TU/e spends a lot of time and energy reviewing and assessing all the applications properly says Karen Ali, director of the Education and Student Service Center (STU). Ali: “The international intake at TU/e has just grown and grown in recent years. Last year TU/e received nearly three thousand applications from foreign students wishing to study here. But among those three thousand is a large group that applies to several universities at the same time.”
According to the director of STU, most Dutch universities introduced an application fee a few years ago ‘to make the percentage of students that really select a particular university as big as possible’. Ali explains: “Their experience reveals that the group of students applying to a number of universities decreased, which allowed all the time and energy to be devoted to the applications of students who would be most likely to really come. This means that at TU/e we can also enable these students to find out sooner whether they have been admitted.”
The hundred euro application fee is purely to help cover processing costs and is not redeemable even if the student is rejected or decides not to come.