Study for your Bachelor's degree begins with a very intensive introductory week. This is when you get to know the university and the faculty where you will be studying, and meet your co-students, professors, and more advanced students in other years. You will also start getting to know about student life in the city of Eindhoven. Then your studies will start. Your Bachelor's takes three years. It will provide you with a broad platform on which to build, giving you subsequent access to a 2-year Master's degree program.
Your Bachelor's study program is part of the TU/e Bachelor College and comprises your major, basic subjects, free electives and USE. For your major you will choose the field in which you later intend to work as an engineer. Through a number of compulsory subjects, the university provides you with a solid foundation that enables your engineering career to take different directions. You also have non-technology subjects because engineers do more than simply engineering. In addition to your major, a good part of your study incorporates free electives that can accentuate your study.
The first year of your Bachelor's should indicate whether the study you have chosen is right for you. For this reason, the first year has three functions:
- Orientation. It gives you insight into the contents of the courses.
- Recommendation (‘bsa'). Upon completion of your first year, you will be given a recommendation about the continuation of your studies. This recommendation is obligatory, i.e., it has specific consequences. If you receive a negative recommendation after your first year, we will refer you to an alternative path. You will not then be permitted to continue with your original training. If the recommendation is positive, we expect you to complete your degree without too much problem.
- Selection. Receipt of a positive recommendation means that you have a good chance of completing your Bachelor's within a reasonable timeframe.
Gaining knowledge: intensive weeks
The program each week varies depending on the subject, but on average you should count on between 12 – 15 hours of lectures each week. On top of this, instruction periods, working groups and project work account for an average of five half days. You will also need at least 15 hours per week for your own study time. For your studies to be successful, it will take approximately 40 hours a week for forty-two weeks.
Design-Based Learning (DBL)
In addition to lectures, small-scale instruction groups and supervised self-tuition, the Eindhoven University of Technology also offers another form of learning. This is known as Design-Based Learning (DBL) (Dutch: Ontwerpgericht Onderwijs OGO). In Design-based studies you will translate scientific technological knowledge into applications for use in society.
Working in small groups, students learn to combine various kinds of knowledge and apply this to specific circumstances. The knowledge used may be specialist knowledge from your own training as well as knowledge from other disciplines. In this way you are trained to become an engineer who is capable of providing society with improved or new technical systems and products.
Studying is not just about following lectures or doing research. As a student at the TU/e you will also spend a considerable amount of hours each week on self-tuition. You can of course make use of the working spaces at the TU/e for individual study. Many students also form study groups, for example in one of the libraries on campus.
Most courses comprise four teaching modules a year. You will conclude these modules and each semester with an exam. If the results should be inadequate, you will have a second opportunity to sit for the exam during the year.
Not all studies end with an exam. Sometimes you will finish a course or module with a project or a presentation. The course in Industrial Design, for example, is a special case. As a student on this course, you will not be assessed through examinations. Your tasks here will be to demonstrate the competencies you have acquired through projects and assignments.