FAQ

Admission

How can I enrol?

You have to apply before the 15th of January as CSE is a so-called Numerus Clausus programme with a fixed capacity. Make sure to check whether you meet the admission requirements before you apply.  Applicants need to participate in an online Matching and Selection procedure. Based on the outcome of this procedure applicants with a ranking number within our maximum will automatically receive a (conditional) offer through Studielink.

Can I still enrol after the 15th of January?

Enrolment for the upcoming academic year is only possible through the Dutch national enrolment system Studielink before the 15th of January. After the 15th of January enrolment for all Numerus Clausus programmes is closed for the upcoming academic year. If you are too late, you have to check whether you can apply at a different university, reconsider the programme of your choice or wait another year. Please note that correct enrolment does not guarantee a spot, this is dependent on how well you do in comparison to the other applicants in the online Matching and Selection procedure.

How difficult is the BSc CSE?

The programme is challenging and time demanding. It is important to work hard from the beginning and to spend an average of about 40 hours a week on your studies. Make sure to focus on your studies, attend most lectures and to stay on top of everything, that will help you in succeeding with the programme. There is a good dose of mathematics in the first year, as this is essential for Computer Science and Engineering. Advanced knowledge of mathematics B is therefore required. Please note that it is quite common for students to take four years to complete their bachelor programme.

Can I switch programmes and/or transfer credits?

If you want to change from another programme, be aware that almost all students need to start from scratch again. Only in a limited number of cases can you transfer some of your credits. In most cases this equates to being exempted for a (few) course(s). You can request an exemption with the Board of Examiners once you have been admitted to the programme and your registration has been completed. Feel free to consult your academic counsellor for advice, preferably 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the course(s). Please keep in mind that you can only start the BSc CSE in September.

Differences with other programmes & universities

What is the difference between CSE at TU Delft and at another university?

Computer Science and Engineering is offered at the following universities in the Netherlands: Eindhoven University of Technology, the University of Twente and TU Delft. The bachelor programmes are quite similar in content. However, each university has its own specialisations. The master programmes that are offered, provide a good indication of these specialisations and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the electives in the bachelor programmes. Educational philosophies may differ however, the ‘Twente Education Model’ for instance combines its courses into themes and project modules. The programmes also differ per university in terms of atmosphere and character. The best way to find out what is most suitable for you is to experience this for yourself.

What is the difference between CSE at TU Delft and at a University of Applied Sciences (HBO)?

At TU Delft you will learn to tackle and resolve problems at an academic, more analytical level. You will use theories to be able to understand and answer questions like: ‘Why has this been done in this way?’, ‘Is there a better way of doing it?’, and ‘Can I prove that my current method is the optimal way?’. At an University of Applied Sciences the programmes offered have a more practical orientation and are more focused on learning and applying a range of widely used programming languages, whereas at a research university you will learn the underlying principles of programming languages. This will make it easier for you to learn new programming languages in the future, and maybe even develop new programming languages. The programmes also differ per institute in terms of atmosphere and character. The best way to find out what is most suitable for you is to experience this for yourself.

I want to take two degree programmes at the same time, is that possible?

Few students are able to combine two programmes, as this requires a lot of planning, perseverance, dedication and talent. If you are considering this however, we recommend you to take a look at the curricula of both programmes, as well as the timetables to see what a regular week would look like. After that you want to check the study guide to get more insight into the courses that you need to take. We advise those who are interested to compile a study planning and contact the academic advisors of both programmes in order to discuss this. Please be aware that we cannot cater the programme to your needs, you need to find out a way to combine both programmes together and make it work.

Extra-curricular

Can I go on exchange?

Yes, you can decide to go on exchange in the first semester of your third year, provided you meet the requirements.

What honours programmes are on offer?

Some students participate in the Next Generation Robotics interdisciplinary honours class, whereas others may want to apply for the TU Delft Honours Programme.

Which dream teams are there?

You may have heard of the solar challenge down under, but there are many other interesting dream teams out there too!

Matching & Selection

I have a functional disability, can I get more time?

Candidates who have been diagnosed with a learning disability and/or are experiencing extenuating circumstances can request extra time for the Cognitive Skills Tests, by contacting selection-bsc-cse@tudelft.nl. Requests need to be supported with documentation (e.g. medical or psychological statement) and should be submitted before the deadline of January 15th.

If I receive a (conditional) offer, does this mean that I’m done?

When you are offered a spot, you still need to make sure that you meet the admission requirements and finalize your registration in Studielink. You may need to upload certain documents before specific deadlines, to demonstrate that you have met the entry requirements. Make sure to check Studielink on a regular basis, to see whether you have completed your registration.

Can I keep my spot for next year?

If you do well on the Matching & Selection procedure you have 2 weeks to accept the spot that has been offered. If you decide to change your mind and take a gap year, please be aware that you cannot change the start date of your studies and keep your spot. You will then have used an opportunity and will have to apply and participate in the entire Matching & Selection procedure again.

