Female mechanical engineering student

Generate, develop and design new products

VIA Mechanical Engineering


This programme will get you up to speed with current technological developments and give you the knowledge and tools to influence the technology of the future.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Mechanical Engineering Exchange Programme 

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

    Programme start: February or August

    Academic calendar: 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.

    A typical exchange student programme consists of 3-4 courses and a project worth between 5 and 15 ECTS credits - a total of at least 30 ECTS per semester.
    The students work on projects in teams of three or four.

    Project work 

    All exchange students carry out a project. Project work is a way of incorporating real-life challenges into study programmes. You will typically be working in teams of four to analyze and solve a problem, sometimes in cooperation with a company. 

    Each team will be assigned one or more supervisors. Supervisors will assist you in forming teams and finding possible ideas for projects, and they will guide you through your project work.


    The timetables shows the days and times each course is taught. 

    Please have a look at the timetables to see whether your choice works with the timetable. If it does not, you will have to find alternative courses.

    Evaluation and exams 

    During the course of study there will be a number of tests and exams – both oral and written. Your performance will be assessed by an examiner.

    We have an ongoing dialogue with industry in order to make sure that our programme provides you with the skills and qualifications you will need on the job.

  • Enrolment

    You need a laptop computer and be able to speak English at level B2.

    VIA University College expects you to have completed part of your degree course at your home university. In most cases, this will be the first two years of a B.Sc. 


    You must bring a laptop to all classes at VIA.

    Computer requirements: WIFI connection and ability to run Windows 7 or above.


    • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 
    • Open GL graphics card 
    • Min. 8 GB RAM 
    • 100 GB Free Disc Space 
    • SSD hard disc – 250 GB free disc space 16 GB RAM 
    • INTEL i7processor 
    • Nvidia Quadro graphics card 
    • Full HD 

    A large amount of software is available for free at VIA, so don’t invest in any software before the semester starts.

    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


    If you need further information, please contact our International coordinator:

    Lise Hjerrild
    T: 45 87 55 43 18
    E: lh@via.dk

    More information

    Read about credit transfer

  • 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

    Exchange students usually do not pay tuition fees.

    Exchange students pay no tuition fee if they come from: 

    • Institutions which have signed a Bilateral Agreement on the exchange of students with VIA University College
    • Countries that are full members of the EU or Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein. 
    If you do not fulfil the above criteria, you can contact our International Coordinator: 

    Lise Hjerrild
    T: +45 87 55 43 18
    E: lh@via.dk

  • 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 

    Read more about our student counselling on campus.

    Contact our International coordinator: 

    Lise Hjerrild
    T: +45 87 55 43 18
    E: lh@via.dk

  • Contact

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

    VIA Mechanical 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 

Want to know more?

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Video about the programme

This video shows you what it’s like to be a student in the VIA Mechanical Engineering Programme.

Sport integrates students

There are about 20 different sports to choose from within the VIA Sports Club.

The VIA Band

VIA Band plays in China

The VIA Band will perform small concerts during the Youth Music Festival in Chengdu.