must provide evidence of Mathematics at high advanced level corresponding to a Danish A-level, Physics B-level and Chemistry C-level (intermediate level with minimum of 2 years at upper secondary level).

    Furthermore, you must fill in the form:
    Math requirements (pdf) 

    If your secondary school mathematics syllabus does not include all topics listed, you may be required to participate in a two-week compulsory mathematics course at VIA University College before study start. 

    Please find more information in:
    The course description (pdf)

    Read more about foreign qualifications for entry to higher education in Denmark

    Documentation of your current English language level

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. VIA University College requires that you have an English level of B2 or higher (According to Common European Frame of Reference).

    As documentation we accept the following internationally recognized language tests and minimum test score:

    IELTS An average band score of 6.0
    TOEFL Internet-based 80
    TOEFL Paper-based 550
    Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, 176 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    FCE, 180 overall on the Cambridge English scale
    IB (International Baccalaureate)
    Group 1: All grades
    Group 2: English B HL, all grades 
    English B SL, minimum grade 5

    Please be aware that your test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date.

    If you are an international student who does not meet the required language skills, you may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e).

    Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand are exempt from the English language admission requirements. 

    Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland do not need to be tested in English for the English speaking study programmes. Their high school diploma will be converted to Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants.

    More information

  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or an international student.

    The programme begins twice a year, in August and February.

    February

    The application process for the programme start in February will be handled manually. Find the application form at this webpage:

    August

    Apply online through optagelse.dk. The application portal opens 1 February every year. Fill out the application form and upload relevant documentation at optagelse.dk.

    The area code for the programme is 49410.    

    Danish Students for the programme beginning in August:

    Quota 1:
    If you have an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX, IB) which fulfils our requirements, the application deadline is 5 July at 12.00 noon.

    Quota 2:
    For applicants with an alternative basis for admission based on an individual assessment (or if you have higher education as a technician, laboratory technician, machinist or shipmaster) the application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

    International Students for the programme beginning in August:

    For all international applicants, the deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

    The VIA School of Business, Technology & Creative Industries must receive your signature page and application before the deadline. Please apply before the deadline at optagelse.dk.

    Signature page

    When you have submitted your digital application(s), you must use the special print icon to print a signature page, which contains a unique Application ID number.

    You must sign and e-mail this signature page for each of the programmes you apply for.

    NB: We cannot see, download and consider your application until this signature page has been received.

    Send the signature page for the application from optagelse.dk to apply@via.dk. If we do not receive this page, we cannot access the application in the system and your application will be lost.

    Documentation

    In order to apply, you must upload the following documents at optagelse.dk:

    Visa application

    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 and you can continue with your visa application.

    Deadline for payment of tuition fee is 15 May (summer intake) and 1 November (winter intake).

    For further information about the visa application rules for non-EU citizens, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

    General rules of admissions

    Before you apply to one of VIA's programmes, you must carefully read the general rules of admissions. If there is a mistake in your application, it is your own responsibility, and it can mean that your application will not be accepted. 

    Read about:   

    • Apply using your NEMid 
    • How you apply for admission under quota 1 and quota 2
    • How you apply for credit transfer 
    • How you apply for individual skill evaluation 
    • How to apply with foreign exam results 
    • How you apply for stand-by 
    • Conditional acceptance to VIA’s programmes

    More about the general rules of admissions.

  • Fees and tuition

    If you are from a country which are a member of the EU, tuition is free.

    Tuition is free if you are: 

    • A Danish citizen
    • A citizen of a country that is a full member of the EU
    • A citizen of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA countries)
    • A refugee/immigrant living in Denmark with a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark. 
    All other students are obliged to pay tuition fees. 

    If you have to pay a tuition fee according to the above, the total fee for the entire programme is EUR 46,000 consisting of: 

    Tuition Fee of EUR 7,500 for each of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 semesters. Tuition fee of EUR 1,000 for the 5th semester.  