What does BSA for the 1st year mean?

To ensure that there is a fit between the student and the programme all Dutch universities are required by Dutch law to issue a Binding Study Advice. At TU Delft this means that you have to obtain at least 45/60 ECTS in your first year. You will have 12 courses in total, divided over 4 quartiles. If you pass a course, you will obtain 5 ECTS, which means that you have to pass at least 75% of your first year courses. If you do not obtain 45 ECTS, you will not be allowed to re-register for this programme at TU Delft for the coming four years.

In previous years the number of students who are allowed to continue with the programme and have thus received a positive BSA is between 60-75 %. On average about 67% of students have received a positive BSA (excluding the students who quit before the 1st of February). Through the Matching & Selection procedure we try to ensure that candidates who join the BSc CSE are better prepared and are more likely to obtain their BSA. Please note that students who obtain 45 ECTS in their first year are likely to take 4 years to obtain their BSc degree.

Practical information programme

Is everything in English?

All lectures, lab sessions, literature and exams are offered in English. Even though the official language is English, the TU Delft is located in the Netherlands and while the Dutch consistently score high in international rankings with their English language skills, the official language is Dutch. For that reason we recommend students to take a Dutch language course in summer prior to the start of the academic year, to make you feel more at home.

Which laptop do you recommend?

TU Delft has a range of computer rooms, but you are expected to have your own laptop. You will need a laptop for laboratory courses and projects, and it is also useful for self-study. It is up to you which operating system you want to use. The laptop project at TU Delft enables you to buy a good laptop at a discount and also comes with IT support.

What does a normal week look like?

Each week you’ll have lectures, lab sessions, work in groups and spend a considerable amount of time on self-study. The programmes offered at TU Delft are challenging and demand a lot of your time and energy. Most students easily spend 40 hours or more on their studies. You can find the current timetable as well as an overview of the academic year and when holidays are scheduled.

What kind of student guidance and support is available?

All first year students take part in the mentorship programme where you will receive guidance and support in small groups. Attention is paid to study skills and you can discuss problems or concerns with each other. It is a great way to become acquainted with each other, the programme and TU Delft.

If you want to discuss your progress, study planning or personal matters, you can consult one of the academic counsellors. Students with a functional disability, such as a physical disability, dyslexia or an autism spectrum disorder are recommended to contact the academic counsellor prior to the start of the academic year.

TU Delft also organises various workshops and trainings which focus on personal growth, as well as and offers the possibility of talking to a student psychologist if needed.

Practical information

Is it easy to find a job?

Please note that your studies will take up the majority of your time. Study weeks of 40 hours or even more are common for students at TU Delft. For some this means that having a side job is not realistic, others may want to use their programming skills with side job, which is easier to find if you also speak Dutch. Make sure to double check whether you need a work permit and if there is a restriction in the number of hours that you are allowed to work.

What is it like to study in the Netherlands?

If you’re interested in studying in the Netherlands and want to know more about the Dutch educational system and all kinds of practical matters, like cost of living, we recommend to check Study in Holland, which has been developed by the Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for international education.

How expensive is it to study in the Netherlands?

We recommend to ensure that you have sufficient funds available to cover your daily living expenses as well as your tuition fee and books. Remember that prices fluctuate and exchange rates change, moreover most students spend a lot of time on their studies, which leaves little or no time for a side job. 

Keep in mind that it is quite common for students to take four years to complete their programme. We thus advise you to take that in consideration when calculating your budget.

Where can I find more information about scholarships?

TU Delft currently offers scholarships for Master students. Click here to find scholarships for bachelor programmes.

How can I find a room?

The earlier you start, the greater the chance you will find a room. We recommend using the TU Delft housing service. Please use common sense and be wary of paying any deposits to private individuals up front without having seen a room in person.

Student life

What is the difference between a study association and a student association?

Each degree programme at TU Delft has its own study association. The study association represents the interests of students, organises study-related activities, such as educational trips, lectures and excursions, as well as social activities.

Student associations are not affiliated with a degree programme or with TU Delft and are more focused on social and other aspects. There are all kinds of student associations, ranging from general interests to associations based on culture, sports or politics.

Do I have to join a study association?

The study association of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering is Christiaan Huygens (CH). CH organises interesting and fun activities throughout the year, but also before the start of the academic year, during the general introduction week called OWee. They also organise a book sale at the start of the academic year, where members receive a discount. You can also contact them if you have any questions, comments or complaints about the examinations, lecturers or courses. You do not have to become a member, but is recommended.

Do I have to join a student association?

No, you do not have to, but it is a good way of getting to know people, especially if you are new to Delft. For more information on student associations, click here.

What other activities and associations can I join at TU Delft?

TU Delft offers a wide range of Sports & Culture activities to explore yourself and expand your playground.