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VIA Mechanical Engineering  

Bachelor of 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


Title: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering 

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

Programme start: August. 

Study location: Horsens. Read about Campus Horsens (in English).

Language: The programme is taught in English 

Curriculum: See the current curriculum (in English) (pdf). 

Structure and content
From the very first day, you will learn both theory and practice.

The mechanical engineer degree programme is professionally oriented and structured. In the course of the programme, you will work on project themes in close cooperation with industrial, automation, energy and environmental companies. 

The group of compulsory courses from 1st to 4th semester is rather large, and the corresponding project work requires systematic problem solving that demands idea generation, design, calculation and management of a larger development project. You will also be required to perform investment analysis and cost calculation. 

The first to the fourth semester are structured around 12 weeks class of instruction followed by three weeks of project work. You will learn both academic theories of engineering and how to set theories into a practical, concrete context. The project work takes place in teams of four to five students. 

1st semester: Product Development and Design of Mechanical Equipment

During the first 12 weeks, courses include basic engineering subjects such as mechanics, materials technology, machine elements, design, product development, CAD, oral and written communication. The technical courses are taught partly as traditional classroom courses and partly as project work. 

2nd semester: Engineering with focus on Analytical Methods 

During the 2nd semester, you will continue to learn about basic engineering. This includes an extension to 1st semester courses in mechanics, materials and machine elements and the introduction of new courses in mathematics, dynamics, electrical engineering and project planning. The focus is on integrating Applied Science - the application of mathematics, physics and mechanics - in order to analyze, describe and solve a self-chosen problem. 

3rd semester: Machine System Design, Dynamics and Dimensioning 

Your basic engineering courses during the 3rd semester include dynamics, mathematics, pneumatics, hydraulics, transmissions, thermodynamics and innovative processes. Once again, the semester integrates the necessary disciplines in order to solve a specific problem. You will be able to describe and solve real-life projects. 

4th semester: Business-oriented Development 

The 4th semester includes financial and budgeting courses. Other compulsory courses during the 4th Semester are operating techniques, quality management, the environment, statistics, laboratory measurements, and theory of science. 

5th semester: Internship 

During this semester, you will do a internship in a company in Denmark or abroad. The internship gives you the opportunity to acquire invaluable work experience as an engineer in a challenging environment and to put into practice the knowledge you have gained during your studies. 

6th semester: Specialisation and Internationalisation 

The 6th semester focuses on your personal skills and intercultural communication. The project uses knowledge and methods from the courses while you act as process consultants to a group of international students. 

There are ample opportunities to select interesting specialisation courses. You can choose between elective courses during the 6th semester and you will begin to prepare your final project - the Bachelor project. 

7th semester: Bachelor project and Specialisation

Just like your 6th semester, the final semester offers you numerous opportunities depending on your interests. Each student must choose between elective courses. 

The final project, which covers approximately 2/3 of the semester, will typically be performed in groups of 2-3 students in co-operation with a company.

See the VIA Mechanical Engineering course catalogue (in English).

Get information about the requirements for international students.
  • Upper Secondary School Examination Certificates and diplomas. Send a copy of transcript of records translated to English.
  • The International and the European Baccalaureates. 

The above certificates must provide evidence of Mathematics at high advanced level corresponding to a Danish A-level, Physics B-level and Chemistry C-level (intermediate level with minimum of 2 years at upper secondary level).

Furthermore, you must fill in the form: Math requirements (in English) (pdf).

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 (in English) (pdf).

Read more about foreign qualifications for entry to higher education in Denmark 

Documentation of your current English language level

You will need to provide documentation of your English language level. (certificate is required). 

As documentation we accept the following internationally recognised language tests:

Required test scores:

IELTS An average band score of 6.5
TOEFL Internet-based 83
TOEFL Paper-based (valid until June 2019) 585
TOEFL Paper-delivered Reading – high (22-30)
Listening – high (22-30)
Writing – Good (24-30)
Cambridge ESOL tests CAE, 176 overall on the Cambridge English scale
FCE, 180 overall on the Cambridge English scale
IB (International Baccalaureate) Group 1: All grades
Group 2: English B HL, all grades 
English B SL, minimum grade 5

Please be aware that your test scores are only valid for 2 years after the test date. 

