Frequently asked questions from EU and non-EU full degree students 

See answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from foreign students coming to study at VIA University College. 

1. What is VIA University College?

VIA University College is a university of applied sciences where research-based teaching is combined with practical training in public and private concerns. VIA offers Professional Bachelors Programmes of 210 ECTS.

Each programme consists of 7 semesters, where one semester is an internship (exceptions are AP Degrees in Design, Technology & Business and Marketing Management – these are 4 semesters with a BA top-up of 1.5 semesters. Global Business Engineering is 9 semesters).

2. Is VIA ranked?

No, but Danish university colleges have an official status as research institutions. We follow the same scientific standards as traditional universities but focus on applied research.

Our goal is that, by 2020, 30 per cent of our employees will hold a PhD. We take particular pride in our close collaboration with professional practice. As a result, the knowledge we produce helps solve real challenges for public and private organisations – in Denmark and internationally. 

3. Which programmes can I study in English?

VIA University College offers English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes within Engineering, Business, Design and Construction & Technology. We also offer a variety of exchange programmes and Summer/Winter Schools.

See a complete programme overview

Learn more about admission and enrolment

4. Which teaching methods are used at VIA University College?

We focus on good communication and dialogue between our students and lecturers, project-oriented group work and an international environment, which is part of the students’ own personal life education. Read more about Teaching Styles at VIA

Students work very much in groups and individually, and you will often work on real-life projects submitted by businesses. You can see the study activity model for each programme under Facts. See a sample study activity model for Civil Engineering 

5. How does VIA collaborate with the industries in question?

Students work on projects submitted by companies, and VIA offers consultancy services including export of knowhow and tailor-made courses. We help develop public and private professions – in Denmark and around the world. Businesses find skilled employees through the VIA Career Service Centre and the Company Dating events.

Read more under Consultancy Services

6. Can I take an exchange semester during my studies at VIA?

Yes, of course, you can. We encourage our students to take a semester abroad to gain new insights into and develop international skills, and we accept students from our partner universities. We have many partners around the world, and both students and staff go on exchange.

Learn more about the Exchange opportunities

7. How do I find accommodation?

VIA offers English-taught programmes at three campuses, and you can find the programmes offered and how to find accommodation by following these links 

Sign up for accommodation as soon as you decide to apply – waiting lists can be long.

8. What are the costs of studying and living in Denmark?

EU citizens pay no tuition fees for studying in Denmark, and non-EU citizens pay tuition fees (6-7,500 Euro per semester). Expect to spend 700 – 800 Euro per month or more to cover accommodation, food and books.

9. How and when do I apply?

You apply for higher education in Denmark through the official online portal optagelse.dk You can apply from 1 February – deadline is 15 March.

It is possible to apply for several programmes, but remember to list your favourite programme as your 1st priority. If you choose to change priority, please change it manually on optagelse.dk and inform us at apply@via.dk of your change.

Please note that applications from non-EU applicants will be processed only after payment of a 100 Euro application fee is received.

10. Which programmes have winter intake?

We offer winter intake for ICT Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architectural Technology & Construction Management.

Non-EU applicants: Application deadline for winter intake is 15 October and payment deadline for is 1 November.

EU applicants: Apply before commencement of study.

The application process for the programmes with study start in February will be handled manually.

Find the application form at the webpage Places available (online as of July)

11. When to pay tuition fees (for non-EU applicants)?

Processing a VISA application takes up to three months so payment deadlines are very important as the VISA application process will not be initiated before payments have been registered in our system.

  • Payment deadlines for summer intake are when applying (application fee) and 15 May (tuition fee).
  • Deadlines for winter intake are when applying (application fee) and 1 November (tuition fee).

Learn more about fees and tuition


12. How do I apply for a VISA?

Non-EU citizens need a student VISA to study in Denmark and VIA will initiate the VISA application process as soon as you have applied for the programme, paid the application fee and paid the tuition fee.

You will receive instructions on how to proceed with your VISA application.

Learn more about VISA and admission

13. Do I need to learn the Danish language?

Almost every Dane speaks English, but it is important to learn the Danish language to find jobs, both during and especially after, your studies.

Get more information at laerdansk.dk