Information about VIA Summer School

Everything you need to know before your arrival, on your arrival and during your stay

Before your arrival

  • Acceptance letters and visa

    It is your own responsibility to check if you require a visa

    Acceptance letters

    Confirmation of acceptance will be sent to all accepted students by email to the email you have used when applying for VIA Summer School. If you need a formal acceptance letter, you can always contact us, and we are happy to assist you with this.

    The selection criteria for VIA Summer School courses are first-come, first-served. You will therefore, if you are qualified for the course you have applied for received your acceptance email as soon as possible after we have assessed your application. Please expect a processing period of approximately 2-4 weeks. If you are a fee-paying student you will only receive your formal acceptance email after you have paid the fee for the course.

    NOTE: All courses offered by VIA Summer School or VIA Winter School are dependent upon a minimum number of participants. Otherwise VIA University College reserves the right to cancel the course. Accepted applicants will be informed no later than 1 week after the application deadline. Any fees will be reimbursed.

    Visa

    It is your own responsibility to check with the relevant authorities whether you need a visa to enter Denmark. In case you do need a visa, please let us know after being accepted for a course, and we will issue an invitation letter as well as an official acceptance letter. This will only happen after the payment of the course has been done. In case you do not manage to obtain a visa, we only reimburse the course fee, if you cancel your participation at least 6 weeks in advance. In this case, we will reimburse the course fee.

  • Syllabus, location and litterature

    VIA uses itslearning for course programmes, litterature and other course related information

    Itslearning

    Itslearning is the Learning Management System at VIA University College. Here you will find information from the lecturer and the system can be used during your course to share information related to your course with the lecturer and the other students. Please remember to check your course(s) in Itslearning as soon as possible after receiving your VIA ID, as some courses might have preparations you need to do before the course starts.

    Location and Syllabus

    You will be able to see the syllabus, on-campus location, literature and day to day readings for your course in Itslearning. Please read it carefully. Lecturers expect students to be prepared for the course.

  • Travelling to Denmark

    The easiest way to get to Denmark is by flying and then taking a bus or train to your final destination

    There are three international airports you can fly to in Denmark:

    Copenhagen Airport
    Billund Airport
    Aarhus Airport

    Billund and Aarhus are the closest to all of our campusses, but Copenhagen is the biggest and you might be able to find cheaper tickets to Copenhagen than the others. 

    From Copenhagen Airport you can find the following connections to Aarhus: 
    Connecting flight
    Train
    Bus

    From Billund Airport and Aarhus Airport you can take the bus to Aarhus.

  • Accommodation, fees and living expenses

    VIA Summer School offers international participants help with finding suitable accommodation

    VIA Summer School assists international summer school students in finding places to stay for the duration of theirs course(s), if they apply before May 1.

    We do not have students residences but will provide students who have applied before May 1 with relevant offers on hotel rooms and apartment hotels. 

    We encourage all students to also look for themselves in order to secure accommodation as soon as possible after admission. You can find information about possibilities in Aarhus here hotels, hostels, B&B's or campsites.

    Tuition fees:

    Fees for courses vary from course to course depending on subject, number of ECTS and the length of the course. Fees for individual courses can be found on the course pages. Fee waivers and discounts are available in some cases for students from VIA’s partner universities – see the individual course pages for more information. Only the tuition fee is included in the course fee and all other expenses such as travels, accommodation, meals, books and pocket money is at the student's own expense.

    UK Citizens: Unfortunately we are not able to tell you yet if you have to pay the EU or the NON-EU fee in 2019. This will all depend on the details of the final Brexit agreement. We will monitor the process and give an update as soon as we know more. 

    Cancellation: 

    In case we cancel a course due to insufficient number of applicants all students registered for this course, will be given the opportunity to join another course. In case a student does not wish to join another course, we will reimburse the full amount paid for the course.

    If a student cancels his/her participation in a course, we reimburse the course fee, if the cancellation happens at least 6 weeks before the course starts.

    Living expenses:

    Denmark is an expensive country – but the standard of living is among the highest in the world. However, if you are sensible and follow local habits and economise – such as cycling to and from university and eating at home – life in Denmark should not blow your budget.

    Here are some cost examples to give you an idea of the price level in Denmark:

    Purchase of second-hand bicycle: 250-1,000 DKK

    Cinema ticket: 95 DKK

    Dining out: 200 DKK

    Nightclub entrance: 0-100 DKK

    Beer or a soft drink at a bar/café: 30-50 DKK

    Beer or a soft drink from the supermarket: 5-15 DKK

    Coffee at a café: 30-50 DKK

  • Useful links

    Here you can find more information on Aarhus, Denmark and other aspects related to your stay

    Useful Links

    The Official Portal for Foreigners » www.newtodenmark.dk

    Tourist Guide of Aarhus » www.visitaarhus.com

    Studenterhus Aarhus » www.studenterhusaarhus.dk

    The Official Website of Denmark » www.denmark.dk

    The Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs » www.um.dk

    Study in Denmark » www.studyindenmark.dk

    VisitDenmark – Danish Tourist Board » www.visitdenmark.com

On arrival

  • Arrival and opening hours

    We expect all students to arrive in due time before the course

    VIA Summer School expects international guest students to arrive, register and participate in the welcome event scheduled according to your start date. All courses start at 9.00 on the first day of class.

