VIA Design is Scandinavia's largest design and business academy within the fashion and lifestyle industry. More than 1400 students are currently enrolled in VIA Design programmes within the areas of fashion and textiles, as well as furniture and furnishings. VIA Design is located in a rather small town called Herning. That is a trade fair and congress centre in Denmark.
VIA Design has very strong connections with the companies within fashion and lifestyle. One of the partners is Bestseller which owns many international brands you may know like: Jack & Jones, VERO MODA, MAMA LICIOUS, PIECES, SELECTED, ONLY etc. Often students work with projects connected to these brands.
It is very good to study at VIA Design as an international student as the school has established an international student office to help the students to feel just like at home.
VIA Design consists of five beautiful buildings and all classrooms and workshops are supplied with the latest technology, inspiring art, and well-thought-out architecture. The houses are open for the students 24/7. Apart from classrooms and workshops students will also find a student book shop, a trend studio, a fitness centre and much more in the buildings. In addition to studying Herning offers a wide range of activities which can please even the most choosy student. There are many cafés, a busy nightlife and many sport clubs, etc- something for each taste.
Why choose VIA Design?
- Programmes within the areas of fashion and textiles, as well as furniture and furnishings
- Strong connections with the companies within fashion and lifestyle
- Possibility to work with projects connected to international brands
- Modern and international study environment
Denmark has become an attractive study destination for international students for many reasons. The following overview will give you the most important information and guidelines about Denmark.
Denmark has a high standard of living and combines social security with an attractive business climate and a clean and safe environment.
As Denmark is located in the Northern part of Europe then the geographic position makes Denmark an excellent gateway for those, who wish to study in Europe and explore Europe and Scandinavia.
Denmark's infrastructure is well developed. The railway network is extensive, the roads are of high standards and are relatively uncongested. The aviation system is among the most developed in the world and the airports have connections to most of the big international airports in the world.
As most Danes speak English, you will find it easy to live in Denmark even if you do not speak any Danish. Approximately 80% of the population speaks English and many speak French, German or Spanish. When you go shopping, use public transportation and visit official buildings etc. you will find that you can manage perfectly well in English.
Danish higher education
Danish higher education is famous for its innovative teaching approach and high international standards. The Danish institutions offer a dynamic study environment with an emphasis on independent study, initiative and project-oriented learning.
As a student at a Danish higher education institution you are encouraged to play an active role in your learning process and take responsibility for planning and carrying out your projects, either independently or together with other students. In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to participate in discussions and continuously develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.
For international students, the Danish approach to teaching and learning can introduce a whole new way of studying and thinking, which will challenge you and provide you with an excellent platform for your future career.
Danish higher education institutions are located in modern buildings with excellent facilities such as libraries, lecture, class and study rooms, laboratories, IT equipment, canteens etc. The libraries are public, so all students can borrow books, tapes, language learning materials, etc. for free.
The main reasons why go to study to Denmark
1. Quality of education - there are great courses offered by Danish institutions that use innovative study methodologies, e.g. project based learning. Several Danish institutions are among the best 200 universities in the world according to different rankings.
2. English based programs – there are many interesting and innovative courses available in Danish institutions that are meant for international students and are taught in English. You don’t have to know Danish to go to study to Denmark.
3. State funded education – for students coming from EU/EAA, studying in Denmark is free as Danish government is paying for the studies to attract international students to the country. For NON-EU the tuition fee for one year is usually between 8,000€ and 14,000€ but there are scholarships available.
4. Good student job opportunities – there are good student job opportunities depending on the study location. Students need to work usually 12-15 hours a week to cover all their living costs. Of course, finding a job might be easier in some places than others.
5. International education – students in study groups are usually from different countries and that makes the education really international.
More info about studying in Denmark: http://www.studyindenmark.dk/
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Living cost in Denmark varies place to place and universities to universities. However, in average the cost of living for international students in Denmark is approximately between 500€ and 800€ per one month. The cost of living in Copenhagen is higher that in other parts of Denmark.
- Living place is in average 250-350 € per month (2500 DKK).
- Transportation is around 40-60 € per month (400 DKK). Many students prefer bicycles as it is very easy in Denmark to get around by bicycle.
- Food & other costs are in average 200-300 € per month (2000 DKK). Compared to other European countries, food and personal care items are expensive in Denmark. To get an idea of the price level, please visit the websites of supermarket chains in Denmark, such as Fotex, Netto, Aldi, Lidl, etc.
5,800 € per year will typically cover accommodation, food and general personal expenses.
Finding a place to live often takes time, so we advise you to contact your Danish education institution for information about accommodation as soon as you have been admitted in case you have not received the information with your admission letter.
The institutions will be able to assist you in finding a place to live. There are several accommodation options:
- room in a hall of residence, price: 240-400 € per month.
- privately rented room in a house or a flat, price: 200-500 € per month.
- privately rented flat - either alone or shared with other students, prices vary considerably.
Accommodation in VIA Design
Being a student at VIA Design you have various opportunities of finding both good and cheap accommodation. Students opt to live at Birk College only a few minutes walk from VIA Design. Birk College consists of about 250 quality-flats of various sizes and at different prices for young people.
Another option would be to find accommodation in Tietgensgade in the centre of Herning. There are 84 flats for young people in the area; these flats are also of a high quality, and they as to sizes and prices. You could also live at Hojskolen (an international student residence hall) only 10 minutes walk away from VIA Design.
The monthly rent is approximately DKK 2500 exclusive of charges for electricity and water. Access to cable TV and Internet are available.
Most Danish students supplement their income by working alongside their studies as Denmark is relatively expensive country. However, student jobs pay very well. The minimum wage per hour in Denmark is approximately 12 Euro.
EU/EEA nationals apply for the work permit from the Danish authorities upon arrival in Denmark. Finding work may be somewhat difficult if you don’t speak Danish, however there are many possible student jobs (cleaning jobs, restaurants and cafes etc). The golden rule is that if you really need and want a job, you will find one. If you have special skills, such as computer programming, it may be easier to find a job.
Jobs can be found through local newspaper ads, through special agencies or through other students who already have a job or who have been studying there for some time. It is not recommended for you to work more than 15 hours per week - otherwise you may neglect your studies. You may work full time during the summer holidays. You should keep in mind to have at least 4 month’s money before arrival as it may take time to find a job. If you don’t then it’s advisable to work for a year and then start your studies.
The Danish Employment Services provide information on living and working conditions and job opportunities for foreigners at: www.eures.dk.
Another possibility is the website www.workindenmark.dk where you can find in-depth information about Denmark, the Danish society as well as the conditions and possibilities for working in Denmark. The site also contains a job database.