Introduction to ICT

Start moment(s)
September, February
1 semester

Transcript of Records

This semester programme will only be graded by either: Outstanding (O), Good (G), Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). The transcript of records will not contain grades per course/module, but one integral grade.

  • Introduction to ICT
  • Recognition
  • Admission requirements
  • How to apply
  • Practical Information
  • Why study in The Netherlands?

This programme is semester 1 of our regular ICT bachelor programme. All modules are at a beginner’s level, so there is no prior knowledge required.

During this programme you will get a taste of different fields in ICT (our profiles): Business, Infrastructure, Media Design, Software Engineering & Technology. You will learn basic knowledge about visualising business processes, networking, designing interfaces, C# programming, programming for Arduino, etc. In addition, you will also develop professional skills that are relevant to all ICT professionals by working on a project.

The semester is divided into two phases. In the first 12 weeks of the semester you will participate in courses related to all the five profiles and develop knowledge and skills that are relevant for all ICT students. From week 13 you will continue with the profile of your choice and develop a more advanced level in this.

Below you can see the modules which are given in the two blocks of this programme:

Introduction to ICT (S1)

Module name Module code
Orienting phase Application Development Orienting ADO
(week 1 - 12) Data Design Orienting DDO
Embedded Systems Orienting ESO
Experience Design Orienting EDO
Infrastructure Engineering Orienting IEO
Introduction Project IP
Advanced Phase Chosen profile - Advance Course & Project B, I, M, S or T
(week 13 - 20)

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 see our semester guide

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]

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

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

*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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