Students about this programme

  • Catalina Susnea

    "The university that meets my requirements"

    Cultural Shock experience, How did you overcome it?

    " That’s something that at the beginning I thought I’ll never experience, but then it hits me like everyone else. I think that the moment when I overcome the culture shock, was during holidays when I went for the first time back to my home country, in Romania. Every person that I had in my life had done the same, and I actually understood that this is the way of my life should be now, and I have to accept it. "

    Are you involved in any projects? Tell us about the projects and your experience in them?

    " I’ve been here already a year and a half and I’ve been already involved in a lot of projects. Actually this is a very good think about Fontys, so if you are such a person that needs a little push to do something, Fontys is the place that gives you this opportunity. The courses are made in a way that we have to be part of groups and make different projects and in the end you realized that you have a lot of achievements.

    The most important project that I’ve been part of science now is the PRO-P, a huge, complex project, where we were a team of five people and actually it was meant to experience the team work. This because we had different tasks to do and therefore we had to work together as everything had to be organized at the end.

    It is a lot of hard work but if you actually want to do something and achieve your goals you can manage everything. "

    Does Fontys meet all the requirements in your study process?

    " Yes! I can say that this university meet all my requirements from good teachers, good materials to technical equipment that can be borrowed from the university. "

    Would you recommend Fontys to other students? Why?

    " Yes! I would definitely recommend Fontys to other students. I actually did to some of my friends. Why not? Science it has everything that a student needs to improve their skills or their knowledge and more to this that the whole environment here is more friendly like in other universities, for instance all the teachers will try to be friends rather usual student – teacher relationship. This actually gives you a lot of courage to go to them and ask for help or advice if you need it and no one is judging you no matter what problem you have. "


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  • Chiel Zelders

    "If you practice and keep doing it, you’ll become better and better... "

    Why did you choose Fontys ?

    " I chose Fontys because first of all, in high school, we actually had a lot of interaction with Fontys which was quite nice. I knew from the beginning about Fontys and about the quality of education, I checked the courses and I found that this university suits me on all the criterias of the studying process.

    It's fine, I like it. The ICT part is more practical related, where we have theory first, then we apply theory in different projects. So, you really get the logics, how things are working around the ICT field. "

    What do you think about the practical way of study?

    " The practical way of studying is quite nice. The fact that we have projects that really have to get a desired result makes us enthusiastic and motivated. The help from teachers is also very important on this track. Therefore, their pieces of advice make us understand the core of the programing abilities.

    One important point in the practical studying process is the teamwork. Because according to this practice we get prepared for real life activity in a working environment, where we have to interact with our colleagues. Furthermore, Fontys is an international university, so we get used to cooperate with different cultures, to be ready to act correctly and professional. "

    How is the student life in Eindhoven?

    " It is really good. You have a lot of nice places where you can go to, a lot of pubs which you can visit if you want, a lot of activities like sport clubs, gym and most of the basic sports. You all have them here close to Fontys. "

    What's your experience of the study process at Fontys?

    " We have theoretical parts but we also have the practical parts. I really like the fact that we have projects, because applying the theory is the best thing that you can do to understand the study material. For instance, sometimes, in theory everything works, but when you come to apply this theory in practice and get a different result it changes all your expectations. But this is the way of studying, through mistakes and experiments.

    If you practice and keep doing it, you’ll become better and better... really understanding what you are doing. The way Fontys solves this things, is a great way. We have projects, we work in groups and do things together. So as a result you learn from each other with the teacher’s supervision. "


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  • Efe Mumoglu

    "The education I always wanted to have"

    "I am from Turkey and always wanted to work in ICT, but had a different education. I taught myself how to program and started doing freelance projects. After some years I felt the need to improve myself further and applied to be enrolled in ICT studies. Being a foreigner and having no idea about how the system works, I thought all the application process and getting the permits would be difficult. But the whole process was very easy for me and I get great help and guidance from the ICT department. In Fontys, there is always somebody to help you."

    Efe Mumoglu
    ICT & Software Engineering

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  • Amaril Faradini

    "Proud to study here"

    "I chose to study ICT in Europe because I wanted to be independent and experience more positive things. It turns out there is more than meets the eye. The Netherlands is doing well in sustainability, furthermore Eindhoven is named as ‘the smartest region in the world’ yet still maintains its traditions. These add to the reasons why I am proud of studying here. Not forget to mention a good quality of the study program, teaching, study environment, at Fontys Eindhoven, supports me to obtain the full advantages of technology in a positive way."