    Overview of fees and terms of payment 

    Please download the Payment schedule and Terms of Payment to see the payment deadlines you must follow to get access to the first semester of the programme.

    The prices are fixed for the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration of the study programme, the following semester payments will correspond to the tuition fee at that time. 

    VIA University College reserves the right to change tuition fees every year in October or whenever conditions necessitate such changes. 

    If tuition fee is required, you will always be invoiced directly from VIA University College. No partners are entitled to charge fees on behalf of our institution. 

    If you are asked for additional payments by a VIA University College partner, please let us know. 

    Terms and agreements between partners and VIA University College can be seen in the different contracts under:

    When applying for a visa, remember to include a copy of your admission letter.

  • Internship

    Your internship teaches you things that you can’t learn in a classroom.

    One important aspect of the VIA University College programme is the opportunity to put classroom theories into practice by having one or more periods of internship.  

    No matter what you study, you will have the chance to get practical training in a company or in public administration. There, you can learn things there that can not be taught in a classroom. 

    We have an excellent cooperation with local businesses when it comes to internship. They appreciate the trainees from VIA Civil Engineering. 

    We are now beginning to get the same kind of positive feedback from both foreign-based companies and Danish companies operating abroad. 

    You can either go abroad or stay in Denmark for your internship period. 

    Further information: Students on work placement (pdf)

  • Career guidance

    As a graduate engineer, you can plan and manage all types of projects within the construction industry. 

    As a Civil Engineer, you will have the ability to work in bridge and road construction, port construction, industrial construction, housing or geothermal and solar heating. 

    This means you will have a lot of job opportunities when you graduate. 

    Most graduates are employed by contractors, engineering firms, or turnkey businesses in Denmark or abroad. Many also work for public authorities. 

    Do you want to be self-employed?

    Existing companies are not the only place you can find a job: some structural engineers who graduate from VIA choose to start their own companies. That way you can choose to work with precisely the areas of engineering you find most exciting. 

    Help for your future career 

    VIA Campus Horsens Career Service Centre helps you transition from being a student to being a part of the working world. They offer advice about your options and give you input on salary. They also organise Company Dating, where students and companies meet each other in an informal way. 

    Further education

    When you graduate as a Civil Engineer from VIA University College, you will have an excellent opportunity for further education on a Master’s level abroad as well as in Denmark, for example at Aarhus University, Aalborg University or Technical University of Denmark.

  • International opportunities

    A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective.

    To enrich the study experience and help create cultural diversity on campus, we encourage our students to study abroad. We also welcome foreign students from our partner institutions. 

    At Campus Horsens, we have agreements with approximately 200 institutions in 33 Countries, both in Europe and in the world beyond. 

    This means that you have the opportunity to choose to study for a semester at one of our partner institutions in another country. 

    You may also choose to do your internship in an international company in another part of the world. Both of these options give you the opportunity to experience the way of life in another culture. 

    A study abroad experience also provides global insight and perspective. Today's business world is a global marketplace, so a study abroad experience is something many companies would like to see on your CV. 

    Contact our international coordinators.

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    The student counsellor can help you with:

    • Questions about various VIA study programmes within technology and business
    • Admission requirements, selection criteria and admission procedures. 

    Contact a student counsellor daily 08:00-14:00 at: 

    E: erhverv.info@via.dk
    T: +45 87 55 43 20 (text or call)

    Academic counselling

    To get academic counselling regarding the programmes, contact an academic counsellor who can help you with a more detailed description of your future study programme, optional courses, specialisations etc.: 

    Katrine Steenbach
    E: katr@via.dk
    T: +45 87 55 42 79 (text or call)

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    VIA Civil Engineering
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK - 8700 Horsens 

    T: +45 87 55 40 00
    E: horsens@via.dk 

    Opening hours

    Lines are open:
    Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30
    Friday at 07:45 – 14:30 

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Graduated with honours and newly employed in Niras

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The Civil Engineering Programme is located on Campus Horsens.

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