International students at Campus Horsens

Combine engineering and business to enhance your career prospects

Global Business Engineering focuses on applied science and technology in a unique combination with economics and marketing, as well as languages and culture.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Global Business Engineering

    Duration of the programme: 4½ years (270 ECTS) full time, including study exchange opportunities and an internship.

    Programme start: August.

    Study location: Horsens or Aarhus (Semesters 1-4 only. From the 5th semester, all courses are taught in Horsens). Read more about Campus Horsens and Campus Aarhus C.

    Language: The programme is taught in English.

    Curriculum: See the current curriculum (pdf)

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

    See the Study Activity model

    See the average grades and statistics about VIAs programmes (only in Danish)

  • Structure and content

    You will primarily learn theory through practical assignments 

    Science and technology make up about two-thirds of the study programme. Business and language courses make up the last third of the programme.

    Teaching is structured around class tutorials, assignments, lab exercises and workshop practice. Classes are small in order to allow group discussions and provide more individualised attention. Focus is on active student-centred learning to develop your critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

    Theory taught in classroom sessions is applied in problem-based projects. This prepares you for the way you will work in industry.

    1st and 2nd semesters: Core engineering and business courses (60 ECTS)

    During the first two semesters, all students take common courses. These will give you the basic skills you need regardless of your field of practice. Courses include mathematics, applied engineering, international marketing and business economics as well as foreign languages and intercultural communication.

    3rd and 4th semesters: Core and specialisation courses (60 ECTS)

    These semesters will build on the previous semester subjects. In the second year of the degree, you will also begin to shape your own engineering profile. You may specialise in either mechanical engineering or ICT engineering. Core courses include mathematics, financial management, business economics as well as global business communication and a second language.

    5th semester: Studies abroad or specialisation courses (30 ECTS)

    In order for you to gain invaluable international experience and to boost your future career options, we offer you a unique opportunity to study abroad. We recommend that you spend at least one semester (usually the fifth) abroad through student exchange programmes. You may also continue your studies in Horsens instead of going abroad.

    Please note that from the 5th semester, all courses are taught in Horsens.

    6th and 7th semesters: Core courses, electives and specialisation courses (60 ECTS)

    You will study advanced courses within engineering, management & strategy, languages as well as personal competences and communication. 

    8th semester: Internship (30 ECTS)

    During this semester, you will do an internship in a company in Denmark or abroad. The internship gives you the opportunity to acquire invaluable work experience in a challenging environment and to put into practice the knowledge you have gained during your studies.

    9th semester: Electives and Bachelor Project (30 ECTS)

    You will continue choosing from a wide range of electives depending on your interests and line of specialisation. In the 9th semester, you will prepare your final project - the Bachelor Project. The project is challenging and integrates the skills and concepts you have learned during the programme.

    Course catalogue

    The VIA Global Business Engineering programme offers a wide variety of courses every semester.

  • Enrolment

    Get information about the requirements for Danish and international students

    Requirements for Danish students

    Danish students need an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX) with A-level English (the levels referred to on this page refer the Danish levels) and C-level German, French or Spanish. You must have passed English with a minimum mark of 02.

    You can also apply if you have a vocational education as a technician, laboratory technician, machinist or shipmaster. You must have passed A-level English and C-level German, French or Spanish regardless of your educational background.

    There are no mathematics admission requirements but we recommend a B level.

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

    Quota 2

    The assessment of Quota 2 applications is also based on the average grade from your qualifying education, relevant vocational diploma, grades in English and a second foreign language, relevant supplementary education and work experience. Qualified applicants may be called for a personal interview, if possible.

    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 a level in a second foreign language corresponding to a Danish C level (elementary level A2, minimum of one year at upper secondary level). A minimum mathematics level corresponding to a Danish B level is recommended.

    If you are a non-Danish speaking international student, you may choose Danish as your second language instead of French/German/Spanish.

    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 C1 or higher (certificate is required). 

    As documentation we accept the following internationally recognized language tests: the TOEFL test, the TOEIC test, the IELTS test or the Cambridge ESOL test.

    Required test scores:
    IELTS 7.0 in all bands
    TOEFL iBT 100
    TOEFL PBT 600
    Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, A grade or CPE, C grade (or higher)
    TOEIC 780
    IB (International Baccalaureate)

    Group 1: Minimun grade 6

    Group 2: English B HL, minimum grade 6

    You may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e). Find further information about 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.