    Amaril Faradini
    ICT English Stream

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  • Eugenia Boeh-Ocansey

    "Culture shock!"

    "Coming to the Netherlands was a personal challenge to assimilate a different culture, language and system of education. In the beginning it was not easy but what makes the culture shock less depressing is the international community at Fontys, students from all cultures who go through the exact same ‘shock’. Education at Fontys is one of a kind. We are proud to realize what we design. In my first year I already built a 12 volt power supply, an automated garden light system and simulated an elevator. Fontys motivates me to be independent and ambitious; a career woman in the making!"

    Eugenia Boeh-Ocansey, Ghana
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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  • Stephen Harianto

    "American bicycle company back on track"

    "In the first year our assignment was to get an American bicycle company that is struggling in the European market back on track. We were to work with a new international team we just knew, and yet, we had so little time to turn the bicycle company around. The mentor’s method “Learning by Shock” was also frustrating. However, we did not end by giving up, but made this tough problem a challenge. We learned a lot of things during the way and successfully managed ourselves to win the game in the end!"

    Stephen Harianto, Indonesia
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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  • Nikola Nikushev

    Tell us about your experience in Delta – track:

    Since I have previous experience in programming in multiple languages the Delta excellency track offered me the challenge I was seeking.
    I was able to improve my knowledge at a very fast rate. Everyday you have a challenge that you have to solve together with your team and there are numerous approaches. We have the freedom to experiment and find what are the best steps to take, we receive feedback and correct our mistakes.
    I learned a lot about the Scrum Methodology and project planning, which I was able to fit into my daily studies, making everything better structured and planned.
    When I started the ratio of English stream students and Dutch students was 1:2. Even tho, most students preferred to speak in their native language, everyone found a way to interact with each other, leaving no one aside. In the second semester we were only 2 English stream students (Me and a Dutch student). When I was surrounded with Dutch students I felt welcomed with every team and I even was able to learn some Dutch.
    A great thing about the Delta Track is that you are not students from one specialty. If you do not know something, you are about 2 to 4 meters away from a person that can give you an advice. Skills with Android, WordPress, PHP, Python, Raspberry pi, Arduino, Web Design, 3D Printers... are just a few of them.

    Delta Track

    • Is an excellent challenge.
    • Full of opportunities.
    • Structured, fast and progressive.
    • Fun and innovative.
    Your Mentors give you the foundation, the Projects to work on and the technologies needed. Then it's up to you and your team to see, how will you realize the rest.
    When I look back, I am still happy I chose the Delta track, as It offered me a great boost toward my professional career.

    In what project(s) you were involved?

    I worked on 3 projects. 

    • S.A.M. (Student Activity Monitoring)

    S.A.M. is a project to keep track of time spent on a certain project by a student and the quality of their work that they provide for that time. Using your Android phone you can easily keep track of your progress and update it, sending it to the group anonymously. 
    The teachers receive your progress and are able to keep track of who's performance is lacking or who is overworking.
    I was evolved in the planning of the project and I was lead Android developer.

    Delta website

    The delta website is the portfolio of the delta group. Containing the information about the projects that are being developed by the members. The website is aimed in showing and attracting the attention to companies. As well as potential Delta students.
    I was the lead back-end develop. I created the system that works in the back and presents the data to the users to see. The main panel for content management is based on WordPress, which I had never used before but was fun to learn.
    I worked on the project planning and the designs of the website, I was curious and wanted to learn more of the unknown to me.

    • EARIS

    EARIS is a project that is focused on creating a platform that allows visually impaired people to experience their environment in a new way.
    We were able to interact with Kinect and Arduino. I learn a lot about python, object tracking and motion tracking.

    And something else that you want to mention about being an excellent student in Delta track.

    I was the first English (Not Dutch) stream student that finished the program.
    I was able to inspire a my fellow students that came after me, after I finished.
    I really felt as an excellent student and I will most probably join the excellency track in my 4-th year, if I have the opportunity.

    I believe that the program is well suitable for students that wish to take on more responsibility, work in a team environment, use their knowledge from school and find the reason why do we study it. It allowed me to see my limits and surpass them.

    Nikola Nikushev, Bulgaria
    Information and Communication Technology



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  • Bogdan Ene

    What is the pre-master program?

