Officially opened in 1957, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, or the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), is a research university that specialises in engineering, science, and technology. It is a medium sized university located in parkland at the heart of Eindhoven. There are currently around 4,800 BSc students (3% international), 2,800 MSc students (18% international), and around 1300 post-graduate students enrolled at the university.
It was ranked 114 in the world by the Times Higher Educational World University Rankings of 2010, the best of all Dutch universities. The university is also considered to be the best Dutch engineering and science university by the Study Guide to Universities 2011.
At TU/e in 2011-12, there are only two Bachelor’s programmes that are taught in the English language:
To be admitted to one of these programmes, your secondary education must meet the requirements of your program and TU/e. This means they must be equivalent to Dutch secondary education diplomas. There is also a requirement to have the correct credentials in mathematics and physics from the last two years of your secondary education. If you do not meet the right credentials exactly, there is still a possibility to take an entrance exam that will allow admission.
TU/e currently offers 22 Master’s programmes and 7 special Master’s tracks. These special tracks are not yet officially recognised by the government as independent programmes in their own right, so you will receive the diploma of the corresponding Master’s programme.
You can find a list of all the Master’s programmes TU/e has to offer.
To be admitted to one of these programmes, your Bachelor’s degree must be relevant to your programme and meet the requirements of TU/e. This means you must have attained the right grades, meeting what they call a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum. Your degree must also be of a standard that meets TU/e’s criteria.
Of course, these are general requirements, and you should check with your specific programme as there may very well be additional requirements that you must meet.
You can begin the application process for your Master’s programme online.
For all programs taught in English, you also need to submit proof that you can use the English language properly. Basically, you should have either:
No other language tests are accepted, and the results may not be older than 2 years.
However, you may be exempt from having to officially prove your capability with the English language:
You can find English proficiency requirements online.
While there may be extra documents you need to provide as part of your application depending on the programme you are choosing, there are a general set of documents that you will need to provide regardless. These general documents are more aimed at those applying to Master’s programmes, so make sure to check if you are applying for a different diploma.
It is requested that you do not staple any of your documents together. If you are not admitted to TU/e, your documents will be destroyed in August of the year you apply.
The details regarding tuition fees is quite complicated, and you are best served by visiting the institution’s own webpage to determine your own circumstances, and which fee price you will have to pay. For this and more information, please visit TU/e tuition.
Deadline 1, for those looking to apply for scholarships: February 1, 2012
If you apply for your program between September 1 2011 and February 1 2012, and you have a CGPA of 80% or more, you will automatically be entered into the selection process for ALSP scholarships. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so you should apply as soon as possible if you think you may be eligible. While you may still have a chance by February 1st, this isn’t very likely.
Deadline 2: May 1, 2012.
This is the final deadline for acceptance of applications. However, the unofficial deadline is the middle of April, as they gives TU/e enough time to be able to arrange housing for you and properly process your application. It is best practice to get your application in soon as you can rather than wait and get too close to the deadline.
Generally, enrolment into your course takes place during the TU/e Introduction Program. You enrol for one academic year at a time, 1st September to 31st August. You should try to make sure you have enrolled before the academic year begins. You will receive all of the information regarding enrolment in May, along with the other information packages giving you practical advice and guides about coming to TU/e as an international student.
TIP is a compulsory program for all new international students. It provides you with a lot of information about moving in and living in the Netherlands and Eindhoven as an international student, as well as information about your studies. There are many events planned that will help you with this, as well as give you a great opportunity to meet new people and start making friends. Many students state that they found the TIP to be incredibly valuable in clarifying and helping to make easier the whole process of moving to the Netherlands and starting studies.
The TIP includes:
The TIP typically starts in the middle of August, around the 15th, and runs for two full weeks. The TU/e advises to arrange to arrive in Eindhoven a week before the TIP or at the latest, during the weekend before the TIP starts. You can confirm your participation through your confirmation email.
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