Fresh at Fontys Venlo - Bachelors

Welcome to Fontys! We are looking forward to meeting you in person. To prepare you well for your study at Fontys in Venlo, we have gathered all the information you need on this page. Please check this website regularly so you don’t miss an update. If you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. See you soon!

Get prepared to start your studies at Fontys Venlo!

Below, you will find practical information about, e.g. your application, Fontys account, on-campus WiFi, books and laptop requirements.

Your application

You have sent in your application to this study programme through the website studielink.nl and have received a confirmation e-mail from Studielink. In Studielink, you will find a 'To Do List' where you can check the actions you still need to complete. You will also receive information about your application from the Student Service Centre.

Check if you completed the steps below:

Step 1.
Hand in or send us certified copies of your original diploma and grade listing from your previous education (once you have graduated).
The required admission documents:

  • Copy of a valid ID or passport. And, if applicable, in addition, your residence permit
  • Diploma in the original language and a certified translation into Dutch, English or German
  • Final transcript of records in the original language and a certified translation into Dutch, English or German
  • If you haven’t achieved your final diploma yet, it is possible to hand in preliminary grades. We will look into it and determine if you can already be conditionally admitted.
  • Proof of English proficiency as mentioned in the admission requirements. Based on the Code of Conduct regulations in the Netherlands, a number of European diplomas grant an exemption for this requirement. For more information, including a list of exempted diplomas, please see here.

Upload the required admission documents and identification documents digitally through the admission form that you can find at the bottom of this page. The diploma validation might take up to three weeks. You will receive a notification of the outcome as soon as available.

Step 2.
Students from within the EU: Arrange the payment of the tuition fees as shown in your to-do list in Studielink.

  • If you have access to a SEPA bank account:
    1. Fill in the payment and bank details
    2. Confirm the digital authorisation. Fontys University of Applied Sciences will collect the tuition fees in September or February if you are fully enrolled.
  • If you don’t have access to a SEPA bank account:
    1. Indicate that you want to pay from a non-SEPA country
    2. You will receive a payment agreement that you have to sign and send back to us. Transfer the tuition fees to us according to the instructions.

Students from outside the EU: You will receive a Payment letter with instructions on how to transfer the amount to Fontys University.

Step 3.
Show your original admission documents to the Student Service Desk before the start of the study year.

Fontys offers prospective students a Study Choice Check to support them in their study orientation and study choice process. Participation in the Study Choice Check is not compulsory for students applying for admission on the basis of an international diploma.

The main goal of the Study Choice Check is to determine how well your study programme suits your interests. This will benefit the chances of you enjoying your study time and succeeding at Fontys and ultimately also in your career. The Study Choice Check is a final confirmation to help you to decide. This will help you feel more confident, whatever your choice may be.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your study programme.

The course of events surrounding the Study Choice Check and the study choice advice are detailed in the Study Choice Check rules. Specific details for each study programme are included in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the study programme concerned.

The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.


Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:

  • Low institutional tuition fees
  • High institutional tuition fees


Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the:

      The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:

      • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
      • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
      • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

      How to pay tuition fees

      Please ensure that you have arranged the payment of your Tuition Fees prior to commencing your course programme(s). If you fail to do so, your (re-) enrolment will not be finalised and you will not be permitted to follow your chosen course programme(s). Please also note that if you are not enrolled, you will not be entitled to receive any student grants and/or loans.


      Digital Authorisation

      You pay your tuition fees via a digital (direct debit) authorisation, either all at once or in instalments (via Fontys). You can fill in your payment details via Studielink.

      • Start September: On or around 15 May , you can fill in your payment details via Studielink.
      • Start February: You can fill in your payment details via Studielink as soon as your enrolment request is processed by Fontys.


      More information about entering your payment details in Studielink can be found at
      info.studielink.nl/en. A lot of information can also be found in the Studielink Q&A - payment method section.

      When to pay tuition fees

      When to pay tuition fees

      If paying in instalments

      Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

      Please note: In relation to the paying in instalments facility, an Administration Fee per Academic Year will be payable. This fee will be debited to your account together with the first instalment payable.

      If paying the full sum in a single payment

      If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

      Using the tuition fees indicator, you can determine which tuition rate applies to you. The amounts mentioned are for the entire year (12 months). If you start mid-term or in February, you will only pay for the number of months you are enrolled.

      Please note:If you have submitted your ‘Request for Enrolment’ after the date upon which the last direct debit was to be executed (i.e. on or around 25 June), payment of the full sum in a single payment will be the only option possible.

      In all cases (i.e. paying in instalments or in a single payment), prior to the execution of each direct debit, you will be sent a message in which you will be advised of the exact date upon which the direct debit is to be executed.

      If the whole amount, or an instalment (only possible when paying via a digital authorisation), cannot be directly debited, a Payment Reminder will be sent to you.
      If payment is still not made within the specified term, a payment demand will follow. If the payment demand relates to tuition fees, and payment is still not made within 14 days following the date of the payment demand, Fontys will terminate your registration by the second month following the date of the payment demand. When you receive this payment demand, your Fontys account will be blocked simultaneously. As soon as Fontys has received your payment, your account will be accessible within a few working days.

