Civil Engineering 

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

Type

Bachelor's degree

Duration

3 ½ years (210 ECTS)

Campus city

Horsens

Study start

August

Internship

20 weeks

About the Civil Engineering study programme

  • 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 the programme 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 four semesters of the programme is fixed. The fifth semester involves an internship. During the sixth and seventh semester you can target your studies within the subject areas of the programme, and in the seventh semester you will write your bachelor project. 

    Courses

    See the VIA Civil Engineering course catalogue

    Information about computer requirements

    We recommend that you acquire a PC with the the appropriate specifications before starting at VIA.

    Read about computer requirements before your programme start (pdf)

     

  • Admission requirements 

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam or
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates
      Danish Admission course for Engineering programmes

    General admission requirements:

    In addition to the admission requirements, all applicants must also meet the following general admission requirements:

    • Mathematics equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*) and
    • Physics equivalent to a Danish B-level (min. 200 hours*) or Geoscience equivalent to a Danish A-level and
    • Chemistry equivalent to a Danish C-level (min. 75 hours*) or Biotechnology equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*) 

    *1 hour = 60 minutes. Study hours during the final three years in upper secondary school.   

    Applicants must have passed the above-mentioned subjects with a minimum average weighted grade of 02. If you are applying with a foreign exam, your grades will be converted into Danish grades.

    Non-Danish applicants must include a copy of the original exam certificate and a transcript of records plus a state-authorised translation of their transcript of records in either Danish or English.

    Admission with special permission

    If you do not fulfil the entry requirements, you can apply for admission with special permission. Read more here. 

    Verification form

    Applicants who hold a non-Danish entry qualification must fill in the verification form in order to verify the hours of instruction of every needed subject during the final three years of upper secondary school as well as last received grade. This helps us convert your qualifications to Danish levels. The verification form must be stamped and signed by your previous school in order to be accepted. The form must be submitted with your application at optagelse.dk.

    Download Verification form (pdf).

    You can visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to find help or to have your qualification evaluated by the Ministry before applying.

    English proficiency certificates 

    All applicants will have to document English equivalent to a Danish B-level with a minimum average weighted grade score of 3.0 (min. 210 hours, 1 hour = 60 minutes during the final three years in upper secondary school). Use the verification form for this. The grades from the applicant’s High School Diploma will be converted into Danish grades.
     
    Please note: In cases where applicants cannot meet the Danish B-level requirement or grade conversion is not possible, the applicant may provide other documentation. Please find an overview of accepted language test certificates and test scores on our page for VIA Language Assessment Centre.

    You may also choose to sit VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e), but you need to be present on Campus. Read more about the VIALAC test.

    Maths syllabus

    Applicants with non-Danish entry qualifications must also fill in the mathematics form by ticking off the topics included/not included in your previous studies.
    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)

    Download Mathematics form (pdf)

    You can visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to find help or to have your qualification evaluated by the Ministry before applying. 

    Conditional acceptance

    Conditional acceptance means that you can apply for admission to the programme even though you do not fulfil the admission requirements at the time of application. Contact the student counsellor for more information. 

    Assessment of your application

    All applications will be evaluated individually. In addition to good exam results from your previous studies, we will also take into account other qualifications, such as:

    • Stays abroad
    • Work experience
    • General motivation

    Credit transfer 

    Students who have completed relevant study activities at an institution of higher education may be allowed to transfer their credits to VIA, which may exempt the student from exams/courses of a study programme. 

    Read more about credit transfer at VIA University College.

    NB: We reserve the right not to create classes in the event of too few applicants.

     

     

  • The programme begins in August.

    Apply online through optagelse.dk. The application portal opens on 1 February every year.

    Fill in the application form and upload relevant documentation to optagelse.dk. 

    Please note that applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must send a signature page from optagelse.dk by e-mail to apply@via.dk before 15 March at 12:00 noon. 
    The area code for the programme is 49410. 

    Application deadlines

    15 March, 12:00 noon

    • All international applicants
    • International and Danish applicants applying on the basis of a vocational education
    • Danish applicants applying on the basis of an international or foreign entry qualification
    • Danish quota 2 applicants and applicants applying for any kind of exemption

    5 July, 12:00 noon

    • Only Danish quota 1 applicants

    Response to your admissions request

    You will receive an answer to your admissions request on 28 July. 
    Should the 28 July fall on a Saturday or Sunday, you will receive an answer to your admissions request the Friday before. 

    Available study places

    Any available study places will be published on VIAs webpage “Available study places” on 28 July. 

    An application form can be found on VIAs webpage “Available study places” on 28 July. Applications for available study places will be handled manually.

    Fee for Non-EU applicants

    Applicants from outside of the EU/EAA who do not hold a valid Danish residence permit, are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before their applications can be processed. The fee is to be paid at the time of application.  

    Please visit the Admission site for further information about how to apply, the application fee, residence and work permits and how to follow your application. 

  • Listed below is an overview of who is eligible for free tuition and who has to pay for tuition themselves. Are you a foreign applicant outside the EU membership, residing in Denmark and already have a Danish residence permit you must attach both your residence card (back and front) as well as your residence letter to your application on optagelse.dk. We need this in order to assess whether you must pay for tuition fee yourself or not. 

    Who is eligible for free tuition?

    • Applicants of a country that is a full member of the EU 
    • Applicants of Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein (EEA countries) or Switzerland
    • Applicants living in Denmark either with a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark or a residence permit with the possibility for permanent residence - noted as “MMF. varigt ophold” on front of the residence card
    • Applicants with a Residence permit as the accompanying child of a non-EU/EEA parent holding a residence permit based on employment (§9a and §9m of the Danish Aliens Act) 
    • Applicants with a temporary residence permit as a refugee on the grounds of family reunification (accompanying child) (§7. subsection 1, and subsection. 2, and § 8, subsection. 1 and 2, of the Danish Aliens Act)
    • Applicants with a temporary residence permit based on the Danish Aliens Act § 9.1, or § 9 c. 1, on the grounds of family reunification to a non-EU/EEA citizen with a residence permit (§ 7, subsection 1 or 2, or § 8, subsection 1 og 2,) 
    • A student on an exchange programme as part of a bilateral agreement with VIA University College

    When do you have to pay for tuition?

    • When you are a foreign applicant, living in Denmark with a temporary residence permit (with no possibility for permanent residence - noted as “MMF. varigt ophold” on the front of the residence card)
    • When you are a foreign applicant with residence outside of Denmark and need a Danish residence permit based on study
    • When you are an applicant with a temporary residence permit as a refugee based on §7, subsection 3 of the Danish Aliens Act

    Open the below pdf to learn more.

    Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (pdf) 

    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. 

    Application fee

    Application is free if you are from a country that is member of the EU. Applicants from all other countries are required to pay an application fee of 100 euro. The application fee must be paid in full when applying for the programme.

    Learn more about the application fee and how to pay 

    Terms and agreements

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

    Applying for a visa

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

  • 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 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.   

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

    Further information: Students on work placement (pdf)

  • 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. 

    Career counselling and events

    Career Service Centre at VIA offers a range of services to students. You can make an appointment at Carrer Service Centre for advice on writing a good CV and Cover Letter, updating your LinkedIn profile and searching for jobs and internships.

    The career centre also organises events where you can meet company representatives face-to-face in order to find a job, internship, project work or a full-time job related to your field of study.

    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 Aalborg University.

  • 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.

  • 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 Monday - Thursday 09:00-13:00 and Friday 10:00-12:00 at: 

    E: stud.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)

    You are also welcome to contact us if you have any general questions about VIA

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

    T: +45 87 55 00 20
    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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