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Information Technology (Venlo)

  • 4 years
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Venlo

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Are you passionate about IT? Are you interested in solving complex issues? Would you describe yourself as resourceful and a team player? Digitalisation is taking place everywhere, and the number of applications based on data science, artificial intelligence and Internet-of-things principles is growing rapidly. As an IT professional, you are able to move along and stay ahead of these developments. Our study programme provides you with the knowledge you need!

About

You’ll be trained to become a versatile IT professional. Practice is essential! As you’ll be collaborating with others a lot, the programme’s focus will also be on developing your social and communicational skills. Sound knowledge of information systems is essential, but you’ll also learn how to organise and give advice. This will often be done in group projects, focused on practice with extra guidance. You can always contact your lecturers and student counsellor to discuss your study plan and progress.

Why study Information Technology in The Netherlands?

  • You’ll work on projects for a third of each semester.
  • You’ll do two internships to gain experience in the field.
  • Possibility to specialise (abroad) during your minor programme.
  • This is a small study programme, so you’ll be part of a personal community.

This programme is also partly being offered in German. Interested in the German programme?

 

What are you going to learn?

As a student of our Information Technology programme, you learn to shape and use new developments. You will also learn to collaborate with professionals from different backgrounds, which gives you a head start in the business field.

  • Alternation between theory (knowledge) and practice
  • (Business) assignments and projects
  • Skills: you learn to design, cooperate and communicate with different target groups, among other things.

In a common phase of three semesters, you thoroughly learn all the basic skills that are important for every computer scientist. Afterwards, you will give further direction to your studies through many elective options, for example, by focusing on business informatics, software engineering, data science or embedded systems.

 

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Gain practical experience

Take a look at one of our study programme projects

 

What does your week look like?

A typical study week has four lectures, two practical sessions for developing specific skills, and three project sessions. The projects are designed to give you the chance to apply what you learned in the lectures while also providing you with a real-life setting since you have to work in small teams and find out the answers yourself. We always try to set all this in a schedule restricted to 4 days - or at least with two mornings or afternoons without any scheduled activities.

Get to know our campus

Check out our classrooms, outside area, engineering labs, the city of Venlo and much more via our 360° tour.

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Get to know our Information Technology programme
Get to know the Information Technology study programme at Fontys Venlo. Learn more about the content of the study programme, our courses and the career opportunities!

 

Courses

The Information Technology programme has a common programme for the first three semesters. After that, you choose to focus on Software Engineering, Business Informatics, Data Science or Embedded Systems. Subjects such as programming and databases provide the technical foundation, while projects allow you to work on your social skills. You will also gain insight into the tools and methods you can use to develop an application with a team.

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Software Engineering
Software Engineering: is about the process of making and improving software systems, from the initial idea to implementation and management of the system. You’ll learn how to produce high-quality software systems instead of spaghetti-code with bugs in it. The type of system to develop, the operating system to develop for and the environment to develop in do not play a role, as a software engineer is qualified for all of them.

Business Informatics

Business Informatics: includes the knowledge of developing software, the use of IT to digitalise business processes, and supporting managers by giving them information derived from the business processes, so they can make the right decisions. To be able to do all this, you’ll learn how to collect requirements from the various stakeholders, and to use the requirements to define a adapted/new business process which afterwards is to be implemented in software (= digitalised). You’ll learn about specific types of software and software architectures that enable the manager to perform data-based decision making.

Data Science

Data Science: is concerned with analysing, storing and visualising different and often large data sets. Take, for example, the data that Google or Facebook collect from you. Combining data leads to information that is increasingly crucial for organisations. By having the right information available to the right people at the right time, better decisions can be made at all organisational levels, from operational to strategic. This allows organisations to differentiate themselves from their competitors. However, data science also plays a very big role in ever-increasing automation and robotisation. Software, often in machines and many utensils (think of a car), is capable of learning and adapting to experiences. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are therefore subjects of interest within the data science focus. It offers us a world full of possibilities, but we will also focus on the social aspects and (un)desirability of far-reaching automation.

Embedded Systems

Embedded Systems: more and more appliances contain software! Take the coffee machine, your washing machine, smart lighting or more and more self-driving cars. Embedded software is the software incorporated in these devices, increasingly in very small devices that are also connected via networks. Software, that is therefore in direct connection with and for controlling hardware. Knowledge of both areas is required to create good looking, but most of all useful products.

Cyber Security (available from 2026)

Cyber Security: the importance and value of data and software systems, makes people and businesses increasingly dependent and therefore vulnerable. Securing systems is therefore more and more important. Nowadays there are even companies that need to be temporarily shut down due to ransomware and hacker attacks. Securing these systems starts early in the development process. By knowing how to hack (ethical hacking), you can also secure systems properly and always try to be one step ahead of malicious parties. With a focus on security, you will look at the technical but certainly also process-related aspects of security.

