Fresh at Fontys Venlo

Welcome to Fontys! We are looking forward to meeting you in person. To get you well prepared for your study at Fontys in Venlo, we have gathered all information you need on this page. Please check this website regularly so you don't miss an update. If you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. See you soon!

Get prepared to start your studies at Fontys Venlo!

Below you will find practical information about e.g. your application, Fontys account, on campus WiFi, books and laptop requirements.

Your application

You have sent in your application to this study programme through the website studielink.nl and have recieved a confirmation e-mail from Studielink. In Studielink you will find a 'To Do List' where you can check the actions you still need to complete. You will also receive information about your application from the Student Service Centre.

Check if you completed the steps below

  1. Hand in or send us certified copies of your original diploma and grade listing from your previous education (once you have graduated).
    The required admission documents:
    - Copy of a valid ID or passport
    And if applicable in addition your residence permit
    - Diploma in the original language and a certified translation into Dutch, English or German
    - Final transcript of records in the original language and a certified translation into Dutch, English or German
    - If you haven’t achieved your final diploma yet, it is possible to hand in preliminary grades. We will look into it and determine if you can already be conditionally admitted
    - Proof of English proficiency as mentioned in the admission requirements. Based on the Code of Conduct regulations in the Netherlands, a number of European diplomas grant an exemption for this requirement. For more information, including a list of exempted diplomas, please see here.
    Upload the required admission documents and identification documents digitally through the admission form that you can find at the bottom of this page. The diploma validation might take up to three weeks. You will receive a notification of the outcome as soon as available.
  2. Students from within the EU: Arrange the payment of the tuition fees as shown in your to do list in Studielink
    - If you have access to a SEPA bank account:
    Fill in the payment and bank details
    Confirm the digital authorization Fontys University will collect the tuition fees in September or February if you are fully enrolled.
    - If you don’t have access to a SEPA bank account:
    Indicate that you want to pay from a non SEPA country
    You will receive a payment agreement that you have to sign and send back to us Transfer the tuition fees to us according to the instructions.
    Students from outside the EU:

    You will receive a Payment letter with instructions on how to transfer the amount to Fontys University.
  3. Show your admission documents in original to the Student Service Desk before the start of the study year.

Fontys offers prospective students a Study Choice Check to support them in their study orientation and study choice process. Participation in the Study Choice Check is not compulsory for students applying for admission on the basis of an international diploma.

The main goal of the Study Choice Check is to determine how well your study programme suits your interests. This will benefit the chances of you enjoying your study time and succeeding at Fontys and ultimately also in your career. The Study Choice Check is a final confirmation to help you to decide. This will help you feel more confident, whatever your choice may be.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your study programme.

The course of events surrounding the Study Choice Check and the study choice advice are detailed in the Study Choice Check rules. Specific details for each study programme are included in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the study programme concerned.

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.

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.


Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

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


Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

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.

    How to pay tuition fees

    Please ensure that you have arranged the payment of your Tuition Fees prior to commencing your course programme(s). If you fail to do so, your (re-) enrolment will not be finalised and you will not be permitted to follow your chosen course programme(s). Please also note that if you are not enrolled, you will not be entitled to receive any student grants and/or loans.

    Digital Authorisation

    If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is situated in one of the SEPA countries, the only way to pay for the tuition fee is via a digital authorisation. Therefore you first need to enter your payment details in Studielink. In the section ‘My To Do List’ you will thereafter receive a message from Studielink requesting you to confirm your digital authorisation. After you have done this, the payment of your tuition fee is completed. It is only possible to confirm your digital authorisation after your personal details have been verified via Studielink or Fontys. After you log in via DigiD this check will take place.

    Third party to pay Tuition Fees

    If a third party (e.g. your father or your mother, but not your employer) is to pay your Tuition Fees on your behalf, you will be issued with an activation code via e-mail after having submitted your payment details. You should then forward this e-mail to the relevant third party, who will then need to confirm the digital authorisation by logging in to Studielink using their own Dutch DigiD (Digital Identification). The digital authorisation process will be complete upon your receipt of an e-mail verifying that your digital authorisation has been confirmed. If said party does not have a DigiD, this party cannot pay your tuition fees.

