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ICT & Software Engineering - Intermediate

Start moment(s)
September, February
20 weeks
Contact hours
15 - 20 hours per week
  • ICT & Software Engineering - Intermediate
  • Recognition
  • Admission requirements
  • How to apply
  • Practical information
  • Why study in The Netherlands?

This programme is semester 3 of our ICT & Software Engineering bachelor programme. All modules are at an intermediate level, so there is prior knowledge required. To be able to participate in the modules of this semester you need basic knowledge of Object-Oriented programming (preferably in C# and/or Java).

This course is offered in two learning methods: course-based and demand-based.

Course-based learning

With the course-based teaching method, you know what you will be studying in advance and what your learning activities will be. The lessons, the workshops, the guidance and the projects in practice have been planned by the teachers beforehand. You get frequent feedback on the lessons, during the guidance moments and on the submitted assignments. The order of the learning activities is also established in advance. This provides structure and the assurance of knowing to expect. Once you have good theoretical knowledge, you will start learning how to apply it in practice.

The focus of this semester is on expending your knowledge related to the field of ICT & Software engineering. The emphasis of this semester is on creating a full stack (both front and back-end) application the quality of which will be validated by means of tests and other methods using Agile methodology. In addition, you will also develop professional skills that are relevant to all ICT professionals by working on a project assigned by a partner in education (e.i. a company project).

Demand-based learning

With demand-based learning, you are free to decide how you will approach the semester. This will correspond with what you already know. You can also determine your own pace. The learning outcomes have already been set and these form the basic starting points of this teaching method. On your own, you search for knowledge and the skills you need (together with other students in your group) in order to be able to solve important real-world issues. Teaching materials are offered in an online learning environment, but you can also consult your own sources. The instructor will help you with any questions you may have and provide feedback frequently. If necessary, workshops and instructions can be arranged.


This programme uses learning outcomes as the base for an integral semester assessment. While there are modules, you do not get (summative) grades for them. Instead, by the end of the semester you need to have demonstrated that you have achieved the learning outcomes and will receive one letter grade for the semester as a whole: Outstanding (O), Good (G), Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U); U is a failing grade while the rest is a passing grade.

Note that this programme does not offer any possibility to repair after it has been concluded, apart from redoing the whole semester programme.

For detailed information about this programme, please send your email to: fhictexchange@fontys.nl

How will your course program be recognized 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 recognized 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 recognized 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]

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.

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

Opening a Dutch Bank account:

After you have arrived in the Netherlands, you can open a Dutch bank account.

For opening a bank account and for buying a sports card, you will need a proof of enrolment. This document will be sent to you by e-mail when you have the status registered. More information.

Award: most intelligent community in the world in 2011: Eindhoven Brainport region!

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 (intelligentcommunity.org)

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