Internship and Exchange


An internship of 15 ECTS can be included in the master program. The goal of an Internship is for the student to gain experience in the future work field. It can be carried out in academia or in industry, in the Netherlands or abroad.

The General rules are:

  • the Internship can be done externally (at a company or other university) or internally (at TU/e)
  • the study load is 15 ECTS, corresponding to ca 420 hours of study
  • for all IST and DSiE students, and for CSE students who are following the curriculum of Academic Year 2020 or earlier, the Internship fits under the “free electives” part of the study program. For CSE students following the curriculum of 2021 or later, the internship falls under “specialization electives.”
  • the Internship should fit in the study program and it should contribute to the learning outcomes of the Master’s degree program
  • it is supervised by an academic staff member at TU/e, called an internship supervisor. This ensures that the internship meets academic criteria
  • approval for an internship is asked in advance via both
    • the 'Internship plan'  form. (see “forms” tab)
    • a request stating what is to be accomplished in the internship and why it contributes to your study program (turned in with the Internship plan form)

Students can use an Internship abroad to gain international experience (see up-to-date Covid regulations for exchange possibilities)

An internship that is additional to the master program (15 ECTS on top of the standard 120 ECTS) is allowed and will be mentioned on your course list/transcript if it meets all other internship requirements. Such an internship can also serve as the professional development component of the Honors Academy.

General questions about internships in your study program can be directed to


Students who have no (or insufficient) international experience are encouraged to obtain international experience worth at least 15 ECTS. The international experience can be made up of courses, research,  internships, or the graduation project. International experience it not required.

Students should check the most up-to-date Covid regulations from the TU/e to see what is possible regarding exchange.

The scheduling of a student’s international experience depends on their master program, prescribed homologation courses (if applicable), as well as the availability of the local supervisor and a supervisor/contact person at the host institution (if the student is doing an internship or graduation project abroad). Under regular circumstances, the first quartile of the second year might be the most appropriate. For an internship, starting in the summer might be most appropriate because then the internship will end before the start of the second quartile.

International exchange will give the students the possibility to:

- Get experience working outside the home university and learn how international organizations work

- Interact with and understand different cultures, languages, habits

- Start an international network including young, and highly educated colleagues abroad

Questions about exchange can be directed to

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Want to know more? Contact International Office at 040 - 247 4747 or via the contact form below.