VIA University College is Denmark’s largest university college which specializes in applied science. The internationally oriented higher education establishment was founded in 2008 as the result of mergers between numerous institutions of higher education. Today, VIA is the largest of the seven university colleges in the Central Denmark Region. The renowned institution stands for excellent education in the fields of Business, Design, Education and Social Studies, Film and Animation, Health, and Technology and Construction. Prospective students can choose to study at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. VIA means “by way of” in Latin and that’s how VIA University College see itself- as a station on life’s journey, which helps students learn and grow before becoming highly qualified industry professionals, eager to make a difference in the world. Even though the programmes are interactive and dynamic, some of the programmes’ ( including teaching, nursing and social education) roots can be traced back to more than 100 years ago. The curriculum is strongly built on Danish traditions for teaching students in partnership with professional practice. The school is very multicultural, and thus offers an international learning environment that takes on a global approach to education and research. About 50% of the programmes are therefore taught in English and the school is also able to offer international double degrees, as well as student and staff exchange, summer schools and research projects. Since its official status as a research institution in 2013, the Danish university college has been education tomorrow’s leaders, with the goal of having 30 per cent of PhD employees by 2020. Students get to gain valuable experience with research, innovation and development during the duration of their studies. The school is particularly proud of being able to work with public and private organisations in Denmark and abroad, thus enabling its students to network.
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VIA University is in a small town in Denmark but this wasn’t so bad due to it being a place full of international students.
I improved my language skills and developped as a professional.
They have to work more with events for students but academically is really good and they prepare you for the “real life.”
I believe VIA UC gives really good opportunities to develop within a specific field. I can talk from my experience being a Marketing Management student. The study model is comprehensive with internship possibilities to gain practical knowledge about the subject. I enjoy learning environment as well as lecturers, who can be successful entrepreneurs/experts in their field. The focus is based on group work as well as problem-solving cases.
Campus Horsens offers a wide range of places to study, library, gym, and several organisations as AIESEC or student council DSR, that offer extracurricular opportunities. The attached Vitus Bering Innovation Park gives an insight into a business environment which encourages students to participate in innovative challenges or offers support with developing own businesses.
I’m a Margeting Management programme student in Horsens.l like the organization of our lectures and our teachres, but in my opinion they should require more from students. They should check our knownlage not only in the end of the semester but also during. Horsens is a small city so I wouldn’t really go for it once again but still people are really friendly and Universty is amazing. We have all a lot of nice equipment, interesting extra workshops and school ogranizations. Via is open 24/7, when you need place to study or work on your project is a perfect place to do it.
A few universities out there , cater most on theory and leave it upon the student to go to practical placement/internship to have a taste of what happens in the real-life cases of their specialized studies. With via its different, Student from first few semesters is put to work hands-on, in groups on projects that are beneficial in their respective courses.
Firstly, I wouldn’t recommend the university, simply because it is in Horsens. I my opinion, the school has to offer much more to its students than just comfort and technology. I have been studying in many schools and universities around Europe, and by far VIA is not even close to being called a school (that’s my opinion). A student need more attention to develop it’s intellect and aspirations than the school provides. Of course every student is different and it depends totally on his/hers capabilities to become better as a person which the school should also help achieve (but it doesn’t).
The main focus of this particular VIA University (Horsesn) is to push its students more and more. No one is asking what’s the reason and why is this happening. What is the measure of perspective in an education? What is right and what is wrong, what could be better, what has to change and so on. Questions that any teacher should ask himself/herself before preaching “knowledge” to others.
Lets talk about quality, atmosphere, teachers and activities.
Is it really quality?
I cannot compare the quality of university among the others universities in Denmark, because simply I haven’t been in other educational grounds, but I can compare with some other countries where I have been studying. In my opinion educational institutions in Denmark know really well how to make studies more interesting instead of just sitting, reading and doing assignments, but leaving students in the mystery and not telling everything that they need to know it is something very normal here. Find out by yourself and your exam grade will answer the quality of your finding.
Exam results? Why and how?
In Denmark you can find this stupid popular policy among universities: How did I get this mark? Where did I made my mistakes? It is so annoying when after exam you cannot see the mistakes and you do not know what to improve…But in general to speak about education simply enough to look at the country level among other countries in the whole world. Just remember that not all the knowledge you will be able to apply in your country. Lack of resources or information, might be the first barrier….
Pro people! Experienced.
I think the teachers are really pro. Is it not enough? You wanna me to convince you? Here you go: most universities hiring people depending on their experience. 15 years involvement in the business is something normal for all business programs. But again, this is about the teacher knowledge what doesn’t necessarily mean that they are all kind and good people:))
There are some classes: Badminton, CrossFit, Football, basketball yoga, calisthenics and all the rest fancy words…but everything is organized by the students so the quality is also appropriated. And I am not saying that you not gonna have a good time:)) Ouuh……and you have to pay for it, not too much, not too fancy, affordable, but still not for free.
And still…No competitions between other universities? Still cannot believe its not happening, even though we are not lacking any facilities.
All in all I would recommend VIA UC as a good place to study and I will always be critical to keep universities on their those and keep doing further improvements:)
I am 4th-semester student of ICT engineering at VIA. So far I have enjoyed my time here and have to admit that I even fell in love with the school. Our typical lesson always starts with presentation, followed by exercise session which student do on their own, but always can ask teacher for help. Teachers are always happy to help. Studying is done in practical way so students will learn faster and keep knowledge for long time. Lot of subjects have project assignments which are usually done as a group project. This way the teamwork is developed. I really like studynig at VIA, and I found out that studying can be enjoyable here.
Hi, I´ve been studying Architectural Technology and Construction Management and currently I´m on my sixth semester doing internship in a Design Office.
The education it self is very good with all the teachers supporting you and being your friends and mentors. For me it was a awesome experience to come and start studying in Denmark, because it´s different approach to teaching than I was used to. Doing group projects can be good and bad sometimes. Depends on your luck, honestly. For me it was mostly positive but sometimes if you are depending on your group and you don´t have such a hard working groupmates – it can be difficult.
All other students from different programs are also really active and there is always something to do in University and around it. There is a lot of gathering and events that enrich the environment of the University.
A lot of students are international and there is that “world nation” vibe that everybody are cherishing, with mutual respect and fun 🙂 It´s also a lot helpful with personal development as a professional to get involved in the student’s associations in the University.
So where to start…. VIA University College is a very conflicted when it comes to being an organization responsible for the education of students. Yes, like everybody says a lot of things depend on teachers.
As for my experience, I started just fine, and I have loved my first 2 semesters. FYI I studied ICT Engineering. The teachers were great and very helpful. Later on, it turned 360 degrees. Most of the teachers didn’t give a fuck about students and there were instances where they were almost against you. I realize that hiring very good teachers is not exactly easy but sometimes I got an impression that for VIA it was almost a rocket science.
So studying, pray to whatever god that you get the nice teachers there.
Also, there might be the possibility that they will change the rules of the education which will cripple you as result. Props for that I guess.
Students are exactly like everywhere else, some are nice some are assholes.
Activities besides the VIA Caffee(it’s okay) I did not attend any other social stuff.
Summary, yea sure you can study here and survive but the ride might or might not be pleasant. So good luck I guess.