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


Title: Mechanical Engineering Exchange Programme 

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

Programme start: February or August

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

Language: The programme is taught in English 

See our Course catalogue (in English).

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. 

All exchange students undertaking a project must take the Project Methodology course, which supplies students with the tools required.

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. 

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. 

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

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 VIA Language Assessment Centre on our English website.

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

Lise Hjerrild 
T: 45 87 55 43 18

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

How to apply
There are two application deadlines every year in April and October.

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): 15 April
  • Spring semester (February to June): 15 October

Download Learning agreement for studies:

The learning agreement signed by your home institution must be sent to:

International coordinator 
Lise Hjerrild
T: +45 87 55 43 18

Upon receipt of your application

You can book a place to live at You’ll find living spaces in a variety of categories and at a range of prices. As soon as you have booked a place to live, you will receive an email from Drosselbo. The mail will contain practical information such as where you should go to get the key to your residence when you arrive in Horsens.

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

Visa application

A visa application may take up to three months to process. Remember to apply well in advance.

Upon receipt of student application and B2 english language certificate VIA University College will send acceptance letter and ST1 visa application form to the student.

Fees and tuition
Get information about tuition fee.

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.

If you do not fulfil the above criteria, you can contact our International Coordinator: 

Lise Hjerrild 
T: +45 87 55 43 18

Read more about feed and finances.

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 coordinator: 

Lise Hjerrild
T: +45 87 55 43 18

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: 
Lines are open: 

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

Read about Campus Horsens (in English).