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VIA Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering

At VIA Civil Engineering you will get a solid understanding of the entire construction process and get a chance to work with engineering-related tasks.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 

    Duration of the programme: 3½ years (210 ECTS). Full-time course of study 

    Programme start: August

    Study location: Horsens. Read more about Campus Horsens 

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    Curriculum: See current and former curricula

    Executive order: See the executive order (only in Danish) 

    See the Study activity model 

    See average grade and statistics of VIAs programmes (only in Danish)

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  • Structure and content

    You will work with engineering-related tasks from the very first day.

    The teaching philosophy at VIA Civil Engineering includes a combination of theory lessons, assignments and project work. You will primarily learn theory through practical assignments, case studies and project work. 

    At the programme Civil Engineering you will be taught how to design and perform construction. In all seven semesters, you will work with projects that become increasingly influenced by your own choices. 

    Content, structure and specialisations 

    The content of the first four semesters of the programme is fixed. The fifth semester involves an internship. During the sixth and seventh semester you can target your studies within the subject areas of the programme, and in the seventh semester you will write your bachelor project. 


    See the VIA Civil Engineering course catalogue

    Information about computer requirements

    We recommend that you acquire a PC with the the appropriate specifications before starting at VIA.

    Read about computer requirements before your programme start (pdf)


  • Enrolment

    You must have studied mathematics at an advanced level.

    Admission requirements 

    • Upper secondary school leaving certificate/high school exam or
    • The International and the European Baccalaureates

    The above certificates must provide evidence of:

    • Mathematics equivalent to a Danish A-level (min. 375 hours*) and
    • Physics equivalent to a Danish B-level (min. 200 hours*) and
    • Chemistry equivalent to a Danish C-level (min. 75 hours*) 

    *1 hour = 60 minutes. Study hours during the final three years in upper secondary school.   

    Applicants with a Danish high school exam must have passed the above-mentioned subjects as well as English B-level with a minimum grade of 02.

    Non-Danish applicants must include a copy of the original exam certificate and a transcript of records plus a state-authorised translation of their transcript of records in either Danish or English.

    Verification form

    If study hours are not included in the transcript of records, we will require a verification form. The form is used to verify the hours of instruction of each criterion subject during the final three years of upper secondary school. This helps us convert your qualifications to Danish levels. The verification form must be stamped and signed by your previous school in order to be accepted.
    Download Verification form (pdf).

    Maths syllabus

    Applicants with non-Danish entry qualifications must also fill in the mathematics form by ticking off the topics included/not included in your previous studies.
    If your secondary school mathematics syllabus does not include all topics listed, you may be required to participate in a two-week compulsory mathematics course at VIA University College before study start. Please find more information in the Course description (pdf)

    Download Mathematics form (pdf)

    You can visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science to find help or to have your qualification evaluated by the Ministry before applying. 

    All applications will be evaluated individually. In addition to good exam results from your previous studies, we will also take into account other qualifications, such as:

    • Stays abroad
    • Work experience
    • General motivation

    English proficiency certificates 

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. Please find an overview of accepted language tests and test scores on the page VIA Language Assessment Centre.

    Those exempt from tests are:

    • Applicants who are native speakers or have proof of secondary school education from the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand 
    • Applicants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland (their high school diploma will be converted into Danish grade levels and they will then be assessed and admitted according to the requirements for Danish applicants) 

    You may also choose to sit VIA University College’s English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e), but you need to be present on Campus. Read more about the VIALAC test.

    Please note: From admission 2020 all applicants will have to document English equivalent to a Danish B-level with a minimum grade of 03 (minimum 210 hours, 1 hour = 60 minutes). The grades from the applicants High School Diploma will be converted into Danish grades. Note: only if the requirement of a Danish B-level cannot be met on the High School Diploma or if the grades cannot be converted into Danish grades, the applicant has the opportunity to participate in an English language test in order to meet the required English level. Please find an overview of accepted language test and test scores on the page VIA Language Assessment Centre.

    Credit transfer 

    Students who have completed relevant study activities at an institution of higher education may be allowed to transfer their credits to VIA, which may exempt the student from exams/courses of a study programme. 

    Read more about credit transfer at VIA University College.

    NB: We reserve the right not to create classes in the event of too few applicants.



  • How to apply

    How to apply depends on whether you are a Danish or an international student.

    The programme begins in August.

    Apply online through The application portal opens on 1 February every year.

    Fill in the application form and upload any relevant documentation to 

    Please note that applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must send a signature page from by email to before 15 March at 12:00 noon.

    The area code for the programme is 49410.

    Any available study places will be published on the webpage “Available study places” after 28 July.
    An application form for the August intake can be found on the webpage “Available study places” after 28 July. Applications for available study places will be handled manually.

    Application deadlines

    15 March, 12:00 noon

    • All international applicants
    • International and Danish applicants applying on the basis of a vocational education
    • Danish applicants applying on the basis of an international or foreign entry qualification
    • Danish quota 2 applicants and applicants applying for any kind of exemption

    5 July, 12:00 noon

    • Only Danish quota 1 applicants

    Fee for Non-EU applicants

    Applicants from outside of the EU/EAA who do not hold a valid Danish residence permit, are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before their applications can be processed. The fee is to be paid at the time of application.

    Please visit the Admission site for further information about how to apply, the application fee, residence and work permits and how to follow your application. 

