Thematic minor overview
A+BE Architecture and the Built Environment AE Aerospace Engineering AES Applied Earth Sciences AM Applied Mathematics AP Applied Physics CE Civil Engineering CS&E Computer Science and Engineering CSE Clinical Technology EE Electrical Engineering IDE Industrial Design Engineering LST Life Science & Technology MST Molecular Science & Technology MT Marine Technology TPM Technology, Policy and Management
LDE Leiden, Delft, Erasmus LD Leiden, Delft EUR Erasmus University Rotterdam VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
On this page you will find a list of minors that will be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year. The offer for 2022-2023 will be available in March 2022.
Engineering with AIIt is highly probable that you will be influenced by AI during your studies and in your professional life. In this minor you will be educated to actively employ AI techniques in your field of studies and you will acquire the ability to understand AI and work together with AI expert engineers to reason about and build dedicated AI solutions. If you have an interest in creating AI-enabled solutions themselves, this minor is set up for you. It will require your technical understanding of both the underlying data fed into the AI system and the algorithm running the AI system. You will also be acquainted with the limitations and ethical considerations of AI. You will get to know all the ins and outs of AI, will be able to tune settings or implement specific AI algorithms in software, and will learn what is ‘under the hood’ of the AI toolkit. By completing this minor, you should be able to know how to apply AI techniques, define AI problems and solutions in your field of expertise, and will be able to recognize limits and failures of AI solutions applied to the field and mitigate them. Note on the future of this minor This minor starts as a pilot and with each new year of its operation we plan to revise (and improve) its programme and open it to a larger cohort of students (eventually also aiming at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University students). Eligibility criteria In terms of credit points a minimum of 80 EC obtained from your major programme is required. In terms of prior knowledge, basic knowledge of linear algebra and probability theory and basic programming skills are needed to attend this minor. Students that will not be allowed to attend this minor are: HBO students, students outside of TU Delft, and Computer Science undergraduate students of TU Delft. As the pilot for the academic year 2021-2022, the minor is only open to TUD students. Engineering with AI Minor (TI-Mi-225) course: The content equivalent for BSc TW students: To be replaced by: TI3105TU Introduction to Python Programming AM1090 Introduction to Programming CSE2520 Big data Processing TI3111TU Algorithms & Data Structures TI1520AM Algorithms & Data Structures CSE1400 Computer Organisation Learning objectives The main learning objectives are as follows, split per three core pillars: Computational thinking: The student will be able to explain the basic concepts of computational thinking, describe how algorithms operate on data, and discuss the differences in the complexity of algorithms. Artificial Intelligence: The student will be able to describe the fundamental concepts and techniques of AI, explain the possibilities and limitations of AI systems and the importance of their validation, and can apply at least one AI technique or analyse an AI application area, preferably in the field of the major. Societal impact: The student will be able to examine the technological, societal and regulatory perspectives on AI, assess the impact of deploying AI-based solutions and interventions on individuals, organizations and society, and apply ethical considerations in the design of its own AI system in the field of his/her major. Courses Quarter 1 [TI3105TU] Introduction to Python Programming. The course aims at achieving a programming level that is needed to be able to implement AI algorithms. You will be able to work with external libraries, which can also be applied to the use of popular AI packages used by academia and industry. [TI3140TU] Introduction to AI and Engineering Responsible AI. The course aims at explaining the most common views on what AI is. You will be able to examine the technological, societal and regulatory perspectives on AI and assess the impact of deploying AI-based solutions and interventions on individuals, organisations, and society. [TI3111TU] Algorithms and Data Structures. he course aims at providing foundational knowledge of computer science concepts required in programming AI algorithms and manipulating AI data structures. Quarter 2 [TI3145TU] Introduction to Machine Learning. The course aims at learning the basic concepts underlying machine learning techniques and applying and fine-tuning Python machine learning algorithms on various datasets. [TI3150TU] Capstone Applied AI project. In this course, you will apply the topics learned in the previous minor courses on a group project with regards to your field of study. The project will be supervised by faculty staff and PhD students from the major field of study of your major. Responsible education programme Computer Science and Engineering More information email@example.com
Environmental Engineering and Sustainable DesignIn deze minor ga je aan de slag met ontwerpproblemen voor dragende constructies en kritische onderdelen uit weg- en rail infrastructuur, en leer je over specifieke eigenschappen van primaire en gerecyclede bouwmaterialen.