    The pre-master program offers students the opportunity of following a master after finishing a University of Applied Sciences such as Fontys. It consists of a number of courses worth a semester of study and it is being held at TU/e. If during the first year a student has good average grade and if he is doing very well with the Mathematical courses, he can choose to follow this program. The possibilities are either to start from the second year, in parallel with the Fontys courses, or in the third year. Of course, this can also be done after finishing university, but it is more tie and money consuming.

    How important is having a master degree?

    A very good aspect of the curriculum from Fontys is that most of the studies are practical-oriented. The accent is not on theory like in other universities, but on the applied side of IT. On one side, this is a really good and helpful thing, especially for finding future jobs after finishing the Bachelors. On the other side, if a student aims to be even more successful in this field, having a master degree is crucial in his self-development process. The theoretical part that TU/e provides combined with the practical knowledge gained at Fontys is the recipe for a very good engineer.

    Why did you choose to follow this path?

    Even before I started university, I knew that I was going to go further with my studies, as in getting a master degree as well. This is the reason why I chose to follow the Excellence Master Track during my Bachelors. The path that suited me best was the one with all the courses in the third year. The downside of taking this pre-master program was that I had to choose between this and doing a minor. The minor is a specialization in a certain field and it represents a good amount of knowledge as well. However, I still believe that I made the right choice that will get me to the point of achieving my final goal.

    What are the differences between Fontys and TU/e?

    I was used to be assigned a task and to have to complete it, to always have a final project or to always see the results of my work concretized. This is the reason why for me it was a little hard in the beginning to accommodate with the regular, theoretical type of courses. Of course, it takes little time to realize how important they are and how much they make a difference in the way you approach and complete certain tasks. However, it is true that TU/e requires more hard work, dedication and self-study. The amount of workload is bigger than the average courses from Fontys and that is because there is a great amount of knowledge that has to be grasped in a rather short period of time. 

    How do I fell about the workload of the pre-master?

    Most of the courses have weekly mandatory homework and even tests that count for the final grade. This means that during the courses there is not much free time, as you always have to do the assignments on time and be present at lectures and tutoring classes. These can also be challenging most of the time and it is required a huge amount of self-study. However, it is also a good thing because in this way students are bound to working during the whole course. Otherwise it is really tempting to postpone the studying until the exam is approaching, a moment that is too late for a student to start gaining a course worth of knowledge necessary for passing the exam.


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  • Haiyi Ma (马海燚)

    What do you study or which study did you complete?

    软件工程
    ICT software engineering.

    What is the difference between studying in your home country and the Netherlands?

    在荷兰,学习的灵活性非常强。除了自己必修的课程以外,有时间的话可以选择其他方向的课程扩大自己的知识面。在课程要求方面灵活性也比较强。另外,如果你对自己当下学习的方向不是很满意,你可以根据你自己的兴趣灵活的转方向直到你找到一个自己满意的并且适合自己的学习方向。甚至转学院也是有可能的。
    除了灵活性以外,荷兰的教育非常重视小组合作,这个比国内要多很多。在小组合作的过程中,学生们可以互相学习,相互提高。除了增加知识以外,小组工作还能帮助学生们提高语言交流能力,尤其是和不同国家的同学之间交流是很有意思的。
    相比来说,在荷兰,班级的规模都比较小。这样的班级规模对学习是很有帮助的,老师可以在每个学生身上花更多的时间。而且在上课的时候,老师和学生之间,学生和学生之间的互动也是很多的。整个上课的氛围很活跃,不压抑。

    Here in the Netherlands, you can have much more flexibility in your study. Besides your obligatory courses, you can freely choose courses from other directions to expand your knowledge. Within each course, the requirements are also flexible. Except the flexibility within your direction, if you do not like one direction, you can follow your interest and switch to a new one until you find which direction is the most suitable for you, even among different department.
    Besides the flexibility, the Dutch education requires much more group work than that in China. During group work, you can learn more knowledge from other students. Also you can practice your communication skills and get to know people of different nationalities which is fun.
    In the Netherlands, the classes are organized in relatively smaller scale. That means each student can spend more time with teachers learning knowledge. Also in class, there is more interactions between teachers and student, the atmosphere is lively and less stressed.

    Did you find it difficult to study in English?

    刚来的时候比较困难,但是过了一两个月以后就没有问题了。我感觉我适应这里的英语教学不需要太多的时间。
    When I first arrived, it was difficult. But after a few months, I just started plain sailing. It does not take long.

    How would you describe your relationship with your teachers?

    非常的不错。老师们都很乐于帮助学生而且对学生们都很好。
    Very good. The teachers are helpful and very nice to students.

    What’s it like to study with students of different nationalities and the Dutch students?

