|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Program Features:||Academic Study, Lab Based Work||Degree Level:||3 Sophomore, 4 Junior, 5 Senior|
|Time Away:||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester||Housing options:||Apartment (Shared), Dormitory|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||Jordan Zilla|
To learn more about the TU Delft exchange program, read the TU Delft Exchange Student Information Sheet.
The UniversityThe Technical University of Delft began in 1842 as a Royal Academy for Civilian Engineers and in 1905, recognizing the high quality of TU Delft’s education, it became the Institute of Technology. Later the name changed to TU Delft to keep up with modern law. TU Delft’s current mission is to train people to develop “innovative, durable and environment-friendly technology.”
The University currently occupies a large tract of land about 15 minutes by bus from the city center. The campus includes dorms, many large laboratories and practical work spaces as wells as the expected classroom facilities. Like Princeton, bicycle is the transportation of choice to get around campus.
The SettingDelft began in the 11th century and retains its historic charm with a preserved city center built alongside canals. Alongside this history the city hosts two major scientific organizations (including TU Delft) and is an important technology center. Of course Delft is well known for being the home of Vermeer and the site of Delft pottery. Near Delft is a large recreation area called Delft Wood (Delftse Hout) which has bike, horse riding and running trails as well as a large lake where people can swim or windsurf. You can watch this short clip to learn more about studying abroad in The Netherlands.
AcademicsLanguage of instruction: English
This program is geared towards Aerospace Engineering students. The Aerospace Engineering department offers many options that complement Princeton’s MAE offerings, including practical airplane design modules, rocket design and satellite construction.
Princeton’s agreement is with the Aerospace Engineering department where all courses are taught in English. Students may select any courses from this department for which they have the appropriate background. In addition, students may take a limited number of courses from other areas if these are offered in English or if they have sufficient Dutch. Most Princeton students take courses at the second year level, but courses at the first and third level are also possible.For a full list of courses available at Delft University, visit the Delft course catalog.
Grading & Credits:
Princeton study abroad students are required to take 28-30 ECTS within the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Each course has a uniquely defined ECTS credit value so check the credit values for your selected courses carefully. Study abroad participants must review their final course selection with a Princeton study abroad adviser to ensure credit transfer.
Fall semester typically runs from early September until early February (with a two-week orientation program for visiting students before classes start).
Spring semester typically runs from mid-February until the end of June (with a one-week orientation program before classes start).
You can view exact program dates on the Delft University academic calendar. Please do not make any travel plans before confirming exact dates with Delft.
Financial AidFor more information about financial aid, visit the “Money Matters” section of our website.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in the Netherlands. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.
(From TU Delft website) You will not need a visa if you are a national of one of the countries of the European Union (EU), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)* or Monaco, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan or South Korea.
Stays of longer than 90 days (all Princeton students studying abroad) do need a residence permit obtained after they arrive with the assistance of TU Delft staff. There will be a fee for this charged on-site at the time of application.
Student LifePrinceton students will have access to libraries, computing facilities, and advising services as do regularly enrolled students. In addition, there are possibilities to get involved in student run practical projects as well professors’ research projects. Students are eligible to join any of the student societies that cater to academic, cultural, and social interests.
HousingStudents can live in on-campus dorms or find off-campus apartments. Assistance in arranging housing will be provided by the exchange coordinator at TU Delft.
Application ProcessIn order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program. Complete the following steps:
- Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in the TU Delft exchange program.
- Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
- Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline. This includes completing the online Delft application procedure (linked from your GPS application), and all of their required supporting documents (essay, official transcript, copy of passport, optional research project proposal).
In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.
EligibilityFor Princeton approval, applicants must have a B average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester abroad. TU Delft requires an overall B average.
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