Frequently asked questions

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 is a university of applied sciences, where research-based teaching is combined with practical training in public institutions and private businesses. VIA offers Professional Bachelor's Programmes, Top-up programmes and AP degrees.

Bachelor's programmes consists of 7 semesters/210 ECTS, where one semester is an internship (except AP Degrees with 4 semesters/120 ECTS and a BA top-up of 1.5 semesters/90ECTS. Global Business Engineering is 9 semesters).

What is a professional bachelor's degree

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% 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 more than 40 English-taught programmes from bachelor's degrees to AP degrees, Top-up, exchange and summer school programmes within health, animation, engineering, business, design, construction and technology. 
See all programmes here

4. Which teaching methods are used at VIA?

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.

Students work very much in groups and individually, and you will often work on real-life projects submitted by businesses.
More about the teaching style at VIA

5. How does VIA collaborate with industries?

Students work on projects submitted by companies, and VIA offers continuing education in close collaboration with industries. We help develop public and private professions – in Denmark and around the world. Businesses find skilled employees through the VIA Career Service Centre and Company Dating events.

VIA educates for and with practice, this means that we develop our study programmes in collaboration with industries to make sure that we supply candidates with the skills in demand among employers.

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

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 also welcome students from our partner universities. We have many partners around the world, and both students and staff go on exchange.
VIA's exchange programmes

7. How do I find accommodation?

Exchange students at VIA are offered a place to live, while full degree students are responsible for finding accommodation on their own.

We recommend signing up for housing when you are accepted at the very latest, it is a good idea to start looking already when you apply - waiting lists can be long.
More about housing

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

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

Learn more about tuition fees on the individual study programme's website.
Example of student budget

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 at 12 noon.

You can apply for up to 8 programmes, but remember prioritize them. If you choose to change priority, please change it manually on optagelse.dk  before 5 July at 12 noon and inform us of your change at apply@via.dk. If you wish to apply for a Top-up programme, please consult the programme's webpage.

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

More about admissions

10. Which programmes have winter intake?

We offer winter intake for Software Technology Engineering and Architectural Technology & Construction Management.

All available study places and standby places are awarded on “first-come-first-served” basis.

Non-EU applicants: payment deadline for Tuition Fee is 1 November.

Find available places

11. When do non-EU students pay their tuition fee?

Processing a VISA application takes up to two months. Therefore, payment deadlines are very important, as the application process for a student visa will not be initiated until payment have been registered.

  • Deadline summer: 15 May
  • Deadline winter: 1 November
More on tuition fees

12. How do I apply for a visa?

Non-EU citizens without a valid Danish residence permit which grants access to free tuition paid by the Danish state 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, returned a signed contract and paid the tuition fee.

 

More information about admissions for non-EU citizens

13. Do I need to learn Danish?

Almost every Dane speaks English, but it is important to learn the Danish language to find jobs in Denmark, both during and especially after, your studies.
Lærdansk offers on-campus Danish courses

15 What is SU?

SU is the Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme. In some cases, international students are eligible for SU.

If you wish to apply for SU, please do so online. You can find all relevant information on application and eligibility on www.su.dk.

You can apply for SU one month before you begin your programme.

More about SU for foreign citizens