Exchange students

Admission requirementsRequired application documents
A nomination from your exchange coordinator / project supervisor at your home university

Nomination letter from the exchange coordinator / project supervisor at your home university stating their name and indicating they approve your application to the TU Delft. 

Proof of English language proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge 

Motivation400 -500 words  personal statement 
Credits & CoursesAuthorised list of transcripts. If not available in English, a translation must be enclosed, along with a description of the institution’s credit system.
For nationals of the People’s Republic of ChinaNuffic-certificate
(if applicable) PortfolioPortfolio (for Integrated Product Design and Design For Interaction only)
The above documents must be uploaded via the online application tool
After admission

Proof of identityPhotocopy of the page(s) of your passport (or ID for EU students) that give your name, date of birth, place of birth and the document’s expiration date.
Learning Agreement (Erasmus+ students only)Learning agreement (You need this agreement to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship)
(if applicable) Residence permitCopy of residence permit (if you live in the Netherlands) Front and back side of the card

1 A nomination from your exchange coordinator / project supervisor at your home university

2 Proof of English Language proficiency

In order to be considered for an exchange-programme, you have to prove your English is at a sufficient level.


TU Delft Language skills policy for Erasmus+ partner universities

 Our language skills policy is based on the Erasmus+ guiding principle of the EC that the sending institution (as per the E+ bilateral agreement with the receiving institution) will provide the necessary language support such that all nominated candidates will demonstrate the recommended level of language proficiency for their programme or teaching period before commencing their exchange. We trust our partner universities to nominate students with language level C1 or higher in English. Students do not need to provide test results; a statement from their home university signed by the Erasmus+ coordinator or a representative of the Language Institute is sufficient.

TU Delft language requirements for non-Erasmus+ partner universities

Proficiency in English has to be demonstrated in the exchange application:

  • an original TOEFL test with an overall band score of at least 90. Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test;
  • or an IELTS (academic version) with an overall Band score of at least 6.5;
  • or proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)' or the University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)'

Certificates older than two years are not accepted.

For People’s Republic of China nationals

For visa purposes you need a  Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.


The following students are exempted from taking the English language test:

  • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and Singapore
  • BSc and MSc graduates who obtained their qualification on one of the above countries;
  • Students currently enrolled in a BSc/MSc programme in one of the above countries where the degree is fully taught in English and the home university can provide a statement confirming this.

Required Documents

One of the following:

  • A TOEFL certificate. Indicate TU Delft’s institutional code, 0031, when registering for the test.  If you have already taken the test and did not indicate TU Delft’s institutional code, then check the test organisation’s website on how to authorise TU Delft afterwards.Also, upload your TOEFL certificate in TU Delft’s upload portal. 
  • An  IELTS certificate (academic version). When registering for the test, fill in that you want the test organisation to send the test scores to TU Delft electronically.  If you have already taken the test and did not ask to have the scores sent to TU Delft, then please get in touch with the test organisation,which will then upload your test score. Also, upload your IELTS certificate in TU Delft’s upload portal. 
  • Proof that you have passed the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) exam, the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam or the Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) exam: Give TU Delft permission to verify your test results through the Cambridge English Results Verification Service website ( and upload a Word document in TU Delft’s upload portal with your Cambridge English Candidate ID number and your Candidate secret number. 

3 A clear and relevant motivation letter in English

Please address the following points:

  • Why did you choose TU Delft and your course selection
  • What prior skills/knowledge have you gained that will help you  succeed in the courses 
  • If you would like to conduct a research project please include a research proposal and any relevant experience to support your choice
  • Why would you like to take part in an exchange program
  • Your future academic/career  plans

4 Credits & Courses

Exchange students coming to the TU Delft must take a course load equal to 24-30 ECTS per semester. Even if the home university of the students requires less than 24 ECTS, students are not allowed to choose a course package less than 24 ECTS. The academic year at TU Delft consists of two semesters that are each divided in to 2 periods. The first semester (fall semester) contains education period 1 and 2 and the second semester (spring semester) contains education period 3 and 4. When choosing courses students have to look carefully if the chosen course is taught during their exchange period. We recommend to choose a course package consisting of a maximum workload of 12 to 15 ECTS credit points per period.

The majority of the ECTS credits of the courses should be obtained at the faculty in which they are enrolled .

Incoming exchange students at TU Delft who wish to combine paid/unpaid work and study activities during their exchange period should seek the advice from the Faculty exchange coordinator about the possible compatibility of these activities, as this could jeopardize the final number of credits obtained.

TU Delft faculties cannot guarantee your place on any individual course as each course placement is subject to availability, the fulfilment of certain preconditions, and timetabling factors. As an exchange student we advise you to be flexible and, before your arrival at TU Delft, have alternative courses ready and approved by your home institution academic advisors. All students are given a two-week period at the start of each semester to make any appropriate modifications to study plans, pending that these changes are approved and validated by all parties. Any further queries regarding courses can be emailed to your faculty exchange coordinator.

A list of TU Delft - English BSc courses available for incoming exchange students for all faculties with the exception of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering faculty can be found on our website.

Faculty specific requirements & restrictions

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offers fixed course packages to incoming exchange students. Bachelor students can only choose from the English-taught Bachelor minor programmes. Incoming master exchange students can only choose a complete ´MSc1´ package. It is not allowed to combine courses from different ´MSc1´ packages and it is not allowed to complete thesis projects.

Exchange students can only take courses at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Exchange students from other faculties cannot obtain credits at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Exchange students coming to the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences are allowed to choose their own individual course package. But the chosen course package has to meet the following requirements:

  • At least 70% of the ECTS of the chosen courses have to be from courses that are taught in the master programmes that are offered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. In some cases students are allowed to choose Bachelor courses. The number of Bachelor courses offered in English is small.
  • The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has only limited possibilities to accept students who would like to undertake research-based project-/thesis work during their semester at TU Delft. Please note that only projects with a maximum workload of 10 EC are allowed and that students need to combine such a project with courses to obtain at least 15 EC. Students should contact the International Office CEG prior to arrival to present the work plan. Students have to find their own project and supervisor.
  • Attending courses and obtaining credits at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is not permitted.

Information about the offered courses can be found in the study guide.
Click here if you need help with choosing courses.
Click here if you want more information on how to use the study guide.

The courses available at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (AE) are listed here

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management only accepts students to take courses, a (research) project is only allowed if specifically agreed upon in a bilateral agreement.

The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering will offer fixed course packages starting from February 2018. Information is available here

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