Delft University of Technology
Delft, THE NETHERLANDS
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Schools of Engineering
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Central International Office
Faculty Exchange Offices
TU Delft Global E3 Contact: GlobalE3@tudelft.nl
English and Dutch. All masters level courses are offered in English, and over 250 bachelors level courses are offered in English. For an overview of the 2016-2017 bachelors courses in English (separated by faculty per tab), please see this list.
Delft University of Technology is a modern university of science and technology with a rich tradition. Ranked among the top universities of engineering and technology in the world (#19, QS 2015) TU Delft’s excellent research and education standards are backed by outstanding facilities, research institutes and research schools. TU Delft maintains close links with (inter)national industry, a strategic alliance contributing to the relevance of its academic programmes and career prospects for its students.
TU Delft is leading the way in research into technological innovations, contributing to scientific advancement in the interests of society, with research emphases in energy, environment, health and infrastructure.
Educational Programmes & a Fascination for Technology
The bachelor, master, postgraduate and PhD programmes at TU Delft all encourage and demand critical thought and creativity. These key words capture the essence of our academic environment include: problem-oriented, creative, innovative, learning by doing, and teamwork. If you long to find creative solutions to everyday problems, then TU Delft is the place for you. TU Delft will inspire you to find technological solutions, even to the less obvious problems, whether these involve energy-saving transport, sustainable building methods or better designed products. Developing products and technology that people love to use to enhance human and social progress: that is what it’s all about.
TU Delft Campus
TU Delft is located in the university district (TU-wijk) of the historic city of Delft in the Netherlands. Beyond the medieval church towers, there are many impressive university buildings, laboratories, classrooms and offices. They are built in the newly opened Mekelpark, which constitutes a truly green car-free heart of the campus where you can study in pleasant surroundings, take a leisurely stroll and meet your friends. Most of the streets around the campus heart are named after scholars who laid the foundation of the university’s success. The university’s philosophy, facilities and pleasant environment all contribute to its excellent academic atmosphere.
We are committed to the international exchange of knowledge. TU Delft works closely with international companies and universities. You will meet countless international students and staff here at the university. At present, approximately 14% of the student population is made up of foreign students; the average percentage in the MSc programmes is as high as 30%. The student body includes over 100 nationalities. Your programme will give you ample opportunity to broaden your international horizons while studying at one of the world’s leading research universities.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
Fall, Spring or Academic Year
English Proficiency Tests
- Minimum TOEFL score: 90 (internet-based test)
- Minimum IELTS overall Band score: 6.5
Note: Nationals from the U.S.A., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the English test requirement.
Applicants to TU Delft should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
TU Delft offers the following areas of study at the bachelors level (with hyperlinks provided to the programmes’ pages). In addition to information provided below per programme, for an overview of the 2016-2017 bachelors courses in English (separated by faculty per tab), please see this list.
Additionally, all of TU Delft masters level courses are taught in English.
Additional application materials?
Yes, applicants must submit a TU Delft exchange student online application and all required additional documents.
These must be submitted at the same time as the applicant’s Global E3 application. Please be aware of the TU Delft deadlines for these materials: fall semester - 1 April; spring semester - 1 October.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Acceptance packets will be sent approximately 8 weeks after the student’s acceptance.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Our academic cycle begins with a 2 week Introduction Programme for international students from mid-August till the beginning of September. It is advised that fall exchange students participate in this programme. The academic year begins on the 1st Monday in September and this first semester runs until the end of January (with a 1 week break over the holidays). The second semester begins in the first week of February, again with an introduction programme (of 1 week) for international students. Courses begin in the 2nd week of February. The spring semester ends at the end of June/beginning of July.
- Fall: Mid-August (for the Introduction Programme); Start of September – end of January
- Spring: Start of February (for the Introduction Programme); Start of February – beginning of July
The file below lists the 2016-2017 TU Delft bachelors courses offered in English and available to incoming exchange students, separated by faculty per worksheet. Additionally, all MSc courses are offered in English.
Course details can be found through the Digital Study Guide
Manual for accessing the digital study guide.
Workload per semester
Exchange students coming to TU Delft are encouraged to take a minimum of 24 ECTS credits per semester.
TU Delft uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) employed by all universities in the European Union. One academic year consists of 60 ECTS credit is equal to a study load of 28 hours (including lectures and laboratory courses); 60 ECTS credits represent one year of full-time study. All bachelor's programmes at TU Delft consist of 180 ECTS and all Master's programmes, 120 ECTS.