    有时候比较有挑战性,但是总体来说非常有趣。在慢慢的和各种各样的学生合作以后,你会理解如何和来自不同国家的学生群体合作,而且也会慢慢意识到自己的不足。这样的学习氛围对个人成长是很好的。
    It is sometimes challenging but very exciting in general. Slowly after you cooperate with different students, you understand how to work with different groups and also know your weakness. That is helpful for self-growth.

    What are the cultural differences between your home country and the Netherlands?

    最大的差别就是这里的人们个人主义观念很强,但对于学习来说不是什么问题,因为人们都很友好,而且小组工作会促进交流。另外当然饮食习惯会有不同。在周末或者假期,人们的娱乐方式也和国内不太相同。
    The biggest different I have found is that it is so individual here in the Netherlands, but it is not a problem for studying, friendly people and group work can help communicate. Also the food here is quite different, of course. People here have different ways of entertainment on the weekends or on holiday.

    What’s it like to be so far away from home?

    我比较早的已经开始自己住了,所以没有那么想家。但是,一个人住而且离国内这么远意味着你得自己照顾好自己的一切,跟国内有父母帮助是很不同的。而且远在他乡,有时候自己需要适应文化差异。
    I started living alone relatively early so I do not suffer from home sickness that much. However, living alone far away means you need to take care of yourself much more than at home with parents’ help. Also sometimes you need to deal with cultural difference.

    What do you miss most from home?

    家乡的美食吧。
    The food definitely.

    What makes studying in the Netherlands special?

    在荷兰学习对将来成为国际人才我觉得是很有帮助的。因为很多很多不同国家的人在这里工作学习,尤其是Fontys大学,各个国家的人都有。你可以学习如何与不同国家的人一起合作,非常的有帮助。另外在这里学习对语言的提高也很有帮助,这里人人都会讲英语。
    Studying here is really helpful for becoming an international person. Because there are many nationalities here in the Netherlands, especially Fontys, you can learn how to work with people from other parts of the worlds. You can also improve your language skills a lot.

    What do you do besides studying?

    在学习之外,我比较喜欢体育运动,派对,还有旅游。在学校的运动中心很容易就可以买到便宜的健身卡。另外当你有周末或者假期的时候,坐飞机去周边国家旅游业非常的方便。甚至欧盟远一些的国家也没有问题。
    Personally I like to do sports, go party, and travel besides studying. It is easy to have a sports card in the sport center. Also when you have a long weekends or holiday, flying to neighbor countries or even farther-away countries within EU is very easy.

    What would you recommend students looking for an education abroad?

    我觉得学生最好应该了解到自己的长处和短处,发挥长处,选择一个自己适合的专业最重要,不要让自己后悔。
    I will recommend student to be sure of their strength and weaknesses, find a suitable study for themselves without regretting.

    What are your plans when you finish your study?

    我的计划是去工作然后有时间的话到世界各地旅游。
    I plan to go to work after my study, also travel the world as much as possible when I have time.

    What do you like best about your time in the Netherlands/at Fontys?

    我最喜欢荷兰的地方就是这里非常的国际化,很多不同国家的人在这里学习工作。荷兰人也很友好。总之在这里生活还是挺开心的。对Fontys来说,我非常喜欢这里的灵活性。除此之外,我也非常喜欢这里不断更新的专业。这里的课程更新很频繁,都是根据市场的需求和变化,这是非常好的一点。
    The part I like most is that it is a very international country, you can find many nationalities here working or studying. People here are friendly, too. So I feel very happy to live here. In studying at Fontys, I really like the flexibility in almost everything. Besides that, I also like the up-to-date study program, following the fast changing trends, Fontys tries to update the curriculum, which is very nice.

    Haiyi Ma, People's Republic of China,
    ICT software engineering.