FinanceThe financial world never sleeps: always things are happening that affect our lives. The minor Finance gives an overview over this world, and teaches you insight into important quantitative aspects, such as pricing of derivatives, financial models, and risk management.
Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development (LDE)The LDE minor Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development offers in-depth insight into how and under which conditions frugal innovation can be accomplished and contribute to sustainable global development.
Geo-resources for the Future (LDE)Geo-resources are used everywhere in our daily life, it’s not just the petrol that drives our cars and busses and the gas that warms our houses. Geo-resources are also needed to make sustainable energy sources. Rare earth metals are for instance used for solar cells, wind turbines, electric motors, and last but not least in our mobile phones. Language: English For students from: All Bachelor students from TU Delft, Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR students may follow only Q1 i.e. 15 EC) Students from various disciplines who are interested in social, economic, environmental and political aspects of the exploitation and trade in geo-resources We are facing challenges: Increasing CO 2 emissions are causing climate change and call for an energy transition towards renewable energy sources. In addition, the supplies of fossil fuels and minerals are limited and their availability and prices strongly depend on global politics. In order to tackle this complex societal challenge, various viewpoints have to be considered. In this Minor, you will learn about the various disciplines that are involved in a responsible exploitation and trading of geo-resources and practice their integration. You will work on economic, environmental and social aspects that are needed to achieve a ‘licence to operate’. How is it done today and what do we need to change tomorrow? We need your active participation in group work and interactive work forms (e.g. debates, games, workshops). What you will learn? What will you do? Structure of the minor Courses in this Minor Register A taste of all disciplines involved in responsible exploitation of geo-resources. Geo-resources are not to be let to the geologists – they are an issue of social scientists, economists, politicians, and environmentalists. The complex nature of extracting and trading geo-resources and what is actually needed to do this responsibly. How the topic of circular economy links to geo-resources. The technological, institutional and economical value chain per geo-resource, including historical knowledge. The impact of climate policies, consequences for fossil fuels and subsidies Hear stories from the real world and discuss with experts in the field. Dissemble scrapped mobile phones and search for the precious metals. Excursions Build a Wiki Write an essay on a pressing problem (with prior essay writing workshop) Play the role-playing simulation game Oasistan and find out the cultural dimension of resource extraction. Participate in debates Group project In Quarter 1 the minor consists of the Forum, where three modules and self-study are embedded. All modules will be given in a blended form , i.e. partly face-to-face (e.g. lectures) and partly online (e.g. part of MOOC’s, web lectures, online documents). At the beginning, we will align the knowledge base of students from the various disciplines by guided self-studies with material provide. Knowledge acquired in the three modules will be integrated in weekly activities in the so called Forum (e.g. debates, stories from experts in the field, excursions, games, workshops). Module 1 Geo-resources 1.0: Past & Present (5 EC) Geosciences and engineering aspects: what are resources, where are they found, how are they exploited; competition between use of resources, environmental impact of exploitation; historical perspective and state-of-the-art. Module 2 Political Economy of geo-resources (5 EC) Political economy, geo-politics, energy trading, institutional economics, governance, regulations, impact on prosperity, international relations. Module 3 Geo-resources 2.0: towards the future (5 EC) Energy transition, Resource Scarcity, Security of supply, Circular Economy, Geo-(risk) management, management of innovations, Social Corporate Responsibility In Quarter 2 (optional for EUR students), students will work in groups of 4 to 5 students on a specific topic/case study. Each topic falls within one theme that combines a number of case studies; the Forum remains as a place to interact between groups. Study guide See the digital Study guide for a list of courses and their contents. Register? Visit minors.tudelft.nl Contact Dr. Anne Pluymakers Anne.Pluymakers@tudelft.nl Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Heritage & DesignIn this minor, you will learn to develop concepts for the transformation of urban areas, landscapes, public spaces and buildings. The basis for these interventions is a historical analysis of the site and knowledge of architectural history. The challenge is to preserve monumental values, existing qualities and the sense of place – while giving way for an intervention that allows for a new function and prepares a site for an up-to-date use. Studies of heritage and other subjects