    Registration for VIA Summer School takes place at:

    VIA University College
    Campus Aarhus C
    Building B
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK-8000 Aarhus C

     

    The opening hours for registration on first day of class are as follows:

    Monday 29 July: 7.30-15.00

    Monday 5 August: 7.30-15.00 


    The dates for the introduction and welcome events are as follows:

    Monday 29 July 15.00-17.00

    Monday 5 August: 15.00-17.00

     

     

  • Registration and first day of class

    All courses start at 9.00 of the first day of class

    Remember to come and register before your class starts (you can do so from 7.30 at the helpdesk). In the email you receive with the programme for your course, it will also be stated in which room your course takes place. Remember to be there before 9.00. All courses starts at 9.00 on day 1.

    Remember to bring your own computer. 

    The VIA Summer School tutors will drop in during the first day and tell you a bit about how to make the most of your stay in Aarhus and at VIA Summer School. 

    Remember to join the welcome celebration at 15.00, where you can meet students from the other courses as well as the VIA Summer School team.

During your stay

  • Help Desk and opening hours

    There will be a help desk where you can get help and ask questions - it is open every day

    The VIA Summer School help desk will be located close to the classrooms and will be open every day. Here you can ask all your questions and get help and advice on all aspects of your stay with VIA. The opening hours are:

    9 to 15.00 on all weekdays.

    If you need to get in touch with us, you can also write to summerschool@via.dk.

  • Facilities on Campus

    Campus Aarhus C is a brand new campus with good and unique facilities

    The campus is spread over five buildings on a total of 46,000 square meters right in the centre of Aarhus. 

    Campus Aarhus C contains

    • Hundreds of spacious teaching and classrooms with the newest technical equipment 
    • Large and bright auditoriums for lectures and speeches 
    • Practice rooms for dance and other forms of movement and with the latest sports equipment 
    • Stages for theatre performances and concerts 
    • A roof top terrace with a basketball/football court with a view of the internationally-famous Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus City Hall and the rest of downtown Aarhus. 
    • Lots of sofa areas for group work and social time plus open environments with high ceilings and big windows to let in the sun 
    • A canteen with good, healthy food 
    • Large student café for socializing, Friday bar and music 
    • A well-equipped library with space for academic immersion 

    Study in the centre of Aarhus 

    The campus is located in the centre of Aarhus with outdoor areas near the river. It is within walking distance to the railway station and bus station.

    Wifi on campus

    VIAs wireless network for students, employees and other users is called 'VIA'. You need to use your VIA ID and your password for VIA's systems to log on.
    The user manual applies to students and external users on locations with access to the wireless network "VIA".

    The user manual can be found here.

     

  • Getting around

    Most Danes bike, but you can also use the yellow city busses or the new light rail

    As you will soon find out, Danes are very fond of bicycles. However, the local bus network is well developed and the yellow city buses will take you all over the city. We also have the new light rail that runs from the city centre to the hospital in the outskirts of the city.

    Rent a bike

    It is possible to rent a bicycle for a shorter stay in Aarhus: Bikes4rent Phone: +45 27 29 06 90 The shop is located a bit outside the city centre but just call them, and they will deliver the bike to the city centre. The price for renting a bike varies depending on the lenght. You can find årices here.

    450 free city bikes in Aarhus

    City Bikes – an alternative method of transportation in Aarhus. The idea behind the free city bike arrangement in Aarhus is to establish an alternative method of transportation for the city’s citizens and the many tourists who visit Aarhus every year. For the benefit of the users, the city, and the environment. The city bikes will be released from one of the 56 city bike parking racks by depositing a 20-kroner coin, which will be returned when the bike is returned by the same principle as the shopping carts of the super markets.

    The local bus system and the light rail

    The city bus network of Aarhus is well developed. The yellow city buses can take you all over the city – from 05:00 to 00:00. There are also night buses on Fridays and Saturdays. Midttrafik is the bus company that runs the yellow buses and on their website you will find the timetables for the different bus routes. One-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine in the bus for DKK 20 or via the Midttrafik app.

    It is also possible to ride the new light rail train. The light rail ticketing works the same way as in the buses and you can also use the Midttrafik app for it.

  • Food and drink

    You can either go to a café or food outlet, or bring your own lunch to class

    On campus

    The obvious choice when you are on campus is the canteen on campus. It offers a vide selection of good and healthy food - both hot and cold dishes, as well as hot and cold drinks and sweets.

    There are also a number of cafes and food outlets near campus for you to buy your meals from during the day.

    If you choose to do lunch ‘the Danish way’, then make your lunch at home and bring it to class. There are plenty of supermarkets throughout our cities for you to buy all the ingredients needed for a delicious packed lunch.

    Cook on your own

    There are a large number of supermarkets all over Aarhus for you to do your daily groceries and cook your own breakfast, dinner, snacks etc.
    The supermarkets vary in price, and the discount options are:

    • Netto
    • Fakta
    • LIDL
    • Aldi
    • Rema 1000

    They offer the same selection of basic food and household cleaning items as the other stores but at a lower price. If you want a larger selection of food (specialities) and other items, you should go to one of the bigger (and sometimes more expensive) supermarkets:

    • Kvickly
    • Føtex
    • Bilka
    • Super Brugsen

    Go out

    You can also choose to go out and eat. There are a number of restaurants and cafes in Aarhus. They cater to all budgets and tastes. You can find more information here.

    Another option is to visit one of the food markets, that has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. They offer a huge selection and variety of budget friendly meals and drinks.