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  • Jiaqi Ni

    大家好,我叫倪佳琪,来自中国浙江,我现在在荷兰Fontys大学(Eindhoven校区)读ICT专业,今年是大四,所以说,在荷兰也是有四个年头了。在这里稍微说些对荷兰的感受吧,希望能对正在选择留学学校的朋友能有所帮助。
    要说荷兰的话,三言两语可说不清,毕竟文化差异较大,荷兰饮食,气候,旅游,休闲等等,不过我个人认为可能你们最在意的应该是教学质量和生活费用这两方面,所以在这里主要说明这两方面。
    首先是教育质量这方面,Fontys的教育质量在荷兰算是被公认为可靠的,当然如果你有更高的追求,在第一年之后,如果你成绩达到要求,便可以申请Tu/e(一所个人觉得很不错的大学)。说回Fontys吧,Fontys主要以实践为主,所以你学的东西都可以很好的应用到实际里面,者带来的好处就是,你可以很容易的在荷兰找到工作。并且Eindhoven本来就是一个IT行业较为发达的城市,所以如果你是IT行业的话,对于找实习,毕设或者工作的话,在Eindhoven都还是比较容易的。
    对于课程方面,很多人可能对英语授课有所担心,但是我想说的是,没什么必要。因为我当时一开始来的时候,我雅思6分,刚好符合本科要求,所以我对我的英语是没有很大的信心的。但是来到这里发现,荷兰人讲的英语其实还是蛮好听懂的,老师上课讲的也挺清楚,没有说出现听不懂的情况,所以给我的感觉,还是蛮好的。然后荷兰这边的话,国际学生也是较多的,如果你善于交流,你能够很容易的接触到不同的文化,体验不同的文化,也是极好的人生经历。
    对于费用方面,学费就不多讲了,网上一查就可以查到的,主要讲讲生活费的。总体的讲,我个人觉得,这边的物价,跟杭州差不多吧,也就是说荷兰消费水平跟中国的一,二线城市差不多。所以,不算便宜,但是也不能说贵吧。细化的话,就不好说了,因为种类繁多,但是总体的讲的话,住宿房租,饮食,穿着类的消费,比如说超市的价格,服装店的价格,是相对不贵,甚至更便宜的,出行类的消费,比如说火车票,旅馆费,是比国内要相对高一点点的。总之一句话吧,荷兰绝对是你出国留学选择中,性价比最高的。

    附注:在Eindhoven,一个人一个月,房租一般300欧上下,生活费用,如果自己做饭估计也在300欧上下。
    以上就是我的一些见解,仅供参考,希望对你有所帮助,谢谢。

    Hello, my name is Jiaqi Ni, I am from China. I am currently studying in Fontys, Eindhoven. My major is ICT and this is my 4th year in the Netherlands. I am here to share some of my personal experience about Fontys to those who are interested in studying here. Hopefully, this can give you a better overview about living and studying in the Netherlands. Speaking of some tips of living in the Netherlands, there are really too much to be told, since the Netherlands and China are two countries with really different culture. But personally, I think students who are interested in studying in the Netherlands or in Fontys will mostly concern the following two aspects: the quality of education and living expense. First of all, about the education quality, Fontys is wildly accepted as a great university in the ICT field in the Netherlands. However, if you are really smart and really want to pursue higher level education, you can also apply for Tu/e if you successfully pass and achieve high marks for all the subjects in the first year of Fontys. Speaking of studying in Fontys, the school mostly focus on the practical work, which means, basically all the stuff you learned can be easily applied to real life. This will benefit you a lot. For instance, it would be great helpful when you are trying to get an internship position or a real job. Moreover, if you are interested in ICT and study in Fontys Eindhoven, it would even be easier, since Eindhoven is a city with a lot of high-tech companies who are in great eager for finding people like you. Many students may also have concerns about taking courses in English. To be honest, I had experienced the exactly same situation before. I only got 6 for the IELTS and frankly speaking, English was one of my biggest concern at that time. But fortunately, when I got here, I found that Dutch people can actually speak English quite clearly. They mainly use simple, or at least uncomplicated words, which makes me feel prety easy to follow and understand what they are trying to explain. Moreover, in Fontys, there are students from many different countries, talking with them about different culture will definitely broaden your horizon and meanwhile practice your English as well. About the living expense in the Netherlands. I will skip the tuition part since that can be easily accessed online. So, the living expense. I personally think, it is basically similar as first-tier or second-tier cities, for instance, Hangzhou in China. To be more specific, in the Netherlands, the price of stuff in the supermarket, clothes stores, shoes stores or other departments stores are actually a little bit cheaper than in China, but the restaurant here are indeed more expensive because of the expensive labor. Moreover, if you go traveling, then it will probably cost you a little more than in China as well. But generally speaking, living in the Netherlands should not be as expensive as you thought it would be. PS: Rent fee in Eindhoven is about 300 euro per month per person. Living expense in Eindhoven is also about 300 euro per month per person. This is basically what I have in my mind so far, for reference only. I hope it can more or less help you a little. Anyway, welcome to the Netherlands, you will love it.

    Jiaqi Ni, People's Republic of China
    ICT software engineering

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