Information & Communication Technology

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

Our modern world runs on ICT and new applications are being developed every day. Do you dream to be part of this innovation? Are you flexible, curious, and would you like to be immersed in a research and development-oriented environment to acquire new knowledge for the future? Then HBO-ICT may be a study programme that suits you.

About the programme

Developments in ICT happen at lightning speed. New products continue to be useful, but can also quickly become obsolete. This is why we offer you both solid basic knowledge and specialisation. You decide for yourself what you’d like to specialise in. Our teaching is as closely linked to practice as possible, which is why we have strong partnerships with over 120 renowned companies. After graduation, you’ll have all the knowledge and skills you need to function well in any ICT profession.

Reasons why

  • Strong ICT study programme with no less than 12 graduation tracks
  • Ample choice to structure your personal learning route
  • Study in English within an international environment (Eindhoven)
  • Collaboration with over 120 renowned companies
 

What you will learn

As an ICT professional, you need to be flexible and keep up with the latest developments. You have to think ahead, be creative and be an expert in your ICT specialisation. HBO-ICT gives you all the tools you need to achieve this.

  • You’ll acquire solid basic knowledge of a wide range of ICT subjects.
  • You’ll carry out (company) assignments and projects to put your knowledge into practice.
  • You’ll develop technical as well as social and communication skills.
  • You’ll be ready for the future of ICT - even for jobs that may not exist yet!
 

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What does your week look like?

Studying is hard work. That’s okay, as long as there’s variety in what you do. At HBO-ICT, we’ve got you covered:

  • You take classes, work on a project or attend a guest lecture in the Open ICT Lab: your study environment
  • You carry out assignments for renowned companies
  • Individually or together with fellow students, under the guidance of our teachers
  • Following your own personal choices
 

Courses

Sarah Daniali, president of Proxy study association

I believe that Fontys has greatly helped my personal development. From being an introvert that barely speaks her mind to someone who can express her opinions well. The structure of the bachelor programme was perfect for me, both the technical and professional skills I have acquired make me confident in my future career.

 

Structure and tracks

HBO-ICT is a 4-year broad bachelor programme. In year 1, you’ll start off with a broad orientation on five main study programmes.

When making your application for B-HBO-ICT it means that your first 12 weeks of education you do an orientation on all 5 main (above-mentioned) study programmes. After the first 12 weeks you choose 1 of the main study programmes.

In the first year, you’ll work and learn with other students 5 days a week in an Open ICT Lab. You focus on the 5 main study programmes and work on real-world assignments in groups of 6 students. At the end of the first 20 weeks of class, you will have chosen 1 main study programme to continue with and before the beginning of your second year you choose one or more of the extra specialisations (see below).

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose a teaching method that suits you. Teaching methods are different ways of acquiring knowledge and skills. They can vary from more structured and predictable, to more open and following the student’s own input.

Important:

The English taught bachelor programme in ICT will be offered at Campus Eindhoven in the so-called Course based teaching method. Want to sign up for this study programme? Please first read more about our teaching methods.

Study choice check:

As a potential new student you have the opportunity to join our Study Choice Check. Even when you are sure you want to study in one of our ICT programmes it is always good to double-check whether this bachelor programme is your cup of tea. You will be invited to join this free test.

Starting in year 2, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a main profile or specialisation that suits you best. We’ll guide you in making those choices.

You can choose from the following specialisations:

This allows you to create your personal learning path.

From now on you can choose for the Open Learning teaching method and from semester 4 onwards also for Research-based learning. Read more about our teaching methods.

In the first half of year 3, you’ll do an internship with a company. This is the opportunity to really put into practice what you’ve learned during your studies. You’ll carry out one major assignment in the ICT field in which you want to immerse yourself, within a company or organisation of your choice. Of course, we’ll help you decide on your direction.

We have strong partnerships with over 120 companies. We regularly receive offers from companies for suitable internships. You can choose from these, or you can work at a company of your choosing.

Your final year is all about your graduation. You work on a large assignment on the level of a starting ICT professional, with a small research project integrated. You’ll write a thesis and complete your graduation phase with a final presentation at school, in front of your company supervisor and lecturers.

 

 

Career prospects

As the world of ICT is changing so rapidly, we may prepare and train you for positions that don’t even exist yet! It’s our priority to ensure that you keep developing yourself. Your future profession also depends on your specialisations. Think of positions such as:

  • business informatics specialist
  • cyber security specialist
  • game developer
  • digital media product creator
  • software engineer

Of course, you can also continue your studies for a master’s degree.