form an important framework. Language : English Participating institutions : Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment Maximum participants: 40 Education methods: Design studios, lectures, excursions and a seminar Selection minor: Yes, admissible TU Delft students will be selected based on their BSc programme to achieve an even interdisciplinary group. For whom? BSc students from TU Delft: all faculties. BSc students from Leiden University and Erasmus University: this minor is open to students from most BSc programmes of Leiden University and Erasmus University. For the exact BSc programmes from Leiden University and Erasmus University with which you can apply for this minor please check www.minors.tudelft.nl. BSc students from other Dutch universities: students with a background in art history, architectural history, archaeology, landscape architecture, and planning are asked to provide a letter of motivation and portfolio to establish whether they have the right skills and frame of reference. BSc students from HBO: HBO students with a background in art history, architectural history, archaeology, landscape architecture, and planning are asked to provide a letter of motivation and portfolio to establish whether they have the right skills and frame of reference. This minor consists of 2 quarters (both of 15 ECs); each with a separate content. For students of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft it is possible to follow either just quarter 1 or just quarter 2, or to follow both quarter 1 and 2. For all other students who are admissible to this minor, it is only possible to follow either quarter 1, or both quarter 1 and 2. Please be aware that each quarter has a separate minor code. If you would like to follow both quarter 1 and 2, you should register for both minor codes in Osiris. Quarter 1: City and Landscape: Heritage and Transformation Quarter 2: Minor Design: Architecture and Heritage Minor code: BK-MI-211 You will immerse yourself in the issue of cultural-historical continuity and urban identity. In this minor the focus lies on how today we handle cultural heritage and necessary urban renewal with reference to changing functional requirements. Related to the urban renewal we also focus on the use of public areas and historical buildings in an old city centre. To approach these complex tasks, you will be challenged to familiarise yourself with the specific design skills and knowledge of urban development of Dutch cities. You will delve into analysis methods and various theoretic approaches, as well as in cultural, societal and philosophical aspects. You will have the opportunity to obtain knowledge in and to practise with aspects as historical identity, value assessment and spatial intervention with objects and structures of cultural heritage in a historical environment. In the studios research is done in small groups. For the design assignments, we will work in a transdisciplinary manner, using a variety of design skills (architectural/landscape design, sketching, mood boards, collage, models, etc.). What will you learn? You will practise in analysis of urban, architectural and landscape heritage and will make a simple landscape architectural plan for an intervention in a cultural landscape or urban green heritage site. At the end of the minor you will have enhanced/improved your: knowledge about the main characteristics and periods of urbanisation and landscape transformation in the Netherlands from the tenth to the twenty-first century; ability to place these developments in their art-historical, economic, political and demographic context; knowledge about cultural heritage in the form of urban projects and structures ability to apply different methods and techniques for analysis of built heritage, regarding its urban context and historical development, the functionality, the materials used, and the technical development; ability to recognise current urban problems concerning cultural heritage; knowledge about approaches and work methods concerning appreciation, repurpose, and redevelopment of historically valuable objects within an old town; ability to make and present your landscape and spatial design choices on different scales, based on analysis and evaluation of historical information; ability to justify your point of view in discussions about the valuation of heritage on different scales and about merging old and new in case of an intervention. Course overview The programme consists of one lecture series and two studio assignments, accounting for a total of 15 ECs. History of Dutch Cities and Landscapes - lecture series (BK7551): 5 ECs City and Transformation - studio assignments (BK7555): 5 ECs Landscape and Transition - studio assignments (BK7550): 5 ECs The lecture series will be followed by a written exam. The studio assignments will be followed by a presentation of the analysis reports and a presentation of landscape design proposals. For course descriptions, please visit the study guide . Minor code: BK-MI-212 You will develop your skills as a designer of interventions to historic buildings of cultural heritage quality. In this minor the particular focus lies on how we currently handle cultural heritage and necessary urban renewal with reference to changing function requirements. Related to the urban renewal we focus on the use of public areas as well as the interior spaces of historical buildings in an old city centre. To approach these complex tasks, you will be challenged to familiarise yourself with the specific design skills and knowledge of artistic and architectural development of Dutch cities. In addition, you will delve into analysis methods and various theoretical approaches, as well as in cultural, societal, philosophical and environmental aspects of Heritage and Architecture. