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Fees and finances

Students at VIA can apply for scholarships to cover some of their living expenses, including insurance.

About fees and finances

  • Application fee for full degree programmes

    Citizens from outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee when applying for one of VIA’s full degree programmes.

    If you are a citizen from outside the EU/EEA and do not hold a valid Danish residence permit, you are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before your application can be processed. For a list of valid Danish residence permits, please see the point regarding tuition fees below.

    Please note that the application fee is required for all our full degree programmes.

    When is the fee to be paid?

    The application fee is to be paid at the time of application for one or more programmes at VIA University College in order to cover the expenses associated with processing your application. You only pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes you apply for.

    Payment deadlines follow application deadlines, otherwise the application will be rejected. See all full degree programmes 

    How do you pay?

    You pay the fee online by following the link below. Please note that your application will not be processed until you have paid the application fee in full and the fee has been registered correctly. 

    Please also note that the online payment form is only accessible within the application deadline.

    Go to the online payment form

    Or, find our admissions guides here

    Will the fee be reimbursed?

    Your application fee will be deducted from your tuition fee for the 1st semester if you accept an offer of admission from VIA University College. 

    If you decide to refuse an offer of admission or if you are not offered admission, your application fee will not be reimbursed.

    If you decide to cancel your application at any time, the application fee will not be reimbursed.

  • Tuition fees

    Full degree and exchange students from the EU and EEA countries study are exempt from paying tuition fee in Denmark.

    Who is eligible for free tuition?

    • An applicant of a country that is a full member of the EU and Switzerland
    • An applicant of Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein (EEA countries)
    • An applicant 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 the 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,)
    • Students on an exchange programme as part of a bilateral agreement with VIA University College

    When do you have to pay tuition?

    • Foreign applicants living in Denmark with temporary residence permit (with no possibility for permanent residence - noted as “MMF. varigt ophold” on the front of the residence card
    • Foreign applicants with residence outside of Denmark and in need of a Danish residence permit based on study
    • Applicants with a temporary residence permit as refugees based on §7, subsection 3 of the Danish Aliens Act

    See tuition fee at the relevant programme

    The annual tuition fee for each programme is listed on the programme’s own web page, but you can get an overview of each programme fee here. Further costs may also apply, and these costs vary from programme to programme.

    Deadline for payment of tuition fee is:

    • Summer intake: 15 May or 1 Juni (Animation programmes)
      Winter intake: 1 November

    Students coming to VIA through a bilateral or exchange agreement are exempt from tuition fees.

  • Scholarships

    As a current student at VIA you can apply for scholarships and grants from VIA's own scholarship scheme.

    Scholarships for highly qualified international students 

    Each year VIA offers a limited number of scholarships for fee-paying international full degree students. The scholarship covers a maximum of 2 full semesters, and it is not possible to apply as a new student as you need to have completed one year of studies at VIA.

    The scholarship is awarded based on a list of carefully selected criteria.

    Please read more about the scholarship in the information sheet.

    How to apply for a scholarship

    The application form will be available on this site from 1 February-15 March 2020.

    Please note: The VIA scholarship scheme is under review. As such, we cannot guarantee that the grants will be available for the next application round covering the academic year 2021-22. Stay updated on this site.   

    If you have any questions, please contact

  • Living expenses

    Denmark has a high standard of living and can thus be an expensive country to study in.

    This budget provides a rough idea of the average monthly expenses for a student.

      EUR DKK 
    Rent   400-500 3000-4000 
    Insurance  30 200 
    Phone, internet, tv   40 300 
    Book and other supplies  40 300 
    Food  200 1500 
    Transport  20 150 
    Other personal expenses  120 1000 
  • The Danish Students' Grants and Loans Scheme (SU)

    If you are not a Danish citizen, you must fulfil some special conditions to receive state education support (SU).

    You may apply for economic support (SU) if:

    • You are a Danish citizen
    • You are citizen of an EU country and have either lived in Denmark for the past five years or have been or are working in Denmark.  

    For further details on the rules and conditions as well as information on how to apply for the scheme, please visit the website of the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Educational Support

    All programmes at VIA have SU counsellors. Contact them for further information. 

    Disability support (SPS)

    If you are disabled and are eligible for the student grants and loan scheme (SU), you can apply for special disability support. 

    This support will cover expenses for any special needs that your particular disability requires, such as computer programmes, special chairs or lamps, or other study-related materials. 

    For further information, please contact the student counsellor at the programme for which you have applied or consider to apply. 

  • Insurance

    Please be aware of adequate insurance under your stay in Denmark.

    We recommend that you take out adequate insurance while studying in Denmark.

    Health insurance 

    Students who have a Danish residence permit and are registered with the municipal civil registration office will be covered by the Danish health insurance scheme 6-8 weeks after their arrival in Denmark. 

    It is strongly recommended that you arrange for health insurance to cover any incidental medical bills for the first 8 weeks of your stay. 

    The Danish health insurance scheme covers free medical care at a general practitioner or, if necessary, at a hospital. Therefore, please be aware that this insurance does not cover the costs of medical evacuation back to your home country, emergency repatriation or personal liability.

    Other insurances

    We recommend that you take out the adequate insurance during stay in Denmark. Please find below a list of insurances that you should look further into.

    • Accident insurance ("ulykkesforsikring")

    Covering the financial consequences of an accident.

    • Third-party liability insurance ("ansvarsforsikring")

    Covering expenses if you have to pay compensation to a third party.

    • Home insurance ("indboforsikring")

    For your personal belongings.

    • Car insurance ("bilforsikring")

    If you bring a car with you, please make sure it is properly insured. Further info on bringing a vehicle with foreign number plates to Denmark.

    Read more about health and safety at Study in Denmark.

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