 

Livia Popper

"Hard work always pays off! I am extremely happy to have done both my internship and graduation assignments in collaboration with Koninklijke Philips N.V. and multiple hospitals around the Netherlands. I specialised in Applied Data Science because data is all around us. This specialisation allowed me to apply machine learning techniques on my projects and assignments. I learned a lot at Fontys and I feel privileged for all the opportunities!".

Want to know more about our bachelor programmes in ICT?

Requirements

Admission requirements

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. This means:

  • For Dutch students: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO-diploma.
  • For students of European (EEA) nationalities: senior high school diploma/GCE or equivalent e.g. the British GCE A-levels or GCSE grades A, B or C.

    • Requirements: at least 6 exam subjects.
    • Minimum for the examinee subjects is 4 GCSE subjects with grades A*, A, B or C and 2 GCE subjects at A/S Level (no specific grade required).
    • A/S Level means advanced subsidiary level (previously advanced supplementary level).
    • Mathematics must be taken at GCE level AND part of examinee subjects.
  • For students with international Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureat or the American High School.
  • For students with other secondary education/high school diplomas please send us via Studielink.nl your documents for diploma assessment.
  • For international students who didn’t follow their secondary school in the English language: IELTS 6.0 (academic) or TOEFL 550 score is required. Click here for more information.
  • Fontys University will act according to the Code of Conduct.

Admission requirements for Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering

  • A secondary school diploma equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma. Assessment will be done by Fontys. For equivalent diploma obtained in your home country have a look at the website of NUFFIC.
  • Excellent grades for Mathematics (high level).
  • Elementary level programming skills.
  • Level of English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (academic level) or TOEFL 80.
  • Send your motiviation letter to the programme manager through email.
  • After assessment of your documents, you will be informed whether you can be accepted for the programme or not. In case you do not fulfil the requirements of the pre-assessement you can consider to start the 3,5 years academic programme or you an choose for the regular 4 year ICT-bachelor programme.
  • If you can be accepted, you need to prepare yourself for a Pre-Assessment, meaning you will have to do an online course of around 160 hours in workload.
  • Please click here to find out more about the learning objectives of the pre-assessment.
  • In June/July/August you will be invited for an assessment interview including a test. When you will pass, you can start the accelerated 3 years bachelor programme ICT & Software Engineering.

For more information about this Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering, please send your email to: fhict-academictransfer@fontys.nl

Admission requirements

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. This means:

  • For Dutch students: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO-diploma.
  • For students of European (EEA) nationalities: senior high school diploma/GCE or equivalent e.g. the British GCE A-levels or GCSE grades A, B or C.

    • Requirements: at least 6 exam subjects.
    • Minimum for the examinee subjects is 4 GCSE subjects with grades A*, A, B or C and 2 GCE subjects at A/S Level (no specific grade required).
    • A/S Level means advanced subsidiary level (previously advanced supplementary level).
    • Mathematics must be taken at GCE level AND part of examinee subjects.
  • For students with international Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureat or the American High School.
  • For students with other secondary education/high school diplomas please send us via Studielink.nl your documents for diploma assessment.
  • For international students who didn’t follow their secondary school in the English language: IELTS 6.0 (academic) or TOEFL 550 score is required. Click here for more information.
  • Fontys University will act according to the Code of Conduct.

Admission requirements for Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering

  • A secondary school diploma equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma. Assessment will be done by Fontys. For equivalent diploma obtained in your home country have a look at the website of NUFFIC.
  • Excellent grades for Mathematics (high level).
  • Elementary level programming skills.
  • Level of English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (academic level) or TOEFL 80.
  • Send your motiviation letter to the programme manager through email.
  • After assessment of your documents, you will be informed whether you can be accepted for the programme or not. In case you do not fulfil the requirements of the pre-assessement you can consider to start the 3,5 years academic programme or you an choose for the regular 4 year ICT-bachelor programme.
  • If you can be accepted, you need to prepare yourself for a Pre-Assessment, meaning you will have to do an online course of around 160 hours in workload.
  • Please click here to find out more about the learning objectives of the pre-assessment.
  • In June/July/August you will be invited for an assessment interview including a test. When you will pass, you can start the accelerated 3 years bachelor programme ICT & Software Engineering.

