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Georgia Sing is an exchange student at VIA Nursing in Denmark

VIA Nursing


Come to VIA Nursing for an international exchange experience and get a global perspective on challenges in the healthcare sector. You can choose between two different exchange programmes.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Nursing Exchange Programme

    Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)

    Programme start: Autumn (week 35). Practical studies will require special agreements. See our academic calendar (pdf)

    Study location: In the city of Viborg. Read more about Campus Viborg

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Curriculum: Guidelines for “Healthcare in a global community” (pdf)

    Academic regulations for bachelor in nursing (pdf)

  • Structure and content

    You can choose between two different nursing exchange programmes.

    As a student at the VIA Nursing Exchange Programme, you can choose between ”Healthcare in a global community” (theory and practice) or a 100% practical programme at for example a hospital or in a home healthcare setting.

    Both Danish and international students can attend.

    1. “Healthcare in a global community” consists of one semester (16 weeks) with both theoretical and practical studies (30 ECTS). Read more.

    2. The nursing exchange programme can also consist of 100% practical studies in a hospital or in home healthcare setting (typically 15-30 ECTS).

    Contact student counselling for further information.

    Evaluation and exams

    Your learning outcome will be assessed through in-course assignments, tests, presentations and examinations.

    Assessments are based on the following types of examinations:

    • Written or oral examinations
    • In-class tests
    • Oral examination with a project report and an oral group presentation as the basis of an individual examination
    • Combinations of the above

    Examinations are organized as individual tests assessed by external or internal examiners.

    For external examinations, an external examiner appointed by the Danish Ministry of Education will participate. For internal examinations, lecturers appointed by VIA University College will perform the assessment.

    The type of examination used will appear as part of the course descriptions:

    Course description for “Healthcare in a global community” (pdf)

    Guidance during internships

    When you are on a internship as part of your studies, you will have one supervisor at the place where you are performing your internship and a separate academic supervisor as part of the programme. VIA offers regular supervision, evaluation, and assessment.

  • Enrolment

    We expect you to have already completed one year of study at your home university before you apply for our exchange programme.

    VIA University College expects international students applying to take a portion of their degree course at VIA University College to have already completed part of their degree course at their home university. This would usually be the first year of a B.Sc.

    We work in close cooperation with the students' home universities to ensure that each course the student completes successfully at VIA University College is credited at the home university.

    Language requirements

    In order to join the nursing exchange programme at VIA University College, you must be able to speak and write English well. You must be able to understand spoken English when following courses and also be able to write your homework and other assignments and reports in English.

  • How to apply

    The application deadline depends on which kind of study you are applying for.

    If you would like to apply for an exchange programme at VIA University College, School of Nursing, please do as follows:

    Download the Student Application form (doc) and Learning Agreement (doc) and follow the instructions below:

    • Clearly state the period in which you wish to study
    • Find the courses you would like to take at VIA University College on this homepage, fill in the "Learning Agreement" and discuss with your home institution which courses you must undertake at VIA University College in order to achieve full credit at your home institution.

    Required attachments

    • One page describing why you want to study abroad and which personal objectives you have for the exchange
    • Your academic results until now
    • A statement from the police in your home country showing whether you have any criminal convictions
    • Test for MRSA not more than 1 month old

    Please send the Student Application, Learning Agreement and required attachments, signed by you and your home institution, to health@via.dk

    Application deadlines

    • “Healthcare in a global community”: 1 June
    • The Exchange Programme with 100% practical studies: 1 March or 1 September for the following semester.

    Contact Health Sciences, VIA University College health@via.dk for further information.

    When we have received your application we will

    • Contact you to tell you if you are accepted in our institution
    • Return the signed Student Application and learning agreement together with an offer for when the exchange can take place.

    Before your arrival, you will receive information about where to go on the first day of your studies. One of our current students will receive you upon arrival and take you to your accommodation.

    Read more about accommodation in Viborg.

  • Fees and tuition

    Usually exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Exchange students pay no tuition fee if they come from:

    • Institutions which have a Nordplus or a Bilateral Agreement on the exchange of students with VIA University College

    Countries which are full members of the EU or from Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein.

    If you do not fulfil the above criteria, you can contact Health Sciences, VIA University College at health@via.dk for further information.

  • Internship

    If your nursing exchange includes practical studies, you are guaranteed a internship. 

    If your exchange programme involves practical studies, either in whole or in part, VIA will find a internship for you. You will not be paid during your internship.

    In the nursing programme, we also refer to internship by the name “clinical practice.”

    1. “Healthcare in a global community”

    This semester has 6 weeks of clinical practice. Prior to going into clinical practice, students are taught nursing skills in laboratory sessions.

    The internship is required and unpaid.

    You can do a internship in:

    • Hospitals
    • In the Danish municipal home healthcare system

    2. The exchange programme with 100% clinical practice

    You can do an unpaid internship in:

    • Hospitals
    • The Danish municipal home healthcare system
    • Psychiatry
    • Hospices

    Before you contact VIA, discuss with your home institution which courses you must undertake at VIA University College in order to achieve full credit at your home institution.

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    It might be helpful for you to talk to a student counsellor if you are not sure what programme is right for you. The student counsellor can help you with:

    • The content of an internship, its length and its structure
    • Guidance about how you can qualify for admission, or suggestions for other study opportunities if you are rejected/not admitted.

    Contact Health Sciences, VIA University College health@via.dk for further information.

  • Contact

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

    Viborg School of Nursing
    Prinsens Allé 2
    DK–8800 Viborg
    E: health@via.dk

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    VIA Faculty of Health Sciences
    Hedeager 2
    DK-8200 Aarhus N
    E: health@via.dk 

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