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Read one or two semesters at our Civil Engineering exchange programme

VIA Civil Engineering


Our programme provides you with skills and knowledge needed to manage structural calculations, drawings, soil mechanics, road design and calculations.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Titel: Civil Engineering Exchange Programme

    Duration of the programme: 1 or 2 semesters (at least 30 ECTS)

    Programme start: February and August

    Academic calendar: Autumn Semester 2019 (pdf)

    Spring Semester 2020 (pdf)

    Study location: Horsens. Read more about Campus Horsens 

    Language: The programme is taught in English 

    See our course catalogue

    Fact sheet: Fact Sheet for Partner Institutions of VIA University College (pdf)

  • Structure and content

    Exchange students must have a total of at least 30 ECTS per semester.

    As an exchange student, you may choose courses from our International Course Catalogue from the link below. Courses have been arranged in course area order:

    You must have a total of at least 30 ECTS credits per semester (a maximum of 35 ECTS credits). A typical exchange student programme consists of 3-4 courses and a project of between 5 and 15 ECTS credits. 

    We recommend that you also take a course in English unless you are a native English speaker. English is taught on various levels, and all exchange students will be tested and placed in the appropriate course.

    You are welcome to choose courses across study programmes, but please double-check with the timetables, as some courses take place at the same time.

    If you can’t find a course with the subject matter you want, please contact our International coordinators:

    Katrine Steenbach
    E: katr@via.dk (academic contents)


    Hanne Miller
    E: hami@via.dk (application procedure).

    They will help you find the right course combination to fit your individual profile.

    Project work

    We recommend that all exchange students do a project. Project work is a way of incorporating real-life contexts into the study programmes. Typically, students work in teams of 2-4 on a problem that they would like to analyse and solve - sometimes in cooperation with a company.

    Staff from the faculties will assist students in forming teams and finding possible ideas for projects. All teams will be assigned one or more supervisors. These supervisors will guide students through their project work.

    Evaluation and exams

    Your learning outcome will be assessed through in-course assignments, tests, presentations and examinations.

    Assessments are based on the following types of examinations:

    • Written or oral examinations
    • In-class tests
    • Oral examination with a project report, and an oral group presentation as the basis of an individual exami-nation
    • Approval of participation in tuition activities according to criteria stipulated in the course description
    • Combinations of the above.

    Examinations are organized as individual tests assessed by external or internal examiners. For external ex-aminations, an external examiner appointed by the Danish Ministry of Education will be called in. For internal examinations, the assessment will be done by lecturers appointed by VIA University College.

    More information about examinations is contained in the course description. 

  • Enrolment

    We ensure that you receive credit at your home university for courses you complete successfully at VIA.

    VIA University College expects international students taking part of their degree course at VIA University College to have already completed part of their degree course at their home university. In most cases, this means the first two years of a B.Sc.

    We work in close cooperation with the students' home universities. This collaboration is to ensure the student receives credit at his or her home university for each course successfully completed at VIA University College.

    A Danish bachelor’s degree

    Students who have completed 2 years = 120 ECTS of study at their home university are permitted to attend the exchange transfer programme at Department of Civil Engineering and be awarded a Danish bachelor degree upon completion of internship and 1 year = 60 ECTS of study in VIA University College.

    The internship must have a duration of at least 20 weeks awarding a full 30 ECTS. The 1 year of study must award 60 ECTS equivalent for a total of 90 ECTS.

    Contact our International coordinators Katrine Steenbach, katr@via.dk or + 45 87 55 42 79 (to discuss the academic content of courses) or Hanne Miller at hami@via.dk or +45 87 55 43 19 (to discuss the application procedure).

    Documentation of your current English language level

    If English is not your first language, you will need to provide documentation of your English language level. VIA University College requires that you have an English level of B2 or higher (certificate is required), as you must be able to understand spoken English when following courses and be able to write assignments and reports in English.

    As documentation, we accept confirmation of a B2 level from your home institution or one of the following internationally recognised language tests: TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or the Cambridge ESOL test. For more information, please see:
    Information about VIA Language Assessment Centre

    Read about credit transfer at VIA University College in Horsens.

  • How to apply

    There are two application deadlines every year in May and November.

    When your home university has nominated you for exchange at VIA School of Business, Technology & Creative Industries, we will send you further information and a link to our online application system. 

    Application deadlines

    • Autumn semester (August to January): 1 May
    • Spring semester (February to June): 1 November

    Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Studies:

    The learning agreement signed by your home institution must be sent to international coordinator Hanne Miller at hami@via.dk 

    Upon receipt of your application

    We will return the signed Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Studies together with an admission letter when we have approved your application.

    Please contact the Housing Department at least two weeks prior to your arrival with information on the time of your arrival (E: adm@drosselbo.com). When you get to Horsens, contact the housing department with regard to your accommodation.

    Read more about accommodation at Campus Horsens. 

    Before your arrival, we will send you information concerning where to go on the first day of class as well as on and activities during the first days.

  • Fees and tuition

    Usually, exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Exchange students pay no tuition fee if they come from:

    • Institutions that have signed 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

    The tuition fee = EUR 7.450 for each semester. 

    Contact our International Coordinators to hear more about your possibilities:

    Katrine Steenbach (academic contents)
    E: katr@via.dk

    Hanne Miller (application procedure)
    E: hami@via.dk

  • Internship

    The internship must have a duration of at least 20 weeks.

    Students having completed 2 years = 120 ECTS of study at their home university may attend the exchange transfer programme at VIA Civil Engineering and be awarded a Danish bachelor degree upon completion of internship and 1 year = 60 ECTS of study in VIA University College.

    The internship must have a duration of at least 20 weeks awarding a full 30 ECTS and the 1 year of study must award 60 ECTS equivalent to a total of 90 ECTS.

    Contact our International Coordinators Katrine Steenbach, katr@via.dk (to discuss the academic content of courses) or Hanne Miller, hami@via.dk or +45 87 55 43 19 (to discuss the application procedure)

    Read more about internships on the website of the bachelor programme in Civil Engineering.

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    If you are not sure which study programme is right for you, it might be helpful for you to talk to a student counsellor.

    Contact our International coordinators:

    Katrine Steenbach (academic content of courses)
    E: katr@via.dk
    T: + 45 87 55 42 79

    Hanne Miller ( application procedure)
    E: hami@via.dk
    T: +45 87 55 43 19

  • Contact

    You are 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
    E: horsens@via.dk

    Opening hours

    Lines are open:

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

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