For more information about this Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering, please send your email to: fhict-academictransfer@fontys.nl

Admission requirements

HAVO diploma:

  • Culture & Society
  • Economy & Society
  • Nature & Health
  • Nature & Technology

Subject missing from your profile? 
Do you have a HAVO diploma, but are you missing one subject to meet the entry requirements? You still have the opportunity to be admitted to the study programme of your choice by passing an admission exam.

VWO diploma:

  • Culture & Society
  • Economy & Society
  • Nature & Health
  • Nature & Technology

Subject missing from your profile? 
Do you have a VWO diploma, but are you missing one subject to meet the entry requirements? You still have the opportunity to be admitted to the study programme of your choice by passing an admission exam.

From VWO to higher education?
Do you want to transfer to a higher professional education programme at Fontys with your VWO diploma? More general information can be found on fontys.nl/vwo.

If you have a VWO diploma with mathematics B, you can also opt for the accelerated bachelor HBO-ICT in Eindhoven. This three-year course is not only practically oriented, but also prepares you for a subsequent study at the university. After graduating, you can go straight into practice or choose to follow one of these three master’s programmes without any extra admission requirements:

  • Computer Science and Engineering (TU/e)
  • Data Science in Engineering (TU/e)
  • Data Science and Entrepreneurship (JADS)

Admission requirements for Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering

  • A secondary school diploma equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma. Assessment will be done by Fontys. For equivalent diploma obtained in your home country have a look at the website of NUFFIC.
  • Excellent grades for Mathematics (high level).
  • Elementary level programming skills.
  • Level of English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (academic level) or TOEFL 80.
  • Send your motiviation letter to the programme manager through email.
  • After assessment of your documents, you will be informed whether you can be accepted for the programme or not. In case you do not fulfil the requirements of the pre-assessement you can consider to start the 3,5 years academic programme or you an choose for the regular 4 year ICT-bachelor programme.
  • If you can be accepted, you need to prepare yourself for a Pre-Assessment, meaning you will have to do an online course of around 160 hours in workload.
  • Please click here to find out more about the learning objectives of the pre-assessment.
  • In June/July/August you will be invited for an assessment interview including a test. When you will pass, you can start the accelerated 3 years bachelor programme ICT & Software Engineering.

For more information about this Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering, please send your email to: fhict-academictransfer@fontys.nl

MBO-diploma:

  • level 4

Transition from MBO to HBO
Would you like to study at Fontys after graduating from MBO? Are you interested in knowing more about the transition to higher professional education, the study load, and the kind of work you can do after graduating? Look for more information on: fontys.nl/mbo.

HBO-ICT internship: for a successful transition from MBO to HBO
Do you (almost) have an MBO-4 diploma and are you unsure whether you’re able to transition to HBO? Follow our HBO-ICT internship, which makes the step from MBO to HBO much easier. During a period of six months, you’ll follow classes with us one day a week, and you’ll learn about all the majors within HBO-ICT. You can get used to the level and attitude that’s needed to study on an HBO level. You’ll also get to know the content of the programme. The programme starts twice a year: in February and September. 

We’ve made partnership agreements with a number of MBO schools. These include ROC ter Aa, ROC-Gildeopleidingen, ROC Leijgraaf, ROC Sint Lucas, ROC Summa, and ROC Tilburg. If you attend one of these schools, you can participate in the HBO-ICT internship. You may also be able to participate if you’re a student at another MBO school. We’ll arrange this in consultation with your school. 

Want to know more? 
Send an email with your name and your MBO programme to our MBO coordinator: mbofhict@fontys.nl 

Other diplomas:

Fast entry?
Do you have a lot of relevant knowledge or work experience? You may qualify for accelerated entry. Click here for more information, or get in touch with us!

Subject missing from your profile? 
Do you have a havo diploma, but are you missing one subject to meet the entry requirements? You still have the opportunity to be admitted to the study programme of your choice by passing an admission exam.

Not the right pre-education?  Language tests?
If you’re a Dutch student and you want to study the bachelor HBO-ICT demand based in Tilburg, but you do not have the correct admission requirements and you’re older than 21, you’ll have to take a Dutch language 21+ test. This test consists of two parts. If you’ve passed part 1, the ability test (DAT-test), you’ll have to take part 2, a Dutch language test. Both will be facilitated by Fontys. Click here for more information.

If you’re a Dutch national and you would like to follow the bachelor HBO-ICT course based or demand based in Eindhoven, but you don’t have the correct admission requirements and you’re over 21 years old, you must take an English language 21+ test. This test consists of two parts. If you’ve passed part 1, the ability test (DAT-test), you’ll have to take part 2, an English language test.  