    Payment agreement

    If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, but you have the nationality of one of the countries included in the EEA*, you will not be able to pay the tuition fee via a digital authorisation, but you will receive a payment agreement from Fontys. This payment agreement will be send to your Fontys e-mail address and the e-mail address you indicated in Studielink. Please duly complete and sign this payment agreement before the start of your studies and send it to us by post. You will find the address at the bottom of the payment agreement.
    It is also possible to scan the completed and signed payment agreement and send it by e-mail to paymentsv@fontys.nl. Please only use this e-mail address for sending the payment agreement and not for sending other enrolment related documents or questions. 

    *The countries included in the EEA are as follows: all EU countries, including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Switzerland is also regarded as an EEA country. 

    Payment letter

    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.

    Changing payment details

    Until you have confirmed your digital authorisation, you may change your payment details. In Studielink , go to the option "My study programmes" and then click on the course programme for which you wish to change the payment details. Click on the option "Change payment details". You can then submit the correct details. Do not forget to click on the button "Confirm".

    If a third party is paying your Tuition Fees on your behalf, he/she/they may submit any required changes to the bank account number, the account holder’s name and the payment address prior to confirming such details, both if paying in a single debit, or in instalments.

    Once the digital authorisation has been confirmed, this may no longer be changed via Studielink. Should it be necessary to make any changes at a later time, please contact your course department.

    Questions regarding Tuition Fee payments

    In Studielink, you can click on the option "Question and Answer page" in the Help screen at the right. Click on the category "Payment method – Digital authorisation", here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

    If you cannot find the answer to your question via Q&A, you will need to contact your course department. To be issued with a proof of payment document regarding your Tuition Fees (if you have enrolled in a course programme at Fontys and you have enrolled in a second course programme at another institute), you will also need to contact your course department.

    Employer to pay Tuition Fees

    If your employer is prepared to pay your Tuition Fees, you will need to confirm the digital authorisation yourself in Studielink, using your own bank account number. In order to then claim reimbursement of these costs from your employer, you may request a proof of payment document from your Course Department. You may then submit this document with your claim for reimbursement to your employer. Fontys does not issue invoices to employers. If this is not sufficient for your employer, please contact your course department.

    UAF to pay Tuition Fees

    If your Tuition Fees are to be paid on your behalf of UAF (The Foundation for Refugee Students), you must not submit a digital authorisation in Studielink. In this case, the payment will be arranged directly by the foundation.

    When to pay tuition fees

    If 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.

    Please note: In relation to the paying in instalments facility, an Administration Fee per Academic Year will be payable. This fee will be debited to your account together with the first instalment payable.

    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.

    Please note:If you have submitted your ‘Request for Enrolment’ after the date upon which the last direct debit was to be executed (i.e. on or around 25 June), payment of the full sum in a single payment will be the only option possible.

    In all cases (i.e. paying in instalments or in a single payment), prior to the execution of each direct debit, you will be sent a message in which you will be advised of the exact date upon which the direct debit is to be executed.

    If the whole amount, or an instalment (only possible when paying via a digital authorisation), cannot be directly debited, a Payment Reminder will be sent to you.
    If payment is still not made within the specified term, a payment demand will follow. If the payment demand relates to tuition fees, and payment is still not made within 14 days following the date of the payment demand, Fontys will terminate your registration by the second month following the date of the payment demand. When you receive this payment demand, your Fontys account will be blocked simultaniously. As soon as Fontys has received your payment, your account will be accessible within a few working days.

    EU / EEA students have the opportunity to receive study finance if they work more than 56 hours a month in a Dutch company. Please note that it takes quite some time to apply for study financing until you eventually receive the money.

    There are currently no scholarships available for the study programmes that we have on offer at our Fontys Venlo campus. However, for other programmes 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

    Account and IT information

    After applying you received an e-mail from us with your personal login details. Sender e-mail: 'no-reply@fontys.nl'. Subejct e-mail: 'Fontys account creatie/creation'. Please save this e-mail carefully, you will need it!

