Automotive Engineering

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

Do you have a passion for engineering and automotive technology? Do you want to be involved in the development of innovative, (electric) vehicles? Would you like to be part of the team at major motor or car races? Automotive Engineering is the programme for you!

About Automotive Engineering

Our programme teaches you to design, manufacture and test vehicles in a rapidly changing and demanding world. Technical developments – certainly in the field of mobility – are happening at lightning speed. You’ll become a specialist who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. During your studies, you’ll develop your technical skills and learn how challenging development and research projects lead to innovative products and solutions.

Ambience photo Fontys

Why study Automotive Engineering at Fontys?

  • Work with businesses to create innovative and useful products
  • Close cooperation with automotive companies in the Brainport Region
  • In a brand new building on the TU/e campus, learn in a high tec automotive lab.
  • Full attention for your passion, and personal guidance to get the best out of you
 

What are you going to learn?

The automotive engineer of the future is an “out of the box” thinker who can connect complex and different professional disciplines. Our programme prepares you to be best! After your studies, you’ll be able to understand, interpret, connect and integrate the complex challenges of transport concepts, sustainability and technology.

  • You will get a mix between theory and practice.
  • Cooperation with companies
  • Hard and soft kills: you’ll learn to design, collaborate, plan and think creatively and respectfully in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Various and diverse subjects are included, such as: mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, measurement and control technology, engine dynamics, vehicle dynamics, vehicle electrical engineering, materials and engine management systems.
 

Welcome to our building: Nexus

Come and have an look!

 

How does your week look like?

Studying is hard work. And that’s not a bad thing, as long as there’s variety. Automotive Engineering offers everything you’re looking for:

  • One moment you’re in the classroom (we pride ourselves on small class settings for maximum interactions)
  • Next, you’re working on a vehicle in our state of the art workshops
  • Or you’re busy creating mobility solutions for a company
  • Work with your fellow students and under the guidance of our teachers
 

How does your study time looks like at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering

 

Courses

The first year is primarily focused on orienting your studies and future profession. You’re introduced to the automotive engineer’s broad domain and you establish an initial theoretical basis that will enable you to start working as an automotive engineer in the future. The lectures cover the theory which you can immediately apply in practical assignments and projects. Examples of the subjects covered:

  • motor dynamics
  • vehicle dynamics
  • control engineering
  • mechanics
  • materials science

Mathematics is a common thread throughout your studies. We’ll help you with additional lectures should you require any help with mathematics. From the very first day of the Automotive Engineering introduction week, there is the Pressure Cooker Week. During this week, you will be introduced to the Automotive Project Courses (APJ), where you will work in a small team of students. There are a total of 8 project modules within the first two years of the programme.

Starting in the second academic year, you’ll expand your automotive knowledge and engineering skills, and you’ll increasingly gain insight into the connection between certain subjects. The thinking process becomes more abstract and projects become more complicated, but they challenge you to engage in creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

You’ll do all of this in collaboration with your fellow students. In addition to taking specific automotive subjects in the engineering domain – including motor dynamics, vehicle dynamics, vehicle electrical engineering and motor management systems – you’ll also learn more about mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering and process control systems.

From the third academic year onwards, you’ll specialise in several ways to focus on your specific interests.

 

Internship

One half of the third academic year, you’ll spend 20 weeks doing an internship. This is the perfect opportunity for you to put into practice what you have learned during your study programme. You’re really entering the job market! You’ll complete an internship at a company in the Netherlands or abroad. Of course, we will assist you in choosing your internship.

 

Minor

One half of this academic year, you’ll follow a minor programme. All Fontys full-time bachelor’s degree programmes consist of a major and a minor. The major is the core of the programme and serves as your main study field, whereas your minor is an elective programme of one semester. As a full-time student, you can choose for a Fontys minor in any discipline or for a minor offered by Automotive Engineering, Electric Drive or Motorsport Engineering. Minors outside of Fontys UAS and/or abroad are also possible. The choice is yours!

In the first semester of the fourth year, the programme focuses on AutomotiveNL, the cluster organisation for the Dutch automotive industry, mobility sector and automotive education sector:

  • Smart mobility (traffic safety and vehicle systems, advanced driver assistance systems)
  • Future power trains (hybrid drives, electrical drives, motors with exhaust after treatment systems)

The second semester of the final year will be your graduation internship period. You’ll work and study at a company and write a bachelor’s thesis as a concluding project. At the end of the programme, you’ll have achieved 240 credits and be granted a Bachelor’s of Science degree.

 

Related courses

In addition to Automotive Engineering, Fontys University of Applied Sciences offers the technical programmes Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering.

More information about related courses

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Visa

As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

*except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

Language requirements for Dutch students

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

Costs

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

     

    Career opportunities

    This study programme offers excellent perspective for finding a good job at one of the many automotive companies in the heart of the Brainport automotive sector or organisations abroad! Automotive engineers are currently in high demand everywhere in the world. A few examples of sectors you may work in: 

    • You might have a client who can use your creativity to provide its customers with vehicles that fully automate the loading process.
    • You can contribute to developments in busses so that a bus can easily be steered through traffic via a wireless network (involving challenges in data communication).
    • Or you can work on adjustments in vehicles that make them more comfortable for the handicapped.
    • You can work in innovative companies like DAF or VDL

    Continuing your studies

    Are you motivated and capable of going that extra mile during your studies in the Automotive programme? Together with TU/e, we offer you the opportunity to combine your studies with a preparatory programme for the master’s degree in Automotive Technology. You will not have a transitional year but will work towards obtaining both a bachelor’s degree and a university master’s degree within 6 years.

     

    CEO's about their cooperation with Fontys Engineering

    CEO's about Fontys Nexus

    How to apply

    All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

    Application deadlines

    Application deadlines for September 2021
    September intake 15 May
    If you want us to arrange accommodation 15 June
    If you arrange your own accommodation 15 August

    Start your online application

    • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
    • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
    • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2021 or February 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution Eindhoven
    Programme B Automotive - Automotive Engineering

    After your enrolment request has been sent, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail from Studielink.

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    More about Automotive Engineering

    Right now we haven't planned new virtual open days. New dates will be planned later this year. We would like to keep you posted about new dates.

    Would you like to have a conversation with students of this programme? Are you curious about their experiences? What do they like most about the programme, what do they find difficult? What is it like to study in The Netherlands and at Fontys?

    Then sign up for 'Meet the student'. Our students are ready for you online!

    Do you have a specific question about this programme? We are happy to help you!

    The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
    We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

    In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

    Download the factsheet