Selection procedure

The bachelor programme Aerospace Engineering has a cap (numerus clausus) on the number of new students that can be admitted each year. For academic year 2021-2022 the fixed quota is 440. In order to be allocated a place you will have to take part in a selection procedure. The deadline for application is 15 January 2021.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure is intended to assess how well prospective students match educational programme. Important evaluation criteria are the applicant’s academic knowledge, skills, and motivation. During the selection procedure you go through a number of steps, starting with an online introductory course, a mini-MOOC. After this, you will answer a personal questionnaire and participate in our academic test. The results of the questionnaire and the academic test are converted into a final selection score, where the academic test is weighted three times heavier than the questionnaire. Finally, you are asked to write a short self-reflection. The entire selection procedure takes place online.

After this, each participant in the selection process receives a ranking number. The ranking number is based on your combined score for the different selection criteria, where higher scores result in better (= lower) ranking numbers. You will find your number on Studielink from 15 April 2021. If your ranking number falls within the 1-440 range, you will immediately be offered a place on our study programme. If not, if your ranking number is higher than the number of seats available (>440), you will have to wait until one of the other candidates declines his or her placement offer. You are allowed to participate in the selection procedure for our bachelor's degree programme for a maximum of three times.

For an extensive description of the selection procedure, please read the documents attached at the bottom of this page.

More information

The documents below are for the 2020-21 academic year. Versions 2021-22 will be made available in November.

Academic Test


Important dates

Please note that all deadlines are set according to Dutch time (CET; UTC+1).

15 January 2021: Deadline Studielink registration

In order to participate in the selection procedure, you must register yourself in the Dutch national application system Studielink no later than 15 January 2021. If you have an international secondary school diploma, make sure that by this date you have also finalized your complete application in the TU Delft registration system Osiaan. The necessary steps for all candidates are explained here. All further communication regarding the selection procedure will be sent by email to the address you submit in Studielink at the time of your application.

31 January 2021: Deadline Mini-MOOC

The mini-MOOC ‘What is Aerospace Engineering’ is a 3-hour online introductory course open to anyone interested in our bachelor’s degree programme. The course is available all year round, so you can take it at any moment of your choosing. If you wish to participate in the selection procedure it is compulsory to have completed the mini-MOOC by 31 January 2021, 23:59 CET. The steps to register yourself for the mini-MOOC can be found here. Make sure to use the same email address that you used for registering in Studielink. Applicants who have applied in Studielink, but have not completed the mini-MOOC, will receive a single reminder via email in the week after 15 January 2021.

22 February 2021: Deadline Academic Attitude and Motivation Questionnaire

After having completed the steps above, you will be receive instructions for access to our online selection platform on 8 February 2021. On this platform we ask you to complete a questionnaire about your academic attitude and motivation. The deadline for filling out this questionnaire is 22 February 2021, 13:59 CET. Answering the questionnaire is a prerequisite for participating in the Academic Test. Your score for the criterion Motivation will be determined by matching your questionnaire answers with a reference group of previous student cohorts. On 15 February 2021 you will be given access to the First-Year Material that you need to study for the Academic Test.

17 March 2021: Deadline Academic Test

From 1 March to 17 March 2021, 13:59 CET the Academic Test will be available. The Academic Test consists of three parts (Mathematics, Physics, and First-Year Material), each of which equally contributes to your final score on the criterion Academic Performance. The Academic Test will be online proctored (meaning you and your screen are recorded) in order to ensure the integrity of the selection procedure.

21 March 2021: Deadline Self-Reflection

After completion of the Academic Test, you have until 21 March 2021, 23:59 CET, to reflect on your choice for Aerospace Engineering by answering self-reflection questions (max. 500 words).

15 April 2021: Receive ranking number

On 15 April 2021 you will receive your ranking number in Studielink.

For an extensive description of the selection procedure, please read the documents attached at the bottom of this page.

Important note for students with an international diploma:

EU nationality

The deadline for receiving your online confirmation statement and the full payment is 1 July 2021. If you need accommodation TU Delft will determine the order in which students will gain access to the housing portal following a first-paid, first-served procedure, based on when we have received your full payment. 

Non-EU nationality

The deadline for receiving your online confirmation statement and the full payment is 1 July 2021. In order to arrange all services (visa/residence permit/housing/opening bank account) on time you need to be ranked within the fixed capacity before mid-June. The entire visa procedure can take 4-6 weeks in busy times. Under certain unusual circumstances, this process may take even longer. It is therefore in your best interest to meet our requirements in time (preferably before mid-June) to ensure that you arrive in Delft in time for the introduction programme. You may need another 3-4 weeks to pick up your visa at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate-General, due to longer waiting lists for visa appointments in summer.

Relevant documents

The documents below are for the 2020-21 academic year. Versions 2021-22 will be made available in November.

Academic Test