The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a university that specializes in Technical, Engineering and Computer Science. The university has been recognized by some organizations and was given awards and recognition for its research done at the university. There are several Student organizations and departments that offer different facilities to students on campus. It also works hand-in-hand with other international cooperations and universities around the world, such as Zhejiang University in China. The university also offers undergraduate education to some students, who are adults with no other academic qualifications that a secondary education diploma. The university has two honours programs for ” top students”, the Honors Horizon and Honors Stars, that can be aimed at the bachelor’s students. To know more about the different courses and programs of the Eindhoven University of Technology, you may visit their main website or check out their social media sites for further information. You may also contact them directly through phone to ask about the admission requirements.
Let me start by explaining the impact of the location on the way the TU/e is governed. Brabant is known for being easygoing, more specifically Eindhoven is a city but feels more like a town where everybody knows each other. You can feel this as soon as you enter the Campus. Every faculty has their so called student counselling where there is a meeting between the head of education and students who can give comment on specific courses, exams or just the way the professor teaches.
Moreover, the faculty of chemistry and chemical engineering is small, approximately 100 freshmen every year. This means you know everybody and almost all the professors. But more important they will know you. This also results in a good level of education throughout the TU/e.
In general the electives you can choose are restricted but you already have more freedom compared to other universities. You are free to choose electives form other faculties. Because it is a technical university all the courses are more beta related. You will learn about catalysis, optimizing chemical reactors and material science. During the first year of your bachelor you will have a broad array of courses, in order to give you a basic idea what you can do with chemistry and chemical engineer. During your second and third year you start choosing electives which you like in the field you like. During your third year you start planning for you bachelor thesis.
The student life is busy, there are three student associations and every program has its own study association. These associations are not comparable with the associations in USA. They are much smaller and you don’t have to pay an incredible sum of money to become a member. If you don’t think that is something for you, there are many other options. You can become a member of one of the many student teams, the most well known being Solar Team Eindhoven.
Overall TU/e is an university where everything is possible as long as you know what you want to do and what you would like to achieve.View more
In terms of innovation / entrepreneurship and connections to industry I believe it’s one of the best universities in Europe if not the best. Their Innovation Space offer many opportunities and expertise. However, in terms of technical courses I was disappointed of some of them, but there can always be improvement points.View more
The TU/e is very much an education-oriented university as opposed to one that only cares about research. I chose this place mostly based on the way they approach the teaching of the subject matter. In that regard, technical universities are unique already. Eindhoven is by no means exclusively a student city, which means that there are many dimensions to student life. There are hundreds of very active student associations run by the students for the students, such as practically any thinkable sport, very active clubs for each programme, many cultural activity clubs and clubs for like-minded individuals and travelling. Here students meet daily, so student life really is a lifestyle. Adding to this, the Brabant’s gezellige culture shines through in the way people treat each other which means everyone around you at university and in the city is friendly and inclusive. You can live on campus, but most live somewhere within the city where everything is closeby due to Eindhoven’s relatively modest size. Eindhoven also has an airport to get anywhere in Europe, and a train hub with for instance trains to Utrecht every 10 minutes. You definitely won’t feel stuck in just one place.View more
The university gives students the chance to acually apply their theoretical knowledge in hands-on educations. This better prepares students for their careers in the industry. Next to that, there are a lot of student associations where you can develop yourself personally.View more
This university is awesome, it has supportive staff and does a lot about equality. The possibilities are endless. The teachers like working with the students and there are a lot of student assistants.View more
This review is based on my Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering, starting 2009. Before starting my studies at the university I felt pretty welcomed, with days to inform yourself (including professors being available for talks, sample lectures you could follow & food). The start of university didn’t require any additional pre-courses and the level was pretty well adjusted to what you learn in school (note: I attended a Dutch highschool). As every university, some courses were more designed to teach technicalities, but in a very fair way. The dutch system consisted of approx. 30% practical courses that went along with the theory that was teached in the same semester, which gave a very good insight to theory like Matrix multiplication in 3D graphics or TCP/UDP for Networking.
As I mention in the title, it is pretty school-like; around 35 hours of tuition (theory, exercises and practical work) per week, plus assignments. Every 8 weeks you’ll get an exam-period. Conclusion: Keep working, it’ll be hard every day but then exams won’t stress you out.
One thing that I would like to mention was the possibility to do one semester in another subject (called Minor) – one could go in-depth or broaden their horizon, which is still the most open possibility to do Erasmus I have heard of. Due to a small amount of Students in my Subject (<100 per year), we got a very personal help for any problem.
I really enjoyed my education and felt very welcomed.View more
If you want a quality education with a friendly positive atmosphere, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the place for you. Students are friendly and they are very careful about their education. The university is huge but you always have things to do. Athletics and tailgates are great.View more