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Mechatronics

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

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Do you like mechanics, robotics, or production equipment? Do you have a knack for creative problem solving? Do you enjoy technical and engineering activities? Mechatronics is the study programme for you! In a world where technology develops faster than ever, you need to know how to stay flexible. As a mechatronic engineer, you’ll help building a faster, more precise and accurate future.

About Mechatronics

Robotics is developing at a rapid pace. This requires an always up-to-date educational programme that fits in with the fourth industrial revolution. We train you to be a specialist in the systematic design of control techniques for robot-controlled products and machines. Interesting theory lessons will be alternated with developing your technical skills in practice and carrying out projects in which you create innovative products.

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Why study Mechatronics at Fontys?

  • Projects with assignments from the business world
  • Work together with students from different studies, such as Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering in Eindhoven or Industrial Design Engineering in Venlo
  • You will be personally guided by our small team of teachers who put your passion first
  • Immerse yourself in the Brainport (Eindhoven) or Greenport (Venlo) region of the Netherlands
  • Your study supervisor helps you to develop research skills, subject expertise and creativity.
 

What are your going to learn?

As a mechatronic engineer, you are able to work in different teams and dynamics. You will know both mechanical, software and electrical engineering fundamentals. Collaborating in international and/or multidisciplinary teams comes natural to you! You’re a logical thinker. You think about how to make equipment safer or more user-friendly and design it accordingly – think for example of an automated car wash, a smart production robot, or an advanced automated guided vehicle. Mechatronics is essential for modern society. There’s a great need for well-trained mechatronic engineers.

 
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Eindhoven

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Venlo

 

How does your week look?

Studying is hard work. That’s okay, as long as there’s variety in what you do. At Mechatronics, we’ve got you covered:

  • One time you're following a class in one of our labs
  • The next moment you’re working on a robot or simulation
  • You work on projects in collaboration with a company
  • Always together with your fellow students and/or under the guidance of our teachers.
 

 

Courses

Mechatronics in Eindhoven focuses on high-tech systems and robotics. The programme is characterised by the opportunities to collaborate with companies in the high-tech Brainport region. The Engineering programmes have a brand-new location at the TU/e site with labs that are equipped in line with the latest developments.

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Study at Fontys Engineering in 4 years!

How does your study time looks like at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering

Already in the first year, you start putting theoretical knowledge into practice by running projects. In order to realise a product, for example a robot, you combine subjects like:

  • Mechatronic design
  • Electrical networks
  • Mechanics
  • Digital design
  • C-programming
  • Mathematics
  • Integrated design techniques
  • General engineering skills
  • Communication and presentation techniques

You’ll have around 25 classes a week. The learned theory and acquired skills are immediately used in laboratory work and projects. First-year projects are typically based on gamification: principles and techniques on how to improve teamwork and learning how to do projects.

From year 2, you start to expand your knowledge and skills. This is the core phase of the programme. You’ll also start working on projects with students from other Engineering disciplines, such as Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Project-based learning has a strong relationship with the subject-specific courses. The projects are all connected to real-time assignments from the industry.

In the first semester of year 3, you’ll work and study at a mechatronics-related company: your first internship. You’ll be involved in mechatronics assignments of a university level.

In the second semester, you’ll follow your minor programme and study subjects related to your major mechatronics. You also have the option to choose subjects that are not related to your major (e.g. Business Engineering). Fontys will help you find a minor that suits your interests best.

In the final year of your bachelor’s programme, the first semester will be focused on a specialisation: robotics or control systems.

In the second semester, you’ll work on your final graduation project. You'll work for a company while writing your bachelor thesis.

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Location BIC Fontys Eindhoven

An extra location for Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering students

The Mechatronics programme at Fontys in Venlo offers a unique focus on sustainability and energy transition. The campus is strategically located in the Greenport region, adjacent to the international Ruhr area, providing you as a student with access to the latest developments in green technologies and sustainable practices. Our project-based education programme will allow you the freedom to specialise in subjects of your own choice. The multi-disciplinary projects together with our study programme in Industrial Design Engineering will further allow you to apply the knowledge and skills that you acquire in the classroom to solve real-world problems.

In the first year you will gain experience in a lot of subjects in the field of Mechatronics. Subjects like:

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Measurement & Control
  • Mechatronic Design Skills
  • Mechanics
  • Applied Sensor Technology
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Software Design and Realisation

Next to this a big part of your first year you will be working together with your fellow students on several projects. You will have around 14 class hours a week and 12 project hours. Around 70% of your study programme will be spent working on your practical skills in projects. In the second year you will gain a deeper knowledge in the three disciplines of mechatronics (mechanical, software and electrical engineering) and how to combine them in projects.

In the third year students have to opportunity to study for 1 semester in another university anywhere in the world (‘Minor Semester’) and to work in a company on an internship for another semester.
In the fourth and final year of the programme, students will experience both on-campus and off-campus learning. The year is divided into two semesters: the first is an on-campus semester, and the second is a semester-long graduation project that takes place off-campus in a company.

 

Related courses

In addition to Mechatronics, Fontys University of Applied Sciences offers the technical programmes Applied Mathematics, Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

More information about related courses

  • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:

1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
2. Access to HE Diploma or
3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.

  • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement.
Physics
and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

  • For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment.

