Fresh at Architecture (Master)

Welcome to Fontys! We are looking forward to meeting you in person. To get you well prepared for your study at Fontys, 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 Master Architecture.

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

Fontys Academy of the Arts - Student Guide 2024-2025

We also compiled a Student Guide for our international students.

Student Guide 2024-2025 (download)

You have sent in your application to this study programme through the website and have recieved 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.

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.

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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:

      Tuition Fees Regulations 2024-2025

      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 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.

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      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

      More information about the Holland scholarships programme

      Account and IT information

      After applying you received an e-mail from us with your personal login details. Sender e-mail: ''. 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: ''.

      More information about signing in

      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:
      3. Read the instructions and follow them step by step
      4. When requested: fill in your Fontys credentials <PCN>
      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.
      More detailed instructions for connecting 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.

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      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

      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 or ISSD (ICT Student Service Desk).

      Fontys provides you with ‘’ 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!

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      iPhone and iPad

      • Choose Outlook for iOS in the Apple Store and install the app.
      • Add an account and fill in your email address (
      • 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*
        Password: the password to your Fontys account
      • Skip the First Run Experience
      • Enable Notifications
      • Tap Allow 'Outlook can send you messages."
      Detailed manual (login required)

      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>.
      Your username is <PCN> Some devices require the notation domain\username in one field. In that case, write down: BERGEN\<PCN>.
      Write down your Fontys emailadress: <emailalias>
      The password to your Fontys account.
      If your device asks for this, write down

      Detailed manual (login required)


      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] and password) and easily add or change your timetable(s) yourself.

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      Questions about the Student App? 

      Mail: 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.

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      Study materials

      Is your laptop ready for your studies?

      Here is a list of minimum requirements that Fontys sets for a computer to be used for
      education. This includes the applications Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2019/2021, DLO
      and tests.

      The camera and headphones are intended for use with MS Teams.


      • Processor: Intel Core i5 series/AMD Ryzen 5 series
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Hard disk: 128 GB disk space
      • Network: Wifi
      • Display: 14 inch screen van 1280 x 768
      • Mouse: recommended
      • Camera: recommended
      • Headphones/earphones: recommended
      • Browser: The latest version of Edge Chromium, Safari, Chrome of Firefox


      • Processor: Intel-processor/Apple Silicon processor
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Hard disk:: 128 GB disk space
      • Network: Wifi
      • Display: 14 inch screen van 1280 x 800
      • Mouse: recommended
      • Camera: recommended
      • Headphones/earphones: recommended
      • Browser: The latest version of Edge Chromium, Safari, Chrome of Firefox

      Note: Chromebook/Linux-based systems are not suitable because various DLO components, including TestVision and the lockdown tool, will not work.
      Note: Windows 10/11 in S mode are not suitable, Windows 10/11 Home of Pro are suitable.

      Because the digital education market (software and IT hardware) is constantly changing,
      these student laptop specifications are a recommendation for the minimum
      requirements your laptop should meet. However, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
      cannot guarantee that during the term of your studies this market will not make
      additional demands, or offer new hardware that is less suitable. We will of course do
      everything possible to limit the impact on you (your laptop) and inform you to the best of
      our abilities.

      This advice is for the academic year 2024-2025

      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 and log in using your Fontys account ( + password)

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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

      Starting your studies

      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 Master of Architecture.

      We are pleased you will be joining us this coming academic year! A new exciting phase in your life. With this mail, we will inform you about the introduction and the start of the academic year 2024-2025.

      Theory classes on Tuesday evening will be mostly online and studios and skills will take place at school on Fridays from 9:00-17:30h.

      Introduction Friday 30 August (mandatory) at Fontys Academy of the Arts

      10:15 Meet and Greet with staff and brief introduction program

      10:30 General introduction workshops

      11:00 Start workshop “negative space” guided by students MAU

      13:00 Lunch in the garden

      16:30 Preparing presentations workshop

      17:30 Closing drinks in the garden

      MAU Calendar 2024-2025

      (Online) Welcome Helpdesk

      If you still have questions or need support in matters relating to housing, settling in Tilburg, administrative issues (like registration at the city hall and opening a bank account), finding your way around the institute and the city, you can visit the Global Engagement Team of Fontys Academy of the Arts during opening hours. You can also send the team an e-mail:


      If you have any urgent questions regarding your enrolment, please send an email to or

      First theory classes Tuesday 3 September 19:30-21:30h

      You will start with the course Architecture 1 (architecture and urbanism students) by Jacob Voorthuis en Peyman Soleimani, we will send you an MS teams link by mail.

      First studio Friday 6 September 09:30-17:30h

      Start of the first year studio Core and research/critical thinking.

      Exact schedule and class rooms will be sent to you later.

      FAA Calendar 2024-2025
      MAU Calendar 2024-2025

      Calendar Fall semester

      Fall Holiday 21 - 25 October 2024
      Christmas Holiday 16 December 2024 - 6 January 2025

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      Connected to the design studios are, for example, research courses and critical thinking courses."
      Alda Alagic - Programme director

      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.

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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

      Join our community

      Fontys Master Architecture 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!

      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.

      Contact a student

      Contact general and map building Zwijsenplein

      Fontys Academy of the Arts

      +31 (0) 885074599


      Fontys Academy of the Arts
      Entrance 1: Zwijsenplein 1, 5038 TZ Tilburg
      Entrance 2: Bisschop Zwijsenstraat 11, 5038 VA Tilburg
      Circushal: Campus Stappengoor (P7 entrance Stappegoorweg), Prof Goossenslaan 1, 5022 DM Tilburg

      Bicycle parking

      On the left side of Fontys Academy of the Arts (entrance Zwijsenplein) is an official parking facility: 'Bicycle parking Concertzaal'.

      Parking Koningsplein, Schouwburg (Louis Bouwmeesterplein) or Emmapassage.

      Free parking is impossible in the city center.

      Map of the building

      The building is very complex when you first enter it, that is why you can get a map at the reception desk. We hope this will help you find your way around the building quickly.

      Each part of the building has a letter, from A to E.

      These letters can be found in the signage, on the floor plan but also in the numbers of the various rooms.

      A - the part situated around the Concertzaal

      B - the long section on the Oude Dijk

      C - the part situated on Stadstraat and Zwijsenstraat

      D - the part on Zwijsenstraat

      E - the Villa on Zwijsenstraat

      F - the Pakhuis next to the Villa

      Ambience photo Fontys

      Ambience photo Fontys

      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.

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