Welcome to the Eindhoven Wiki for International Students! This page is meant for international students in the Netherlands, and has information on lots of topics to help with surviving in Eindhoven. This wiki is managed by Cosmos, and some others who deserve Special Thanks.
Have a look around to help start your life in the Netherlands! For navigating the site, you can find a list of all pages at Special:Allpages.
Please note that this wiki is still a work in progress, so missing and incomplete pages are to be expected. We are working very hard to get all of this up and running so stay tuned for more!
If you'd like to help, we're working on making public editing a possibility, but for now please get in touch with us here at Cosmos and we can get you started.
- 1 Prospective Students
- 2 Before You Arrive
- 3 Your First Days
- 4 Your First Year
- 5 Personal Development
The TU/e website explains the procedure for applying to the TU/e. For exchange programs, the general application procedure is explained here. For any other programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, PHD, and PDEng programs, more information can be found on the page for the specific program. More information can be found here. To find out if you are eligible to apply for the program of your choice at the TU/e and steps you need to take in order to enroll, you can check the following page.
Before You Arrive
Moving can be scary, especially if it is to a new country. We want to help you adjust to your new life before you arrive.
Cosmos runs two student pages to help you meet other new students from all departments and ask any questions you may have (if you are unable to find them in our wiki).
The first page is the International Student Team page . Simply request to join and we will gladly include you! The page is monitored by students. We will try to process your request as soon as possible.
The second page is our Cosmos Members Facebook page . You do need to sign up to be a member via our website before requesting to join this page.
For details on accommodation and housing benefits, go to our housing page.
How to get to Eindhoven from Schiphol
When you arrive in the entry hall at Schiphol airport, you do not need to go far to get to the train station because it is located under the entrance hall. To check out the train schedule, visit NS. You can purchase tickets at the ticket booth in the entry hall or at the ticket kiosk next to baggage claim (it's bright yellow).
How to get to Eindhoven from Eindhoven Airport
To get to Eindhoven from the Eindhoven Airport, you will have to take the bus. To find the bus schedule, visit 9292.
It is important to note that the buses do not run 24/7 so make sure they will be running when you plane arrives. If they are not available, there is a taxi lane in front of the airport.
Your First Days
Your first days in Eindhoven can be a little confusing.
Depending on when you arrive, you might be in Eindhoven just when the Introduction Weeks begin, or slightly before. The Introduction Weeks will take up almost all your time while they are happening, and the university will give you a good overview of when and how to register at city hall, applying for insurance (more on Dutch Health Care, opening a Bank account etc). If you are here before introduction weeks, or have free time before classes start, see our page for things to do in Eindhoven or come visit us in the Common Room on the campus! You could also read up on the history of Eindhoven if you find that interesting.
The Netherlands most likely has a different way of providing health care than in the country you are coming from. To read more about the Dutch system, you should check Dutch Health Care which includes an explanation of applying for health insurance.
The easiest way to get around Eindhoven is using bikes. If, for whatever reason, you don't want to travel by bike, Public Transport is very good in Eindhoven and the rest of the Netherlands. It might also be possible to survive just by walking, but having a public transport card or spare bike is never a bad idea just in case.
Dutch culture and Student life
Click Dutch culture and Student life if you want to know more about this! This page tells more about the student life, how Dutch students are like and what events can be expected. Also Dutch festivals and important days are told on this page. If you also want to know more about learning the Dutch language, the local food and Dutch peoples' personality, this is the page to peak into.
TU/e Campus Area
Want to know more about the TU/e Campus? Click TU/e Campus for more information. This page shows the map of the campus, the buildings in the campus, services offered by TU/e and some other Campus related information.
There are a variety of websites you will use during your studies. Majority of the websites we have listed are run by the TU/e, however, there are a few government run websites that you will need to use.
- MyTue: MyTue is a portal for all things TU/e, such as links to Osiris, Canvas, Cursor, your schedule, and more! You will not be able to sign into MyTue until you have your student email (password will be the same as the one for your email).
- Osiris You can use Osiris to view your grades, register for courses and examinations, and to keep track of your progress
- Canvas: A platform where teachers post information about the classes and where you can submit assignments. How this platform is used varies on department and teachers. Can be located via MyTue.
Studielink is needed for study enrollment and they provide English language option on their site. Belastingdienst is the Dutch tax office and their pages are only in Dutch. DigiD is your online ID when dealing with government organizations online. You need a BSN number for these sites.
- "Studielink is a national enrolment system for degree-seeking university students in the Netherlands. By way of this system all students can request registration on (most) degree programmes at universities in the Netherlands. For international students (i.e. students with non-Dutch diplomas and/or nationality) registration in Studielink is only one step in the process. The other essential step is submitting an application for admission via the university's online application system. After registering for a study programme in Studielink, you will be provided with a link to the online application system." Source:Studielink
- This is the Dutch tax office, and they collect taxes, custom duties and excise duties in the Netherlands. Belastingdienst is under the Dutch Ministry of Finance and also manages the social allowance payments such as Zorgtoeslag (healthcare benefits, check Dutch Health Care) and Huurtoeslag (housing benefits, check Housing). More information here
- From About DigiD: "If you go to your City Hall or to the counter of a different government organisation, in many cases you will have to prove your identity using your ID card, passport or driving licence. Over the Internet, you can prove your identity by logging in with your DigiD. Government organisations will then know that it really is you they are dealing with."
- How it works: "Say you wish to request an excerpt from the municipal personal records database through your local council's website. You will then automatically be redirected from the local council's website to the DigiD login page. Here you would enter your DigiD username and password. You will then automatically be redirected to the local council's website, where you can request the excerpt." source: About DigiD
- DigiD request page for applying for a DigiD
Your First Year
Your first year is complete! Now what?
Enrollment to next academic year
Your need to enroll yourself every year that you are continuing with your studies (this also applies when changing major). This is typically done via Studielink. For this you will need your DigiD. You also have to remember to pay for your tuition! Either pay it all at once, or in installments.
First year requirements
On your first year, you will have to gain a minimum amount of ECTS to stay in the TU/e study you have chosen. Once you have passed your first year and you are from EU, you do not have minimum ECTS requirements to stay in your study. For Non-EU students who pass their first year, you have to receive 30 ECTS a year to stay in TU/e. TU/e has planned that you would receive 60 ECTS an academic year.
These regulations might change, so to double check this. It is recommended to ask TU/e for clarification if you have a need for it.
Joining TU/e community
You might have fully focused on your studies during your first year, but your university life can have more in it! You can join some Associations or Cosmos and become part of them. Companies in Netherlands value extra curricular activities, so if you want something extra to your CV, becoming an active member of an associations could be a good idea. You will also get a lot of new friends!
Sports can be fun and SSCE offers an affordable sports card.
There are a lot of student teams in TU/e who develop and build a lot of new interesting technologies.
Things to Do
For stuff to do in Eindhoven, check out our event calendars and other info at Things to do in Eindhoven.