Frequently asked questions

Admission and application

How do I apply and what do I need?

All necessary information can be found here. After applying online and sending in your hard copy documents, your previous education level will be checked. 

What is the selection procedure?

The BSc Aerospace Engineering only allows a limited number of students to start each year. The selection procedure intends to assess how well the applicant matches the educational programme. Important evaluation criteria are the applicant’s motivation and level of academic knowledge and skills. If you want to study in our bachelor programme you must participate in this procedure. Read here about the steps in the selection process. 

Can I start in spring?

Unfortunately, it is only possible to start the BSc or MSc programme of Aerospace Engineering at the TU Delft in September. 

What are my study costs?

All the information about the costs of your study can be found in the following link. Please note that the tuition fees increase yearly due to inflation.

Can I apply without my final grades or English test results?

You can apply without your final grades if you send your most recent list of grades. However your final secondary school diploma needs to be send to the International Office in June. Unfortunately it is not possible to apply without the results of your proficiency in English so make sure that you plan the English test as soon as possible so that you have the results before the application deadline. 

Studying Aerospace Engineering

What is the binding study advice (BSA)?

TU Delft employs the BSA system: the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies. This means that you must obtain at least 75 per cent of your credits (i.e. 45 of the 60 ECTS) in your first year in order to continue your programme. If you receive a negative binding recommendation on the continuation of studies, you will not be permitted to enroll in this programme again in the next 4 years.

How many hours of lectures do I get in the first year?

A normal day of lectures starts at 08.45 and finishes at 17.30. Students spend an average of 30 hours a week at the faculty, excluding independent study time. Generally speaking, lectures are not compulsory, but most laboratory courses and projects are subject to attendance requirements. The lecturers choose suitable methods for conveying the subject matter, such as the explanation of theory in lectures, the application of theory during small-scale classroom lessons and working with other students in projects.

How long do students take to obtain their degree?

The average time to complete the BSc and MSc is seven years. this might seem like quite a long time for a five year programme, however, some students decide to extend their study time due to internships, work, sports or other activities on the side.

Which courses are given in the first year?

The first year has the following courses:

  • Exploring Aerospace Engineering
  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering I/II
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Aerospace Design and Systems Engineering Elements I
  • Materials and Structures for Aircraift and Spacecraft
  • Design and Construction
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Programming I
  • Statics
  • Physics I/II
  • Dynamics
  • Calculus I/II
  • Linear Algebra
When do I have to choose a specialisation?

You have to choose a specialisation after completing the BSc programme, when you decide on your MSc. During your BSc you have some freedom to choose your own minor in the third year, apart from this all your courses are mandatory. 

What graduation topics are offered?

Within the MSc Aerospace Engineering five tracks are offered, within those tracks you can find different profiles. During the MSc you also choose a few elective courses. The five tracks are the following:

  • Aerodynamics and Wind Energy
    • Aerodynamics
    • Wind Energy 
  • Flight Performance and Propulsion
    • Flight Performance
    • Propulsion and Power
  • Aerospace Structures and Materials
    • Materials
    • Structures
    • Manufacturing
    • Durability
  • Control and Operations
    • Control and Simulation
    • Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects
    • Air Transport Operations
  • Spaceflight
    • Space Engineering
    • Space Exploration

You can find more information on the MSc tracks and course on the website.

Is the programme in English?

Yes, the programme is fully taught in English.

Can I become a pilot or astronaut?

No, this programme offers no education towards becoming a pilot or astronaut. 


What kind of laptop do I need?

Every year, TU Delft organises a laptop project.This project enables (future) students and employees to buy a laptop at discount price. You can find more information here. It is not mandatory to buy your laptop via the TU Delft.

Are there scholarships available for the BSc Aerospace Engineering?

No, TU Delft does not offer scholarships for any of its bachelor programmes. For MSc programmes, however, there are several scholarships available.

Do I need to know the Dutch language?

It is not necessary to learn the Dutch language to survive in the Netherlands since most people can communicate in English. However, the university does offer some opportunities to learn the Dutch language for those interested. However the Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and all MSc programmes at TU Delft are taught entirely in English. 

Does the TU Delft offer housing?

Yes, the TU Delft works together with DUWO, the housing organisation, that offers rooms with private and shared facilities. All rooms are fully furnished. Please refer to their website for an impression of the rooms offered by DUWO. 

Visiting the TU Delft

How can I sign up for the open day?

Please find all information on how to sign up on our website. 

If I can’t make it to the open days can I still visit the faculty?

If you really can’t make it to the open days the students of the communication office can offer you a tour of the faculty. To make an appointment please contact:

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