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge in and to practise with aspects such as historical identity, value assessment and spatial intervention with objects and structures of cultural heritage in a historical environment. History is used as inspiration for the design. What will you learn? You will practise the interaction between history and design. At the end of the minor you will have enhanced/improved your: knowledge about the main characteristics and periods of architecture and art in The Netherlands from the tenth to the twenty-first century; knowledge about relevant cultural, economic and political processes in development of art and architecture; knowledge about cultural heritage in relation to buildings and monuments; knowledge about approaches and work methods concerning appreciation, repurpose and redevelopment of historically valuable objects within an old town; ability to analyse heritage buildings and ensembles regarding their urban context and historical development, the functionality, the materials used, and the technical development; understanding of “Architectural Heritage” and relevant terminology (e.g. ‘Values of Heritage’, ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’, ‘Integrity’, ‘Reversibility’, and ‘Authenticity’, etc.). ability to make architectural and spatial design choices on different scales, based on analysis and evaluation of current historical information; ability to put historic research and contextual analysis in a functional relation with a design task; ability to combine the existing building fabric, methodically recorded and analysed, with your own modern design concept to create a stimulating project; ability to present and explain your design choices, justify your position about merging old and new in case of an architectural intervention. Course overview The programme consists of two lecture series and one studio assignment, accounting for a total of 15 ECs. Heritage: Theory and Practice - lecture series (BK7552): 5 ECs History of Dutch architecture and art (BK7554): 5 ECs Architecture and Re-use - studio assignment (BK7553): 5 ECs The lecture series will be followed by an exam. The studio assignments will be followed by a presentation of the design proposals for interventions in an historical building. For course descriptions, please visit the study guide . Contact Dr. Ivan Nevzgodin I.Nevzgodin@tudelft.nl Student about this minor: “It was a very instructive minor, because I’ve been able to develop many skills, which I haven’t developed during my own bachelor program (TPM). Also, by following this minor I’ve seen a completely different side of the field.” - Anna Little (TPM) Register for this minor
House of the FutureThe focus of this minor is the study of spatial and formal concepts, specifically in the domain of housing design, in the light of changing cultural, societal, ecological, and technological conditions. An emphasis is placed on the evolvement of insights and skills on the level of design exploration, representation, and communication. Minor code: BK-MI-123 Language : English Participating institutions : Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment Maximum participants: 60 Education methods: Design projects, workshops, lectures and portfolio Selection minor: No The central theme is ‘the House of the Future (past and present)’. In three interrelated study trajectories, working individually as well as in groups, design based and -driven studies are carried out, making active use of the Form Studies and Modelling facilities of the faculty. In a series of lectures and precedent-based studies, the minor will address evocative utopian projects and boundary-shifting housing prototypes of the past. For whom? BSc students from TU Delft: BSc programme of Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design. BSc students from Leiden University and Erasmus University: this minor is open to students from a few specific BSc programmes of Leiden University and Erasmus University. For the exact BSc programmes from Leiden University and Erasmus University with which you can apply for this minor please check www.minors.tudelft.nl. BSc students from other Dutch universities: you are asked to provide a portfolio to establish whether you have sufficient design skills and the right frame of reference. BSc students from HBO: you are asked to provide a portfolio to establish whether you have sufficient design skills and the right frame of reference. What will you learn? At the end of the minor you: have acquired knowledge, insights, and skills in the domains of architectural design, analysis, and presentation; have developed new insights and knowledge concerning the realization of designs, specifically relating to housing concepts and innovative approaches to lifestyle, materialization, and production; have acquired an active, inquisitive attitude concerning