Exchange students

Admission requirementsRequired application documents
A nomination from your exchange coordinator / project supervisor at our home university

Nomination letter from the exchange coordinator / project supervisor at your home university stating their name and indicating they approve your application to the TU Delft.

Authorised list of transcripts. If not available in English, a translation must be enclosed, along with a description of the institution’s credit system.

Proof of English language proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge 

Motivation1,000-1,500 words clear and relevant essay in English
Credits & CoursesAuthorised list of transcripts. If not available in English, a translation must be enclosed, along with a description of the institution’s credit system.
For nationals of the People’s Republic of ChinaNuffic-certificate
(if applicable) PortfolioPortfolio (for Integrated Product Design and Design For Interaction only)
After admission

Proof of identityPhotocopy of the page(s) of your passport (or ID for EU students) that give your name, date of birth, place of birth and the document’s expiration date.
Learning Agreement (Erasmus+ students only)Learning agreement (You need this agreement to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship)
(if applicable) Residence permitCopy of residence permit (if you live in the Netherlands) Front and back side of the card

1 A nomination from your exchange coordinator / project supervisor at your home university

Stating their name and indicating they approve of your application to TU Delft, and that the credits obtained for the selected courses / project at TU Delft will be recognised by your home university.


2 Proof of English Language proficiency

In order to be considered for an exchange-programme, you have to prove your English is at a sufficient level.

Requirements
One of the following certificates:

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall Band score of at least 90 and a minimum score of 21 for each section. Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test.
  • or an  IELTS (academic version) with an overall Band score of at least 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each section.
  • or proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English'  or the University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English' with a minimum grade B.

Certificates older than two years are not accepted.

Instead of your English-language certificate you may also upload a screen print from the test organisation’s website with your test results.

For EU/EFTA nationals
Instead of your English-language certificate you may also upload the aforementioned Nomination Letter from the exchange coordinator. The English language certificate/ statement may be uploaded until 1 July, provided that all other required application documents are uploaded before the application deadline of 1 April.

For People’s Republic of China nationals
For visa purposes you need a  Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.

Exemptions

The following students are exempted from taking the English language test:

  • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland and Singapore
  • BSc and MSc graduates who obtained their qualification on one of the above countries;
  • Students currently enrolled in a BSc/MSc programme in one of the above countries where the degree is fully taught in English and the home university can provide a statement confirming this.

Required Documents
One of the following:

  • A TOEFL certificate. Indicate TU Delft’s institutional code, 0031, when registering for the test.  If you have already taken the test and did not indicate TU Delft’s institutional code, then check the test organisation’s website on how to authorise TU Delft afterwards.Also, upload your TOEFL certificate in TU Delft’s upload portal. 
  • An  IELTS certificate (academic version). When registering for the test, fill in that you want the test organisation to send the test scores to TU Delft electronically.  If you have already taken the test and did not ask to have the scores sent to TU Delft, then please get in touch with the test organisation,which will then upload your test score. Also, upload your IELTS certificate in TU Delft’s upload portal. 
  • Proof that you have passed the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) exam, the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam or the Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) exam: Give TU Delft permission to verify your test results through the Cambridge English Results Verification Service website (https://verifier.cambridgeenglish.org/) and upload a Word document in TU Delft’s upload portal with your Cambridge English Candidate ID number and your Candidate secret number. 

3 A clear and relevant motivation letter in English

  • Why you wish to conduct in the exchange programme abroad.
  • Why you are interested in TU Delft.
  • Indicate which (research) topics interest you and explain your particular interest.

4 Credits & Course

Exchange students must take a course load equal to 24-30 ECTS. Semesters at TU Delft are divided into two periods. We recommend to choose a course package consisting of a maximum workload of 12 to 15 ECTS credit points per period.

The majority of the ECTS credits of the courses should be obtained at the faculty in which they are enrolled .

The exchange period at TU Delft, exchange students are not allowed to take on a part-time job, paid or unpaid, without the approval of the Faculty Exchange Coordinator.

TU Delft’s faculties cannot guarantee your place on any individual course as each course placement is subject to availability, the fulfilment of certain preconditions, and timetabling factors. As an exchange student we advise you to be flexible and, before your arrival at TU Delft, have alternative courses ready and approved by your home institution academic advisors. All students are given a two-week period at the start of each semester to make any appropriate modifications to study plans, pending that these changes are approved and validated by all parties. Any further queries regarding courses can be emailed to your faculty exchange coordinator.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment offers fixed course packages to incoming exchange students. Bachelor students can only choose from the English-taught Bachelor minor programmes.  Incoming master exchange students can only choose a complete ´MSc1´ package and are not allowed to make their own combination of subjects from different ´MSc1´ packages.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences has only limited possibilities to accept students who would like to undertake research-based project-/thesis work during their semester at TU Delft. Please note that only projects with a maximum workload of 10 ECTS are allowed and that students need to combine such a project with courses for at least 15 ECTS.


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