Student life

The institute attaches great importance to personal contact and social interaction and staff and students act informally towards each other. IHE Delft offers an extensive social cultural programme and various sports facilities. Many activities are organized together with students.

A unique place to be

IHE Delft is relatively small compared to universities in the Netherlands, and it is specialized in the field of water. Literally all cultures, countries, religions and beliefs you can imagine are gathered here under one roof. Consequently, our students do not only gain and share study related knowledge, but get to broaden their perspective on the wonders of each other's cultures as well.

Feel at home in the heart of Europe

The institute attaches great importance to personal contact and social interaction and staff and students act informally towards each other. From the moment our students arrive, much effort is put in creating a social network to support you. IHE Delft courses can justifiably be called intensive, with a heavy workload. With such a heavy programme it is important that extra-curricular activities are organized, during which the study can be put aside, and during which participants can enjoy themselves and relax. For this reason, IHE Delft offers an extensive social cultural programme and various sports facilities. Many activities are organized together with students. IHE Delft’s Student and Education Affairs Department offers all the services and information that new students will need in order to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.

Social and cultural activities

According to many alumni, the IHE Delft social and cultural programme offers many unforgettable events. The social calendar starts with the official opening of the academic year. During the year, many other events are organized, such as:

  • a sightseeing tour of Delft and a canal ride;
  • the introductory programme after the first week of the course;
  • international social evenings, with performances from participants, music and dancing afterwards;
  • the weekly movie night at IHE Delft auditorium;
  • the traditional Christmas Dinner;
  • excursions to European cities such as Paris, Berlin, Prague,  Antwerp, Brussels;
  • and several one day excursions to the most prominent attractions in the Netherlands.

Sports

From October to April, IHE Delft arranges free facilities to actively practise a number of sports, such as indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton on a regular basis. Staff members and students volunteer as coaches for these sports. Every year, IHE Delft aims to organize some sporting competitions for students. One main annual event is the ‘International Education Sports Day’ when teams from different institutes for international education compete.

Meet the Dutch

IHE Delft has a unique ‘Meet the Dutch’ programme that aims to encourage cultural exchanges. This volunteer programme matches participants studying at the Institute to the local inhabitants of Delft and its surroundings. Read more here.

Housing

Our institute IHE Delft is situated in Delft, which is one of the student cities in the Netherlands. Because it is quite difficult to find accommodation in student cities yourself, IHE Delft has obtained student accommodation for all participants in our IHE Delft programmes throughout the year.

Over 350 units of fully furnished accommodation, including linen sets, internet and television are available in different hostels in Delft . The availability, allocation and maintenance of the rooms are arranged by DUWO, the Delft student housing corporation. Most of the units are single rooms, with shared sanitary and cooking facilities. DUWO also offers a limited number of single rooms with private sanitary and cooking facilities.

Student Association Board

During the academic year 1988/89 the first steps were taken to establish a Student Association of which all IHE Delft course participants are members. The objectives of the IHE Delft Student Association Board are the following:

  • to represent the Institute's MSc students in all IHE Delft related matters;
  • and to discuss views and suggestions on course matters and the welfare of the students with the IHE Delft management.

All IHE Delft students who follow courses with a minimum duration of 6 months will become member of this Association. All members have the right to elect their representatives and to participate in all activities organized by the Association. Interaction between the different programmes is very important. The SAB may play an essential role in this respect. Participants of the different courses probably have similar experiences, which they would like to share with each other. The SAB provides a body through which they can channel their experiences and problems.

Delft survival guide

Delta, the independant news paper of the TU Delft has issued a survival guide for new students coming to live and study in Delft. The first section, Life on campus, is about the TU Delft specifically, but all other information is useful for IHE Delft students as well.

Download the survival guide here