For the academic year 2020-2021, Eindhoven University of Technology offers a number of programs with selection:

For the study program’s Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Technology/Medical Sciences and Technology, the selection will be cancelled with effect from the academic year 2020-2021.

Why selection for Bachelor's degree programs?

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is known for its small-scale, personal education. To maintain this high standard of education and our high levels of contact between teachers and students, we need to ensure that the right students enroll in our most popular bachelor's degree programs. If interest exceeds this maximum limit, we therefore apply a selection procedure to find students who best fit our profile of the Engineer of the Future. And that is not always the students with the highest grades. Above all, last year we were able to grant admission to all candidates who were interested in a program with selection. So do not get discouraged and participate in the selection procedure! See also the experiences of others in the videos.

Our ideal student profile

An engineer in today's society needs to have both scientific knowledge and the personal and professional skills to put that knowledge to use for society. He or she needs to deliver technological solutions for the complex problems facing society and the world: producing clean energy, healing diseases and injuries, and enabling sustainable mobility. To do this, engineers need to be able to collaborate, communicate and think creatively. To look beyond the horizon and have an enterprising mindset. 

Is this you? Then we like to see you as a student next year!

See how others experienced selection


  • a - To whom does selection and placement apply?

    The regulations apply to anyone who wishes to enroll for the first time in the first year of one of the aforementioned bachelor's programs. So also for:

    • Current students from other TU/e programs who wish to switch to a fixus program by 1 September 2020 and want to start in the first year; 
    • Students of a fixus program who, after an interruption of their studies, start again with the first year of that fixus program.
    • Persons with a non-Dutch prior education
  • b - Why do I (as Dutch student) need a DigiD and how can I apply for my DigiD?

    As Dutch student, make sure you apply for your DigiD in good time (at least one month before applying) because you will need this to be able to apply via Studielink. You can apply for your DigiD via

  • c - For how many numerus fixus programs can I apply each academic year?

    For each academic year you can submit a maximum of two enrolment applications for a numerus fixus program, with the exception of the Medicine, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene and Physiotherapy study programs, for which you can only submit one application per numerus fixus program per academic year.

    At TU/e, a candidate may participate up to three times in the selection procedure of a specific study program.

  • d - Can you prepare for the selection process?

    In general, you can prepare by taking a closer look at the study program: does it fit what you are looking for? And by exploring the procedure, dates, etc. per study program, you won’t encounter any surprises.

    Whether you can or need to doing anything beforehand differs per Bachelor’s program. Check the program of your choice for study-specific details.

  • f - How is my ranking decided?

    Your ranking is decided by combining several criteria.

    The ranking order is based on a combination of:

    (a) the average grade of 5 vwo (all your Central Exam subjects including Dutch Mathematics D) for students with vwo (or comparable grade for international students and for students that have not followed the pre-university vwo program) and
    (b) the result of one or more tests/assignments per study program.

    All the results are converted into comparable scores (standard scores) before they are combined into a total score. In determining the total score, part (a) and part (b) are combined. The...

  • g - What is the result of participating in the selection?

    If you participate in the selection procedure, you will be assigned a ranking number on the basis of the two criteria. The student with the highest scores is assigned ranking number 1, the next highest score 2, etc., just as many numbers as there are enrollments.

    On 15 April you receive e-mail notification of your ranking number via Studielink. If your ranking number falls within the capacity of the study program (so within the number of available places), then you will receive another e-mail from Studielink in which you are offered a place for the study program. You can accept or reject this...

  • h - How do I provide my grades?

    Once you enroll, you will quickly be asked to upload a certified copy and enter your grades. A certified copy is a copy of your diploma or list of grades containing an original stamp and signature from your (secondary/high) school or university whereby the school or university confirms that the copy conforms to the original.

    This concerns the subjects, figures and a certified copy of:

    1. your penultimate year (5 ⇒ 6 VWO) end-of-year report, if you come from a secondary/high school in the Netherlands
    2. your HAVO-5 (secondary school) final list of grades, if you want to transfer from HBO (higher...
  • i - How does TU/e calculate the average fifth grade pre-university grade ("5-Vwo") or GPA?

    We add together the grades on the list - the ones you have entered - and we divide that figure by the total number of courses. We round this off to two digits after the decimal point.

  • j - For one course I don't have a number, instead I have received a letter grade (V, G, ,O etc.). What should I fill in?

    You must convert all the letter grades to a number in the following way:

    • ZS = Zeer slecht  (Very poor) ⇒ 1
    • S = Slecht (Poor) ⇒ 2
    • RO = Ruim onvoldoende (Very insufficient) ⇒ 3
    • O= Onvoldoende (Insufficient) ⇒ 4
    • M = Matig (Mediocre) ⇒ 5
    • V = Voldoende (Pass) ⇒ 6
    • RV = Ruim voldoende (Generous pass) ⇒ 7
    • G = Goed (Good) ⇒ 8
    • ZG = Zeer goed (Very good) ⇒ 9
    • U = Uitstekend/Uitmuntend  (Excellent/Outstanding) ⇒ 10
  • k - My grades include decimals, but I can only enter whole numbers. What should I do?

    You should round off all figures to a whole number in the following way:

    • 0,000 – 0,499 ⇒ 0
    • 0,500 – 1,499 ⇒ 1
    • 1,500 – 2,499 ⇒ 2
    • 2,500 – 3,499 ⇒ 3
    • 3,500 – 4,499 ⇒ 4
    • 4,500 – 5,499 ⇒ 5
    • 5,500 – 6,499 ⇒ 6
    • 6,500 – 7,499 ⇒ 7
    • 7,500 – 8,499 ⇒ 8
    • 8,500 – 9,499 ⇒ 9
    • 9,500 – 9,999 ⇒ 10
  • l - What happens when I have the exactly same ranking number as somebody else?

    If two persons have exactly the same ranking number, the average 5 VWO grade gives the breakdown. If that is exactly the same, it is decided by lottery.

  • m - I have dyslexia/dyscalculia. What do I need to take into consideration?

    For all programs you must submit a dyslexia/dyscalculia report by January 31st at the latest.

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