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Production Planning and Improvement

Learn more about production logistics: production systems, planning strategies, and control. The programme combines classroom learning with a group project in a company setting, offering insights into real-world challenges.

About the exchange programme

This programme is a full semester course from the Bachelor curriculum Logistics Management/Logistics Engineering. The programme deals with the topic of production logistics. What is a production system and which strategic decision has to be taken when it comes to production planning? The focus is production control and planning strategies. Students will execute a group project within a company environment during this semester. The students gain insight in the challenges of production planning also with regard to different types of machines and processing and production costs.

Why this programme?

  • Focus on optimizing production logistics and systems to improve efficiency.
  • Blend theoretical learning with practical projects in real company settings.
  • Learn about strategies for effective production planning and goods flow management.

More about Production Planning and Improvement

What to expect from us

After the course you will be familiar to the tools used to control the goods flow and planning within production environments.You will understand why the level of customisation of products influences the goods flow within production companies.

During your semester you will experience:

  • Practical oriented lessons;
  • Insights in production planning and production control;
  • A practical applied project research in a production company;
  • Field trips to local companies as f.eg. Vostermans Ventilation;
  • Guest lectures from f.eg. UPS, ABInbev, Ewals Cargo Care, Seacon*.

*Please note that there might be changes every year.

What do we expect from you?

Being a student in the field of Logistics we expect you to be a team worker and open for feedback. It is important that you have basic knowledge in Logistics. Excel Skills are an advantage. Furthermore a basic understanding of business economics and statistics must be given. We want you to be committed to your group and we highly recommend to attend the lessons scheduled. For us appreciation and equality have a high priority and so it should be for you.



Content of the programme

This exchange programme is worth 30EC which equals 840hours study load. The semester includes one central semester project and four building blocks referred to as CAS:


  • Project - Company Environment - 10 ECTS
  • CAS 1 - Production foundation and strategy - 5 ECTS
  • CAS 2 - Production Organisation: Functional - 5 ECTS
  • CAS 3 - Production Organisation: Product Oriented - 5 ECTS
  • CAS 4 - Toold - 5 ECTS

Every CAS is assessed by an examination. Please click on the button to download the detailed programme description.

Programme description *pdf


Admission requirements

For this exchange programme we have the following admission requirements:

  • English level: equivalent to IELTS 6.0;
  • The student’s major must be business/logistics related, intermediate level of logistics knowledge is required.
  • Prior knowledge in statistics and mathematics is essential


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Practical information

Start moment(s)
20 weeks
Contact hours
15-20 hours per week

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has received the nomination, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Please take a look here to see how it works.

If you want to come as a freemover, we also need your university to send us a nomination e-mail. Once we have received this we will send you our application information.
As a freemover the fees are €75 per ECTS. If you are not sure if your university is a partner of Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences, the international office of your home university can tell you more about this.


Spring semester:

Nomination deadline November 1st

Application deadline November 15th

Fall semester:

Nomination deadline May 1st

Application deadline May 15th

For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

English language requirements

For most English taught exchange programmes a minimum level of English language proficiency of CEFR* B2 or an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 is required. However there might be programmes where a higher level is required and submitting evidence might be necessary.

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For more detailed information about practical matters, such as financial matters, residence permit, health insurance and accommodation, please click on the button below.

More information on practical matters

Doing a study abroad most certainly means a lot of excitement and perhaps also a bit of anxiety. Getting used to everything may be a challenge at times. You may have language difficulties or be unfamiliar with certain aspects of life in the Netherlands and at the university.

We receive around 100 international exchange students each semester. To give them a warm welcome into Dutch culture and at our campus, the International Office has set up a buddy programme. A buddy is a Fontys bachelor student who is familiar with the campus and who can give practical help with administrative systems, timetables etc. They know their way around the city of Venlo and can also help students to better understand Dutch traditions and habits and feel at home real soon!

What else can students expect from a buddy? A buddy will:

- meet you at the Venlo train station and accompany you to your room.

- help you get settled during the first weeks by answering practical questions related to living in Venlo and by showing you around town.

- help you with questions about campus life, teaching styles, campus set-up, how to prepare for exams, etc.

- help you with practical questions such as how to print documents, how to get connected to Wi-Fi, get acquainted with the Fontys portal, etc.

- introduce you to Dutch culture.

- be able to join you during social activities.

The programme seeks to give students the best possible start to their study abroad in Venlo and at our campus!


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