The dates on which the DAT test is organised at Fontys can be found here.

To take a language test, please contact IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge. More information about the minimum score you need to achieve can be found here.

You are responsible for ensuring that you take the language test on time. You’ll also have to pay for the tests yourself. In the Netherlands, these tests are offered by various providers, for instance:     

Please note: There may be a period of a few months between taking the DAT test and completing the language test. It’s compulsory to apply for the language test in advance; sufficient preparation time is also required. Many tests are offered at different prices, so it’s advisable to enquire in good time and to compare them.

Foreign diploma

Do you have a diploma from abroad? Our condition is that it should meet Dutch standards. In addition, you must have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. Please contact us to have your diploma assessed and send your email to: ictandengineering@fontys.nl


Costs

Although Fontys does not have its own campus dorms, it has established cooperation’s with a number of different accommodations agencies and landlords.Through such cooperation’s, Fontys can provide guidance in finding accommodation for the first semester or academic year at Fontys. 

Costs of accommodation in the city of Eindhoven will vary between 450 and 650 Euro per month.

Click here for more detailed information about finding accommodation.

How to apply

All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

The application process may differ for EEA, non-EEA and Dutch students. Please read below what applies for you.

Application deadlines (EEA)

September intake February intake
If you want us to arrange for accommodation 15 June 15 December
If you arrange accommodation yourself 15 August 15 January
Programme B INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY fulltime
Type of study programme HBO Bachelor
Educational institution Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Location Eindhoven
Start as Both first-year and advanced-year student

After your enrolment request has been sent, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail from Studielink.

Do you have a question?

send us your email

Application deadlines (NON-EEA)

September intake February intake
If you want us to arrange for accommodation 15 June 15 December
If you arrange accommodation yourself 15 August 15 January

Programme B INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY fulltime
Type of study programme HBO Bachelor
Educational institution Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Location Eindhoven
Start as Both first-year and advanced-year student

After your enrolment request has been sent, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail from Studielink.

Do you have a question?

send us your email

Application deadlines (NL)

September intake February intake
31 August 31 January

Programme B INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY fulltime
Type of study programme HBO Bachelor
Educational institution Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Location Eindhoven
Start as Both first-year and advanced-year student

After your enrolment request has been sent, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail from Studielink.

Do you have a question?

send us your email

 

More about ICT: Information & Communication Technology (English)

Experience what it's like to study at Fontys. Meet our students and lecturers at our Virtual open days (online) or 'Meet us on Campus' in the Netherlands.

Webinar: General information about ICT-programmes - Campus Eindhoven
15 nov 2021 19:00 - 20:00
49 spots available

During this online webinar about our ICT-programmes you will learn everything about this full-time bachelor programme. We will get into what options you have, what facilities we offer and who we are. So it's all about content. In addition, we try to let you capture the atmosphere online.

In addition, if you really want to orientate well, you will also come and visit us during the physical open day, called: Meet us on Campus, scheduled for Saturday November 27th from 10.00 - 17.00 PM CET.

In a guided tour of 1,5 hours you can get a feeling whether this study fits who you are.

Webinar: ICT & Software Engineering - Campus Eindhoven
15 nov 2021 20:00 - 21:00
50 spots available

This webinar explains all about one of our five main profiles: ICT & Software Engineering.

Even the best computer is of little use without good software. A software engineer ensures that information is available to users and can be processed safely and efficiently. In the ICT & Software Engineering programme, you will learn how to analyse information. It teaches you how software can help to manage and process information. You will take into account who the users are and how they can best work with your software. Within this track, you decide whether you emphasise technical or non-technical software. Technical software is, for example, about controlling equipment. Examples of software for non-technical processes are the support of a web shop, a game, or a student administration.

After graduation, you can work as a programmer, system developer, information analyst, or software designer.

Webinar: ICT & Business - Campus Eindhoven
16 nov 2021 19:00 - 20:00
50 spots available

In this webinar we will explain all about this main profile: ICT & Business.

This profile teaches you to become a business informatics expert. In this role, you ensure that organisations function better by deploying smart ICT applications. You will build a bridge between management and users on the one hand, and technicians and administrators on the other. To do this, you must not only understand ICT - you should also know how to communicate, present, write, and report. Speaking and writing skills are therefore also discussed during the programme.

