When you want to do study or do an internship abroad, it is advisable to begin with preparations at least one year in advance. You could start by asking yourself the following general questions:
Do I prefer a specific country or specific part of the world?
Can I manage French or Spanish, or would I prefer English?
Is there a particular subject or branch of study I would like to focus on?
When can I and do I want to go abroad?
For how long would I like to go abroad?
As we host students of many nationalities, it is advisable to approach students from the country you wish to visit. They can provide you with practical tips and information about their home country.
When you have decided what you want to do, you can make an appointment with the International Officer for more information and advice.
Study abroad programmes
We offer many options to go abroad. You can do a minor, some Master courses, a (research)project or a BSc or MSc thesis project. For an overview of different programmes for studying abroad, please visit the general TU Delft Study Abroad website.
Within Europe, the most popular option for studying abroad is the ERASMUS network, which is sponsored by the European Union. In 2020, additional exchange opportunities are offered by the Erasmus+ C-Extended project for Master students only. You can be an exchange student in one of the partner universities (University Trento, Imperial College London, KTH Stockholm, University of Rennes) with interdisciplinary study directions such as innovation, bioinformatics, energy. You can also undertake an internship in the countries where the partners are located. Other options include (but are not limited to) ATHENS, which is a one-week international course in either November or March.
Outside Europe, the TU Delft has its own agreements with other universities. The Global Engineering Education Exchange is a consortium approximately 70 schools of engineering, 35 of which are in the United States. This consortium provides exchange opportunities for Bachelor (and some Master) engineering students to study abroad for a semester or year at one of these 70 institutions.
If you wish to go to a university that has no exchange agreement with the TU Delft, you may register as a ‘freemover’ student. A freemover student is an exchange (or ‘non-degree’) student, who has to pay tuition fee to the host university for the study period at that university.
For an overview of all partner universities that TPM offers, please go to Partner Universities.
Within the faculty's study programmes students are offered several possibilities in the BSc and MSc to do a project or internship abroad. In the first semester of the third year of the Bachelor programme, there are several minors on offer which include a project. Alternatively, a free minor is a perfect opportunity to plan a project abroad and combine that with courses to a total of 30 ECTS.
In all Master programmes the 10 EC electives/track electives can be used to do an internship abroad. More information can be obtained from the internship coordinator (Module manager SPM5931).
During the Master thesis project of all MSc programmes in principle students have the opportunity to do part of their project at a university of other organization abroad. Check with your graduation coordinator or supervisor for more information.
You can also contact a teacher working within your field of interest. Teachers often have many contacts outside the faculty and can perhaps help you in your search for a suitable project.
For a project you are not limited to the partner universities of TPM.
Another option for finding a project is to contact the Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship (DCE). It is part of Delft University of Technology and as such part of the Delft ecosystem. This ecosystem stimulates and academically underpins entrepreneurial activities not only at Delft University of Technology but also far beyond. It contains - amongst others – the different departments of Delft University of Technology, the incubator YES!Delft, the Valorisation Centre of Delft University of Technology, Science Port Holland and the city of Delft. Organizationally the DCE is embedded in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, particularly in the capacity group Economics of Technology and Innovation.
To avoid study delay as much as possible it is highly advisable that you plan your project in such a way that you can use the summer holidays as extra time for preparation or completion of the project. Always make an appointment with your academic counsellor to discuss your study plan.
Aside from going abroad during your study year, you may also choose to follow courses with a Summer School. An overview can be found here.