Frequently asked questions from EU and non-EU full degree students 

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 University College is a university of applied sciences, where research-based teaching is combined with practical training in public institutions and private businesses. VIA offers Professional Bachelors Programmes of 210 ECTS.

What is a professional Bachelor's degree?

Each programme consists of 7 semesters, where one semester is an internship (exceptions are AP Degrees in Design, Technology & Business and Marketing Management – these are 4 semesters with a BA top-up of 1.5 semesters. Global Business Engineering is 9 semesters).

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 English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes within health, animation, engineering, business, design, construction and technology. We also offer a variety of exchange programmes and summer/winter schools.

Complete programme overview

Learn more about admission and enrolment

4. Which teaching methods are used at VIA University College?

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. Read more about teaching styles at VIA

Students work very much in groups and individually, and you will often work on real-life projects submitted by businesses. You can see the study activity model for each programme under Facts. See a sample study activity model for Civil Engineering 

5. How does VIA collaborate with the industries in question?

Students work on projects submitted by companies, and VIA offers consultancy services including export of knowhow and tailor-made courses. We help develop public and private professions – in Denmark and around the world. Businesses find skilled employees through the VIA Career Service Centre and the Company Dating events.

Read more under Consultancy services

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

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.

Learn more about exchange opportunities

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. Find a list of housing options in each of our campus cities here:

Housing options

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.

8. What are the costs of studying and living 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.

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.

It is possible to apply for several programmes, but remember to list your favourite programme as your 1st priority. If you choose to change priority, please change it manually on optagelse.dk and inform us of your change at apply@via.dk.

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

10. Which programmes have winter intake?

We offer winter intake for ICT Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architectural Technology & Construction Management.

Non-EU applicants: Application deadline for winter intake is 15 October and payment deadline for is 1 November.

EU applicants: Apply before study start.

The application process for the programmes with study start in February will be handled manually.

Find the application form at the webpage Places available (online as of July)

11. When to pay tuition fees (for non-EU applicants)?

Processing a VISA application takes up to three months, so payment deadlines are very important, as the VISA application process will not be initiated until payments have been registered in our system.

  • Payment deadlines for summer intake are on application (application fee) and 15 May (tuition fee).
  • Deadlines for winter intake are on application (application fee) and 1 November (tuition fee).

Learn more about fees and tuition


12. How do I apply for a VISA?

Non-EU citizens 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, paid the application fee and paid the tuition fee.

You will receive instructions on how to proceed with your visa application.

More information about visa

More information about admissions

13. Do I need to learn the Danish language?

Almost every Dane speaks English, but it is important to learn the Danish language to find jobs, both during and especially after, your studies.

Get more information at laerdansk.dk

15. 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 at the earliest.