Selection procedure

To ensure the quality of the bachelor degree programme Computer Science and Engineering at TU Delft, a Numerus Clausus (fixed capacity) has been introduced. For the academic year 2019-2020 this capacity is set at 500 new bachelor students. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.

Matching & selection procedure

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for students who are inquisitive problem solvers, pro-active team workers and thorough analytical mindset, capable of obtaining a BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering within three to four years. Moreover, students need to adhere to and identify with the values: respect, honesty, responsibility and trust, as embodied in the Code of Honour.

Matching & Selection Procedure in short

All applicants must meet the admission requirements and participate in the online Matching & Selection procedure, which is held in English. The matching and selection procedure consists of three different parts, which all need to be completed:

  1. Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) 
  2. Cognitive Skills Test (CST)
  3. Self-Reflection Assessment (SRA)

Timeline Matching & Selection Procedure

Please check the Timeline Application and Matching & Selection BSc CSE that can be downloaded from the relevant documents list below. Note that all dates are listed as dd/mm/yyyy and times are according to CET (Central European Time/ UTC +1). 

The information about Matching & Selection procedure described here applies to 2019-2020.

From the 1st of October you can find all updated information for candidates who want to apply for the academic year of 2020-2021.


Steps Matching & Selection Procedure

The steps below are only meant to offer a brief overview of the Matching & Selection Procedure. For more detailed information, please check the brochure which can be found in the relevant documents list below. The regulation for the Matching & Selection Procedure can also be downloaded from the relevant documents list below. All applicants with a completed registration, will be kept informed about the various steps in the procedure through email. 

1. January 15 23:59 CET: Deadline registration

In order to participate in the selection procedure, you must register yourself in the Dutch national application system Studielink before January 15. If you have an international secondary school diploma, make sure to continue your application in Osiris and submit your complete application file by January 15 as well. All further communication regarding the selection procedure will be sent by email to the address you submit in Studielink. Please note that it takes time to obtain your login for Studielink and to complete your application, so start in time as all deadlines are fixed. 

2. Completed registrations will receive an invite before February 1

All applicants with a completed registration will receive an invitation by email to participate in the first part of the Matching & Selection Procedure: the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA). This email will contain further instructions on the exact procedure. 

3. Feb 1 – Feb 15 13:59 CET: Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA)

The first part of the Matching & Selection procedure is the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) and consists of the following elements:

  1. Online Student Experience
  2. Motivation & Perseverance
  3. Group work

You need to complete all three elements of the NCSA before February 15 at 13:59 CET.

4. Completed NCSA receive invite before March 1 to participate in CST

All applicants who have completed the first part of the Matching & Selection procedure, the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA), will receive an invitation by email with further information and instructions to participate in the Cognitive Skills Tests (CST). 

5A. March 1 – March 15 13:59 CET: Cognitive Skills Tests (CST)

The CST is the selective part of the procedure and consists of the following three elements:

  • Math (40%)
  • Systematic Reasoning & Logical Thinking (20%)
  • Algorithmic & Computational Thinking (40%)

You need to complete all three elements of the CST before March 15 at 13:59 CET. The complete CST takes three hours in total; each element lasts one hour. Once you start, you have to complete the entire CST and once completed, this part of the Matching & Selection procedure is finalized. You cannot re-sit or re-take the CST. The weights listed in between brackets behind the three main elements of the CST as listed above, indicate the relative weight of that test when calculating the final overall grade. 

The CST is the only part of the Matching & Selection procedure that will be proctored online. This means that you and your computer screen will be monitored during the CST to ensure the integrity of the CST. More information about the tests and what to prepare will be stated in the brochure that will be available online as of the November 15.

5B. March 1 – March 15 13:59 CET: Self-Reflection Assessment (SRA)

After completing the CST you can finalize the Matching & Selection procedure by completing the Self-Reflection Assessment (SRA) before March 15 at 13:59 CET. Please note that the SRA needs to be completed within the same time frame as the CST. We recommend planning the SRA a couple of days after having taken the CST, so that you can truly reflect on your choice for Computer Science and Engineering. 

6. April 15: Receive ranking number

Starting from April 15, you will receive your rank number in Studielink

The ranking will be based on the three criteria tested in the Cognitive Skills Test (CST). All final scores will be ranked from lowest to highest and will be assigned a ranking number. A low rank number means that you have scored high compared to your fellow applicants on the CST. Only students who have completed the entire Matching & Selection procedure, consisting of the NCSA, the CST and the SRA will receive a ranking number. 

7. Accept your spot within 2 weeks & finalize your registration

Ranking numbers will be visible in Studielink after April 15. If the ranking number is within our maximum, you will automatically receive a (conditional) offer, if not, you have to wait until one of the other applicants declines their offer or you can try again next year. Please note that you can only participate three times in total for the matching and selection procedure of Computer Science and Engineering.

You must confirm your acceptance of this offer within two weeks, by completing your registration in Studielink. Otherwise, your spot will go to the applicant with the next rank number. This means that after April 15, applicants with subsequent rank numbers can still be offered a spot, so make sure to keep an eye on Studielink and your email. Please be aware that most applicants will receive a conditional offer as they still have to meet the entry requirements of the programme, e.g. graduate from your secondary education. In order to finalize your registration you may need to upload certain documents to demonstrate that you have met the entry requirements, so make sure to regularly double check Studielink to see whether your registration has been completely finalized.

Important note for students with an International diploma

Non-EU nationality

The deadline for receiving your online confirmation statement and the full payment is July 1. In order to arrange all services like your (visa/residence permit/housing/opening bank account) on time, you need to be ranked within the fixed capacity before mid-June, as the entire visa procedure can take four to six 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. Please note that you may need another three to four weeks to pick up your visa at the Dutch Embassy or Consulate-General, due to longer waiting lists for visa appointments in summer.

If you need accommodation, TU Delft will determine the order in which students will gain access to the housing portal. This includes a first-paid, first-served procedure, based on when we have received your full payment. Please note that TU Delft cannot guarantee housing. We advise all students to start in time with looking for housing, as this increases your chances of finding (affordable) housing.

EU nationality

The deadline for receiving your online confirmation statement and the full payment is July 1.

If you need accommodation, TU Delft will determine the order in which students will gain access to the housing portal. This includes a first-paid, first-served procedure, based on when we have received your full payment. Please note that TU Delft cannot guarantee housing. We advise all students to start in time with looking for housing, as this increases your chances of finding (affordable) housing.