- How many places are available per online course?
There are a limited number of places available (this differs per course and is determined by the host university). If the course is full, you will be notified by the course organizers. We work on a first come, first served basis. So, apply as early as possible.
- In case I am not selected, or don’t meet the criteria for the VEP, can I still do the online course?
The VEP online course is only open to selected students from partners institutions, thus you would not be able to follow it and take part in its assignment and assessments, nor receive credits. It could be that a course offered in the VEP is also made available on an online learning platform that is accessible to the general public; in this case you can follow the course as a member of the general public (not as a university student from one of the partners), and different assignments and assessment could apply.
- How many courses can I take?
As long as you have space in your degree, you may take multiple courses.
- Can I apply for courses other than the ones listed here?
To study as a VEP student you can only take courses that are part of the program and have been approved for credit towards your degree. We expect to have a larger offering for future semesters.
- Can I already apply for courses starting in the next semester?
Some courses may be published on the VEP website in advance of their opening date for application, however you can only apply as from the application date (indicated in the course details). Please only apply if you are sure that you really want to do (and can spend enough time) on the online course.
- Why are the course descriptions from some universities the same as in previous semesters?
A course may appear in the list of available courses with the same course description as previously published when the course is being offered once more by the same institution.
- Why some courses do not have ‘sneak’ previews?
Some institutions do not supply preview for their courses; whenever they are available, they are published.
- What information is relevant to my course? Information on edX or on the website?
Please always refer to the course description published on this website and not to the edX course pages. The information on the website is leading as it is tailored specifically to VEP students. The information provided on edX is for all general public participants worldwide.
- What is expected of me?
Similar to an off-line exchange, the Virtual Exchange requires you to be curious, engaged and committed - to engage with the course and stay with the program, including registering and taking the final assessment. We aim to maintain high-standards of participation and completion and for you to take full advantage of the benefits, gain valuable knowledge and recognised credits for your home study program.
- Are any prerequisites required for the courses?
All course outlines from the partners indicate the level of the course and whether they have any prerequisites. Generally, the courses do not have prerequisites, though some courses are more advanced so it may be advisable to take them later in your academic career.
- Do I have to be an undergraduate student to enrol?
Yes. At this time, the VEP is only available for undergraduate students. We may add graduate opportunities at a later time after the initial pilot program is completed.
- Do I need to speak another language?
VEP courses are generally offered and assessed in English.
- Student conduct: which rules and regulation apply to me?
If successfully enrolled on a VEP course, you are also part of the partner’s institution student body and their code of conduct applies for the duration of study (even though this is a virtual exchange and students remain in their home university surroundings).
- How do I apply?
Student need to apply through their home university. There is no global application process at the moment.
TU Delft students can apply directly using the VEP online form.
- What happens if I want to drop out?
Add and drop dates are determined by the host university. If you wish to drop out, please contact the host university so they can provide advice specific to your situation. Please note that not adhering to the drop deadline of the host institution may result in a failing grade. This grade would not appear on your home university transcript, but would remain on your record at the host institution should you pursue a degree or different program there in the future.
- What are the benefits of participating?
We encourage all our students to be global citizens and enhance their international exposure. The VEP is one way to bring these opportunities to students who may not otherwise have them, due to the structure of their degree or their individual circumstances. The VEP also allows partner students to participate in one of the leading education innovations of the last decade, and to be recognized for this towards their degree.
- Is the list of partners and courses likely to change?
The VEP is a ground-breaking pilot developed by a group of world-class partners which commenced as a pilot in 2017. It is expected that more universities and more courses will be offered as the pilot progresses. The pilot is running until 2019. You could also take a VEP course now and another next semester/year if you have space in your study schedule.
- How long will the VEP run for?
The VEP will be run as a pilot until 2019 and many partner universities are committed to participating for the full three years.
- What fees do I pay?
You are not required to pay any tuition fees to the host university. If a course has additional requirements, such as a textbook, these are detailed in the course outline from the host institution. You will be responsible for those fees.
Credits & Grades
- Will the VEP course be visible in my Osiris grade list / How do I receive credit?
The presentation of grades for VEP courses is determined by the host institution. Results you obtain for your VEP online course will be added to your grade list or academic transcript; in case of a pass grade, credits are granted. Note that in order for the course to count towards your formal study program (and for inclusion on the diploma supplement), you need to seek approval from the programme director or Board of Examiners. We strongly advise you to start this process once you have applied for the VEP course.
- How do I know the number of ECTS of the course?
Course credits in the VEP are expressed in terms of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The units the host institution itself uses are usually found in the course description. For more information regarding credit conversion, please contact the VEP administration. The Boards of Examiners at TU Delft stipulates the following guideline for credit conversion:
Australian National University: 6 units = 7.5 ECTS
University of Queensland: 2 credits = 7.5 ECTS
RICE: 0.5 credit hours: 1 ECTS
- Some of the universities use a different grading system (1-10 / A-F). How will these be converted?
The Board of Examiners from your home university is responsible for the conversion of grades (pass/ fail result). For more information regarding pass/fail grading, please contact the VEP administration at your home university.
- What if I don’t get approval to count the course towards my formal study programme?
You can still do the online course for credits, and the result will be registered in your grade list or academic transcript. But the course will not be included in the diploma supplement. The diploma supplement lists the formal study programme as approved by the Board of Examiners.
- Will I get proof from the host university that I passed the course?
On course completion, as a formally registered students at the host institution, you will receive a formal transcript. You may receive the transcript via the TU Delft VEP administration or directly from the host institution. The timeframe within which the transcript will be provided depends on the individual host institution.
The course and grade can only be registered in Osiris on the basis of the formal transcript of the host institution. Informal grade notifications (e.g. on edX) or emails from the teacher are not valid.
- How long does it take to receive the transcript?
The time when the transcript will be provided depends on the Rules & Regulations of the host institution.
Exams & Assessment
- When is my (written) exam?
The exam dates are indicated in the course descriptions. See more information about written exam details at www.tudelft.nl/studenten/onderwijs/virtual-exchange/exams/
- What kind of assessment do I need to do?
Please check the course description for more information about the assessment method.
- When are courses and exams held?
Courses begin whenever the host university decides, so it is important to review the course description in advance for any specifics regarding timing. It is possible that the course may not run in line with your home university’s academic calendar. The timing of any exams will be set by the host university. Exam times, therefore, may be a different times of the day depending on your location. For example, an exam scheduled at 5:00 p.m. Australian time would be taken at 1:00 a.m. Houston time.
You are expected to register for the exam in OSIRIS and take the exam at the time scheduled by the host university.
- Are the written exams published in the examination schedule of my home university?
Yes, the written exams are visible in the TU Delft examination schedule.
- Do I have to register for the exam?
Yes, must register on OSIRIS to be able to take the exam.
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- Are there any re-sit exams?
Exam re-sits differs per university and you should check the course description for more details. TU Delft courses generally have two exam possibilities per academic year.