    For practically all online services at Fontys you have to sign in with your Fontys account. This account is a username and password combination. Your user name contains a PCN (Personal Communication Number) and the domain: '@student.fontys.nl'.

    Being able to work and study securely is of the utmost importance at Fontys. That is why we continuously work on improving information security. We switched to a new way of signing in at Fontys: in addition to your username and password, you will also use an extra step as verification (multifactor authentication).

    Eduroam (education roaming) is a service which enables students, researchers and staff to securely access the wireless internet at the Fontys campus and whilst visiting other participating institutions, using the username and login provided by Fontys. 

    Advice: Install the setting of eduroam on your private laptop, smartphone and tablet, at home according to the instructions. All will be set and ready to go when you arrive at the Fontys campus.

    Short steps

    1. Use your data connection or connect your device with an available WIFI network. At Fontys you can use: Fontys_WIFI_start
    2. Scan the QR-code or use a browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) to access the website: http://wifi.fontys.nl
    3. Read the instructions and follow them step by step
    4. When requested: fill in your Fontys credentials <PCN>@student.fontys.nl
    5. The correct settings will be downloaded. You will still be asked to typ your Fontys password (associated with your PCN)
    6. After this steps all will be set and you are connected with eduroam.

    FontysConnect, the intranet site of Fontys, is used to make (digital) information available, to share documents, to work together and as a search centre. Everyone with a Fontys account has access. If you log in to the Fontys website with your Fontys account you will land on your personal Connect page. From there you can access the various pages.

    How do I get the card?

    The student card is proviced once free of charge at the beginning of or during the academic year to all students who register for the first time at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. You will receive a student card when you are registered and you have uploaded a passport photo via www.fontyskaart.nl.

    To upload your photo, click on the photobox on the page and follow the instructions on the screen.

    It is most convenient if you have your student card right from the start of the educational year. It is best to apply for the card as soon as you know what is your address in the Netherlands.

    Ambience photo Fontys

    When do I need a student card?

    • As proof of identity at Fontys Universities; in order to prove who you are when requested (for example at exams).
    • Logging on to the Canon printers.
    • Access control; students can use the card to gain entry to buildings on Fontys property and at automated barriers.
    • Lockers; the student card can be used for the lockers in some Fontys buildings.
    • For the loan of equipment from the media libraries.

    Questions

    Please contact the IT Servicedesk.
    Available on workdays from 8:00 - 17:00 hrs

    Fontys provides you with ‘@student.fontys.nl’ email address. You can log in with your Fontys account. When you start your studies at Fontys, we will no longer send e-mails to your private email address, but instead only use your Fontys email address. Make sure you check this account regularly!

    iPhone and iPad

    • Choose: Outlook for iOS in the Apple Store and install the app.
    • Add account and fill in your email address (name@student.fontys.nl)
    • Open verificator and you will be directed to the Fontys inlog page
    • Remove the email address and fill in your Fontys credentials:
      username: *PCN*@student.fontys.nl
      Password: the password to your Fontys account
    • Skip the First Run Experience
    • Enable Notifications
    • Tap Allow 'Outlook can send you messages"

    Android phones and tablets

    • Settings > Accounts & Synchronisation > Add Account > Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
    • Fill in the required details:

      Domain
      : The domain students use is: BERGEN. When domain is optional, leave this field blank. Some devices require the notation domain\username in one field. In that case write down: BERGEN\<PCN>.
      Username:
      Your username is: <PCN>@student.fontys.nl. Some devices require the notation domain\username in one field. In that case write down: BERGEN\<PCN>.
      Emailadress:
      Write down your Fontys emailadress: <emailalias>@student.fontys.nl
      Password:
      The password to your Fontys account.
      Server:
      If your device asks for this, write down outlook.fontys.nl

    StudentApp

    The StudentApp 'MijnFontys' shows you your studyresults, important messages and news. As a student you receive push notificatons about schedule changes, grades and a calender with important dates, for example exams, internships, submit assigments etc. (depending on wether your department made it available in the app).

