The Delft University of Technology is located in Delft, Netherland, and it is also known as TU Delft. Show more
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Good school, but not very helpful staff when you have an issue that you need help with (not the professors but the staff). Also the TU Delft websites are very confusing, especially when trying to register for classes. The staff does not even know how to use it and were no help. Campus and location are beautiful and full of culture. A large international student base and very accepting of all cultures.
There’s a lot that TU Delft is lacking, but there are few good things too. From this experience it’s been mainly just seeing the many things that just doesn’t work.
As a Finnish exchange student the experience studywise in TU Delft has been quite bad, especially in the Aerospace Engineering programme. Somehow it feels that there is no knowledge of what is pedagogy, there is no quality criteria for teaching and student satisfactory is ignored.
Where to start. Well in many courses I chose from the AE programme the teaching quality has been really bad. While the professors might be good or okay at lecturing, their assignments, assessment criteria and feedback is poor. They’re completely lost on the amount of work per ECTS and try to cram insane amounts of content to 3 or 4 ECTS courses, where just one topic could make a 5 ECTS course. They’re just trying to outsource their teaching for the student to self study and MEMORIZE huge amounts of information for an exam which don’t measure understanding of the topic, but just pure memorizing of equations and derivations. In the assignments the instructions are many times really unclear or the material you need is not offered by the course, but first you need to spend hours to Google the material you need. Doesn’t really correlate to real work life or follow principles of good pedagogy. When your assignment is graded, many times you get just a number and not a real feedback what went wrong. Feedback can even be in the shape of: “This is wrong.” “It’s your fault you didn’t come to the open office hours.” Open office hours that clash usually with everything else. Especially the student teaching assistants have seem to been the worse and backstab the younger students what they can instead of helping. Professor flex that these were good students last year, but doesn’t correlate their willingness to help.
Also there’s way too many group assignments, which only tells about the willingness to just outsource the teaching for the students instead of actually having quality education. In these cases many times the amount of work is waayyy past the credits of the course. Regarding the study structure and student population one problem with the students is their lack of work experience. They have no idea what kind of time they are given in the industry, so they just lack organizing skills and common sense in group assignments. This is also partially because so many courses rely on blind memorizing and not at applying anything the students become partial robots.
There are some good professors in the Aerospace Engineering department, but in the master’s programme the bad ones really stand up and there’s far too many of them.
Like I said before in the examinations certain lecturers have absurd expectations of what is reasonable to memorize and how much content. Also measuring understanding is pretty much unheard of. Not all, but far too many. Also some have questions that punish for wrong or no answers, which is again pedagogically a horrible method.
I could continue and go into really specifics what is wrong and what is lacking, but I leave this as a warning here for now.
But apart from all bad there’s also some good. But from the other departments. If you’re here I suggest to look into the other departments’ courses too and not get stuck to the one. That helps to understand what is wrong with your programme.
The facilities are really nice and there’s plenty of space for studying. Opening hours of buildings are also rather good. The lack of reasonably priced lunch is just a big minus.
Location of the campus is really good, although the Aerospace Engineering building is a bit far away from everything. Delft is a nice small city and two larger cities The Hague and Rotterdam are closeby.
Student life is medicore at best. The “Introduction Programme” was really nice, found new friends to start the journey in the new university with, but there’s a project at the end of the program, which is really useless. After that the student life is quite non-existent if you don’t know anyone. The student associations are somewhat passive on even informing about anything or trying to get the new students to join them. Plus the people here don’t know how to drink properly and not cause a huge mess afterwards.
For accommodation, avoid DUWO. It’s overpriced and the contract is fixed-period which doesn’t give you any flexibility at all. Plus you have no clue about your roomates before arriving, so you might end up with roomates from hell. But overall the housing is a bit though in the area.
For value I wouldn’t suggest. Eventhough Delft is high in the rankings, the teaching quality is so low that for learning I wouldn’t go for it. I guess it’s so good in research that it thrives in rankings, this just doesn’t show for the students and quality of education.
TU delft is quite an international setup, filled with cutting edge research opportunities and is beautifully located in the serene town of Delft. They university is home to various student associations and organisations. The university study load is quite intense and most students in the university do not experience the entire package as it was meant to be. The course work is not well defined and sometimes the courses don’t add much value to the knowledge gained. The fee for internationals (outside EU) is extremely high and it will keep rising, leaving the international students under great pressure thus not allowing them to focus on other extra curricular activities. Nothing comes free at the university, the fee only includes the bare minimum, all other facilities can be used for a price. The food in the cafe is mediocre and expensive. TU Delft is a good place to study but there is a great room for improvement.
A pleasant and exciting surprise the university has given me the first few months I have started here as a Master’s student in Civil engineering. __Apart from the state of the art infrastructure and interactive campus premise, the university has a lot more to offer in terms of intercultural activities and securing the feel of social integrity. The best part is the ease and abundant access to study material and hands-on assignments which can be incorporated into real-life scenarios and engineering applications. I would definitely recommend the university to fellow engineering aspirations as apart from becoming a full fledged engineer one shall also become a wholesome groomed person in their respective field.
