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UMD Exchange: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, Netherlands
Terms offered: 
Year (Fall-Spring)
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EA Advisor: 
Natalie Brady
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Delft University of Technology is a modern university of science and technology with a rich tradition. Ranked among the top universities of technology in the world (#15, QS 2013). TU Delft’s excellent research and education standards are backed by outstanding facilities, research institutes and research schools. TU Delft maintains close links with (inter)national industry, a strategic alliance contributing to the relevance of its academic programmes and career prospects for its students.

TU Delft is leading the way in research into technological innovations, contributing to scientific advancement in the interests of society, with research emphases in energy, environment, health and infrastructure. Students from TU Delft have been responsible for highly impressive projects: the solar energy-powered car Nuna (link is external), the flying robot Delfly (link is external) and the Plakkies (link is external).

Fascination with technology:
The bachelor, master, postgraduate and PhD programmes at TU Delft all encourage and demand critical thought and creativity. These key words capture the essence of our academic environment include: problem-oriented, creative, innovative, learning by doing, and teamwork. If you long to find creative solutions to everyday problems, then TU Delft is the place for you. TU Delft will inspire you to find technological solutions, even to the less obvious problems, whether these involve energy-saving transport, sustainable building methods or better designed products. Developing products and technology that people love to use to enhance human and social progress: that is what it’s all about.

Learn more about Delft!

Host City
TU Delft Campus:
TU Delft is located in the university district (TU-wijk) of the historic city of Delft in the Netherlands. Beyond the medieval church towers, there are many impressive university buildings, laboratories, classrooms and offices. They are built in the newly opened Mekelpark, which constitutes a truly green car-free heart of the campus where you can study in pleasant surroundings, take a leisurely stroll and meet your friends. Most of the streets around the campus heart are named after scholars who laid the foundation of the university’s success. The university’s philosophy, facilities and pleasant environment all contribute to its excellent academic atmosphere.

International Environment:
We are committed to the international exchange of knowledge. TU Delft works closely with international companies and universities. You will meet countless international students and staff here at the university. At present, approximately 14% of the student population is made up of foreign students; the average percentage in the MSc programmes is as high as 30%. The student body includes over 100 nationalities. Your programme will give you ample opportunity to broaden your international horizons while studying at one of the world’s leading research universities.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Disciplines available: Earth Sciences, Math, Physics, Architecture, Computer Science, Life Science & Technology. 

The language of instruction in the TU Delft Bachelor’s programmes is Dutch with the exception of the Aerospace Bachelor’s and the Applied Earth Sciences Bachelor’s which are fully taught in English. The Nanobiology Bachelor’s and the Computer Science Bachelor’s are partially in English. 

Students who wish to take Architecture courses at TU-Delft must be Architecture majors at UMD. Architecture courses in English are offered only in the Fall term. Students will enroll in Architecture courses offered as part of the minor in architecture program at Delft. The Architecture Department at Delft packages their courses by theme. At the time of application, students will indicate their top three package choices and then Delft will assign you to one. Students cannot change packages after Delft has made the offer. Students need to take all courses in the package and cannot mix-and-match themes. Examples of themes are "Neighborhood of the Future", "Heritage and Design", and "House of the Future". Relevant themes for UMD students are in the MINOR program.

Language of Instruction: English and Dutch


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit  towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Delft University of Technology will be converted as follows:

Delft University of Technology Credit UMD Credit
1 ECTS Credit 0.75 UMD Credit
4 ECTS Credits 3 UMD Credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on October 16, 2014.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

 Delft University of Technology Grade UMD Grade
6 * C -


Housing is arranged through TU Delft and the partner organization DUWO. Some housing is available on campus, but most housing is in the area directly surrounding the campus and within the town center (within 3 kilometers of the campus center).

More information is available through this site.

Learn about housing options!

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
TU Delft has student associations that consist of clubs and organizations open for students to join along with international associations. If you find yourself needing a study group abroad, each degree program at TU Delft has its own unique study association where students with similar majors and interests can come together to participate in study-related activities, such as educational trips and social activities. In addition, staying fit has never been easier as TU Delft offers various different sports practices and classes that you can sign up for as you please.

International Welcome/Orientation
TU Delft hosts an introduction week where you will learn logistics about the university and also learn about the city of Delft and the student life.

Counseling & Health Services
Psychologists at the Career and Counseling Services support international student’s mental health and work to make sure that a students mental health never hinders their studies or experiences as a student.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020