architectonic and architectural issues of design; have developed abilities in the targeted analysis of design precedents and the effective representation and communication of findings, using various representation techniques as well as digital and physical models; have the ability to work individually and in a team, carrying out designerly studies, documenting results, visualizing proposals and bringing these across to a professional audience. Course overview The programme consists of three courses with a total of 30 ECs. Project House of the Future – Design (BK7800): Quarter 1 and 2 Analysis and Model Study – Design Analysis (BK8710): Quarter 1 and 2 Imaging and Communication – Form Study (BK7820): Quarter 1 For course descriptions, please visit the study guide . Contact Peter Koorstra P.A.Koorstra@tudelft.nl Ir. Geert Coumans G.Coumans@tudelft.nl Student about this minor: “Looking back on half a year of House of the Future, I am glad to have chosen this minor. It was sometimes very busy and I had to learn to focus on each to the three different subjects that make up the minor. I found the tutors of each of these subjects to be enthusiastic and supportive. In all, I had an interesting and stimulating semester and would personally recommend the minor House of the Future.” - Frank van Boheemen Register for this minor
Integrated Infrastructure DesignThis minor offers students a comprehensive and interrelated set of courses focusing on the integrated design of transport and water infrastructures such as bridges, fly-overs, underpasses, dikes, routes, railway- and metro stations. The focus is not only on technical challenges for an infrastructural object, such as function, construction and materials, but also on the architectural form, the system integration into the transport and/or waterway networks, and on the spatial integration into an urban or natural environment. Minor code: CT-MI-186 Language: English Max. participants: 30 Contact Drs. ing. Hans de Boer TU Delft Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI) +31 (0)15 27 84620 firstname.lastname@example.org The minor starts with a comprehensive introduction to various objects of integrally-designed transport and water infrastructures and their historical development and environmental context. Also a broad range of design perspectives and approaches will be introduced to get familiar with analytical and problem solving-methods and techniques. As part of this course students have to write an essay from a theoretic point of view about an infrastructure and its integrality. Central to the minor is the design course with in-depth design exercises for bridges, fly-overs, underpasses and route-design on different scales and levels of complexity. In this course students' design, collaboration and presentation skills will be stimulated and developed by multidisciplinary teamwork within a studio setting. Other courses delve into; present and future issues about mobility and flood protection, design challenges for transport and water infrastructures within the context of contemporary urban and landscape (design-technical) conditions; infrastructure planning and governance; and into the idiosyncrasy of (infra-)structures from a reverse-engineering perspective. All previous courses prepare and lead to the final project where students work, as multidisciplinary teams within a studio setting, on an assignment by a commissioner from practice to resolve a complex infrastructure design issue in a real-world context. Examples are the (re)design of a large bridge or a multimodal transport hub and its integration into the urban transport system and into the public space. Apart from the design of the object and its integration also ideas for the added value in a social and economic sense, and options to finance the infrastructure shall be developed. Design and engineering students with interest in infrastructures, integrated design and multidisciplinary teamwork, can use this minor to further their ambitions in becoming a designer/engineer. For architecture and civil engineering students in particular the minor offers actual assignments from practice which familiarize you with issues and demands relevant for your future professional orientation: who better understands different design and disciplinary perspectives, who is capable to analyze assignments, technical requirements and environmental conditions and translate these into design objectives and criteria, who is creative to develop design alternatives , who can give design decisions a solid ground on basis of a multi-criteria analysis and convincing arguments, and who can present an integrated (3D) design with an attractive architectural expression and with elaborated technical details, who can work within a multidisciplinary team, and who ultimately contribute to an innovative, attractive and integrated design. This minor is affiliated to the Deltas, Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI) as one of the four spearheads of TU Delft on societal challenges. Why? For whom? Courses in this Minor Register The minor offers you a comprehensive and coherent programme with interrelated courses. Combines theory and practice for integrated design of transport and water infrastructures. Explores societal issues and contexts and teaches you to design innovative solutions on different scales from