Minor Smart Innovation (Venlo)

  • Intro
  • Programme
  • Recognition
  • Practical information
  • How to apply
  • Contact


Students will have a look at innovation and research from a technical as well as a conceptual and design perspective. They will focus on information gathering/processing and product design and learn how data can be gathered by different means, be communicated, interpreted, combined, processed and transformed into information understandable for others. Minor activities are based on carrying out research in innovative areas such leading to a prototype showing applicability. Usability improvement is done by analyzing user behaviour on prototyping events. The official language of this minor is English.


The minor Minor Smart Innovation gives students an opportunity to experience innovative research. The purpose of the minor is to gain a multidisciplinary view of innovation and how it is applied to research as well as thourough understanding and knowledge about how to carry out research. Students learn how to design and build prototypes in multidisciplinary teams by applying research methods and also carry out an individual research.


You understand what applied research and innovation is, you can partipate in an applied research project. You have basic knowledge about how to plan, organize and carry out research as well as how to apply innovative techniques. More specific, you:

  • Are able to do innovative applied research;
  • Know what innovation is and show how to design and build innovative prototypes;
  • Are able to do research through design in which the user is central;
  • Work as a team member in a project group and apply different technologies and methods as mentioned above, to realize a prototype of an innovative concept.

Content of the programme

The total work load for this minor 30 European Credits (EC), duration is 1 semester. The minor consists of the following modules:

Modules Studyload in ECTS
Project 17
Research 7
Innovation 5
Colloquium 1

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.

Practical information

Accommodation for exchange students

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.

In general

Although Fontys does not have its own campus dorms, it has established cooperations with a number of different accommodations agencies and landlords (further on this website referred to as housing agency). Through such cooperations, Fontys can provide students with guidance in finding accommodation for a semester or academic year at Fontys. The range of available accommodation is  varied, but all satisfy specific standards and are located within a short distance from the campus.

How to apply for accommodation

Non fee paying students: you will reach a step “accommodation” during the Mobility Online application process.

Fee paying students: an accommodation form has been / will be sent to you via e-mail.

Please note: if you filled in a Fontys accommodation form you are obliged to accept the room offered by Fontys.

For more general information, click here

For accommodation FAQ, click here


If you live in Holland (The Netherlands), you are obliged by law to have health insurance. The third party liability insurance cover (with global coverage of up to EUR 1,250,000) is strongly recommended, as well as the repatriation insurance cover. Fontys University of Applied Science cannot be held liable if a student/trainee does not have (sufficient) insurance cover. Every student enrolled at Fontys is expected to have fulfilled his/her insurance obligations.

Health insurance

By law everyone in The Netherlands must be insured for medical expenses. The type of health insurance cover that you will require will depend on your personal situation. It is very important to ensure you are properly insured during your stay at Fontys.

Non-EEA (European Economic Area) students

If you require an entry visa and/or residence permit, insurance will be a part of the immigration procedure, which Fontys will arrange on your behalf. Fontys offers a low cost, tailor made insurance called InsureToStudy. As a Fontys student you will get a discount! Price of the cover Master Plan+ is 1,79 euro per day, 54,40 euro per month including Fontys discount. This insurance covers healthcare including existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, eczema, migraines, but also disadvantages that have continued from previous operations, extraordinary costs, repatriation, liability, accidents, legal aid and baggage & household goods. Fontys will apply for this insurance for you. InsureToStudy will contact you about the payment of the premium.

EEA (European Economic Area) students

If you do not require a residence permit, you will be free to select the insurance cover that we offer, or to arrange your own insurance cover. Fontys offers a low cost, tailor made insurance called InsureToStudy. As a Fontys student you will get a discount! Normal price of the Master Plan is 1,21 euro per day, Fontys price is 1,14 euro per day. This insurance covers healthcare (existing conditions are not covered), extraordinary costs, repatriation, liability, accidents, legal aid and baggage & household goods. If you want to apply for the above mentioned cover Master Plan+ you have to contact internationalstudents@fontys.nl. You cannot apply for this cover yourself.

If you use this link you will be forwarded to an application portal. If you fill in the institution code "FONTYSITS" you will automatically receive the Fontys discount. Note you have to use your student.fontys.nl email address. 

Visa information

The Fontys University of Applied Sciences has an agreement with the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (the ‘IND’) to apply for Entry Visas and Residence Permits on behalf of its students. The required procedure will be commenced before you travel to Holland. As a student, you may not apply for your own Entry Visa and/or Residence Permit.

Although the ‘IND’ generally processes applications within two weeks, we recommend that you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter Holland, as it may take some time for you to gather all of the required documentation.

Entry Visa / Authorisation for Temporary Stay (‘MVV’)

All non-EU/EEA students entering the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa (‘MVV’), except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State. This Entry Visa is a sticker that is placed in your passport and is issued by the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin.

Residence Permit (‘VVR’)

All those who enter the Netherlands with or without an Entry Visa (‘MVV’) and who wish to stay for a period of longer than three months, are obliged to apply for a ‘Verblijfsvergunning regulier’, or ‘VVR’ (a Residence Permit). The Immigration Officer will send the application to the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (‘IND’) on your behalf. Your Residence Permit will be ready soon after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Application for a visa and residence permit will start after students have finished their workflow in Mobility Online. Students will receive a password and username for the visa application programme Visacare, where they have to upload the required documents.

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 https://www.kiesopmaat.nl

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.

f you have any questions about the admission please contact fhtenl-studyabroad@fontys.nl. For further information please contact:

Tegelseweg 255, Venlo

Locatiekaart op adres: Tegelseweg 255, Venlo


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