      EU / EEA students have the opportunity to receive study finance if they work more than 56 hours a month in a Dutch company. Please note that it takes quite some time to apply for study financing until you eventually receive the money.

      There are currently no scholarships available for the study programmes that we have on offer at our Fontys Venlo campus. However, for other programmes Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

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      Account and IT information

      After applying you received an e-mail from us with your personal login details. Sender e-mail: 'no-reply@fontys.nl'. Subject e-mail: 'Fontys account creatie/creation'. Please save this e-mail carefully, you will need it!

      For practically all online services at Fontys you have to sign in with your Fontys account. This account is a username and password combination. Your user name contains a PCN (Personal Communication Number) and the domain: '@student.fontys.nl'.

      Being able to work and study securely is of the utmost importance at Fontys. That is why we continuously work on improving information security. We switched to a new way of signing in at Fontys: in addition to your username and password, you will also use an extra step as verification (multifactor authentication).

      Eduroam (education roaming) is a service which enables students, researchers and staff to securely access the wireless internet at the Fontys campus and whilst visiting other participating institutions, using the username and login provided by Fontys. 

      Advice: Install the setting of eduroam on your private laptop, smartphone and tablet, at home according to the instructions. All will be set and ready to go when you arrive at the Fontys campus.

      Short steps

      1. Use your data connection or connect your device with an available WIFI network. At Fontys you can use: Fontys_WIFI_start
      2. Scan the QR-code or use a browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) to access the website: http://wifi.fontys.nl
      3. Read the instructions and follow them step by step
      4. When requested: fill in your Fontys credentials <PCN>@student.fontys.nl
      5. The correct settings will be downloaded. You will still be asked to typ your Fontys password (associated with your PCN)
      6. After this steps all will be set and you are connected with eduroam.

      FontysConnect, the intranet site of Fontys, is used to make (digital) information available, to share documents, to work together and as a search centre. Everyone with a Fontys account has access. If you log in to the Fontys website with your Fontys account you will land on your personal Connect page. From there you can access the various pages.

      How do I get the card?

      The student card is provided once free of charge at the beginning of or during the academic year to all students who register for the first time at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. You will receive a student card when you are registered and you have uploaded a passport photo via www.fontyskaart.nl.

      To upload your photo, click on the photobox on the page and follow the instructions on the screen.

      It is most convenient if you have your student card right from the start of the educational year. It is best to apply for the card as soon as you know what is your address in the Netherlands.

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      When do I need a student card?

      • As proof of identity at Fontys Universities; in order to prove who you are when requested (for example at exams).
      • Logging on to the Canon printers.
      • Access control; students can use the card to gain entry to buildings on Fontys property and at automated barriers.
      • Lockers; the student card can be used for the lockers in some Fontys buildings.
      • For the loan of equipment from the media libraries.

      Fontys provides you with ‘@student.fontys.nl’ email address. You can log in with your Fontys account. When you start your studies at Fontys, we will no longer send e-mails to your private email address, but instead only use your Fontys email address. Make sure you check this account regularly!

      iPhone and iPad

      • Choose Outlook for iOS in the Apple Store and install the app.
      • Add an account and fill in your email address (name@student.fontys.nl)
      • Open verification app and you will be directed to the Fontys login page
      • Remove the email address and fill in your Fontys credentials:
        username: *PCN*@student.fontys.nl
        Password: the password to your Fontys account
      • Skip the First Run Experience
      • Enable Notifications
      • Tap Allow 'Outlook can send you messages."

      Android phones and tablets

      • Settings > Accounts & Synchronisation > Add Account > Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
      • Fill in the required details:

        Domain
        : The domain students use is BERGEN. When a domain is optional, leave this field blank. Some devices require the notation domain\username in one field. In that case, write down: BERGEN\<PCN>.
        Username:
        Your username is <PCN>@student.fontys.nl. Some devices require the notation domain\username in one field. In that case, write down: BERGEN\<PCN>.
        :
        Write down your Fontys emailadress: <emailalias>@student.fontys.nl
        Password:
        The password to your Fontys account.
        Server:
        If your device asks for this, write down outlook.fontys.nl

      StudentApp

      The StudentApp 'MijnFontys' shows you your study results, important messages and news. As a student you receive push notifications about schedule changes, grades and a calendar with important dates, for example exams, internships, submit assignments etc. (depending on whether your department made it available in the app).

      The Fontys Student app ​​contains the following functionalities: timetables, study results and news. You will also find useful links and more information about help during your studies here.

      Login with your Fontys credentials ([PCN]@student.fontys.nl and password) and easily add or change your timetable(s) yourself.

      Questions about the Student App? 

      Mail: studentenapp@fontys.nl or call the IT Servicedesk (+318850 77777).

      For questions about your schedule and study, please contact the secretary of your department.

      If you click the button below you will find English information and manuals on various IT topics. You'll be able to find information about the Fontys network, printing, storage, mail, etcetera. You can also find the contact details of our IT Servicedesk here.

      In this video we will show you: how to find information, who to contact with questions and which digital systems we use. Watch this video to get acquainted with our systems and to give yourself an easier start at the beginning of your study year!

