Student life in Eindhoven is heavily based on associations. An association, in short, is a group of students that share a common interest, that organizes events related to that interest. However, for many, this is simply the starting point, and associations will often organize unrelated activities for the sake of doing things together with others in the association. For instance, the tennis association Fellenoord mostly organizes training and competitions, but members will also get together to have a drink etc.
While joining an association is not a requirement by any means, it is an easy way to meet new people and one of the best ways to experience student culture in Eindhoven.
Associations fall into 8 major categories:
FSE is the umbrella organization for study associations of the TU/e. Each study at the TU/e has it's own study association, and most study associations have their own bar in their respective building on campus. Study associations organize many career related events relevant for students in their faculty, but also have many leisure activities and workshops.
Each study association also organizes a weekly social drink known as a borrel every Thursday in their respective bars. Borrels are free to enter for any TU/e student, though most usually go to the one organized by their study. Borrels are held on Thursdays, from 16:00 - 17:00.
A full list of study associations is provided below (in alphabetical order):
CHEOPS: Built Environment
GEWIS: Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Japie Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Intermate: Innovation Sciences
Industria Industrial Engineering
Lucid: Industrial Desgin
Protagoras: Biomedical Engineering
J.D. van der Waals: Applied Physics
Thor: Electrical Engineering and Automotive
Simon Stevin: Mechanical Engineering
Scala is the umbrella organization for cultural associations at the TU/e. Most cultural associations meet once or twice a week for their particular activities, and will often meet more often to just spend time as a group. Most are located in the basement of the Luna building on Campus.
A full list is of cultural associations is provided below (in alphabetical order):
Dekate Mousa: Photography
Kinjin: Japanese Culture
Knights of the Kitchen Table: Table Top and Role Playing
Modern: Modern Music
Quadrivium: Classical Music
Studentproof Jazz: Jazz Music
Compositum is the umbrella organization for student associations at the TU/e. A student association is what in other cultures is often referred to as a fraternity. This means they organize parties, drinks, and other such activities. Student associations in Eindhoven have a rich history and many traditions, and thus most require you to speak some amount of Dutch. However, they do organize events open to the public throughout the year. If you would like to join a student association, be prepared for some hazing.
A full list is of student associations is provided below (in alphabetical order):
ESSF is the umbrella organization for sports associations at the TU/e. The Student Sports Center Eindhoven provides opportunities to take part in many different sports, and most trainings etc. are organized by sports associations.
A full list is of sports associations is provided below (in alphabetical order):
All Terrain: Mountainbike, Outdoor
Avalanche Boarders: Snowboarding
Concorde: Horseback riding
Da Vinci: Archery
De Club: Golf
Don Quishoot: Hockey
Hoc Habet: Fencing
Icehawks: Ice hockey
Impact: Boxing, Kickboxing
Nayade: Water polo, Swimming
Oktopus: Indoor handball
Samourais: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts
SPV Blue: Aerial Silks, Paal fitness
Squadra Veloce: Cycling
Suca: Cheerleading, Gymnastics
The Elephants: Rugby
Totelos: Indoor Football
WETH: Windsurfing, Kitesurfing
There are four Country Associations in Eindhoven that provides help and a community for students from their respective countries. They also hold events during the year for the public such as Diwali and Made in Indonesia.
ACSSE Eindhoven: Chinese
LSRS Olanda: Romanian
TU/e ISA: Indian
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These associations are mostly career related organizations, which do not usually have active members and social activities the way other associations do.
AEGEE Eindhoven: Travel Association
DAS: De Ambitieuze Student (The Ambitious Student) - a student party running for the student council
ESR: Eindhoven Studenten Raad - a student party running for the student council
Eindhoven Student Council: The student government of TU/e
Groep Een: Translates to "Group One" - a student party running for the student council
Integrand Eindhoven: Internships
UniPartners Eindhoven: Short term collaborations with companies
Wervingsdagen: Organizes TU/e career events