Fresh at Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Welcome to Fontys! We are looking forward to meeting you in person in February. To get you well prepared for your study at Fontys ICT, we have gathered all 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 ICT!

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 Fontys ICT 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 administrative office.

For all of your questions related to enrolment procedures, visa and housing, please contact our administrative office.

Campus Rachelsmolen
Building R10, room 1.06a
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 09:00 - 15:30hrs.
Email: studyict@fontys.nl

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

      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.

      Are you a talented student with a non-EEA nationality and do you wish to study in the Netherlands at Fontys University of Applied Sciences?

      There are scholarships available for Non-EU / Non-EEA students that want to come to the Netherlands for their studies.

      You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

      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.

      Through intranet we communicate with colleagues and students. After your final registration as a new student and start of the new education year, you can login here by means of your student i-account. On this portal you can find most information about:

      • Study guide
      • Class schedules
      • Annual schedules
      • Content of modules
      • Information from your mentor

      How do I get the card?

      The student card is proviced 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.

      Ambience photo Fontys

      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 studyresults, important messages and news. As a student you receive push notificatons 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.

      Do you have problems logging into the Studentportal ICT, did you lose your account details or did you not receive them at all?

      Please contact our IT helpdesk, called ISSD (ICT Student Service Desk) to help you out. At the ISSD you can also borrow all kinds of computer materials.

      Building R10, first floor
      Opening hours: Daily between 08:45 - 17:00hrs.

      Study materials

      Both on and off campus you will use your computer a lot. For some specific activities we have so-called innovationlabs: Gameslab, Securitylab, Accenturelab, Multimedia kitchen and Virtual Reality lab. You can work there with advanced, state of the art technology. Besides that, every student is obliged to have and to use their own laptop. We made sure we have:

      • A lot of power sockets to plug in your laptop
      • Most of the needed software applications, available for free through surfspot.nl (see information below)
      • Many network connections so you can use a network cable for fast internet connection
      • Wireless internet throughout the whole building
      • Laptop requirements

        At the beginning of the course, the most recent laptop is sufficient. So if you already own a laptop, you can probably just use it. If you don't have a laptop yet, take a quick look below. However, it is possible that a heavier laptop may become necessary during the course of the programme. This depends on your profile and/or specialisation, which you will follow in the main phase (from year 2). We do not recommend laptops, intended for online use, such as Chromebook or MacBook air, because they do not have enough hard disk space or cannot run the appropriate software.

        Operating system

        Keep in mind that Apple's new M1 processor cannot yet run all the necessary software and future support for it is still unknown. In fact, you are going to have to run a virtual machine at the beginning of your training and support for this is still limited. We recommend Windows 10 (or newer) as an operating system, which will run most of the software you will need during your training. However, you can also run Linux or Mac OS, you will probably run into some problems or virtualisation or installation of Windows may be necessary.

        Below are the minimum requirements for your laptop.

      Operating system


      Keep in mind that Apple's new M1 processor cannot yet run all the necessary software and future support for it is still unknown. In fact, you are going to have to run a virtual machine at the beginning of your training and support for this is still limited. We recommend Windows 10 (or newer) as an operating system, which will run most of the software you will need during your training. However, you can also run Linux or Mac OS, you will probably run into some problems or virtualisation or installation of Windows may be necessary.

      Below are the minimum requirements for your laptop.

      Windows 10

      • Processor: Intel Core i5 / AMD Ryzen 5
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Hard disk space: 128 GB Disk space
      • Graphics hardware: Min. 128 MB of graphics memory
      • Number of USB ports: 2
      • Display: Screen resolution of 1280 x 768
      • Display: 14 inches
      • Browser: Most recent version of Edge, Chrome or Firefox

      MacOS

      • Processor: Intel processor
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Hard disk space: 128 GB disk space
      • Graphics hardware: Min. 128 MB graphics memory
      • Number of USB ports: 2
      • Display: Screen resolution of 1280 x 800
      • Display: 14 inches
      • Browser: Most recent version of Safari, Chrome or Firefox

      Video card

      A dedicated video card may come in handy, or even necessary, at a later stage of the programme. For the ICT & Media Design profile and the ICT & Game Design and Technology specialisation, these cards are highly recommended, as this may involve running some heavier graphics programmes such as Maya, Blender or Unity. For example, Blender recommends a video card with at least 4 GB of VRAM and 16 GB of system memory (RAM). Should you buy a laptop with only usb C connections, always buy a hub with at least 1 usb A port (preferably 4 or more) and 1 HDMI connection.

