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Join an international semester in engineering and product design

VIA Materials Science & Product Design


Gain useful international experience and get to know more about intercultural communication. You will learn about materials technology, logistics and finance, and different electives within material science and product design.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Materials Science and Product Design Exchange

    Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)

    Programme start: February (Spring semester)

    Study location: Herning. Read more about Campus Herning

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Curriculum: See the latest curriculum (pdf). Please note that exchange is only possible during the fourth semester.

    Fact sheet: Fact Sheet for Partner Institutions of VIA School of Business, Technology and Creative Industries (pdf)

  • Structure and content

    You will primarily learn about Materials Technology, Logistics and Finance

    As an exchange student, you will be joining the fourth semester of our full degree programme Materials Science and Product Designs.

    You can choose between a textile speciality or a furniture speciality during this semester. Please note that we might only be able to offer one of the two specialities depending on the number of students.

    The programme will be taught in English and consist of both international and Danish students.

    The basic subjects and projects are:

    Logistics and Finance - 5 ECTS

    You will acquire basic understanding of the concept of logistics and its main elements. In addition, you will acquire basic understanding of how logistics is handled in a company context.

    You will also acquire conceptual understanding of the role of logistics in a company and in the supply chain.

    Materials Technology (specialty) - 5 ECTS

    For the textile speciality: You will acquire basic knowledge of textile fibres (natural fibres and man-made fibres) leather and fur.

    For the furniture speciality: You will acquire basic knowledge of furniture materials such as metal, wood, plastic, leather and fur.

    In addition, you will acquire basic knowledge of material properties and application.

    Materials technology and processing (speciality) – 5 ECTS

    For the textile speciality: You will acquire a basic knowledge of fibre constructions, woven and nonwoven, fabric constructions, dyeing, printing, coating/lamination, and finishing, including characteristics, possibilities and limitations.

    For the furniture speciality: You will acquire basic knowledge of cutting, metal forming, dyeing, coating, laminating and finishing, including properties, possibilities and limitations.

    Electives within materials and processes /management – 5 ECTS

    You can choose between different electives within materials and process or management.

    Future materials (project) – 10 ECTS

    The purpose of the project is for you to gain knowledge and understanding of innovative materials and technologies and apply development processes and methods.

    Using the theory acquired, you should be able to apply your knowledge of materials, technologies, innovation development processes and methods, sustainability and environmental matters, academic writing, and graphical documentation to a specific development assignment that will form the basis for your Future Materials Project.

    Evaluation and exams

    See more information in the curriculum (pdf)

  • Enrolment

    We expect you to have completed one year of study at your home university before you apply for our exchange programme.

    VIA University College expects international students who wish to take part of their degree course at VIA University College to have completed the first year of their degree course at their home university.

    We work in close cooperation with the students' home universities. This co-operation is to ensure that each course the student completes successfully at VIA University College is credited at the home university.

    Language requirements

    If you wish to become an exchange student in Materials Science and Product Design at VIA University College, you must be able to speak and write English well.

    You must be able to understand spoken English when following courses and also be able to write your homework and other assignments and reports in English.  

  • How to apply

    The application deadline is 1 November of every year.

    Please note that we accept students from universities with whom we have an exchange agreement only.

    When your home university has nominated you for exchange at VIA, we will send you further information and a link to our online application system.

    How to contact us

    If your university does not have a bilateral agreement with our school and you would like to become an exchange student with us, please contact the international coordinators at your home institution and ask them to contact:

    International Coordinator
    Louise Bruun Risvang

    Deadline for nomination

    15 October to begin your studies the following January (the spring semester)

    Deadline for application

    1 November to begin your studies the following January (the spring semester) 

  • Fees and tuition

    Exchange students usually do not pay tuition fees.

    Exchange students pay no tuition fee if they come from:

    • Institutions which have signed a Bilateral Agreement on the exchange of students with VIA University College
    • Countries which are full members of the EU or from Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein

    If you have any questions please contact International Coordinator Louise Bruun Risvang,

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    If you have any questions regarding the exchange please contact:

    International Coordinator
    Louise Bruun Risvang

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us.

    VIA University College
    Birk Centerpark 5
    DK- 7400 Herning

    T: +45 87 55 05 00

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