Global Business Engineering 

Global Business Engineering focuses on applied science and technology in a unique combination with economics and marketing, as well as languages and culture.


Bachelor's degree


4½ years (270 ECTS)

Campus city

Horsens and Aarhus 

Study start



20 weeks

About the Global Business Engineering study programme

  • Science and technology make up two-thirds of the study programme. Business, language and communication courses make up the last third.

    Teaching is structured around class tutorials, assignments, lab exercises and workshop practice. Classes are small so as to facilitate group discussions and provide more individualised attention.

    Focus is on active student-centred learning, to enable your development of critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

    1st and 2nd semesters: Core engineering, business and communication courses

    During the first two semesters, all students take core courses. These will give you the basic skills you need regardless of your field of interest and future specialisation. Courses include mathematics, applied engineering, global business communication, intercultural business communication and international marketing as well as study skills.

    In both semesters, you will work in teams on a project that combines topics from several courses. A semester project may focus on, for instance, robotics, marketing and communication.

    3rd and 4th semesters: Core and specialisation courses 

    These semesters will build on the previous semesters’ subjects. In the second year of the degree, you will also begin to shape your own engineering profile. 

    You can specialise in either mechanical engineering or software engineering in combination with a number of business and communication courses. You could, for instance, choose specialisation courses within the fields of renewable energy, intelligent mechanics or Java programming.

    Besides engineering, core courses include mathematics, financial management, business economics and innovation. Semester projects may focus on renewable energy or innovation.

    5th and 7th semesters: Core courses, electives and specialisation courses 

    You will study advanced courses within engineering, management & strategy as well as languages. 

    In the 5th semester, the semester project may focus on innovative product development or on the implementation of software systems in combination with marketing. In the 7th semester, you will work on a more comprehensive project, which will prepare you well for the bachelor thesis.

    Please note that from the 5th semester, all courses are taught in Horsens.

    6th semester: Studies abroad or specialisation courses 

    In order for you to gain invaluable international experience and to boost your future career options, we offer you a unique opportunity to study abroad. We recommend that you spend a semester abroad through a student exchange programme. You may also continue your studies in Horsens instead of going abroad. There is a wide range of electives to choose from within the fields of mechanical engineering or software engineering as well as global business development.

    8th semester: Internship 

    During this semester, you will do an internship in a company in Denmark or abroad. The internship gives you the opportunity to acquire invaluable work experience in a challenging environment and to put into practice the knowledge you have gained during your studies.

    9th semester: Electives and Bachelor Thesis 

    You will continue choosing from a wide range of electives depending on your interests and specialisation. In the 9th semester, you will prepare your final project – the Bachelor Thesis. The thesis is challenging and integrates the skills and concepts you have learned during the entire educational programme. The Bachelor Thesis is typically a real-life project for a company, carried out in pairs of two or groups of three students. 

    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 or
    • 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 B-level (min. 250 hours*) and
    • German, French or Spanish equivalent to a Danish C-level (min. 75 hours*) and
    • English equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 335 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

    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 here.

    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 The application portal opens on 1 February every year.

    Fill in the application form and upload relevant documentation to 

    Please note that applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must send a signature page from by e-mail to before 15 March at 12:00 noon. 

    The area code for the programme is:

    • Horsens 49315
    • Aarhus 49317

    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 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 Payment Terms (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. 

    Terms and agreements

    Terms and agreement 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.

  • As a part of this professional bachelor’s degree programme, you are required to do an internship in the 8th semester. This will allow you to practice your engineering skills and other valuable skills such as communication, time and project management, innovation and teamwork.

    A supervisor from VIA will assist you during the internship to ensure a successful outcome.


    Doing an internship is a great way to get first-hand work experience and to gain access to the best graduate jobs.

    Remember that the main reason for companies to recruit students is not just to bring extra skills to a specific project but to view you as a potential hire.

    Where to go?

    You may do the internship in a company of your choice in Denmark or abroad. 

    Recently, students have found placements in countries such as Germany, France, Spain, the USA, Australia and China.

    You may benefit from VIA’s company contacts in your search for an internship. VIA’s Career Service Centre may also assist you in providing contact information for Danish and international companies.

    Duration and pay

    The minimum period allowed for an internship is 20 weeks of full-time work. Some internships are salaried, but there is no obligation for the company to pay a salary. 

  • The hallmark of the programme is the international focus and the inter-disciplinary skills, which will make you attractive to a wide range of companies.

    Global business engineers operate primarily in the industrial market, particularly in the fields of mechanical engineering and software engineering.

    The degree qualifies you to fill managerial positions within design and implementation of technical solutions as well as within marketing and sales.

    Your first job might be as a project manager, export manager or product manager.

    Planning your future career

    The Career Service Centre helps your transition from being a student to being a part of the working world. They offer advice about your career options and organise Company Dating, thus enabling students and companies to hold initial, informal meetings. Read more about the Career Service Centre here.

    Further education

    Following your graduation, you will have the opportunity to complement your bachelor’s degree with a master’s programme in Denmark or abroad. You may also apply for one of the diploma programmes at VIA University College.

    Available programmes:

    Aalborg University: Management Engineering, MSc.

    Aalborg University: Operations and Supply Chain Management, MSc.

    Aarhus University (programme taught in Herning): Technology Based Business Development, MSc.

  • To enrich the study experience and nurture cultural diversity on campus, we encourage our students to study abroad and we welcome foreign students from partner institutions. 

    Many Global Business Engineering students spend the 6th semester abroad through student exchange programmes with one of our international partner institutions.

    Internship abroad

    You may also choose to do your internship at an international company outside of Denmark. Both possibilities give you the opportunity to experience life in another culture.

    Today’s business world is a global marketplace, and so having experience of studying abroad is something many companies would like to see on your CV.

    Contact our International office.

  • 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 our student counsellors’ office Monday - Thursday 09:00-13:00 and Friday 10:00-12:00 at:

    T: +45 87 55 43 20 (Text og call)

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

    Find the contact information for VIA Global business Engineering in Horsens and Aarhus:


    VIA Global Business Engineering
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK - 8700 Horsens
    T: +45 87 55 00 20

    Opening hours

    Lines are open:
    Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30
    Friday at 07:45 – 14:30


    VIA Global Business Engineering
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK - 8000 Aarhus C
    T: +45 87 55 00 10.

    Opening hours

    Lines are open:
    Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30
    Friday at 07:45 – 14:30

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