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Smart Health

Innovate healthcare with cutting-edge technology in the Smart Health exchange programme. You'll be at the forefront of health tech, learn to develop impactful solutions and gear up for a career that truly changes lives.

About the exchange programme

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an important topic in health and care. It is a fast-growing technology that is increasingly used to improve people's health and (preventive) care. For example, AI offers the ability to analyse health data and generate insights that can both help people stay healthy longer and support doctors and patients to make better treatment decisions. Other example is improving the accessibility and sustainability of the Health Care within an organisation. The programme Smart Health focuses on these concrete applications of AI in health and (preventive) care.

Why this programme?

  • Equip yourself with the skills to revolutionize healthcare through technology, blending innovation with practical application.
  • Engage in collaborative projects that bridge the gap between health sciences and digital solutions, preparing you for a multidisciplinary career.
  • Gain hands-on experience in a dynamic learning environment, supported by experts dedicated to guiding your path to making a tangible difference in healthcare.

Learning outcomes

  • The student creates a concept of a concrete application of AI in the field of prevention care and responsible decision-making with the acquired knowledge about trends, developments and potential of AI for health and care, and with attention to business aspects.
  • The student applies design thinking and innovation techniques.
    • The student applies project and communication skills for structured collaboration on a practice based project




    Content of the programme

    The total work load for this minor 30 European Credits (EC), duration is 1 semester. The minor consists of the following modules:

    • Data Science & AI - 5 ECTS
    • Research & Innovation - 5 ECTS
    • Health - 5 ECTS
    • Project Health & AI - 15 ECTS

    Data Science & AI

    What is the crisp method, insights in data, how can you use it?

    Research & Innovation
    The student substantiates the research and concept developed using validated techniques, design-thinking and innovation.

    The student can identify and present a reasoned proposal on which appropriate resources, which include technology, or adjacent professional could contribute to citizen health promotion.

    Project Health & AI
    The student develops a concept of a concrete application of AI in the field of prevention care and responsible decision-making with the acquired knowledge about trends, developments and possibilities of AI for health and care, and with attention to ethical and business aspects



    Admission requirements

    For this exchange programme we have the following admission requirements:

    • English level: equivalent to IELTS 6.0;
    • The foundation year should be successfully rounded off;


    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)
    1 semester

    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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