Holding hands

Danielle Scott is an exchange student at VIA Nursing in Denmark

VIA Nursing


Come to VIA Nursing for an international exchange experience and get a global perspective on challenges in the healthcare sector. You can choose between two different exchange programmes.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Healthcare in a global community (Nursing Exchange Programme)

    Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)

    Programme start: Autumn (week 33). Practical studies will require special agreements. NOTE: the nursing exchange is cancelled for the fall semester 2020 due to coronavirus.

    Study location: In the city of Viborg. Read more about Campus Viborg

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Curriculum: Guidelines for “Healthcare in a global community” (pdf)

    Curriculum VIA Nursing (full degree programme)

  • Structure and content

    You can choose between two different nursing exchange programmes.

    As a student at the VIA Nursing Exchange Programme, you can apply for ”Healthcare in a global community” (theory and practice) or for a 100% practical programme at e.g. a hospital or in a home health care setting.

    Both Danish and international students can attend.

    1. “Healthcare in a global community” consists of one semester (19 weeks) with both theoretical and practical studies (30 ECTS). Read more.

    2. The nursing exchange programme can also consist of 100% practical studies in a hospital or in home healthcare setting (typically 10-20 ECTS).

    Contact student counselling for further information.

    Evaluation and exams

    The type of examination used will appear as part of the course descriptions

    Guidance during internships

    When you are on an internship as part of your studies, you will be provided a supervisor at the place where you are performing your internship and a separate academic supervisor as part of the programme. VIA offers regular supervision, evaluation, and assessment.

  • Enrolment

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

    VIA University College expects international students applying to take a portion of their degree course at VIA University College to have already completed part of their degree course at their home university. This would usually be the first year of a B.Sc.

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

    Language requirements

    In order to join the nursing exchange programme 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

    You must apply through our application system.

    Your home institution must have an inter-institutional agreement with VIA University College in order for you to be able to apply for an exchange programme at VIA.

    If an agreement exists, you will be able to fill in the application form. Please be aware that VIA must receive a nomination from your home institution as well.

    Go to the application portal to apply now

  • Fees and tuition

    Usually exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Exchange students pay no tuition fee, if they come from:

    • Institutions which have a Nordplus or 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.
  • Internship

    If your nursing exchange includes practical studies, you are guaranteed a internship. 

    Before you contact VIA, discuss with your home institution which courses you must undertake at VIA University College in order to achieve full credit at your home institution. You will not be paid during your internship.

    In the nursing programme, we also refer to internship by the name “clinical practice.”


    1. “Healthcare in a global community”

    This semester has 6 weeks of clinical practice, and VIA will find an internship for you. Prior to going into clinical practice, students are taught nursing skills in laboratory sessions.

    You can do an internship in:

    • Hospitals
    • In the Danish municipal home healthcare system

    2. The exchange programme with 100% clinical practice

    You can do an unpaid internship in:

    • Hospitals
    • The Danish municipal home healthcare system
    • Psychiatry Mental Health
    • Hospices
  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    It might be helpful for you to talk to a student counsellor if you are not sure what programme is right for you. The student counsellor can help you with:

    • The content of an internship, its length and its structure
    • Guidance on how toqualify for admission, or suggestions for other study opportunities if you are rejected/not admitted.

    Contact a student counsellor for further assistance.

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    Viborg School of Nursing
    Prinsens Allé 2
    DK–8800 Viborg
    E: health@via.dk

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