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. At Global Business Engineering we'll prepare you for a career within the international field of engineering. 


Programme not open for application


Bachelor's degree


4½ years (270 ECTS)

Campus city

Horsens and Aarhus 

Study start



20 weeks

See the Danish Programme

The international Programme Global Business Engineering is no longer open for application.

For Danish speaking students, we offer the Danish bachelor programme of the same name. 

About the Global Business Engineering study programme

  • During the Global Business Engineering programme, you will attend a broad range of courses. The more general ones are going to prepare you for the world of engineering. Alongside this, you will also attend courses, that are directly related to the field of business, communication and exportation. These courses will give you a more specialised profile that makes you stand out compared to students enrolled at other engineering programmes at VIA. At all VIA’s engineering programmes, we have independently from which field you are enrolled at, a focus on sustainability, digitalisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. These are fundamental elements, which we are working with during the entire programme and it will be naturally implemented in the lessons, projects during the semesters and internships.

    Science and technology make up two-thirds of the study programme. Business 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. 

    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) 


  • The courses at the Global Business Engineering programme consist primarily of classroom teaching. Classes are based on project work with emphasis on problem-based learning. Project work is based on concrete cases from real businesses. Your lessons vary between theory and practice. This means, that your will learn academic theories of engineering and how to transfer theories to practical tasks, projects and cases. Project work takes place both individually and in teams. In the early stages of the study programme you will be introduced to your teammates.

    Company visits

    At VIA, we educate engineers in close cooperation with businesses. Therefore, we organise company visits during your studies, at which you can meet fully-trained Global Business Engineers, who will introduce you to their workdays and tasks. By that, you will learn how different companies operate, what the day-to-day tasks are like for a Engineer working in the filed of international business and what you can expect, when you finish your studies.

    Because of the close cooperation with businesses and the insight into the workdays of Global Business Engineers you will get specialised skills which will motivate and dedicate you to your studies.

    Study start

    During the first days of your first semester, you will be introduced to your study programme and the study environment at your new campus. Study start is comprised of both academic introduction to your programme as well as social activities, where you get to know your fellow students.

    As a part of study start, you will meet your lecturers, student counsellors and mentors. They are all ready to answer your questions and tell you about your new study programme. An experienced student from the Global Business Engineering programme will be assigned to you as your mentor and help you settle in your new role as a student at VIA.

    Most of our programmes have study start in the end of August, but the final programme and dates will be announced at VIA’s intranet for students. You will get access to the site if you are enrolled at one our programmes.

    Study environment

    You have the opportunity to emerge yourself in the study environment once you are enrolled.

    At VIA, we have a lot of different associations, which you are more than welcome to join. We have both social, academic and political , or you can join the social life at Friday bars, parties or by playing board games in the afternoon.  

  • Admission requirements 

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

    Specific admission requirements

    In addition to the admission requirements, all applicants must also meet the following Specific 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 A-level with a minimum average weighted grade score of 2.0 (min. 335 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 A-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. 


    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.

  • Programme not open for application. 

  • Whether you need to pay tuition fee or not depends on several criterias. For further information, go to the Tuition Fees page.

    Payment schedule and Payment Terms for Global Business Engineering (pdf)

    Terms and agreements

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

  • 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 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. 

  • With a professional bachelor’s degree in Global Business Engineering you are well prepared for the labour market. At VIA, we educate engineers in close cooperation with the business community. During the entire education you will be in close contact with businesses, which could become your future employers. Practice orientation is the cornerstone of VIA’s study programmes, and it will prepare you for your future work life as an engineer.

    With a professional bachelor’s degree in Global Business Engineering at VIA, you will have a backpack filled with useful skills. You will possess a wide range of engineering skills, personal- and commercial skills and more specialized skills within the fields of industry, communication and international business. Those skills will make you a whole and qualified engineer. Furthermore, as a VIA-engineer you will be prepared for working in teams with colleagues of other backgrounds and thereby colleagues, who possesses different skills and knowledge than you. By that, you are well prepared to be a part of an interdisciplinary team at your future work place.

    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 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 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 coordinators.

  • Questions regarding the programme:

    Contact the student counselling:

    T: +45 87 55 43 20 

    Questions regarding admission: 

    Marlene Sand
    Telefon: 87 55 43 20

    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
    Banegaardsgade 2
    DK - 8700 Horsens
    T: +45 87 55 00 20

    Opening hours

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