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What will I learn?

The University of Applied Sciences (HBO) Automotive Engineering Programme takes 4 years and the teaching materials consist of theory, practical sessions and project work. Every student follows the same programme for the first 2 years. From the 3rd academic year onwards, you have multiple choices focused on your specific interests. In particular, your choice of internship and minor help you give your studies your own specific direction and substance. If you devote 40 hours per week to your studies, you will definitely make it.

What to expect from us

The Automotive Engineering programme teaches students how to design, create, and test vehicles. The design of the programme is highly personalised, which enables you to get to know the team of lecturers very quickly and to feel comfortable almost immediately. At the beginning of your studies, you will be assigned a study supervisor, who will help to guide you throughout the programme.

During your programme, you will train your technical skills and conduct challenging research and development projects, resulting in innovative products/solutions and mobility advancements in the process.

What do we expect from you

Do you have a passion for engineering and automotive technology? Are you curious by nature? Do you enjoy finding solutions to practical issues? If so, then this is the right programme for you. Technical developments, especially those in mobility, are progressing rapidly. This means that you need to be able to approach problems creatively, be comfortable with mathematics, and be able to easily switch between theory and practice. Of course, perseverance is an important criterion for your success.

First year

The first year is primarily focused on orienting your studies and future profession. You are introduced to the automotive engineer’s broad engineering domain and you establish an initial theoretical basis that will enable you to start working as an automotive engineer in the future. The lectures cover the theory, which you can immediately apply in practical and projects. A sample of the subjects covered: motor dynamics, vehicle dynamics, mechanics and materials science. Mathematics is a common thread throughout your studies. We will help you with additional lectures should you require any help with mathematics.

Second Year

Starting in the second academic year, you will expand your automotive knowledge and engineering skills and you will increasingly gain insight into the connection between certain subjects. The thinking process becomes more abstract and projects become more complicated, but challenge you to engage in creative, out-of-the-box thinking. You will do all this in collaboration with your fellow students. In addition to taking specific automotive subjects in the engineering domain, such as motor dynamics, vehicle dynamics, vehicle electrical engineering, materials science (light-weight structures are becoming increasingly more important), electrical drive trains and motor management systems, you will also take subjects such as mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering and process control systems.

Study options

Full Time (48 months)

Tuition fees
€9,830.00 (7,94,023) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Eindhoven Campus,

Rachelsmolen 1,



5612 MA, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: Minimum score TOEFL Paper 550 / TOEFL comp 213.

For international students

As a prospective bachelor’s student you must have a diploma of 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:

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students

IELTS: 6.0 (academic level)

TOEFL paper: 550

TOEFL computer: 213

TOEFL internet: 80

TOEIC: 670

Cambridge ESOL: FCE-C (scale 169-172)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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