VIA University College is Denmark’s largest and most international University College – also known as a university of applied sciences – with a total of 18,500 students of which 2,500 are international students from all over the world.
Their educational programmes cater to new as well as old professions, and belong to a long tradition of high-standard education in Denmark. Some of the programmes are more than 100 years old and have been a contributory factor in shaping the renowned Danish welfare society.
VIA University College covers the Central Denmark Region with a total of eight modern campuses, which all are characterised by a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment where students meet across programmes and faculties. At the campuses, students will have 24/7 access to the modern facilities, a variety of labs and workshops with the latest technology, recreational facilities, accommodation, cafés and lounge areas and in general become a part of a professional and international environment.
VIA is a certified holder of an ERASMUS+ charter. University is a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and holds a Qualification Certificate from the People’s Republic of China. VIA is also Denmark’s only accredited institution by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
VIA offers 17 AP and Bachelor’s degree programmes in English within the areas of business, construction, design and engineering. All of the programmes are developed in close cooperation with relevant industries. As a result, university graduates have unique career opportunities.
Research, development and entrepreneurship are integrated parts of the programmes. For several years, VIA has been named the most entrepreneurial university institution in Denmark with 25% of students participating in innovation activities.
With a Scandinavian approach to teaching, students will experience problem-based learning and group work, participate in research and innovation activities and gain hands-on experience through internships. University offers small-size classes where the students are expected to actively engage and exchange ideas. The teaching environment is informal and based on mutual respect with easy access to lecturers and staff.
The Danish society is a modern, knowledge-based society. The constant search for new knowledge has made Denmark one of the frontrunners in the development and implementation of green technology. Denmark is a world leader in wind power technology. More than 20% of Denmark’s energy already comes from renewable energy, and the goal is to reach 100% by 2050.
Denmark ranks above average in many dimensions in the OECD Better Life Index: work-life balance, social connections, environmental quality, civic engagement, education and skills, jobs and earnings, subjective well-being and personal security.
The high ranking is in part due to the Danish democracy being one of the oldest in the world. This has resulted in a strong tradition of nurturing the equal society both in terms of equal possibilities for men and women. Our unique welfare system ensures education and healthcare for everyone by distribution of wealth through taxes.
In addition, Denmark has some of the world’s best public hospitals and healthcare facilities and a reliable public transportation system. Denmark is therefore a safe destination for your future studies - and career, as the Danish labour market is calling for skilled work and is looking to hire international talents.
Facts about Denmark
- Denmark has 5.5 million inhabitants – 9 out of 10 own bicycles as 36% of adults bike to work, while 45% of children bike to school (Source: Cycling Embassy of Denmark).
- The native language is Danish. However, about 80 % of the population speaks English and many Danes speak a third language.
- Denmark is a part of Scandinavia in the north of Europe. It is a small green country which consists of the Peninsula of Jutland and around 406 islands. In Denmark, you are never more than 50 kilometres away from the sea.
- Denmark has a temperate coastal climate where the average temperature in the summer is 20°C and in the winter around 0°C.
- Denmark is one of the world’s safest, least corrupt countries (with the happiest people in the world – source: 2014 World Happiness Report and Transparency International).
Why choose VIA and Denmark?
- Denmark is one of the world’s safest, least corrupt countries with unique career opportunities
- VIA is Denmark’s largest University College
- VIA has a unique international environment
- VIA offers problem-based learning, entrepreneurship activities and small-size classes
- VIA offers a great variety of student facilities including career services
At university campuses, students will have 24/7 access to the modern and basic facilities such as computer areas and libraries, a variety of labs and workshops with the latest technology, recreational facilities, accommodation close to campus, cafés and lounge areas, career services and in general become a part of a professional and international environment.
Student life in the campus cities
The 17 English degree programmes are located at a total of three campuses in Aarhus, Herning and Horsens.
Campus Aarhus C is home to the following English degree programmes:
- Architectural Technology and Construction Management
- Global Business Engineering
- Value Chain Management
There is no end to the possible ways of spending time in Aarhus. Whether you are interested in art, history or any kind of sports you will find that Aarhus has just what you are looking for.
Being the second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus has many shops, cafés, cinemas and everything else you need to have a good time with your friends. With many parks, forests and beaches, there are plenty of opportunities for going running, mountain biking, sailing or simply enjoying nature.
The city has a plenty of cultural offerings. One example is The Old Town which has been awarded no less than three stars by the Guide Michelin. Another example is ARoS, a world famous museum of modern art.
Campus Herning is home to the following English degree programmes:
- Branding & Marketing Management
- Communication & Media Strategy
- Fashion Design
- Materials Science & Product Design
- Pattern Design
- Purchasing Management
- Retail Design & Management
Herning has many possibilities of exciting leisure time activities.
In the area around VIA Campus Herning, there is a great opportunity to experience art close-up.
Take for example a walk in De Geometriske Haver (The Geometrical Gardens) or climb the Danish/Swedish artist Ingvar Cronhmar’s large sculpture “Elia”.
The Herning region offers many magnificent and unique nature experiences. You can enjoy the heath, as far as the eye can see, walk in the woods, cycle, canoe and go for a swim in the beautiful lakes. With its many museums, sport clubs and beautiful surroundings, Herning is ready to give you fun experiences.
Campus Horsens is home to the following English degree programmes:
- Architectural Technology & Construction Management
- Civil Engineering
- Global Business Engineering
- Information and Communication Technology Engineering
- International Sales & Marketing Management
- Marketing Management
- Mechanical Engineering
- Value Chain Management
- Supply Engineering
Horsens is a vibrant community known for its cultural events, such as the Horsens Medieval Festival and the International Fair for Crime Fiction, as well as its international environment, as 10% of the population are internationals.
The city used to be known for the Horsens Prison, which was transformed in 2006 into the Fængslet
Museum – now a conference and music venue, where bands such as Metallica have performed.
The possibilities of extracurricular activities are nearly endless in Horsens. The city offers a wide range of hobby initiatives and sports clubs. Whether you wish to learn the Danish game of handball or play basketball, football, swimming, fitness, fishing, sailing or other sports, the clubs and associations of Horsens will welcome you.
Accommodation for international students
The many student accommodations in Aarhus are managed by Ungdomsbolig Aarhus, which is a collaboration between Kollegiekontoret in Aarhus, housing associations in Aarhus and the majority of the city’s independent colleges.
A lot of international students live in Skjoldhøjkollegiet and in Ravnsbjerg Kollegiet situated in the western and the southern part of the city, respectively.
These dormitories are both furnished and at affordable prices.
Be sure to apply in good time – even before receiving your letter of admission – as accommodation is always in great demand in Aarhus.
For more information, please visit Ungdomsbolig Aarhus’ website www.studenthousingaarhus.dk
At VIA Campus Herning, you have many options of finding both good and cheap accommodation including:
- Birk Campus (Students’ Village), only a few minutes’ walk from the school. Birk College consists of approx.250 high-quality flats of various sizes and prices.
- Tietgensgade in the centre of Herning. There are 84 flats for young people in the area; these flats are also of a high quality, and of different sizes and prices.
Be sure to sign up to the student accommodation waiting list www.lejehuset.dk – even before receiving your letter of admission. As an extra service, international students can apply through the commuter system. Please contact the international coordinator at VIA Design for further information.
As a student at VIA Campus Horsens, you can apply for a flat at the Campus Student Village, located right next to campus. You can also choose to apply for an apartment in the ’youth city’ of Kamtjatka. Kamtjatka has room for 300 students and is located near the centre of Horsens.
Read more about the apartments at www.drosselbo.com.