AI For Society

About this programme

Duration:1 semester
Period:Fall and Spring semester
Credits:30 ECTS

  • Intro
  • Content of the programme
  • What to expect
  • Recognition
  • Admission requirements
  • How to apply
  • Practical Information
  • Why study in The Netherlands?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking the world by storm, but it is more then just a trend.

In the past decades we have seen companies slowly being turned into software companies. Now áll companies in some way will become AI companies. What we need are people who understand the importance and possible impact of AI on their own (future) work. And thus can help shape this future.

Content of the Minor

In this minor you will learn the basics of AI and bridging this to your own education and expertise. How you reach your learning outcomes is up to you. If you want to dive into coding and learn Python, this is possible, but teaching a machine something with data can be done in ‘no-code’ ways (without ány programming skills) like Teachable Machine from Google. This minor will prepare you for a future with AI, where you not only speak and understand the AI language, but where you can use you combined expertise to see possibilities for innovations with added value.

    What we offer

    In this minor you will be working on an individual challenge and a group project. As a student you can shape your own Individual Challenge. The Group Project is a real-life challenge from one of our Partners in Education. In this minor there will be a Semester Coach and several Consultants available to help and guide you to a successful end of the semester. There will be Consultants available from a broad spectrum of expertises, of course from the AI field, but also from the disciplines from all participating students, like psychology, healthcare or the legal field, to help the students make the bridge to their own field of expertise.

    The minor will take place in our Fontys Innovation Lab in Eindhoven.


        During the minor you will gather your products in our learning management system (Canvas) and reflect on them in a Personal Development Report (PDR). Based on these products and the PDR your will have continuous feedback in relation to your learning outcome, which gives you a confident idea of the level you are “scoring” during the semester. The minor will be concluded with a final assessment based on the PDR and will make the scoring final. 

        How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

        Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

        Dutch Grades vs. European Credits Transfer System(ECTS)

        Some coursework is graded with "Pass" ["Voldaan = V “] or "Fail" ["Niet Voldaan = o”]. Most exams are graded with round marks ranging from 1 to 10, with mark 6 needed to pass.

        The following table gives round Dutch marks, the percentage of successful students achieving these marks, the equivalent ECTS grades and their definition:

        * 5.5 and above are also sufficient.

        - VR = exemption (no grade given)
        - V = sufficient = 7
        - G = good = 8
        - O = not sufficient/fail

        Dutch grades % ECTS grades Definition
        9 - 10 2% A Excellent
        8 8% B Very Good
        7 40% C Good
        6 50% D - E Satisfactory - Sufficient
        5* - FX Fail [some more work required]
        4 [or less] - F Fail [considerably more work required]

        This minor starts annually in September and is meant for students with an interest in ICT, media and design.

        To be admitted to this minor you need to demonstrate the following interests and/or skills:
        • Preceding work experience in the field (in the form of an internship)
        • Basic knowledge and experience in design processes and user research
        • Being able to create digital prototypes through front-end programming and/or prototyping tools.
        • Interested in working with people from other cultures and with different ways of working

        These entry requirements are tested (after submitting your application) by means of a cover letter and CV sent to
        Danny Bloks (our minor coordinator), if necessary followed by an interview. Should there be serious doubts about your chances of successfully finishing this minor, we will help you join a more suitable minor.

        English language proficiency

        For all exchange programmes a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required, as detailed in the table below. You must substantiate your level of English-language proficiency by submitting evidence in the form of a language test result pertaining to one of the below-mentioned courses.

        * = Only if the units ‘Speaking & Writing’ and ‘Listening & Reading’ have been completed successfully.

        Test name Minimal score Accepted for students from
        IELTS 6.0 EU and non-EU countries
        TOEFL paper 550 EU and non-EU countries
        TOEFL computer 213 EU and non-EU countries
        TOEFL internet 79/80 EU and non-EU countries
        TOEIC* 670 only EU countries
        Cambidge ESOL CAE-C only EU countries
        CEFR B2 only EU countries

        How to apply as an exchange student

        Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

        How to apply as a Fontys or other Dutch UAS student

        Fontys and other Dutch UAS students, apply for this minor via

        The application period for minors starting in February 2022 runs from the first week of July 2021 until 15 December 2021. As of 1 February 2022, you can register for the minors that start in September 2022. The registration period closes on 1 July 2022 at the latest.

        *For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

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        The Eindhoven region, also known as the Brainport region of the Netherlands, is the most important technology and industrial center of the Netherlands. With 730,000 inhabitants and a workforce of 400,000. Eindhoven region generates € 24 billion of GDP and € 55 billion in exports, one-quarter of the Dutch total. It is a manufacturing center in a high-cost country. By focusing on producing high-value, technology-based products, it is in competition with fast-growing manufacturing centers in nations with much lower costs. At the same time, however, Eindhoven is saddled with demographics familiar to Europe, in which a low birth rate and aging population is reducing the regional labor force. To win the battle for the talent that provides its competitive advantage, the region must make itself economically and socially attractive to knowledge workers from around the world and concentrate on innovation.

        Eindhoven’s answer to these challenges is a public-private partnership called Brainport Development. Its members include employers, research institutes, the Chamber of Commerce, the SRE, leading universities and the governments of the region’s three largest cities. More information about Eindhoven is available on the Intelligent Community Profiles pages of the ICF Web site (

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        About this programme

        Duration:1 semester
        Period:Fall and Spring semester
        Credits:30 ECTS

        Visiting adress

        Achtseweg Zuid 151C, Eindhoven

        Locatiekaart op adres: Achtseweg Zuid 151C, Eindhoven