a variety of perspectives and various disciplines. Lecturers from academia and professionals from practice. Stimulates multidisciplinary team work in a studio setting. Develops your understanding of actual infrastructure design and your design skills in an interfaculty, multidisciplinary and collaborative context. Dedicated and motivated BSc students at TU Delft to further their knowledge of infrastructures and integrated design and to develop skills on design, (3D ) drawing & modelling, communication, presentation and multidisciplinary collaboration. Dedicated and motivated BSc students from other universities with an interest in infrastructure and integrated design to further their knowledge of infrastructures and integrated design and to develop skills on design, (3D) drawing & modelling, communication, presentation and multidisciplinary collaboration. Dedicated and motivated students from universities of applied sciences with an interest in infrastructure and integrated design who want to orientate themselves in this field with a future enrollment in mind for a design master or specialization at TU Delft . The minor courses will be taught in English, so good English language skills are required. Study guide See the digital Study guide for a list of courses and their contents. Register? Visit minors.tudelft.nl More information Final Project Marcel Hertogh “This minor presents students with a unique opportunity to become a designer / engineer in the challenging practice of integrated infrastructure, where urgent societal issues in the domains of mobility and transport, water and the environment can contribute to better built and natural environments.” Challenges How do we create commitment from stakeholders for large infrastructural interventions? Can design also create new spatial conditions and add societal, economic and environmental value? Will current infrastructure address future activities, developments and conditions?
Interactive EnvironmentsExplore the possibilities for dynamic, interactive spaces in which people and buildings engage in a mutual relationship.
By connecting data and experiences that develop through this relationship, the built environment becomes an interactive, adaptive and animate entity.
International Entrepreneurship & DevelopmentThis minor program allows students to work abroad to develop technical solutions for complex challenges that will contribute to socioeconomic development. During the minor you will work in multi-disciplinary teams to solve a challenge that has been assigned to you by a project provider. The majority of these challenges are located within developing and emerging markets and focus on pro-poor growth. Together with your team you will learn how to manage and work in a technology related project in a different cultural and institutional setting and learn. Structure The minor program is structured as follows: In the first 2 months, students will complete a set of four courses to help prepare them for their time abroad. These courses will help students adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to work effectively in different cultural contexts. Students will also learn how to conduct research and learn about the local ecosystem and stakeholders of their challenge. Finally, they will prepare a project plan for their time abroad. In the second phase of the minor, students will travel abroad. During their time abroad, students are required to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as they research, develop and execute a solution to a challenge. Challenges providers include non-governmental organization, (social) enterprise, universities or governmental organizations. At the end of the minor, student will assess the impact and feasibility of their solutions and reflect on the competencies they have developed as a team and as individuals. Course list Entrepreneurial Thinking (4 EC) Preparation Intercultural Internship (4 EC) Development, Sustainability and Impact (4 EC) Project Research and Design (3 EC) Intercultural Internship (15 EC) Apply from 1 to 15 April! Apply via MyTUDelft More information Titus van der Spek email@example.com Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management Minor code: WM-MI-101 Language: English Access: All Maximum number of participants: 60 Teaching methods: Teamwork, internship Development projects do not always bring lasting opportunities. But if you can help people set up an independent business elsewhere, a real change has been made. Please note: This program is highly demanding. You will not have time to do any resits of other courses. Also, it requires a strong ability to adapt to a different cultural setting in which you will work and live intensively together with your team during the internship abroad. Above all, this program is prone to the ever-changing environment. Especially with circumstances such as coronavirus we need to prioritize health and safety issues which might mean that you cannot travel to the country of your destiny. Instead, we will then adapt by offering an internship based in the Netherlands possibly combined with online interactions with people in the Global South. Such internships may be organized in cooperation with partners that are eligible to have students meet the learning goals of the intercultural internship. Furthermore, it may be possible