    The Fontys Student app ​​contains the following functionalities: timetables, study results and news. You will also find useful links and more information about help during your studies here.

    Login with your Fontys credentials ([PCN]@student.fontys.nl and password) and easily add or change your timetable(s) yourself.

    Questions about the Student App? 

    Mail: studentenapp@fontys.nl or call the IT Servicedesk (+318850 77777).

    For questions about your schedule and study, please contact the secretary of your department.

    If you click the button below you will find English information and manuals on various IT topics. You'll be able to find information about the Fontys network, printing, storage, mail, etcetera. You can also find the contact details of our IT Servicedesk here.

    Study materials

    Laptop policy

    On behalf of some of our study programmes you need to bring your own laptop or you laptop needs to fulfil certain requirements. This laptop doesn’t have to be brand new or extremely powerful. But there are a few minimum requirements the laptop should answer to. Check out below what the laptop policy is for your study programme.

    Software deals for education

    SURFspot is the ultimate non-profit ICT online store. SURFspot offers an educational discount on software, hardware and online educational resources.

    So how does it work?
    Go to SURFspot.nl and log in using your Fontys account (PCN@student.fontys.nl + password)

    Fontys works together with a third party called Studystore regarding the study materials. Through their website you can find a booklist per study programme and per semester. As soon as you have an address in the Netherlands, you can order your books here online. The book list will be available from July.

    For our Industrial Design Engineering programme you need some specific materials in the Propedeutic year.

    • Pencils 4B, 2B, HB, 2H and 4H;
    • Eraser;
    • Ruler 30cm;
    • Sketchbook A3, 70 to 80 grams paper, (not tracing paper) or 'layout pad' A3 45 grams (eg 'Daler');
    • 3 meter tape measure;
    • Ballpen / biro / fineliner;
    • Cutting knife - retractable with 'snap-off' blades 19mm (e.g. Stanley);
    • Software: Adobe Creative Suite (available from Surfspot, see info above at 'Laptop requirements and software', available post-matriculation) or other DTP/Sketching software (Affinity suite, Pro-create, 'Sketchbook');
    • Vernier caliper 0-150mm (accurate to at least 0.05mm);
    • Recommended: Pen tablet or Pen Display (around A4 working area). E.g. Huion Inspiroy WH1409 V2, Huion Kamvas 13 (display) or Wacom intuos pro medium.

    Working with other students in a group teaches you to be more collaborative, outgoing and respectful of others work and opinions."

    Student about her experiences

    Starting your studies

    When starting your studies at Fontys, it is nice to get to know your fellow students during our introduction week and also to already learn more about the annual calendar.

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    If you want to plan holidays or other activities, it is useful to know when there are no classes.

    Before starting, I couldn't have imagined neither all the ups, neither the downs that awaited me. But if I could, I would do it again."

    Alumnus about his experiences

    Join our community

    Fontys Venlo offers you several ways for you to become part of our community. It is up to you to join, but we highly recommend it. There is no better way to get to know your future classmates before you even set one foot on campus!

    At Fontys Venlo there are several student associations that bring students together to have a good time, create lasting memories and give you the opportunity to extend your (professional) network.

    Do you want to know more about the programme you are going to study or the city that you will live in? Or do you have questions about student life, sport, accommodations or just student experiences in general? The Fontys student ambassadors are happy to answer all your questions. So don't hesitate to contact them!

    Do you want to be updated on all the events happening on and off campus, student life, the city of Venlo and much more? Follow us on our social media channels!

    Personal support

    To give you a good start at your study, you will be in close contact with a student coach. He or she is your first point of contact for all practical and study questions, follows your achievements and gives valuable tips and advice where necessary.

    We also advise you to bookmark the webpage Fontys helps. This platform offers practical information, personal support when you need extra guidance and useful links. But also interesting initiatives for you to join.

    If you have any questions regarding studying with a disability, please have a look over here.

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    Ambience photo Fontys

    Your stay in the Netherlands

    There is a lot to see and experience in the Netherlands. Here you'll find a lot of information about studying at Fontys, accommodation and also practical information like enrolling, visa, finances etc.