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Get to know student life at VIA

Student life at VIA University College

Independence in learning, personal responsibility and freedom characterise the student experience at VIA. 

Student life at VIA

  • A different kind of teaching

    Project-based learning is a part of the educational culture.

    The learning style in Denmark is different from what most international students are familiar with in their home countries. 

    We focus on good communication and dialogue between our students and teachers, project-oriented group work and an international environment, which is part of the students’ personal life education.

    Read more about our teaching style

  • Workload

    You earn credits for every course or project you complete.

    For every course and project that you complete each semester, you earn ECTS credits. ECTS is a standardised European Credit Transfer System created by the European Commission for higher education. 

    Transfer academic credits

    The system enables you to measure and compare your performance and study attainment with those of other students across the European Union and cooperating European countries. 

    This means that you can transfer academic credits between different institutions. This supports greater student mobility. 

    Workload per semester 

    The student workload is a minimum of 30 ECTS credits per semester.

  • Bring your own computer

    Students at VIA are required to bring their own laptop on the first day of school.

    You will need the laptop in class and when writing assignments. 

    If you need to buy a new laptop, we recommend that you do this after your programme starts. That way you can make sure that your new computer has the capacity to run study-related software. 

    We recommend that you buy a laptop with a long battery life. Please note that the technical programmes may have additional hardware demands. 

    The computers located in our classrooms typically run Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    VIA IT provides support on the central IT systems and services provided by VIA. VIA also provides a free Microsoft Office package at the beginning of your studies. 

    Please note that Apple devices are not always fully compatible with the IT used at VIA.

  • International study environment

    The international environment at VIA is a great platform for intercultural understanding.

    An international outlook is a natural and integrated part of our daily lives. 

    Every year more than 2.500 international students from more than 50 different countries attend a programme at one of our schools. 

    This means that the exchange of ideas is not limited to the exchange between Denmark and the international student’s home country, but takes place in a truly international environment represented by students from all over the world. 

    Studying with intercultural understanding 

    Students from many different nationalities meet each other during project work and after classes, where an intercultural understanding is part of the social student life. 

    Cultural differences are greatly appreciated at VIA and we are proud to contribute to the general process of intercultural understanding.

  • Our campuses

    Eight campuses with strong academic environments and many social activities.

    Our programmes are located at eight campuses throughout Western Denmark. They house a broad range of programmes generating multidisciplinarity and facilitating interchanges between our programmes. 

    All of VIA’s campuses are newly built or newly renovated and offer modern facilities for our students. 

    Choose your study location

    You can learn more about housing and the surroundings at our individual campuses on the list below:

  • Denmark as a host country

    Core values in Denmark include freedom for the individual, equality, tolerance and a strong sense of mutual trust.

    Denmark can be seen as a bridge between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. 

    When you live in Denmark, you can enjoy a balanced lifestyle, and have time for both work and leisure.

    While there is a strong respect for the community, there is also a strong emphasis on personal freedom and the opportunity to pursue and fulfil individual potential. 

    Personal freedom and responsibility go hand in hand when you are a student in Denmark. 

    Find more information that can prepare you for your stay in Denmark in our pre-arrival guide for international students


    Read more about Denmark at Study in Denmark's website

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Study environment on Campus Horsens

Mentoring programme for new students

Experienced students are ready to help you thrive as a new student in a new country. 

FAQ from foreign students

Get answers to frequently asked questions about studying at VIA. 

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Study in Denmark

Learn more about what it is like to live and study in Denmark.
Why study abroad?

Information for new students

Everything you need to know to prepare for your stay in Denmark and at VIA.

Experience student life

Take a tour of our brand new campus in downtown Aarhus in this video made by VIA students.