Logistics Engineering (Venlo)

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

The hamburger you buy, those new jeans, a car: all products are preceded by major logistical processes. The complexity of these relationships between manufacturing, warehousing and distribution demand intelligent networks. Interested in being part of the logistical hotspot in Europe? As a Logistics Engineering student, you learn to evaluate logistical processes and come up with process designs and improvements to implement these.

About

As a Logistics Engineering student, you’ll learn to manage the movement of products through smart process design, operations optimisation and data analytics. You’ll work on projects with industry partners, supported by lectures and workshops. Important topics are evaluating processes and creating process designs, and you’ll learn about data simulation, IT programming and smart warehousing. Engagement in project work will allow you to develop your skills in teamwork, communication and leadership. Company visits, lectures from industry experts and two internships provide you with insights of the real-life work environment.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • Alongside two internships, you’ll also work on three company projects during the course of your study. This means that you’ll have 2.5 years of practical experience by the time you graduate!
  • We provide hands-on coaching on your professional skills, such as communication, teamwork, and leadership
  • You’ll be supported by a personal mentor who will guide you throughout your studies
  • You’ll be immersed in a small, personal study environment
 

What are you going to learn?

  • Intelligent production processes to save costs
  • Smart warehousing to guarantee a high customer service
  • Quick transport through air, rail, road or shipping to ensure that your products arrive on demand
  • Data simulation and IT programming to align to smart factories and artificial intelligence
 

Make the world a better place

Take a look at one of our study programme projects

 

How does your week look?

Each week has two project days which are structurally planned for you. You’ll either spend the days on campus or within the company you’re doing the project for. Aside from the project days, 2-3 days of the week will be dedicated to following lectures. Each week, you’ll have approximately 25 hours of following lectures or working with your project group. Another 15 hours per week consist of self-study, which includes homework assignments, preparing for lectures and studying for exams.

Each semester has 3-4 individual exams. For the semester project, reports and presentations have to be delivered together with your group. Retakes of the exams and for the projects are offered in the same period.

 

Georgi shares his experiences in this video:

“At Fontys we have the possibility to visit companies, work with companies and that really helps us understand how businesses need to be operated.”

 

Courses

Students of Logistics Management and Logistics Engineering follow a joint programme during the first three semesters. During this time, students are taught the basics of logistics, economics, statistical models and project management. Every semester is dedicated to a topic: (1) Warehousing and Materials Handling, (2) Distribution. (3) Production and (4) Integrated Logistics. Each semester focuses on a project dedicated to the semester topic. Additionally, you’ll get a feeling of what the main tasks of a logistician are through company visits. We’ll provide you with general business knowledge and relevant soft skills such as professionalism, teamwork, self-reflection, and communication.
In the second academic year, you’ll deepen and expand on your knowledge. After the third semester, you’ll choose to specialise in either Logistics Management or Logistics Engineering. In Logistics Engineering, you’ll now focus on topics such as data science, demand prediction and statistical models in order to enhance your logistic processes. This is called operations management. Your priority is to improve the logistic performance through lowering costs or increase customer service level.
In the first semester of year three, you’ll do an internship in a company and industry of your choice. In the second semester, you deepen or broaden your knowledge in a specific theme in a minor programme. The minor programme provides you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in a different field than your major or chose topics such as Customs Management or E-Commerce to expand your knowledge in Logistics. You can choose to do this minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities abroad.

The first semester of your final year is your last semester on campus. During this semester, the main focus of your classes and projects is on the field of Supply Chain Management. In Logistics Engineering, you deepen your analytical knowledge in data and process mining and other quantitative analysis tools. You study how to build predictive models and extract information form large databases, all with the goal to enable intelligent decision making.

In the final semester, you’ll do another internship work placement for 5 months and help a company to find a smart solution to their problem. You report the solutions to this practical problem in your final product: the graduation report.

 

 

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in many different fields all over the world. Your specialisation in Logistics Management or Engineering does not tie you to a specific job profile. Some examples of positions you may take on:

  • Supply Chain Management: Some of our graduates work in supply chain management. They’re involved in supplier management, negotiating prices and realising service levels. Working in SCM means finding the best solution for your customers and managing the global flow of goods including storing and distribution.
  • Consulting: As a consultant, you’re involved in projects where you consult various clients. This can be in the implementation of new IT systems, monitoring inventory or managing warehouse performance. You may also advise on designing new layouts for warehouses or help clients to improve their purchasing processes in order to minimise costs – all while maintaining the availability of products for production and sales.
  • Manager Operations: Warehouse Manager, Inbound Operator, Distribution Planner, and Head of Production. Our graduates work in a company and are responsible for optimal performances within their area. Their tasks include managing personnel, making sure that targets are achieved, and striving for continuous improvement.
 

Mircea:

“A chain is as strong as its weakest link. Logistics teaches how to tighten the links in the science of getting a product from A to B”

 

Requirements

Diploma

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means:

  • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
  • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

    Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the field of mathematics and physics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions. Your qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme.

    Language requirements

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

    TESTBachelor's students
    IELTS6.0 (academic level)
    TOEFL paper550
    TOEFL computer213
    TOEFL internet79/80
    TOEIC*670
    Cambridge ESOLCAE-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 lit 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.

    Diploma

    As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means:

    • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
    • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Baccalauréat Général
    • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
    • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

      Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the field of mathematics and physics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions. Your qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme.

      Language requirements

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

      TESTBachelor's students
      IELTS6.0 (academic level)
      TOEFL paper550
      TOEFL computer213
      TOEFL internet79/80
      TOEIC*670
      Cambridge ESOLCAE-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 lit 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 onbehalf of its students for these documents. We recommend that you start withe process early, i.e. approximately three month before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

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

      Diploma

      As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education. For Dutch students this means: VWO-, HAVO- (NT/NG profile obligated) or MBO-diploma.

      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

      The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.

      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. 

        It is not always easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands. Therefore, Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Fontys) offers a service to provide students with assistance in securing suitable accommodation (i.e. a student room) for the first period of their studies at Fontys. Fontys works with private landlords, but also offers their own accommodation in Venlo.

         
         

        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.

        The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

        Application deadlines

        September intake
        If you want us to arrange accommodation 15 June
        If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 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).
        • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
        Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
        Location of educational institution Venlo
        Programme Logistics Engineering

        Application deadlines

        September intake
        If you want us to arrange accommodation 1 June
        If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 June

        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).
        • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
        Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
        Location of educational institution Venlo
        Programme Logistics Engineering
         

        More about Logistics Engineering

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

        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.

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