      Additional costs

      It is possible that you will need some small computer supplies or hardware after you started your study programme. Most of the time, this will only be a small amount of money.

      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)

      All Fontys students are entitled to the Office 365 package. You can use the online version. But you can also download the package on your various devices such as your laptop and smartphone.
      We strongly advise you to make use of the Office 365 package. You can read exactly what to do in the manual we have posted on the Fontysportal. Use the login details you received from us immediately after your registration with Studielink to access the portal (see also: My personal login, e-mail and wifi).

      Ambience photo Fontys

      Why Office 365?

      • Secure storage for your Fontys study materials.
      • If you have an internet connection, you can access your stuff.
      • You can access it with any device, as long as it has a browser on board.
      • Your OneDrive is 1 TB in size, and provides synchronisation software for your private laptop or desktop.
      • Legally and freely install the latest Office version on up to 10 devices.
      • Almost every part of Office365 has a separate app, just search your mobile device's store.
      • You can use this cloud environment as long as you study here.

      Because most information is available digitally, you don't need books for the first semester.
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      Working with other students in a group teaches you to be more collaborative, outgoing and respectful of others work and opinions."
      Student about her experiences

      When starting your studies at Fontys, it is nice to know when we expect to meet you on campus for the first time and what you will experience in the first months at Fontys ICT in Eindhoven.

      If you have chosen to take the bachelor's degree programme HBO-ICT in Dutch, this is not the right page of information for you. Click on the word "Dutch" at the top right of your screen and you will be directed to the Dutch-language page with information about your Fresh at Fontys (Goede Start).

      For a successful enrollment it is necessary that you come to Eindhoven on Friday January 26th in person to show your original diploma from your previous education with the corresponding list of marks. This is an important condition to complete your enrollment. All international students will get an invitation by email for this Diploma-check day. If you do not manage to come to Eindhoven on this particular date, your enrollment will be terminated. In that case, you could reapply for September 2024.

      International bachelor students only (so no exchange students and no national Dutch students) will be expected at school for their diploma-check and information about other administrative matters, such as getting settled in Eindhoven, appointment with the municipality, health matters, etc.

      During diploma check you will be asked to show:

      - a certified copy of your diploma and final transcript

      - or to show the original documents

      This is COMPULSORY!

      Deadline: January 26th, 2024.

      Location: Building R10, 1st floor, Student Desk in front of the stairs, room 1.06A.

      Time: 10.00 - 12.00 hours

      Staff: Mrs. Ellen de Croon

      Study association Proxy will provide entertainment during this day. You can expect some gaming, elder year students to talk to and information/booth about the student.

      After Diploma-check day, all Fontys ICT students (both national and international) will receive an email invitation containing more details about Start Up day on February 8th, such as location and time when they are expected at which location.

      If you did not yet get an email by February 1st, please send your email to: studentdeskfhict-teama@fontys.nl requesting details about start of your studies.

      A tour through the city centre of Eindhoven to learn more about the city along with games and challenges!

      Needed items: Bring your own lunch and be ready for rain and wind. Bring an umbrella or a raincoat. Make sure to wear warm clothes.

      Location: Building R10, 1st floor, Student Desk in front of the stairs, room 1.06A.

      Time: 12.00 - 15.00 hours

      Staff: Members of study association Proxy

      More information: Don't hesitate to send us an email 😊

      Sign-up: If you want to join us, please sign up through the form at the bottom of this page.

      Pub crawl with different types of activities to get to know Stratum.

      Location: City Centre

      Time: 19.00 - 22.00

      Staff: Members of study association Proxy

      More information: Don't hesitate to send us an email 😊

      Sign-up: If you want to join us, please sign up through the form at the bottom of this page.

      Proxy will organise multiple activities in R10 to let the new students get to know each other better and be a bit more relaxed and familiar with the

      atmosphere. We will offer you a tour through our building, games, movies and snacks.