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      Study materials

      Examination policy

      The only calculator that is allowed at examinations is the Canon FX 82 series.

      Software deals for education

      SURFspot is the ultimate non-profit ICT online store. SURFspot offers an educational discount on software, hardware and online educational resources.

      So how does it work?
      Go to SURFspot.nl and log in using your Fontys account (PCN@student.fontys.nl + password)

      Fontys Technology and Logistics programmes

      Fontys does not use a preferred supplier in this case and therefore you can search for the best deals online or in the local bookstores. In some cases the publisher of a book also sells the books online. Below you can find some suggestions for where you can order books (please note that you are not obligated to order them here). The book lists can be found on this website from June 2024.

      Fontys International Business School programmes

      The booklists will be published before the summer break on the Fontys Connect website. Students will receive the booklist once the class lists are made in August (for the September stream) and January (for the February stream). The list will contain the ISBN number which you can use to find a seller online. Fontys does not use a preferred supplier in this case and therefore you can search for the best deals online or in the local bookstores. In some cases the publisher of a book also sells the books online. Below you can find some suggestions for where you can order books (please note that you are not obligated to order them here):

      For our Industrial Design Engineering programme you need some specific materials in the propedeutic year.

      • Pencils 4B, 2B, HB, 2H and 4H;
      • Eraser;
      • Ruler 30cm / 45 degree triangle ruler;
      • Sketchbook A3, 70 to 80 grams paper, (not tracing paper) or 'layout pad' A3 45 grams (eg 'Daler');
      • 3 meter tape measure;
      • Ball pen / biro / fineliner;
      • Cutting knife - retractable with 'snap-off' blades 19mm (e.g. Stanley);
      • Software: Adobe Creative Suite (from www. Surfspot.nl- available post-matriculation) or other DTP/Sketching software )( Affinity suite, Pro-create, ‘Sketchbook’ );
      • Vernier caliper 0-150mm (accurate to at least 0.05mm);
      • Recommended - Pen tablet or Pen Display (around A4 working area)- e.g. Huion Inspiroy WH1409 V2, Huion Kamvas 13 ( display) or Wacom intuos pro medium

      For our Mechatronics study programme you need some specific materials in the propedeutic year.

      • Pencil 4B 2B HB 2H 4H
      • Eraser
      • Compass with blocking function
      • Ruler 30 cm / Triangular protractor
      • Analog caliper 0-150 mm with Vernier 0,05 mm

      For more information on our German programmes (Industrielles Product Design Nld/Deu en Maschinenbau), please click on the link below.

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      Starting your studies

      When starting your studies at Fontys, it is nice to get to know your fellow students during our introduction week and also to already learn more about the annual calendar.

      Introduction week

      Do you start your studies at Fontys in September? Get ready for our epic starter of the academic year: Purple Introduction Week! Purple is set to happen from 26th August to 30th August, 2024. Brace yourself for an unforgettable start!

      Detailed information about your introduction week can be found here from mid June.

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      Join our community

      Fontys Venlo offers you several ways for you to become part of our community. It is up to you to join, but we highly recommend it. There is no better way to get to know your future classmates before you even set one foot on campus!

      At Fontys Venlo there are several student associations that bring students together to have a good time, create lasting memories and give you the opportunity to extend your (professional) network.

      Do you want to know more about the programme you are going to study or the city that you will live in? Or do you have questions about student life, sport, accommodations or just student experiences in general? The Fontys student ambassadors are happy to answer all your questions. So don't hesitate to contact them!

      Starting your journey with us is not just about attending classes; it's about becoming part of a vibrant community! To keep up with all the exciting events, updates, and opportunities, make sure to connect with us on our social media channels. Here's why:

      • Facebook: Stay in the loop with campus events and the last news updates. It's a great way to become part of our supportive community!
      • Instagram: Get a visual taste of life at Fontys Venlo! From behind-the-scenes looks at student projects to highlights of campus life, our Instagram feed is your go-to for daily inspiration and fun.
      • LinkedIn: Build your professional network and discover our projects, courses and Masters. Following us on LinkedIn is a smart move for your future career, connecting you with alumni and industry insights.
      • YouTube: Dive deeper into what makes Fontys Venlo special with our video content. From informative guides to exciting event recaps, our YouTube channel brings the Fontys experience to life.

      Personal support

      To give you a good start at your study, you will be in close contact with a student coach. He or she is your first point of contact for all practical and study questions, follows your achievements and gives valuable tips and advice where necessary.

      We also advise you to bookmark the webpage Fontys helps. This platform offers practical information, personal support when you need extra guidance and useful links. But also interesting initiatives for you to join.

      If you have any questions regarding studying with a disability, please have a look over here.

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      Fontys Helps

      Fontys has an online platform that offers all kinds of practical information, personal support when you are in need of extra guidance and useful links. Bookmark Fontys Helps

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      Your stay in the Netherlands

      There is a lot to see and experience in the Netherlands. Here you'll find a lot of information about studying at Fontys, accommodation and also practical information like enrolling, visa, finances etc.