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Automotive Research Semester

Like to learn about automotive or mobility innovation? On an actual work floor? This research semester gives you valuable practical experience. Choose Business Management. Manufacturing. Powertrain. Vehicle Electronics. Vehicle Control. Or Vehicle Technology. Time to get busy!

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The program in a nutshell

Your studies take place Monday through Friday. Mostly on an actual work floor. You take on a real innovation project related to automotive or mobility. All projects are owned by a company/organization in the automotive industry, except for HAN Ecomarathon.

You work in a multidisciplinary project team of students. Together, you define the scope and goal of the project. And execute your project activities in a goal-oriented way. The projects end with a symposium – time for you and your group to present your project results to all the teams and (guest) lecturers.

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Program details

Learning outcomes

During the Automotive Research Semester you'll work on learning outcomes relevant to your chosen specialization:

  • Business Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Powertrain
  • Structural Design
  • Vehicle Electronics & Control
  • Vehicle Technology
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You strengthen these competence areas during all of the programs:

  • Intercultural collaboration
  • Business management skills
  • Manufacturing skills
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Engagement skills 
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Students as partners

Dutch way of learning

The atmosphere in a Dutch classroom is quite informal and your lecturers are easy to talk to. In fact, at HAN you’re seen as a partner in the learning process. Class sizes are small and your lecturers encourage you to actively participate in class. To ask questions and give your own opinion. They also stimulate you to be creative and to discover things for yourself.

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Orientation week

HAN International Intro

Get a good start to your studies during this week of orientation:

  • learn about living in the Netherlands
  • become familiar with the campus
  • get on board with your exchange program
  • make new friends!
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What about credits and grading?

At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard credit system used in higher education across Europe. How does it work? One credit = 28 hours of study. Think of contact hours. Time spent working on assignments. Preparing for exams.

One semester = 30 credits = 840 hours of study. To earn credits, you need to pass your exams. What counts as a pass? A grade of at least 5.5.

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What are the admission requirements? And how do I apply?

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