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VIA Software Engineering  

Bachelor of Engineering

The programme provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop and manage information systems.

About the programme

Facts

Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Information and Communication Technology

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

Programme start: August and February. 

Study location: Horsens. Read more 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 programme is a combination of theory lectures and project work within Software Development in general, programming electronics devices, real-time programming, computer networks, Internet-of-things, game design, web design, augmented and virtual reality, database technology, big data and cloud computing.

Depending on the choice of electives, students will specialise in one of four areas:

  • Internet-of-things
  • Cross Media
  • AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality)
  • Data Engineering
     

As part of this programme, you will develop professional and personal skills in information technology as well as gain qualifications for further studies at Master’s level.

After the third semester, students can choose to transfer to the specialised AR/VR path in Viborg and complete their studies at the Interactive Design Centre (IDC) at Campus Viborg.

1st semester: Single User Systems

The goal of the 1st semester is to give you profound knowledge and practical skills in object-oriented programming and system development. You will also learn about responsive web design. The semester is organised as a number of introductory courses and a semester project in which you will design, implement and document a single-user software system.

2nd semester: Client Server Systems

During the 2nd semester, you will learn about software engineering methods, database development and system development methods, and you will accumulate the programming skills necessary to build client/server systems. The semester is organised as a number of compulsory courses, along with a semester project in which you will develop a client/server system.

3rd semester: Heterogeneous systems

The goals of the 3rd semester are to design and implement heterogeneous software solutions including the use of the programming languages Assembler, C, Java and C#. The semester is built around a larger semester project in which students will integrate several programming languages.

4th semester: Internet-of-things

The 4th semester brings it all together and students will conceive, design and implement a software solution including hardware sensors, an android-based user interface and a persistent multiuser backend infrastructure. The solution must contain self-constructed electronics, and make use of the Java, C#, C and assembler programming languages.

Students may also choose to transfer to the specialised AR/VR path in Viborg and complete their studies at the Interactive Design Centre (IDC) at Campus Viborg. Here, the focus of the remainder of the programme will be on AR/VR technologies.

5th semester: Internship

During this semester, you will be placed on internship at a company in Denmark or abroad. The internship provides you with the opportunity to acquire invaluable work experience in a challenging environment and to put into practice the knowledge gained during your studies.

6th semester: Specialisation, Electives & BA

You will choose from different elective courses depending on your interests and specialisation. Based on your choices, you may obtain one of the following specialisations:

  1. Data Engineering – Courses include Data Warehousing and Master Data Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), business intelligence, data visualisation and analytics.
  2. Cross Media – Courses include Mobile Applications and Serious Games, which involve Unity, asset store, modelling and simulation, as well as interfacing.
  3. AR/VR – Courses include Digital Animation Production, Basic AR/VR Technologies, sensors and displays for digital immersion, game design and production and other courses from Cross Media specialisation.
  4. Internet-of-things – Courses include basic electronics, real-time and embedded programming, as well as electronics used to interface micro-controllers with a number of sensors and actuators.
     

Compulsory specialisation courses also take place during this semester, and you will be required to prepare your final project: the Bachelor Project.

7th semester: Specialisation, Electives & BA

During the 7th semester, you will work on your Bachelor Project. The purpose of the Bachelor Project is to demonstrate your ability to solve a relevant software problem and document the solution. The Bachelor Project is typically a real-life project for a company, carried out in groups of two or three students.

See the VIA Software Engineering course catalogue.

Enrolment
Get information about the requirements for international students.

Computer: You must bring a laptop to every class while studying at VIA. 

Computer requirements: WIFI connection, must be able to run Windows 7 or above. 

The computer must meet the above requirements, because various programmes must be in-stalled in order to participate in the class instruction. Furthermore, we recommend at least 2 GB RAM.  

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 A, Physics corresponding to a Danish B-level (intermediate level with minimum of 2 years at upper secondary level). 

Read more information 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.

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).

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 twice a year, in August and February.

August

Apply online through optagelse.dk. The application portal opens 1 February every year. Fill out the application form and upload relevant documentation at optagelse.dk.

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

The area code for the programme is:

Horsens 41165

Aarhus 41175

February

The application process for the programme starting in February will be handled manually. Find the application form at the webpage 'Places available' (published in July).
You must apply 15 October at the latest, since the deadline for payment of tuition fee is 1 November.

Application deadline

  • 15 March, 12:00 noon

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
All books are lent out free for one semester.

Free books

All books for courses at the Department of Software Engineering are lent out free for one semester at a time from the Campus Horsens Library.

Tuition is

The total fee for the entire programme is EUR 46,000 corresponding to: 

Semesters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9: EUR 7,500 per semester. 

Semester 5 (Traineeship): EUR 1,000. 

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 payment 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 subsequent 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 you are required to pay a tuition fee, 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 partner, please let us know. 

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

Read more about fees and tuition.

Internship
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 to gain access to the best graduate jobs.  

As it 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. 

Benefits 

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

The internship will also make you more employable, since employers often look for “work-ready” or “plug and play” graduates when filling vacancies. 

The internship has a dual purpose. You will get to know what your professional future will be like while still preparing for it, and you will make contacts with employers within the field of your study. 

Where to go?

You may do the internship in a company of your choice in Denmark or abroad. 

Duration 

The minimum period for an 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 this programme is its international focus and the inter-disciplinary skills that will make you attractive to a wide range of companies. 

Help for your future career

The Career Service Centre at VIA Campus Horsens helps your transition from being a student to being a part of the working world. The centre offers advice about your options. It can give you some good guidelines about salary, and it organises Company Dating, where students and companies meet each other in an informal way. 

Further education

When you graduate as a Software Engineer, you will have excellent opportunities to apply for future education on Master level in Denmark or abroad. 

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 cooperation agreements 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 one 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, so having a study abroad experience can be a positive thing to include on 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 admission procedures. 

Contact our student counsellors' office on weekdays 08:00-14:00 at: 

E: erhverv.info@via.dk or text/call +45 87 55 43 20 

or contact our International coordinator Lise Hjerrild at:

E: lh@via.dk or +45 87 55 43 18

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

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

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 

Read about Campus Horsens (in English).