Software Engineering and Business Informatics (Venlo)

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

Are you passionate about IT? Are you interested in solving complex issues? Would you describe yourself as resourceful, accurate, and a team player? Digitalisation is taking place everywhere, and the number of applications based on data science, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-things principles is growing rapidly. As an IT professional, you are able to move along and stay ahead of these developments. Our study programme provides you with the knowledge you need!

About

You’ll be trained to become a versatile IT professional. Practice is essential! As you’ll be collaborating with others a lot, the programme’s focus will also be on developing your social and communicational skills. Sound knowledge of information systems is essential, but you’ll also learn how to organise and give advice. This will often be done in group projects, focused of practice with extra guidance. You can always contact your lecturers and student counsellor to discuss your study plan and progress.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • The first 3 semesters are the same for both students of Software Engineering and Business Informatics. Afterwards, you choose to specialise in one of these.
  • You’ll work on projects for a third of each semester.
  • You’ll do two internships to gain experience in the field.
  • Possibility to specialise (abroad) during your minor programme.
  • This is a small study programme, so you’ll be part of a personal community.
 

What are you going to learn?

As a student of our Software Engineering / Business Informatics programme, you learn to shape and make use of new developments. You’ll also learn to collaborate with professionals from different backgrounds, which gives you a head start in the business field. You’ll choose between two specialisations:

  • Software Engineering is about the process of making and improving software systems, from the initial idea to implementation and management of the system. You’ll learn how to produce high-quality software systems instead of spaghetti-code with bugs in it. The type of system to develop, the operating system to develop for and the environment to develop in do not play a role, as a software engineer is qualified for all of them.
  • Business Informatics includes the knowledge of developing software, the use of IT to digitalise business processes, and supporting managers by giving them information derived from the business processes, so they can make the right decisions. To be able to do all this, you’ll learn how to collect requirements from the various stakeholders, and to use the requirements to define a adapted/new business process which afterwards is to be implemented in software (= digitalised). You’ll learn about specific types of software and software architectures that enable the manager to perform data-based decision making.
 

Gain practical experience

Take a look at one of our study programme projects

 

How does your week look?

A typical study week has 4 lectures and 2 practical sessions for developing specific skills, and 3 project sessions. The projects are designed as to give you the chance to apply what you learned in the lectures, while also providing you with a real-life setting since you have to work in small teams and find out the answers yourself. We always try to set all this in a schedule restricted to 4 days - or at least with 2 mornings or afternoons without any scheduled activities.

Get to know our campus

Check out our classrooms, outside area, engineering labs, the city of Venlo and much more via our 360° tour.

Ambience photo Fontys

 

Katharina shares her experiences in this video:

“The programme is very practical and project-oriented so you will gain a lot of experience.”

 

Courses

In year 1, students of both Software Engineering and Business Informatics study together. During this year, you will be introduced to the basics of informatics, software engineering, and business informatics. This will enable you to acquire basic relevant soft skills such as teamwork, professionalism, and communication.
The first part of year 2 will still be focused on the topics relevant to both software engineers and business informatics professionals, such as architectures of software, higher concepts for good design for analysing large amounts of data, and for providing security of data and systems. At the end of that semester, you’ll choose between Software Engineering and Business Informatics for semester 4.

The Software Engineering direction will introduce you to a broader set of different types of software systems and programming languages. The Business Informatics side will teach you about business processes, how to describe and design them, and techniques and architectures of systems specifically for the support of decision-making. In both variants, you’ll develop an app (realizing your own ideas for that app) with a cloud-based architecture, this being the project of semester 4.

In the first semester of year 3, you’ll do a work placement at a company and industry of your choice. As a future professional, you’ll be able to practice your application skills that you’ve gained during your studies. You’ll deepen your knowledge in the real business world. The work placement can be completed in a country of your choice.

In the second semester of year 3, you’ll focus on a specific theme in a minor programme. The minor programme allows you to acquire knowledge in a different field than that of your major. 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.

You return to Fontys for your final year. During this year, you’ll work on the main project of your study programme: the Software Factory. For this project, you develop customised software solutions that are ready to market in cooperation with one of our partner companies. You’ll also work on your professional skills, and you choose to specialise in elective courses.

You’ll take up another work placement in your final semester and work on a practical problem. Your report about the approach and your solutions to this practical problem is your graduation report. After having finished all parts of the programme, you will be  rewarded with the internationally recognised degree Bachelor of Science.

 

Costs

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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.

    Non-Sepa

    If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

    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.

    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:

      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.

      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.

      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:

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

         

        Career opportunities

        The demand for good IT personnel is rising and it is expected to keep increasing in the future. This is great for you as an IT graduate! Our graduates work in a range of jobs and positions:

        • Software Developer
        • Database Developer
        • Data Scientist
        • Developer for Artificial Intelligence
         

        Patrick:

        “As software engineers at Fontys, we strive for quality over quantity.”

        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 EU

        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 Software Engineering and Business Informatics

        Application deadlines NON-EU

        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 Software Engineering and Business Informatics

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