If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/diploma/education-systems

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

    • For students of other nationalities, who followed the British curriculum, the minimum requirements are:
    1. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with Mathematics and Physics or
    2. Access to HE Diploma or
    3. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + a General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at AS level (with grade A-C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
    4. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects (Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and Mathematics or
    5. General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects (including Mathematics and Physics) at A level (with grade A to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and Mathematics.
    • For students who are in possession of an IB diploma:

    We accept HL and SL results and these students can be exempted from the English language requirement. Physics and Mathematics are mandatory subjects (regardless of the level, HL or SL). The minimum score is 24 points (IB diploma awarded).

    For students with other secondary education/ high school diplomas:

    As soon as your application is visible in Studielink we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send us your documents for the diploma assessment. If you are curious whether your secondary school diploma is equivalent to Dutch standards and offers access to higher education in the Netherlands, please check the website of the Dutch foreign credentials evaluation center, Nuffic.

    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

      for students with a Dutch secondary school diploma

      Havo:

      • Nature and Health with Physics or NLT or O&O
      • Nature and Technology

      Vwo:

      • Economics and Society with Physics
      • Nature and Health with Physics or NLT or O&O
      • Nature and Technology

      Mbo: Level 4

      Level Mathematics

      For successful completion of the study programme, we recommend a minimum starting level of Mathematics B at havo 5. 

      Basic course in Mathematics

      Have you had little Mathematics and Physics during your mbo education or has it been a while since you studied these subjects? Take the Basic course in Mathematics and Physics and increase your knowledge and skills in Mathematics and Physics. This way, you can be sure of a good transition from mbo to hbo. Please note this course is only available in Dutch language.

      Language

      As an applicant with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma you will be exempted from taking 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.

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        • 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

            A degree in mechatronics can lead to lead to management positions, including project management.

            You can have an important role in the development of high-tech equipment for operating theatres or devices that make a production process safer, more precise, faster and cheaper. You’ll be involved in the latest developments in the field of robotics and control techniques.

            Think of positions such as:

            • System architect
            • Designer of robotic aids for people with disabilities
            • Designer for high-tech equipment.
            • Project manager of a mechatronic design team

            Of course, you can also continue studying and take a master's course at Fontys or a technical university.
            Fontys offers master's degrees in Digital Technology Engineering and in System Design.

            Agreements have been made with TU/e for a special programme, which makes it easy to move on to a master's programme at the university.

             

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            Mechatronics: Your future as an engineer!

            Watch the video in which Mechatronics students talk about how they see their future as engineers.

            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.

            Application deadlines (for EU and Non-EU) for September

            EU15 June
            Non-EU15 May

            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 Hogescholen
            Location of educational institution Eindhoven or Venlo
            Programme B Mechatronica - Mechatronics

             

            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.

            Study Engineering in the Netherlands | Online
            16 Apr 2024 18:00 - 18:45 CEST
            Programme

            Practical information for students & parents

            Would you like to get more practical information about studying at Fontys Engineering in Eindhoven, the Netherlands? Then sign up for this online webinar for students and their parents! We will give you more information about how to apply, tuition fees, study costs and accommodation.

            Experience day Mechatronics | Venlo
            17 May 2024 09:30 - 15:00 CEST
            Programme
            2 spots available

            The Experience Day event at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo provides you with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a student at the university. You have the chance to attend classes, meet current students, and tour the campus.

            This event provides several advantages for you, including the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the academic programs offered at Fontys Venlo, the chance to meet and interact with current students and faculty, and a first-hand experience of the university's campus and facilities.

            Overall, this day provides a valuable opportunity for you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the university and make an informed decision about your future education.

            Experience day Mechatronics | Venlo
            31 May 2024 09:30 - 15:00 CEST
            Programme
            4 spots available

            The Experience Day event at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo provides you with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a student at the university. You have the chance to attend classes, meet current students, and tour the campus.

            This event provides several advantages for you, including the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the academic programs offered at Fontys Venlo, the chance to meet and interact with current students and faculty, and a first-hand experience of the university's campus and facilities.

            Overall, this day provides a valuable opportunity for you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the university and make an informed decision about your future education.

            Experience day Mechatronics | Venlo
            07 Jun 2024 09:30 - 15:00 CEST
            Programme
            4 spots available

            The Experience Day event at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo provides you with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a student at the university. You have the chance to attend classes, meet current students, and tour the campus.

            This event provides several advantages for you, including the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the academic programs offered at Fontys Venlo, the chance to meet and interact with current students and faculty, and a first-hand experience of the university's campus and facilities.

            Overall, this day provides a valuable opportunity for you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the university and make an informed decision about your future education.


            Student for a day on campus at Mechatronics Eindhoven

            Discover what it’s like to study at Fontys Engineering! Request to become a Student for a Day and immerse yourself in a typical day of classes. You will be together with a first-year student and attend the classes on his/her schedule. This provides you with an insight into the content of the programme and offers the opportunity to engage with both students and lecturers.


            Send in your request
            After we received your request, a student will contact you via email to coordinate a suitable day and time, and to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!

            If you have a preferred date, please register well in advance for necessary arrangements. Requests to become a Student for a Day are only possible during normal weeks of classes when there are no exams, holidays etc. The student will inform you about the possibilities.