  • Fees and tuition

    If you are from a country which are a member of the EU, tuition is free.

     Applicants from countries outside the EU membership are required to pay an application fee of 100 EUR.

    Tuition is free if you are:

    • A citizen of Denmark
    • A citizen of a country that is a full member of the EU.
    • A citizen of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA countries) or Switzerland.
    • A refugee/immigrant living in Denmark with a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark.
    • A student on an exchange programme as part of a bilateral agreement with VIA University College
    • A citizen who is granted a residence permit under §9c, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act as the accompanying child of a non-Dane with a residency permit issued under section 9a of the Aliens Act

    All other students (primarily from outside the EU) are obliged to pay tuition fees. Open the below pdf to learn more.

    Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (pdf) 

    The prices are fixed for the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration of the study programme, the following semester payments will correspond to the tuition fee at that time. 

    VIA University College reserves the right to change tuition fees every year in October or whenever conditions necessitate such changes. 

    If tuition fee is required, you will always be invoiced directly from VIA University College. No partners are entitled to charge fees on behalf of our institution. 

    If you are asked for additional payments by a VIA University College partner, please let us know. 

    Application fee

    Application is free if you are from a country that is member of the EU. Applicants from all other countries are required to pay an application fee of 100 euro. The application fee must be paid in full when applying for the programme.

    Learn more about the application fee and how to pay 

    Terms and agreements

    Terms and agreements between partners and VIA University College can be seen in the different contracts under:

    When applying for a visa, remember to include a copy of your admission letter.

  • Internship

    Your internship teaches you things that you can’t learn in a classroom.

    One important aspect of the VIA University College programme is the opportunity to put classroom theories into practice by having one or more periods of internship.  

    No matter what you study, you will have the chance to get practical training in a company or in public administration. There, you can learn things that can not be taught in a classroom. 

    We have an excellent cooperation with local businesses when it comes to internship. They appreciate the trainees from VIA Civil Engineering.   

    You can either go abroad or stay in Denmark for your internship period. 

    Further information: Students on work placement (pdf)

  • Career guidance

    As a graduate engineer, you can plan and manage all types of projects within the construction industry. 

    As a Civil Engineer, you will have the ability to work in bridge and road construction, port construction, industrial construction, housing or geothermal and solar heating. 

    This means you will have a lot of job opportunities when you graduate. 

    Most graduates are employed by contractors, engineering firms, or turnkey businesses in Denmark or abroad. Many also work for public authorities. 

    Do you want to be self-employed?

    Existing companies are not the only place you can find a job: some structural engineers who graduate from VIA choose to start their own companies. That way you can choose to work with precisely the areas of engineering you find most exciting. 

    Career counselling and events

    Career Service Centre at VIA offers a range of services to students. You can make an appointment at Carrer Service Centre for advice on writing a good CV and Cover Letter, updating your LinkedIn profile and searching for jobs and internships.

    The career centre also organises events where you can meet company representatives face-to-face in order to find a job, internship, project work or a full-time job related to your field of study.

    Further education

    When you graduate as a Civil Engineer from VIA University College, you will have an excellent opportunity for further education on a Master’s level abroad as well as in Denmark, for example at Aalborg University.

  • International opportunities

    A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective.

    To enrich the study experience and help create cultural diversity on campus, we encourage our students to study abroad. We also welcome foreign students from our partner institutions. 

    At Campus Horsens, we have agreements with approximately 200 institutions in 33 Countries, both in Europe and in the world beyond. 

    This means that you have the opportunity to choose to study for a semester at one of our partner institutions in another country. 

    You may also choose to do your internship in an international company in another part of the world. Both of these options give you the opportunity to experience the way of life in another culture. 

    A study abroad experience also provides global insight and perspective. Today's business world is a global marketplace, so a study abroad experience is something many companies would like to see on your CV. 

    Contact our international coordinators.

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    The student counsellor can help you with:

    • Questions about various VIA study programmes within technology and business
    • Admission requirements, selection criteria and admission procedures. 

    Contact a student counsellor Monday - Thursday 09:00-13:00 and Friday 10:00-12:00 at: 

    T: +45 87 55 43 20 (text or call)

    Academic counselling

    To get academic counselling regarding the programmes, contact an academic counsellor who can help you with a more detailed description of your future study programme, optional courses, specialisations etc.: 

    Katrine Steenbach
    T: +45 87 55 42 79 (text or call)

  • Contact

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

    VIA Civil Engineering
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK - 8700 Horsens 

    T: +45 87 55 40 00

    Opening hours

    Lines are open:
    Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30
    Friday at 07:45 – 14:30 

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Study environment on Campus Horsens

Mentoring programme for new students

Experienced students are ready to help you thrive as a new student in a new country.

Recently graduated with honours and newly employed in Niras

Graduated with honours and newly employed in Niras

Mihhail Samusev graduated as an engineer on a Friday. The following Monday he started his new job.
Students at VIA Horsens

Student life on Campus

The Civil Engineering Programme is located on Campus Horsens.

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Short film about the programme

View a short film that tells how it is to be a student at the Civil Engineering Programme.

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Apply for credit transfer

Credit transfer means that completed courses from your prior education can be accredited.

Career Service Centre

Want to start a career in Denmark?

The Career Service Centre matches businesses with students for project work, internships and jobs.

Meet Dina

Dina is a Civil Engineering graduate. She works as a structural engineer at Boligbeton A/S