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VIA Global Business Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering

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

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Global Business Engineering

    Duration of the programme: 4½ years (270 ECTS) full time, including study exchange opportunities and an internship.

    Programme start: August.

    Study location: Horsens or Aarhus (Semesters 1-4 only. From the 5th semester, all courses are taught in Horsens). Read more about Campus Horsens and Campus Aarhus C.

    Language: The programme is taught in English.

    Curriculum: See current and former curricula

    Executive order: See the executive order (only in Danish)

    See the Study Activity model

    See the average grades and statistics about VIAs programmes (only in Danish)

    What is a professional Bachelor's degree?

  • Structure and content

    You will primarily learn theory through practical assignments 

    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, innovation and a second language: German, French, Spanish or Danish. 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)


  • Enrolment

    Get information about the requirements for Danish and international students

    Admission requirements 

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam or
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates

    The above certificates must provide evidence of:

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

    If you are a non-Danish speaking international student, you may choose Danish as your second language instead. 

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

    Applicants with a Danish high school exam must have passed the above-mentioned subjects as well as English A-level with a minimum grade of 02.

    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.

    Verification form

    If study hours are not included in the transcript of records, we will require a verification form. The form is used to verify the hours of instruction of each criterion subject during the final three years of upper secondary school. 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.
    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. 

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

    • Stays abroad
    • Work experience
    • General motivation

    English proficiency certificates 

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. Please find an overview of accepted language tests and test scores on the page VIA Language Assessment Centre

    Those exempt from tests are: 

    - Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand 
    - Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland (their high school diploma will be converted into Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants) 

    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.

    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.

  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or an international student.

    The programme begins in August.

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

    Fill in the application form and upload any relevant documentation to 

    Please note that applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must send a signature page from by email 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

    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. 

  • Fees and tuition

    Here you can get information about application fee and tuition fee.

    Applicants from countries outside the EU membership are required to pay an application fee of 100 EUR.

    Tuition is free if you are:

    • A citizen of Denmark
    • A citizen of a country that is a full member of the EU.
    • A citizen of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA countries) or Switzerland.
    • A refugee/immigrant living in Denmark with a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark.
    • A student on an exchange programme as part of a bilateral agreement with VIA University College
    • A citizen who is granted a residence permit under §9c, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act as the accompanying child of a non-Dane with a residency permit issued under section 9a of the Aliens Act

    All other students (primarily from outside the EU) are obliged to pay tuition fees. Open the below pdf to learn more.

    Payment schedule and Payment Terms (pdf)

    The prices are fixed within the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration, 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 changes.

    VIA University College has partners throughout the world referring students with interest in international experiences to us.

    If tuition fee is required from an applicant, please notice that he/she 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.

    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.

    More information

  • Internship

    Your internhip teaches you things you can’t learn in a classroom.

    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. 

  • Career guidance

    As a graduate, you can look forward to excellent employment prospects worldwide.

    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.

  • International opportunities

    A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective.

    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.

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    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)

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us.

    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 40 00.

    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