Grading systems and 'grading culture' vary from country to country. The Dutch grading scale, implemented from primary school through university level, goes from 1 (very poor) to 10 (excellent). At TU Delft final marks are rounded off to whole and half figures. A 6.0 is a pass. Although the scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0, the marks 9.0 and 9.5 are not frequently awarded 10s are extremely rare. The definition of the marks is as follows:
|9.5 - 10.0
|8.5 - 9.0
|7.5 - 8.0
|6.5 - 7.0
||More than satisfactory
|4.5 - 5.5
|3.5 - 4.0
|1.0 - 3.0
Sometimes a "V" is awarded instead of a mark to indicate that the requierements for a particular subject have been fulfilled.
The following information is provided by Nuffic, comparing the grading systems of the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom. Additional information on this topic is available via this Nuffic fact sheet.
Students must complete a request for their transcript to be sent. Their transcript will then be sent by post to their home university, and a digital copy will be sent to the student and the university.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Housing is arranged through TU Delft and the partner organization DUWO. Some housing is available on campus, but most housing is in the area directly surrounding the campus and within the town center (within 3 kilometers of the campus center).
Nationals from the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Organisation (EFTA) countries and nationals from the USA., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and South Korea do not require a visa to enter the Netherlands. If you have a different nationality and you want to stay more than three months, you need a special visa called an ‘MVV’. TU Delft helps students with their visa application with the help of a fast-track student procedure. When you are admitted to TU Delft, the International Office will inform you about the visa procedure.
All students (EU and non-EU) staying longer than four months in the country need to register as a resident at the local municipality. The International Office will make an application on your behalf on the day of your registration.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
In principle everyone who lives in the Netherlands must have health insurance. There are differences in the way these rules apply depending on the person’s country of origin (EU or non-EU).
For EU students, if your health insurance in your home country in the EU also covers you abroad, you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card with your insurance company before your trip to the Netherlands. For students who are not from EU countries, all students from non-EU countries are obliged to take out a Dutch student health insurance. Health insurance in the Netherlands for international students is typically 40 euros per month.
No specific immunizations are required, however all non-European students (except nationals from the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and Surinam) need to undergo a tuberculosis test to obtain or extend their residence permit for the Netherlands.
When should I arrive?
It is highly recommended that exchange students participate in the Introduction Programme. In this case, students should arrive in mid-August for the fall semester and at the beginning of February for the spring semester.
Is airport reception available?
Yes, an airport pick-up is provided within a given timeframe, if students arrive on time for the Introduction Programme.
Is there any bank on campus?
There is no bank directly on campus, but banks are easily accessible in the Delft town center. There is an ATM machine in the center of the TU Delft campus.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
The cost of living and study, including food, accommodation, transport, books, and obligatory health insurance is estimated to be between € 850 and € 1.100,- per month.
Food/meals 180 euros/month
Housing 500 euros/month
Local transportation 100 euros/month
Personal expenses 100 euros/month
Health insurance 40 euros/month
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
TU Delft Global E3 Programme Manager, Tamara Bacsik: GlobalE3@tudelft.nl
Central International Office
Faculty Exchange Offices
Delft is a compact, historic town between Rotterdam and The Hague in the province of Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands. It forms part of the Randstad, the urban agglomeration in the west of the Netherlands and is the nation’s main educational and research center. Today, Delft ranks as a high-tech location due to the abundance of technology-based institutions and organisations close to and often involved with the university.
Built on reclaimed marsh land, a ‘polder’ area, Delft borders the agricultural center of the Randstad. Delft played a key role during the Netherlands’ war of independence against Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the residence of Prince William of Orange whose presence led to Delft becoming known as Prinsenstad (the Prince’s City). Until the 18th century, Delft was a major industrial, cultural and scientific center, famous for its beer and its Delft blue pottery. Many world famous painters such as Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Karel Fabritius lived and worked in Delft. It was also the home town of scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of the microscope.
The constant wars with France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries led to a decline in trade and industry in Delft. But this began to change in 1842, with the establishment of the Royal Academy for the training of civil engineers, later to become TU Delft. The presence of this institute was a strong stimulus to the revival of Delft’s industry and therefore its status. Its population grew fast. New neighbourhoods were built and university buildings and faculties were relocated from the center and concentrated in the new university district.
Despite wars and rapid population growth, the old center of Delft has remained almost completely intact. An ambitious restoration programme has further conserved the city’s old splendour and cemented its reputation as a popular tourist destination. These visitors, along with the university’s 14,000 students, make Delft a lively and pleasant place to live and work.
Delft has a reputation for being a friendly city; bars and terraces along the canals and on the city squares, quirky shops, affordable restaurants and great cinemas. It is easy to find your way around as everything is close together. Delft is bursting with activity from spring right through to autumn, including music festivals and street theatre.
If you want to find out more about the city of Delft, please visit the website www.delft.nl.