Companies like to hire people who can fulfil an all-round role like that. In addition, as a business informatician, you will help companies to make use of the ever-increasing availability of data about internal business processes, consumer behaviour and social media. Research and statistics are important within ICT & Business, as data specialists are in great demand. After the programme, you can work as a consultant, business analyst, or data specialist, or you can start your own business as an independent entrepreneur.

Webinar: ICT & Technology - Campus Eindhoven
16 nov 2021 20:00 - 21:00
50 spots available

In this webinar we will explain all about ICT & Technology, one of the five main profiles.

In this track, you will be working with software for technical systems that people do not readily recognise as computers. Think of software in an MRI scanner in a hospital, the engine management system in the new BMW, the automation of the production process of a beer brewery, your navigation system, or environmental monitoring systems for the World Wildlife Fund.

ICT & Technology has 2 focus areas:

  • Creating software for embedded systems: the software is part of the product itself, for example when controlling a 3D printer.
  • Industrial automation: for example, setting up a fully automatic assembly line, where robots turn individual components into a ready-made end product.

After this programme, you can work as a software engineer, technical designer, ICT architect or consultant in the embedded systems, technical information systems or industrial automation sector.

Webinar: ICT & Infrastructure - Campus Eindhoven
17 nov 2021 19:00 - 20:00
50 spots available

This webinar will explain to you what this main profile entails: ICT & Infrastructure.

Users and companies of today have high standards of information and communication systems – for example, in the field of reliability (i.e. availability, integrity and confidentiality) and guaranteeing the continuity of ICT systems.

The ICT & Infrastructure track trains you to become an infrastructure specialist. You will ensure that all information and communication systems used (continue to) function optimally on the infrastructure created. You will be able to offer, manage, monitor, and secure ICT resources. You will also be able to deal with rapidly changing technology (virtualisation – cloud) and increasingly complex IT landscapes. New management and monitoring tools and the increasing automation of management tasks also play a role in the daily practice of an infrastructure specialist. Besides managing existing ICT infrastructures, you can also advise on a new infrastructure based on set criteria and new technology, and design, test and realise it.

After the programme, you can work as a service manager, security officer, network specialist, cloud specialist, cloud architect, cloud engineer, or DevOps network engineer.

Webinar: ICT & Media Design - Campus Eindhoven
17 nov 2021 20:00 - 21:00
50 spots available

Find out more in this webinar about ICT & Media Design, one of our five main profiles:

At ICT & Media Design, you are constantly thinking up and creating valuable ICT-based applications for new media. You will learn to take a critical look at the role of media in society. Your role is to create ICT-based media concepts, with which you can convey stories to your target group. You learn to build useful applications and you are given room to experiment and develop your technical and artistic talents. In addition, you will learn to develop real software to bring your knowledge and ideas to life. You will work on interesting projects commissioned by clients from the field in groups, under guidance of a tutor.

After your studies, you will find yourself in a dynamic ICT work field. Here, you will find your niche as a creative front-end developer, interaction designer, creator of digital stories or, later in your career, as a trendsetting media and web strategist.

Webinar: General information about ICT-programmes - Campus Eindhoven
18 nov 2021 19:00 - 20:00
50 spots available

During this online webinar about our ICT-programmes you will learn everything about this full-time bachelor programme. We will get into what options you have, what facilities we offer and who we are. So it's all about content. In addition, we try to let you capture the atmosphere online.

In addition, if you really want to orientate well, you will also come and visit us during the physical open day, called: Meet us on Campus, scheduled for Saturday November 27th from 10.00 - 17.00 PM CET.

In a guided tour of 1,5 hours you can get a feeling whether this study fits who you are.

Webinar: Specialisations in ICT: Artificial Intelligence | Creative Technology | Cyber Security | Game Design and Technology | Smart Industry | Smart Mobile - Campus Eindhoven
18 nov 2021 20:00 - 21:00
50 spots available

In this webinar we will provide you with more information about the specialisations you may choose starting from your second year.

We will guide you in making those choices and create your personal learning path.

Also we will elaborate on what kind of specialisations you may choose and what you will learn.

Meet us on campus ICT | Eindhoven
27 nov 2021 10:00 - 17:00

Would you like to have a conversation with students of this programme? Are you curious about their experiences? What do they like most about the programme, what do they find difficult? What is it like to study in The Netherlands and at Fontys?

Then sign up for 'Meet the student'. Our students are ready for you online!

Do you have a specific question about this programme? We are happy to help you!

The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

Download the factsheet