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  • Locations: Delft, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E3 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Engineering Experience / Activity Type: Classes
Credit type: Apply for transfer credit Class Eligibility: 2.5 Sophomore 2nd semester, Junior, Senior
Global Exchange Lehigh (GEL): Yes Click here for a definition of this term Global Engineering Consortium: Yes
Program Description:

Delft University of Technology
(TU Delft)


University Info   |   Exchange Student Info

Fast Facts

  • Largest technical university in the Netherlands
  • The Olympic Games in Tokyo have been the hottest ever. TU Delft developed caps in which cooling elements can be inserted.
  • 6254 publications in 2020

Faculties of Engineering

Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management


TU Delft is the largest technical university in the Netherlands and covers practically the entire spectrum of engineering sciences. We are one of the top 20 universities in Europe, and one of the top 20 universities of technology worldwide (THE and QS ranking). At Delft University of Technology, we aim for a balance between pursuing world-class academic excellence, providing high quality education and developing expert solutions for societal and sustainable challenges. The biggest impact TU Delft has on society is through the pivotal role students play when educating the next generation of responsible top-level engineers.  Our graduates make a difference by combining technical expertise with personal and professional attributes for effective leadership. Also key at TU Delft is the integration of research education and innovation.

Educational Programmes & a Fascination for Technology

The bachelor, master, postgraduate and PhD programmes at TU Delft all encourage and demand critical thought and creativity. These key words capture the essence of our academic environment include: problem-oriented, creative, innovative, learning by doing, and teamwork. If you long to find creative solutions to everyday problems, then TU Delft is the place for you. TU Delft will inspire you to find technological solutions, even to the less obvious problems, whether these involve energy-saving transport, sustainable building methods or better designed products. Developing products and technology that people love to use to enhance human and social progress: that is what it’s all about.

TU Delft Campus

TU Delft is located in the university district (TU-wijk) of the historic city of Delft in the Netherlands. Beyond the medieval church towers, there are many impressive university buildings, laboratories, classrooms and offices. They are built in the newly opened Mekelpark, which constitutes a truly green car-free heart of the campus where you can study in pleasant surroundings, take a leisurely stroll and meet your friends. Most of the streets around the campus heart are named after scholars who laid the foundation of the university’s success. The university’s philosophy, facilities and pleasant environment all contribute to its excellent academic atmosphere.

International Environment

We are committed to the international exchange of knowledge. TU Delft works closely with international companies and universities. You will meet countless international students and staff here at the university. At present, approximately 14% of the student population is made up of foreign students; the average percentage in the MSc programmes is as high as 30%. The student body includes over 100 nationalities. Your programme will give you ample opportunity to broaden your international horizons while studying at one of the world’s leading research universities.

Terms of Exchange

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to TU Delft should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Requirements for GE3 undergraduate students to attend English-language Master program courses at TU Delft:

TU Delft Faculty   Number of semesters completed  
on application to TU Delft
Number of semesters
  completed when studies  
 Aerospace Engineering Not applicable 4 BSc semesters
 Applied Sciences Not applicable 6 BSc semesters
 Civil Engineering and Geosciences 4 BSc semesters 6 BSc semesters
 Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences  4 BSc semesters 6 BSc semesters
 Industrial Design Engineering Not applicable 6 BSc semesters
 Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering 4 BSc semesters 6 BSc semesters
 Technology, Policy and Management Not applicable 6 BSc semesters

The TU Delft faculties will process each application individually. Study background, results at home institution, language knowledge, motivation, proposed study plan, and appropriate pre-knowledge will be taken into account. Some TU Faculties may be willing to experiment with the acceptance of applications from third year excellent undergraduate students on a case-by-case basis as long as the student has the appropriate prerequisite knowledge for the chosen course package, as determined by the relevant faculty. TU Delft carefully monitors the study performance of bachelor Exchange Students who attend courses in the master programs. Should their performance be deemed insufficient, TU Delft will end the acceptance of bachelor students who are allowed to attend courses in the master programs.

Language of Instruction

English and Dutch. All masters level courses are offered in English, and over 250 bachelors level courses are offered in English. For an overview of the bachelors and masters courses in English (separated by faculty), please download the List of TU Delft - English courses from this page.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90
  • Minimum IELTS overall Band score – 6.5
  • Proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)' or the University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)'

Note: Nationals from the U.S.A., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland, and Singapore are exempt from the English test requirement.