      Needed items: Good energy

      Location: R10, Campus Rachelsmolen, Eindhoven

      Time: 10.00 - 15.00 hours

      Staff: Members of study association Proxy

      More information: Don't hesitate to send us an email 😊

      Sign-up: If you want to join us, please sign up through the form at the bottom of this page.

      The first semester consists of 20 weeks and your schedule remains the same during this period. On the compulsory Start-Up Day, you will receive your schedule. In general lesson times in the morning are from 09.00 - 12.00 and in the afternoon from 13.00 - 16.00.

      Needed items: Your laptop and your own lunch! Snacks will be provided as well.

      Location: R10, Campus Rachelsmolen, Eindhoven.

      You will receive an email containing information about which class you are in and what time you are expected in which room or at which place.

      Time: 10.00 - 12.00 hours

      Today, you will start by getting acquainted with your lecturers and setting up your laptop. After this, the student association Proxy will organise a fun afternoon. This is an afternoon where you get to know each other, the school and the study through fun games and quizzes.

      Study association Proxy will introduce themselves to you.

      Location: R10, Campus Rachelsmolen, Eindhoven

      Time: 12.00 - 13.00 hours

      Staff: Members of study association Proxy

      More information: Don't hesitate to send us an email.

      Sign-up: If you want to join us, please sign up through the form at the bottom of this page.

      Proxy offers various activities.

      Location: R5, Campus Rachelsmolen, Eindhoven

      Time: 12.00 and later

      Staff: Members of study association Proxy

      More information: Don't hesitate to send us an email.

      Sign-up: If you want to join us, please sign up through the form at the bottom of this page.

      Overview of semester 1:

      February 8th - Start Up Day

      Week 1 - 12 - Orienting phase courses

      Week 13 - 18 - Advanced level courses & projects

      Week 19 - Assessor meeting

      If you want to plan holidays or other activities, it is useful to know when exactly we offer no classes.

      Sign up for one or more of the introduction activities

      Join our community

      Fontys ICT offers several ways for you to become part of our community. It is not mandatory 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!

      Our student association is for students, by students. PROXY will help you to adapt and find your way. Check out their activities through their Instagram page.

      Ambience photo Fontys

      Check out the Proxy's Lounge community on Discord - hang out with 158 other members and enjoy free voice and text chat.

      Please feel free to join us. You are very much welcome!

      If you are interested in more detailed stories from international students or want to get in touch with one or more of them, check out this page.

      Personal support

      To give you a good start at Fontys ICT, 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.

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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

      Coaching

      In the first year, you will be assigned a personal semester coach. He or she will be your primary point of contact, with whom you will have regular communication. Your coach will monitor your progress, provide useful tips and advice as needed.

      To ensure your successful study experience, Fontys University pays personal attention to you. You will receive guidance in your development and exploration of your talents. Of course, we are also here to assist you with any questions regarding time management, additional study support, dyslexia, and autism, among others.

      Student+ is a service provided by Fontys ICT for all ICT students. We offer a wide range of trainings, workshops, and individual and group coaching programs, for example, for students with autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, or exam anxiety. We also support students who struggle with study planning and organization, physical and/or mental health issues, or students who balance their studies with elite sports or caregiving responsibilities. It is important to us that all these students have equal opportunities and receive the help they need. If you would like to get in touch with us, please email us at studentplus@fontys.nl.

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      Student+



      For students who expect to need some extra support in their studies, we are organising a special information session / kick-off with the following content:

      • Introduction to Student+
      • Handy tips for starting your studies
      • Information about available support at Fontys ICT
      • Information from a dean
      • Information about the "Good Start" group ( a group of students who meet weekly under the guidance of Student+, either in person or online, to exchange tips and help each other get off to a good start and improve study success)
      • Guided tour of the building
      • Student experiences
      • Q&A session with Student+, a student and a study coach

      Date: to be determined

      Time: 10.00 - 12.00

      Location: Building R10 (Rachelsmolen 1) Eindhoven (the exact room will be announced later)

      E-mail: studentplus@fontys.nl



      Your stay in the Netherlands

      Ambience photo Fontys

      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.

      Contact and location (Building R10)