Course selection and approval
The study load for one semester is equal to 30 credits. The host university will inform you which courses you are allowed to take as an exchange student or it is mentioned on their website. Some universities choose to offer special course packages for exchange students.
Bachelor’s students may only visit universities where they can follow courses at Bachelor’s level. Some universities allow Bachelor students to participate in Master courses. That is allowed, but upon return you can only use the credits for your minor, never as Master electives.
Bachelor students are allowed to follow a maximum of 10 credits of first year courses, but only if they are necessary for the minor abroad. More information about minors in general can be found here.
Approval ‘Externe Minor’
The Board of examiners must approve the courses you plan to take abroad. This approval must be obtained prior to the start of the study period abroad. You must fill in the 'free minor form': ‘Aanvraagformulier goedkeuring vrije en externe minor’ and, together with all the required documents as mentioned on the form, send it to the Board of Examiners firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board’s reaction term is 40 days at the most. Please allow for this time by handing in your documents as early as possible.
If you change your courses during your stay abroad, you must send a new request for approval to the Board of Examiners.
Master’s students may only visit universities where they can follow courses at Master’s level.
Students at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment can follow their MSc2 electives abroad ( MBE & Geomatics students can follow their MSc3 electives abroad). Information on compulsory courses can be found in the study guide.
Master students don't have to ask the Board of Examiners for approval of their courses before their exchange period and they don't need to upload a 'Master specialization form' in Mobility Online. Upon return, MSc students should fill in a form in order to transfer the credit points gained abroad. More information can be found here. The Board of Examiners will assess the level of the courses and if the courses meet the requirements of the track.
NB: Master students may have to allow for a possible delay in the progress of their studies as, at their host universities, it is not always possible to obtain the credits for the mandatory subjects.
Additional information about Design project Architecture track
The MSc 2 Architecture programme is a combination of a thesis, a design project and electives. Your thesis is a compulsory course which should be done at the TU Delft. Your electives and the design project can be taken abroad. Please mind that you choose a design project of at least 10 EC. Upon return the Board of Examiners will assess if the project meets the required MSc2 learning objectives and level.
A MSc2 design project for the Architecture track should have a significant level on the following 3 aspects:
- Functional, architectural, aesthetics, building technology, materialization;
- Contextual analysis of the surroundings and analysis from typology until materialization;
- Presentation in drawings and posters.