    Read about credit transfer at VIA University College.

  • How to apply

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

    The programme begins in August.

    Apply online through

    The application portal opens 1 February. Fill out the application form and upload relevant documentation at

    The area code for the Global Business Engineering-programme in Horsens is 49315.

    The area code for the Global Business Engineering-programme in Aarhus is 49317

    Danish students

    Quota 1

    If you have an Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (STX, HF, HHX, HTX, EUX, IB) which fulfills the 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, the application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

    International students

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

    The VIA School of Business, Technology & Creative Industries must receive the signature page and application before the deadline.

    Please apply before the deadline at

    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 to If we do not receive this page, we cannot access the application in the KOT system, and your application will be lost.


    In order to apply you must upload the following documents at

    Application process for non EU/EØS applicants

    The applicants from non EU/EØS countries do not need to apply online through The application process will be handled manually and the application form is available here:

    Download the application form (pdf).

    The application form together with all relevant documents needs to be sent to

    Application deadline

    For summer intake no later than 15 March.

    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 1 June (summer 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

    Here you can get information about tuition fee and more.

    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.

    The total fee for the entire programme is EUR 61,000 corresponding to:

    Semesters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9: EUR 7,500 per semester.

    Semester 8 (Internhip): EUR 1,000.

    Overview of fees and terms of payment

    Please enter Payment schedule and Payment Terms (pdf) for further details.

    The prices are fixed within the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration, 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 changes.

    VIA University College has partners throughout the world referring students with interest in international experiences to us.

    If tuition fee is required from an applicant, please notice that he/she 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 Code of Conduct (pdf). 

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

    Read more about fees and finances.

  • Internship

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

    Experience the working world

    Doing an internship is a great way to get first-hand work experience and to gain access to the best graduate jobs.

    As a part of this professional bachelor's degree programme, you are required to do an internship in the 8th semester. This will allow you to apply theory to real-world business tasks and also to practice a number of valuable skills such as communication, time and project management, innovation and teamwork.


    You will benefit from working in a real-life engineering environment and gain professional experience relevant to your future career as a Global Business Engineer.

    The internship will also improve your employability, as work-readiness is a top priority to employers when they look for graduates to fill vacancies.

    Remember that the main reason for companies to recruit students is not just to bring extra skills to a specific project but to view you as a potential hire.

    Where should you do your internship?

    You may do the internship in a company of your choice in Denmark or abroad. Recently, students have found placements in countries such as Germany, France, Spain, the USA, Australia and China.

    Duration and pay

    The minimum period allowed for an internship is 20 weeks of full-time work. Some internships are salaried, but there is no obligation for the company to pay a salary. 

    Further information: Students on work placement (pdf).

  • Career guidance

    As a graduate, you can look forward to excellent employment prospects worldwide.

    The hallmark of the programme is the international focus and the inter-disciplinary skills which will make you attractive to a wide range of companies.

    Global business engineers operate primarily in the industrial market, especially in mechanical and IT-related industries.

    The degree qualifies you to fill managerial positions within design and implementation of technical solutions, as well as within marketing and sales.

    Your first job might be as a project manager, export manager, product manager or marketing coordinator.

    Help transitioning towards a career

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

    Further education

    Following your graduation, you can complement your bachelor’s degree with a master’s programme at Danish universities or business schools. The terms of admission vary depending on the specific programmes.

    You may also apply for one of the diploma programmes at VIA University College.

    Double-degree programmes 

    Our double-degree programme also offers the possibility of obtaining two degrees in about the same time as it would take to do one separate degree.

  • International opportunities

    A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective.

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

    VIA University College have coorperation agreements with approximately 200 institutions in 33 countries in Europe as well as overseas.

    This means that you have the opportunity to choose to study, for instance, for one 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 possibilities give you the opportunity to experience the way of life in another culture.

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

    Contact our International office.

  • 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 our student counsellors’ office daily 08:00-14:00 at: or text/call +45 87 55 43 20. 

  • Contact


    VIA Global Business Engineering
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK - 8700 Horsens
    T: +45 87 55 40 00.

    Opening hours:

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

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    VIA Global Business Engineering
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK - 8000 Aarhus C
    T: +45 87 55 00 10.

    Opening hours:

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

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