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Are you fascinated by the technology behind airplanes, spacecraft, drones or race cars? Then this program is designed for you.

Program description

Are you ready to fly high?

The Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in the Netherlands deals with research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. In recent years, aeronautical engineering has become one of the main overlapping branches of aerospace engineering.

For 4 years you will focus on the design of aircraft and their components, on new sources of energy and on technologies adaptable to other industries such as drones or racing cars.

This program stands out from others of a similar theme because:

  • It has a great technical content , which is what employers look for.
  • Classes are taught in English, you can work in any country.
  • You will study in an ultramodern campus building in Delft, with simulators, wind tunnel , high complexity laboratories and a real fully equipped airplane.
  • It is the only Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in the Netherlands.
  • The last 2 years will be practically made according to your interests.
  • You can choose subjects from a wide range of subjects, such as aerospace technology, aeronautics, green energies, formula 1 or cruise design.
  • In the last year you can spend a semester in another country , including doing your professional practices there.
  • You will do your internships in the engineering or testing departments in companies such as Fokker, TNO, Airbone, Nayak, Martinair or Transvia.
  • If your ambition is an international career, you can also choose companies such as Airbus and EADS (Germany), ASCO (Belgium), FACC (Austria) or Wits University (South Africa).
  • From the first to the last day you will have an adviser available to answer your questions.


€ 2060 / year for EU residents.

Academic requirements

• Bachiller certificate or being in last year
• Medium-high English certificate (B2):
or Cambridge FCE; IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80
o If you have studied A Levels, IB or other studies taught entirely in English, it will not be necessary to provide this certificate
• Specific requirements: It is necessary to have studied Physics during the last year of studies.

Beginning of the course: End of August.

Registration period: Until May 1 *

* If there are seats available, registrations may be submitted until August 15.

Structure of the program

The Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in the Netherlands lasts for 4 years , each divided into 4 periods (" Terms ") of approximately 8 weeks each. The full program awards 240 ECTS (60 ECTS per year) and all content is taught in English.

  • The first 2 years you will achieve fundamental knowledge and professional skills.
  • The last 2 years correspond to the specialization.
  • From the first year, you will work on practical projects and study trips to different companies and organizations in the sector.
  • You will learn to use various computer systems, draw, design and test programs.
  • You will have access to ultramodern facilities with equipment such as wind tunnel, flight simulators, a fully equipped aircraft and various test laboratories.
  • You will use 3D printers to create prototypes and you can even participate in the creation of a rocket entirely manufactured with this technology.
  • In the second year you will build a remote controlled airplane that can carry the maximum weight possible.
  • At the end of that project you will compete with your team in an event organized by the university.
  • Your first professional Practices will take place in the second year.
  • The specializations in the last two years are achieved through the choice of the subjects you prefer, or "Minors". These specialties are: 1-Design and Development, 2- Lightweight Structures
  • In the third year you will carry out your professional internships in a Dutch company or in another country.
  • The final degree project is also carried out with the collaboration of a Dutch or foreign company.

First course

During the first year, you will work on the basic engineering technical skills needed for this profession. You will spend much of your time in mathematics and mechanics, but also in subjects such as hydraulics, aerodynamics and manufacturing. You will have many practical assignments, and you will achieve communication and writing skills, and practice in project development.

Term 1

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics 1
  • Material Components
  • Drawing
  • Introduction to Flight
  • Orientation
  • Communication

Term 2

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics 2
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Aviation Project
  • Communication
  • (airplane selection)

Term 3

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics 3
  • Design Project 1a (elevator control syst.)
  • Communication
  • Hydraulics
  • Aerodynamics

Term 4

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics 4
  • Design Project 1b (elevator control syst.)
  • Communication
  • Electronics
  • Aerodynamics

Second course

You will continue to achieve the necessary skills for technical engineering. You will study topics such as aircraft structures, aircraft performances and materials, but you will also dedicate a large part of your time to mathematics and mechanics. In the second period you will realize your first professional Practices.

Term 1

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerodynamics
  • Thermodynamics

Term 2

  • Practical Internship

Term 3

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Aircraft Gas Turbines
  • Communication
  • Aircraft Performances

Term 4

  • Aerodynamics
  • Control theory
  • Maintenance and Statistics
  • Aircraft systems
  • Design Project

Third course

You will start the year with your professional internships in a company for 20 weeks, which you can carry out in the Netherlands or in another country. Then you will start the specialization phase, choosing subjects corresponding to the two available profiles:

  1. Design and Development
  2. Lightweight Structures.

Some of the topics you will see this year are:

  • Performance and propulsion
  • Aircraft systems
  • Preliminary aircraft design
  • Measurement engineering
  • Flight mechanics
  • Materials, composites and composite compounds
  • Optimization of structures
  • Scale structures

Term 1 and Term 2

  • Engineering Internship

Term 3 and Term 4

  • Specialization (part 1)

Fourth grade

In addition to the content of the specialization, you will devote approximately 5 months to your final project.

You will work individually on a project on behalf of a company. You will present the project to professors of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and professionals of the company for which you worked.

Term 1 and Term 2

  • Specialization (part 2)

Term 3 and Term 4

  • Graduation Project

Professional practices

Two very important components of the Aeronautical Engineering program are the internship periods. In the first semester of the second year, you will have your first Practices, which will be short.

In the third year, you will spend at least twenty weeks in a company in the Netherlands or abroad , you have several countries to choose from. You will have new experiences and perform individual tasks. You will work in an engineering or testing department at Fokker, TNO, Airborne, Nayak, KLM, Martinair or Transavia.

Student counseling

To make you feel at home, you will be assigned a student advisor or coach .

In the first year, you will meet with him or her periodically to discuss how you are incorporating into the program and to evacuate any doubts you may have.

The tasks in which you will work will also give you an idea of the professional profile you wish to achieve and the consulting professor will help you choose the specialization and the companies where to carry out the Professional Practices.

Why choose this Aeronautical Engineering program?

Because you will have the opportunity to adapt the program to your own professional interests. This means that you can choose your own subjects and organize your practices, and you can also complete part of it abroad. Another advantage: The Technological University of Delft is next to the campus and you can also use yours, with facilities such as the wind tunnel, a university library, an impressive collection of aircraft components and a fully assembled aircraft.

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Last updated April 6, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
4 years
2,060 EUR
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