If you are an international student who does not meet the required language skills, you may also choose to sit for VIA University College's English Language Assessment Test (VIAT/e). Find further information about VIAT/e at the Campus Horsens site (in English).

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 (in English)

Read about credit transfer at VIA University College in Horsens (in English).

How to apply
The application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon.

The programme begins in August.

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

Fill out the application form and upload relevant documentation at

Applicants applying without a Danish Civil registration number must furthermore send a signature page from by email to before 15 March 12:00 noon.

The area code for the programme is:

Horsens 49425

Aarhus 49425

Application deadline

  • 15 March, 12:00 noon

Response to your admissions request

You will receive an answer to your admissions request on 28 July.

Should the 28 July fall on a Saturday or Sunday, you will receive an answer to your admissions request the Friday before. 

Available study places

Any available study places will be published on VIAs English webpage “Available study places” on 28 July.

An application form can be found on VIAs webpage “Available study places” on 28 July. Applications for avilable study places will be handled manually.

Application fee

Applicants from China are required to pay a 100 euro application fee before your application can be processed. The fee is to be paid at the time of application.

Please visit the Admission site to find further information about how to apply, application fee, residence and work permits and how to follow your application (in English)

Fees and tuition
Here you can get information about tuition fees and who is exempt from them.

The total fee for the entire programme is EUR 45,500.

Overview of fees and terms of payment 

Please download the Payment schedule and Terms of Payment (in English) (pdf) to see the payment deadlines. 

You must be current with payments in order to get access to the first semester of the programme. 

The prices are fixed for the official duration of your study programme. If you exceed the official duration of the study programme, any 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 Partner, please let us know. 

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

Read more about fees and finances.

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

Experience the working world 

Doing an internship is a great way to get first-hand work experience and gain access to the best graduate jobs. 

Since this is a professional bachelor's degree programme, you are required to do an internship in the 5th semester. This will allow you to apply theory to real-world business tasks and also to practice a number of valuable skills. 


You will benefit from working in a real-life environment and gain professional experience relevant to your future career as a mechanical engineer. 

The internship will also make you more employable, since work-readiness is a top priority to employers when they look for graduates to fill vacancies. 

The internship has a dual purpose. You will begin to understand what’s in your professional future while you are still preparing for it, and you will gain useful contacts with employers within your field of study. 

Where will the internship take place? 

That is up to you. You can do the internship in a company of your choice in Denmark or abroad. 


The minimum period for a internship is 20 weeks of full-time work.

Career guidance
As a graduate, you can look forward to excellent employment prospects worldwide.

The hallmark of the education is the international focus and the inter-disciplinary capabilities that will make you attractive to a wide range of companies. 

Career counselling and events
Career Service Centre at VIA offers a range of services to students. e.g advice on writing a good curriculum vitae 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 Mechanical Engineer, you will have the opportunity to continue with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering in Denmark or other countries. 

Double-degree programmes 

Our double-degree programme also offers the possibility of obtaining two degrees in almost the same amount of time it would take to do a single degree.

International opportunities
A study abroad experience provides global insight and perspective.

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

VIA University College has an agreement with approximately 200 institutions in 33 countries in Europe as well as overseas. 

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 possibilities give you the opportunity to experience the way of life in another culture. 

Today's business world is a global marketplace, and so having a study abroad experience can be positive for your CV. 

Contact our international coordinators (in English).

Student counselling
Need help before applying?

The student counsellor can help you with questions about various VIA study programmes within technology and business, admissions requirements, selection criteria and admissions procedures. 

Contact our student counsellors’ office on weekdays 08:00-14:00 at: 
T: +45 87 55 43 20

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

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

T: +45 87 55 40 00 

Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday at 07:45 – 15:30 

Lines are open: 

Friday at 07:45 – 14:30 

Read about Campus Horsens (in English).