The courses in the Bachelor's degree programme provide you with an introduction to the field of study. In addition, you deepen your knowledge of Mathematics and Mechanics through foundation courses. In principle, the Bachelor's degree programme prepares you for one of the specialisations in the Master's degree programme in Civil Engineering. In short: the Bachelor's degree programme provides you with a basis for your future specialisation.
The academic year is divided into four ten-week periods. During the first two years, you take eight weeks of lectures in each period, followed by two weeks of exams. You follow four courses in each period. In the fifth week of each period, you take digital tests on the material covered in each application course.
An application course teaches you more about the Construction, Water and Transport fields of study. As a result, you have fewer exams during the examination period. Each period includes time for the Bouwplaats ('Building Site'), which covers laboratory courses and skills such as presenting, programming and drawing. Attendance at the Bouwplaats is compulsory, and the work is subject to assessment. In principle, there are no exams. If you carry out the work assigned to you satisfactorily, you will receive credits for it.
The third year is structured differently, without the Bouwplaats. You ultimately complete your Bachelor's programme with a final assignment that resembles a coursework project, after which you will be entitled to use the title Bachelor of Science (BSc).
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Internship & study abroad
Internships may only be arranged during your Master's programme, and are selected as an elective. During an internship, you become acquainted with technical, social, economic and organisational aspects of professional civil engineering practice. In addition, you learn more about a specific field of study and develop social and communication skills. The ideal internship is a combination of learning in practice and deepening your knowledge. Internships may be done in the Netherlands or abroad. The internships are offered to the faculty's Internship Office by contractors, consultancies, engineering firms and government agencies.
As a Civil Engineering student you have various opportunities to go abroad (as part of your degree programme). You can spend time working or studying abroad as an exchange student, by doing an internship or by participating in a project. Experience gained abroad contributes to both your personal and professional development. It helps make you more attractive to employers in the Netherlands and abroad.
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Delft Honours Programme Delft
The Delft Honours Programme is for ambitious students who are looking for a challenge over and above what their curriculum offers. This is in addition to your regular study programme. It gives you the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge in or outside your field of specialisation, to work on your personal development and to collaborate with students on other programmes.
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Would you like to be responsible for a world first? At TU Delft you have the opportunity to be involved in unique student projects in which students from many disciplines work together. Projects worked on by these Dreamteams include the world’s fastest bicycle, the fastest solar-powered car and the altitude record for amateur-built rockets. Dreamteams compete in worldwide competitions and achieve fantastic results that put TU Delft on the map.
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Top sporting talent
Do you want to become a top-level athlete while studying for your degree? TU Delft supports students who combine their studies with top-level sporting activities and invests in the development of talent in and outside the lecture halls. Because it is often difficult to combine a regular programme of study with a top-level sports training programme, we offer special facilities and provisions for recognised top-level athletes. This includes coaching by academic counsellors and top-level sports coordinators, financial support in the form of the Graduation Support Scheme, sponsorship, and access to the sports facilities at X.
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Student support and guidance
During your studies, you are not on your own. In your first year of study you will be assigned a mentor who will help you to familiarise yourself with the campus and your study programme. Your mentor is there to answer questions you have during your new life as a student. In addition, every degree programme has academic counsellors to help you with questions about your degree programme and everything related to it. If you have questions about matters such as study planning, study delay and studying with a disability, we have a group of student counsellors, psychologists and study and careers advisers who are ready to help. Together they form the Student & Career Support team.
Study Load per week
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.
The 'Practische Studie' Society
The 'Practische Studie' (PS) student society is involved in the organisation of activities that support and supplement the degree programme. PS also contributes to the quality of education by evaluating courses, before and during the period. PS has special education committees for this purpose. In addition, students with complaints can turn to the Commissioner for the Bachelor's programme. These commissioners handle complaints and take action if necessary.
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