Study Period

Fall or Academic Year (Spring-only exchange not available)

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam period)

Our academic cycle begins with a 2-week Introduction Programme for international students from mid-August till the beginning of September. It is advised that fall exchange students participate in this programme. The academic year begins on the 1st Monday in September and this first semester runs until the end of January (with a 1 week break over the holidays). The second semester begins in the first week of February, again with an introduction programme (of 1 week) for international students. Courses begin in the 2nd week of February. The spring semester ends at the end of June/beginning of July.

  • Fall: Mid-August (for the Introduction Programme); beginning of September to end of January
  • Spring: Start of February (for the Introduction Programme); beginning of February to beginning of July

Academic Information

Disciplines Available

TU Delft offers the following areas of study at the bachelors level (with hyperlinks provided to the programmes’ pages). In addition to information provided below per programme, for an overview of the bachelors and masters courses in English (separated by faculty), please visit this page and download the List of TU Delft - English courses.

All of TU Delft masters level courses are taught in English.

Course Contents

The link below lists the TU Delft bachelors and masters courses offered in English and available to incoming exchange students, separated by faculty. All MSc courses are offered in English. 

Course details can be found through the Digital Study Guide

Manual for accessing the digital study guide. 

Workload per Semester

Exchange students coming to TU Delft are encouraged to take a minimum of 24 ECTS credits per semester. 

TU Delft uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) employed by all universities in the European Union. One academic year consists of 60 ECTS credit is equal to a study load of 28 hours (including lectures and laboratory courses); 60 ECTS credits represent one year of full-time study. All bachelor's programmes at TU Delft consist of 180 ECTS and all Master's programmes, 120 ECTS.

Additional Application Materials

Applicants must submit a TU Delft exchange student online application and all required additional documents in additiona to the Global E3 application.

These must be submitted at the same time as the applicant’s Global E3 application. Please be aware of the TU Delft deadlines for these materials: Fall semester - 1 April; (Spring-only semester not available).

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • NOT Required

Acceptance packets will be sent after admissions decisions have been made.


TU Delft has partnered with various housing agencies in the greater-Delft region to offer accommodation to students coming from abroad. TU Delft cannot offer accommodation to all exchange students as the number of available options is limited while the demand is increasing.

To increase ones chances of obtaining accommodation through TU Delft’s housing service, students are advised to finalise their application procedure as soon as possible as housing is offered on a first come first served basis.

Students who choose the 2nd semester have more chances of finding accommodation through TU Delft. Finding a room in Delft can be difficult and time-consuming. As most university cities in the Netherlands, Delft has a shortage of affordable student accommodations, a list of private providers is available here.

Estimated Cost of Living

The cost of living and study, including food, accommodation, transport, books, and obligatory health insurance is estimated to be between € 850 and € 1.100 per month.

Food/meals – 180 euros/month

Housing – 500 euros/month

Local transportation – 100 euros/month

Personal expenses – 100 euros/month

Health insurance – 40 euros/month


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

TU Delft Global E3 Programme:

Education & Student Affairs (ESA)   |

Faculty Exchange Offices

City Info

Delft is a compact, historic town between Rotterdam and The Hague in the province of Zuid-Holland in the Netherlands. It forms part of the Randstad, the urban agglomeration in the west of the Netherlands and is the nation’s main educational and research center. Today, Delft ranks as a high-tech location due to the abundance of technology-based institutions and organisations close to and often involved with the university.

Built on reclaimed marsh land, a ‘polder’ area, Delft borders the agricultural center of the Randstad. Delft played a key role during the Netherlands’ war of independence against Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the residence of Prince William of Orange whose presence led to Delft becoming known as Prinsenstad (the Prince’s City). Until the 18th century, Delft was a major industrial, cultural and scientific center, famous for its beer and its Delft blue pottery. Many world famous painters such as Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Karel Fabritius lived and worked in Delft. It was also the home town of scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of the microscope.

The constant wars with France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries led to a decline in trade and industry in Delft. But this began to change in 1842, with the establishment of the Royal Academy for the training of civil engineers, later to become TU Delft. The presence of this institute was a strong stimulus to the revival of Delft’s industry and therefore its status. Its population grew fast. New neighbourhoods were built and university buildings and faculties were relocated from the center and concentrated in the new university district.

Despite wars and rapid population growth, the old center of Delft has remained almost completely intact. An ambitious restoration programme has further conserved the city’s old splendour and cemented its reputation as a popular tourist destination. These visitors, along with the university’s 14,000 students, make Delft a lively and pleasant place to live and work.

Delft has a reputation for being a friendly city; bars and terraces along the canals and on the city squares, quirky shops, affordable restaurants and great cinemas. It is easy to find your way around as everything is close together. Delft is bursting with activity from spring right through to autumn, including music festivals and street theatre.

If you want to find out more about the city of Delft, please visit the website