Unlike most of the European universities, the courses are in English. The Dutch are really particular about time and value it so much. The infrastructure including labs, computers, reading rooms, projectors are so many in number, that these can provide 5000+ students. the architecture of the college is amazing and each building is one of its kind.
I follow Sustainable Energy Technology and is really well structured. the professor’s really want to improve every year. They take a feedback from all the students and try to implement asap. The study comittees like Delft Sustainable energy Association is doing an amazing job and is being properly supported by the institution.
apart from these, there are a lot of other activities to take part in such as the dream teams. Also ‘X’ the sport centre is well equipped and helps us release our stress.
The people here are very friendly and I would definitely recommend my friends to join this university.
The University has professors which you can always ask for anything. They are great mentors and will do anything in their capabilities to help you in reaching your goals. Furthermore, the University has a pleasant campus area which consists of a lot of greenery and that calms the mood of the students. In the past years the university got a steep increase in the amount of new students applying so spaces could have gotten worse lately due to overpopulation.
Apart from the university itself there is a very diverse student culture in Delft with many different Student and Sports Associations. If you like travelling and learning about new cultures, you can look up AEGEE-Delft, they have a casting network within Europe. If you like a certain sport, say rowing, you can go to Proteus or Laga. There is something for everyone.
I enrolled in a master program in biomedical engineering at TU Delft after completing my bachelor’s degree elsewhere. The reason for the change was the good status of this school, research topics and facilities, and the possibilities it seemed to offer.
It is not an easy school. The courses are very challenging and students are asked to apply their problem-solving skills at every step they take in the courses through participating in projects and completing assignments throughout the quarters; overall they are encouraged to think and work out problems independently. I sensed in every lecturer I’ve had so far a sincere enthusiasm and excitement about their profession and an effort to pass it on us, their students. The courses aim to give practical insight into the respective field of expertise also by inviting professionals from companies and other facilities to give a lecture or have a discussion with students.
As for my program (BME), I really appreciate that TU Delft has very extensive collaborations with other universities, companies and medical research centers. By creating an individual study program (choosing individually a significant number of subjects) each of us can prepare for the obligatory internship in a field of our choice, and through that get a better idea of prospective career options.
The university has also a very friendly and international student culture with many student organizations, faculty pubs and a sports & culture center where students can take their mind off of studying, grab a beer and have a chat with their peers.
And Delft is a lovely town – quiet but close to bigger cities (if you need them) and also close to the beach (easily reachable by bike). So, what more do you need?
Overall, Delft University of Technology is a nice place to study.
In Aerospace Engineering, it has great facilities such as labs, an aviation hall and various wind tunnels that are already approach early in the Bachelor’s program. It gives a nice insight to student on the machinery they are likely to use later, either in their master or career.
The professors, in general, are good and try to help their students as much as they can, but it is not the case of everyone of them. However, it helps practice the self study and independence.
Delft is a quiet city, nicely located. The Hague is not so far and offers great shopping areas and the beach (in case of sunny day).
The student life is good, each faculty has its own student association, and quite a few more associations can be found on campus, organizing great events, from career opportunities to nice parties.
On the accommodation, it is hard to find, but for first year international students, the university provides a one-year accommodation.
About that, international students are more present in masters degrees than in bachelors.
The courses are what are expected, cover basic engineering knowledge and also more specific aerospace fields. In addition to that, students are included in practical applications such as group projects and lab sessions. These facilities are to be deserved, and the university expects a lot from their students, giving them quite a heavy work load. Past the first stressful moments, once you have your organization sorted out, it is all fine.
The university also provides counselling services in case of heavy struggles.
To sum it up, the university of Delft has a non-negligible value on the resume, and to keep this level of excellence, puts quite a lot of pressure on their students but on the other hand, always makes sure to offer them good facilities and overall great courses. I would definitely recommend it.
I consider Delft Technical University as one of the up-and-coming universities of northern Europe. With high-tech facilities and ample funding and relations with companies, it really gives engineering students a taste of cutting-edge technology and innovation, in contact with the real world. Of course, setbacks always exist. The weakest points are identified in the studying spaces, that cannot support all of 22,000 students in rush periods, like examinations times and weekends, and the disanalogous intake of new students with the local housing community, are just to name a few. Additionally, the university’s outing the wider international student community is evident, yet highly promising. The integration with local students is not always successful. Yet, an abundance of student organisations, high-class innovation teams and multi-cultural, international activities in nearby cities of Rotterdam and the Hague, offer a thrilling educational experience for whoever wants to jump in the world of serious engineering. We do not have the balls of Imperial College or Cambridge University, and the windy weather and lack of sun are substantial, but one can gain from living the Delft experience, on the topics of skills, mentality and innovativeness, along with the high-tech quality are more than enough to make this university worth. Lastly, educational fees are really reasonable for what it is offered, in regard to the rest of the same calibre universities in Europe (#53 in the world, according to QS ratings,2018).