to postpone the internship to the summer of 2021. Various options are currently being explored. Entry requirements Have fulltime availability for the program (so NO re-sits planned for semester 1) Being selected for the minor This minor is open for English speaking students This minor should be your first choice Application procedure The deadline for applying for this minor is 15th April 2021. Make sure you have signed up for the Minor on Osiris Prepare a motivational video of max. 2 minutes in which you convince us why we should select you. You will be able to submit a URL of the video in the application form below. In this video tell us: - Why you want to participate (how will this contribute to you as an individual and your future career?). - What experience you have (e.g. through extra-curricular activities). - You may also want to highlight any culturally diverse or team-work experiences. - Remember to illustrate your experiences concretely with examples. Complete the application form using this link no later than April 15th 2021 latest: https://forms.gle/CdMDaR36nsZScGtD8 . For any question regarding the application procedure you can contact Titus van der Spek firstname.lastname@example.org Apply for this minor View the flyer Frequently Asked Questions 1. Given the crisis situation due to coronavirus, will this minor still continue as planned? Currently we are exploring various solutions to keep the program going. Ideally, we run the program as planned. But suppose that negative travel advice still applies in fall, then we will have to adjust to that and, for example, enable intercultural interaction and collaboration via digital means. Another option is to postpone the internship until the summer of 2021. In addition to the internship projects abroad, we are also looking into the possibility of setting up a similar internship with an intercultural organization in the Netherlands. 2. Am I at risk of not being able to complete the minor because I may not be able to travel due to the coronavirus? If you are not allowed to travel due to unforeseen circumstances such as the coronavirus then we will come to a solution together that will enable you to complete the minor program nevertheless. Various alternatives are outlined in the answer to question 1. 3. How do I arrange an internship project for this minor program? There is no need for you to arrange your own internship project. The organisation team of the minor will do that for you. Each year we provide a list with 20 special projects for which you can indicate your top 5 preference. In case you have a suggestion for a new internship project you can discuss this with the minor coordinator. 4. Where are the internship projects located? The project destinations can vary each year so it is impossible to pin down where the projects will exactly take place. In general, most projects are located in Sub-Saharan African countries and a few in Asian countries such as India, Nepal. Also we have less than a handful of projects going on in Colombia, Surinam and Ecuador. 5. What kind of internship projects are part of the minor program? For each of the projects, entrepreneurship and development are key. Some projects focus on technology-based entrepreneurship hence require some technological fieldwork. To get an impression of what has been done last year you can ask the minor coordinator for an overview. 6. How will I be assigned to one of the internship projects? Once you are selected to participate in this minor program, in May you will be informed about all the projects that are offered. From the list of 20 projects you are then asked to select your top 5 priority. On the base of your preferences (and that of the internship provider) the minor coordinator composes teams of 3 students each and assigns these to the various projects. 7. How about the costs involved with the internship in a foreign country? In principle the student is responsible to cover the expenses. You are in charge of the costs for the international travel, accommodation, and food. For these ‘personal costs’ and the project-related costs like technical equipment for building a prototype, you will make a financial plan together with your team. In some cases, a fundraising campaign is part of the preparation phase in September and October. Some students get a subsidy for the international travel costs from the faculty. TU Delft covers the travel insurance to make sure you are well covered when doing the field work abroad. 8. How about the safety when doing an internship abroad? To manage travel related risk, our response organization Assistance proactively monitors, conducts analysis for, anticipates, and provides assistance for global situations that may cause risk to TU Delft travellers that execute educational and research activities abroad. During the preparation phase (September-October) the students participate in a 1-day workshop on safety and security and make a contextualized and comprehensive safety and security plan for their internship which needs to be approved by the TU Delft safety department before departure.
All thematic minors at TU Delft are in English, with the exception of the following minors:
- Educatie (Education)
- Ondernemerschap (Entrepreneurship): Med-Tech Based Entrepreneurship
- Ondernemerschap (Entrepreneurship): Technology Based Entrepreneurship