Find out who we are  

VIA is the largest of Denmark’s seven university colleges. Our programmes, courses and research focus on professional practice in areas such as healthcare, teaching, engineering, business, film and design.

Facts about VIA

VIA in numbers
VIA's programmes combine theory with practical training in public and private companies.

Danish university colleges are universities of applied sciences and offer the majority of the country's professional bachelor degree programmes. VIA's programmes combine research-based teaching with practical training in public and private companies.

VIA has seven campusses in the Central Denmark Region and is headquartered in Aarhus. 


  • 42 professional bachelor degree programmes, of which about half are in English
  • 18,500 students, of which about 2,500 are international
  • 20,000 participants in continuing education
  • 2,000 faculty and staff
  • 18 research and development centres and programmes
  • Exchange of students and faculty
  • Double-degree programmes
  • International summer schools
  • Short and tailor-made courses – in Denmark and internationally
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Consultancy services and export of knowhow
A brief history
The Danish university colleges were established in 2008.

VIA University College was established in 2008 as a result of a number of mergers of institutions of higher education. 

Today, VIA is the largest of the country’s seven university colleges, covering the Central Denmark Region.  

Our name

VIA is not an abbreviation. It's Latin meaning is “by way of”. We see VIA as a station on life’s journey, where students learn and grow before travelling on as professionals ready to contribute to society and make a difference. 

Traditions and internationalisation

Our programmes build on strong Danish traditions for educating students in cooperation with professional practice. Some programmes, like teaching, nursing and social education go back more than 100 years. They still play an important role in developing the worldknown Danish welfare society and creating growth and innovation in private industries. 

As the world becomes more global, VIA increasingly takes an international approach to education and research. Today, almost half of our programmes are taught in English and we offer international double degrees, student and staff exchange, summer schools and research projects. 

Research and collaboration 

In 2013, the Danish university colleges gained official status as research institutions. We follow the same scientific standards as traditional universities but focus on applied research. 

Our goal is that by 2020, 30 percent of our employees will hold a PhD. Already, most students gain experience with research, innovation and development during their studies. 

We take particular pride in our close collaboration with professional practice. As a result, the knowledge we produce helps solve real challenges for public and private organisations – in Denmark and internationally.

Our knowhow builds on Danish educational methods developed over more than 100 years.
Code of conduct
Read our ethical guidelines about recruitment, admission, and courses.

The Code of Conduct outlines ethical guidelines with regard to recruitment, admission and education at VIA University College. 

In addition, the Code of Conduct contains information about the Danish Universities of Applied Science’s joint approach to agents and international partners. 

The Code of Conduct is an ethical and legal binding document for the Danish Universities of Applied Sciences.

Download the code of conduct (pdf).

VIA offers quality-assured educational programmes.

VIA University College is a publicly recognised and state-financed higher educational institution regulated by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. 

Public higher educational institutions in Denmark are regulated by the Act for University Colleges of Higher Education (Act no. 562 of 6 June 2007 with later amendments). The act concerns degree structures, teacher qualifications and examinations. All programmes are accredited by the Danish Accreditation Council. 

VIA is a certified holder of an ERASMUS+ charter. We are a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and hold a Qualification Certificate from the People’s Republic of China. 

We continuously develop our quality assurance procedures in line with international standards and practices. The methods we use in surveys and evaluations are widely acknowledged in the field of social sciences.

Related materials

Annual reports
See VIA's annual report for financial data.

VIA's annual report evaluates the development of VIA's activities and finances over the previous year. 

The annual report includes an abbreviated version of VIA's accounts and includes the most important financial numbers and information.