Selection procedure

The registration period for the 2021-2022 academic year is closed.

The bachelor degree programme Computer Science and Engineering at TU Delft has a Matching & Selection (Numerus Fixus) procedure, which means that all candidates will be selected. We can welcome 500 new bachelor students for the academic year 2021-2022. Please apply before January 15, 2021.

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 core values: Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Engagement, Courage and Trust (DIRECT), as embodied in the TU Delft Code of Conduct.

Matching & Selection Procedure in short

All applicants must meet the admission requirements and participate in the 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). 

Communication

After the registration deadline has closed on January 15 at 23:59 CET, you will receive the first communication regarding the matching and selection procedure on Monday 25 January at latest. This will be in the form of an email send to the email address you have submitted in Studielink. Keep checking you (spam) inbox for our email in this period.

The first Matching & Selection email has been sent out on Friday 22 January 2021. Check your inbox and spam folder!

Steps Matching & Selection Procedure

The steps below offer a brief overview of the Matching & Selection Procedure. For more detailed information, please check brochure 2 which can be found in the relevant documents list below. You can also find the regulation that governs this procedure there. All applicants with a completed registration, will be kept informed about the various steps in the procedure through email. Applicants are responsible for checking messages in their inbox and spam folder during the entire matching and selection procedure.

1. Deadline registration ● January 15 at 23:59 CET

In order to participate in the selection procedure, you must register yourself in the Dutch national application system Studielink before January 15th. If you have an international secondary school diploma, make sure to continue your application in Osiris and submit your complete application file by January 15th 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. Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) ● between Jan 29 13:59 and Feb 12 13:59 CET

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

Completing all three elements of the NCSA online before the deadline will enable you to participate in the CST.

3. Sign up for the CST ● between Feb 8 13:59 and Feb 12 13:59 CET

Candidates who have received an invitation to complete the NCSA will also be invited by email to sign up for the Cognitive Skills Test (CST). This email will contain further information on the exact dates as well as instructions on how to sign up for the Cognitive Skills Test (CST).

There will be several slot options to take the CST between March 2nd and March 12th 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all applicants will be able to take the CST online this year. It is not possible to reserve a slot before registration opens. All candidates need to follow the same CST registration procedure. If the amount of candidates exceeds the available seats for a specific day, seats for that day will be randomly allocated among the candidates who choose this option. Candidates who do not register any preferences within the set timeframe or who are not allocated to one of their selected preferences, will be assigned a seat for one of the remaining online CST options. 

Although the CST is online this year, we recommend applicants to follow at least one of the information activities the TU Delft offers, so that you can find out if Computer Science & Engineering at TU Delft is the best education for you. For international students we want to emphasize that it is important that you orientate on what you can expect from living and studying in the Netherlands. You can start your orientation by reading the information in brochure 1, which can be found in the relevant documents list below.

Please keep in mind that all candidates need to complete the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA) in a meaningful way in order to be allowed to participate in the CST.

4. Confirmation seat CST ● before March 1

All applicants who have completed the first part of the Matching & Selection procedure, the Non-Cognitive Skills Assessment (NCSA), will receive a confirmation by email with their allocated CST seat and further information and instructions when and where to take the Cognitive Skills Tests (CST).

5. Cognitive Skills Tests (CST) ● from Mar 2 to Mar 12

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%)

The weights listed in between brackets behind the three main elements of the CST as listed above, indicate the relative weight of each test, which will be used to determine your ranking number. 

The CST takes two hours and 45 minutes in total; Math and Algorithmic & Computational Thinking each take one hour to complete and Systematic Reasoning & Logical Thinking takes 45 minutes. You cannot re-sit or re-take the CST. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all applicants will be able to take the CST online this year. For more information on how to sign up for the CST, we refer you to point 3 above. Please read brochure 3 to find out how to prepare for the CST, which you can download from the bottom of this page under Relevant documents and links. We do not provide any other study materials for the CST than the ones mentions in our brochure.

6. Self-Reflection Assessment (SRA) ● between Mar 2 13:59 and Mar 15 09:59 CET

In order to obtain a ranking number, you need to complete the SRA after you have taken the CST and before the SRA deadline. We recommend planning sufficient time for the SRA, so that you can truly reflect on your choice for Computer Science and Engineering.

7. Receive ranking number ● April 15

Only students who have completed the entire Matching & Selection procedure, consisting of the NCSA, the CST and the SRA, will receive a ranking number on April 15th in Studielink. Your ranking number will be based on your scores for the Cognitive Skills Tests (CST). Your three test scores will be calculated and converted into a final cumulative z-score, which will be ranked from lowest to highest to assign a ranking number. A low ranking number means that you have scored high compared to your fellow applicants on the CST. 

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

Your ranking number will be visible in Studielink on April 15th. If your ranking number is within our maximum of 500, you will automatically receive a (conditional) offer for CSE at the TU Delft, if not, you have to wait until one of the other applicants declines their offer.

Keep in mind that you need to confirm your offer within two weeks in Studielink. Otherwise your spot will automatically be offered to the next available applicant on the ranking list. As a result, applicants with subsequent ranking numbers can still be offered a spot after April 15th, 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. We recommend you to check Studielink at least every two weeks, to see whether your registration has been finalized completely.

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/ etc.) on time, you need to be offered a spot 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 all requirements in time before mid-June. This ensures that you can 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.


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