In the second year of your study, you expand your theoretical basic knowledge and skills with in-depth courses in your chosen direction. Examples of subjects are Business Management, Concurrent Programming, Data Warehouses, Algorithms & Data Structures, Management Information Systems and Programming in C/C++. The Information Technology programme has a common programme for the first three semesters. After that, you choose to focus on Software Engineering, Business Informatics, Data Science or Embedded Systems.

In the first semester of year 3, you’ll do a work placement at a company and industry of your choice. As a future professional, you’ll be able to practice your application skills that you’ve gained during your studies. You’ll deepen your knowledge in the real business world. The work placement can be completed in a country of your choice.

In the second semester of year 3, you’ll focus on a specific theme in a minor programme. The minor programme allows you to acquire knowledge in a different field than that of your major. You can choose to do this minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities abroad.

You return to Fontys for your final year. During this year, you’ll work on the main project of your study programme: the Software Factory. For this project, you develop customised software solutions that are ready to market in cooperation with one of our partner companies. You’ll also work on your professional skills, and you choose to specialise in elective courses.

You’ll take up another work placement in your final semester and work on a practical problem. Your report about the approach and your solutions to this practical problem is your graduation report. After having finished all parts of the programme, you will be  rewarded with the internationally recognised degree Bachelor of Science.

 

Requirements

Diploma

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means:

  • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
  • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

Language requirements

For all course programmes a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required. Read more detailed information.

Code of conduct

Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

    Diploma

    As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means:

    • Senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
    • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Baccalauréat Général
    • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
    • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

    Language requirements

    For all course programmes a minimum level of proficiency in the English language is required. Read more detailed information.

    Visa

    As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

    *except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

    Code of conduct

    Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

      Diploma

      As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education. For Dutch students this means: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO-diploma.

      Language requirements for Dutch students

      For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

      Code of conduct

      Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

        Costs

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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:

            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.

            Some Fontys study programmes offer the NL scholarship to their students. Check out the link to see if this study programme participates and for more information.

            You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on the Study in NL website.

            Paying in instalments

            Collection will occur 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.

            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.

            Non-EU students

            Incoming non-EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department, which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years, payment can be made by direct debit.

            Non-SEPA

            If you have a Bank account number of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a payment letter from Fontys via your course department.

            The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

            The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 1,100 and EUR 1,500 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

            Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 14.641 per year (€ 7.320 per semester)

            Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

            Before starting your study at Fontys, you must find suitable housing. Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility. However, we are happy to assist in any way we can.

             

            Career opportunities

            The demand for good IT personnel is rising and it is expected to keep increasing in the future. This is great for you as an IT graduate! Our graduates work in a range of jobs and positions:

            • Software Developer
            • Database Developer
            • Data Scientist
            • Developer for Artificial Intelligence

             
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            Matei:
            “I was attracted by the curriculum of this programme that also has many practical hours.”

            How to apply

            All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to. The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

            Application deadlines

            September intake
            If you want us to arrange accommodation15 June
            If you arrange accommodation yourself1 August

            Start your online application

            • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
            • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
            • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2024).
            • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.

            Educational institution Fontys University of Applied Sciences
            Location of educational institution Venlo
            Programme B Information Technology

            Application deadlines

            September intake
            If you want us to arrange accommodation1 June
            If you arrange accommodation yourself1 June

            Start your online application

            • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
            • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
            • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2024).
            • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
            Educational institution Fontys University of Applied Sciences
            Location of educational institutionVenlo
            ProgrammeB Information Technology

            Whenever you apply in Studielink you choose for either Software Engineering or Business Informatics. After the first year you make your final decision. Hence, you can until then still switch if you prefer the other study programme instead.

             

            Agenda

            Sign up for one of our events. There's no better way to find out if this study programme is right for you! Visit a webinar from the comfort of your home or meet us live on campus. Whichever you choose, we hope to meet you soon.

            Information Technology - Live Campus Tour Fontys Venlo | Venlo | Online
            10 Jun 2024 15:30 - 16:30 CEST
            Programme

            Do you want to get a look and feel of the Fontys Venlo Campus? Two of our international students will host an Instagram live campus tour and show the facilities that we have on offer. At the end of the tour there's room to ask your questions!

            Don’t want to miss it? Then make sure to register!

            Open Day
            November 2, 2024
            Programme

            Having trouble making up your mind about your future studies? Or maybe you've already decided? Either way, we invite you to experience it firsthand at our Open Day. Step onto our campus and get a real taste of what your chosen study programme could be like. Our students and teachers will be your guides, ready to show you around.

            Mark your calendar for our upcoming Open Day on November 2nd, 2024.

            Do you want to be a part of it? Simply share your details, and you'll be among the first to receive updates.

            Study preview

            Curious about what a typical study week looks like? Check out this Study Preview, where you can attend lectures and finish assignments.

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