The great number of water channels and merchant and patrician houses gave Delft a nickname ‘Little Amsterdam’. Delft is more than 750 years old. The city owes its name to the word ‘delving’, digging the oldest canal, the Oude Delft. In 1246, Delft received its city franchise from the Dutch Earl Willem II. Delft flourished and new neighbourhoods were added.
Delft is known for it’s world famous Delftware, Johannes Vermeer and the Delft School and the close relation with the Dutch Royal Family, van Oranje Nassau. Also famous legal scholar Hugo de Groot and the inventor of the microscope Anthony van Leeuwenhoek were some of the honoured residents of this small city.
TU Delft was founded in 1842. With well over 17.000 students in 2010 in 15 bachelor programmes and 35 Master programmes, TU Delft is the largest and most comprehensive university of engineering sciences in The Netherlands. All Master programmes are in the English language.
Delft is not just a city of culture, but also a city of knowledge. Not just because of the University of Technology and TNO, but also because of the many knowledge-based institutes and companies - DSM Gist, the Dutch Normalisation Institute, the Dutch Measuring Institute, Exact Software, Delft Instruments etc.
If you are interested in studying in Delft for a longer period, please check our website: www.tudelft.nl
Enjoy your stay!
Ms Patricia Carrion-Gordon / Mr Ismail Yetim
- ATHENS Team Delft
2.1 Week overview
Saturday 16 March: From 12:00: Arrival to Hostel Jorplace in Delft (http://jorplace.nl/)
Saturday 16 March, afternoon: European Dimension Programme
12:00 - 16:00: Registration at Jorplace in Delft
During the afternoon several walks through Delft will be available to join.
From 17:00: Dinner in Delft In 3 shifts.
Sunday 17 March: Free day
Monday 18 March: 10:00 – 11:30: Campus Tour. Meeting Point at the TU Delft Library (Building 21)
11:30 – 12:15 :Opening Session by the Head of the International Office Elco van Noort at Faculty Industrial Design ,Room Bernd Schierbeek ( Building 32)
12:15 – 12:45: Take away lunch
From 13:00: Lectures start
Monday 18 to Friday 22 March: Four TUD courses are offered.
Friday 22 March: 17:00 - 19:00: Farewell drinks at the Cultural Centrum at TU Delft (Building 38)
Saturday 23 March, morning: Departure of the students
2.2 ATHENS Courses
TU Delft organizes four intensive courses in March 2013, at the Faculties:
1. Faculty of Technology,Policyand Management (Building 31)
2. Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (Building 23)
On Saturday 17 march 2013, from 12.00 to 16.00, the students participating at the ATHENS week are expected for the registration at Jorplace hostel.
3.2 Do’s and Don’ts
Carry your passport with you any time. You must be able to show your ID to the police any time.
Bring your student ID and take it with you! This because some places offer discount for students.
Health and Liability insurance card
Write down your cell phone number on our list upon arrival. It can be useful to contact you if you loose your way.
Be on time for your lectures each morning.
Please comply with the house rules of the accommodation you are staying at.
Fill in the online Course Evaluation after having participated in the course (www.athensprogramme.com).
In TU Delft buildings smoking is prohibited!
Do not leave your luggage unattended at any moment!
3.3 The Dutch Language
Dutch is the official language. In the north-east of the country, in the province of Friesland, a second official language is spoken, Frisian. If you are a foreigner and want to learn something of the language, you have one small problem: everybody speaks English. There are only a few cases where one needs to know Dutch. How-ever, for those of you who would like to learn some Dutch or impress their Dutch friends, we have compiled a list of useful English phrases with their Dutch translations.
Unlike English, in Dutch there is a distinction between addressing your professor or university teacher with ‘YOU’ and your fellow student or friend with ‘YOU’.
The polite form (professors or university teachers) is ‘U’ (below designated by ‘You’, capital Y) and the informal form
(fellow students and friends) or is ‘je’ or ‘jij’ (de-noted by ‘you’). Just take a look at the tables and see for yourself!
Code of Conduct ATHENS Week 17-24 March 2013 I affirm to the International Office of TU Delft that during the Athens week of November 2012, I will behave according to the following rules, in addition to the ATHENS Student Commitment:
I commit myself to using and maintaining the premises in a decent way.
I will not cause nuisance or inconvenience in any way against the rules of the University and the accommodation place in Delft.
I will not arrive late for/or miss any lectures.
I understand that if I do not respect these rules, I will be removed from the course and will consequently loose my accommodation, without any discussion
Delft is a historic town located in the province of South Holland between the larger cities of Den Haag and Rotterdam, the former being the seat of Dutch government and the latter, with Europoort, the largest sea terminal in the world. Delft is nicknamed ‘de Prinsenstad’ (the Princes’ City), because Willem van Oranje, the first in the Dutch royal line, held court in Delft in the 16th century. Other famous historical figures who once lived and worked in Delft are the painter Johannes Vermeer and the inventor of the microscope, Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek. When one looks at the ancient canals lined with merchant’s houses, the old churches and the splendid town hall one sees that Delft’s rich history is still very much alive. At the same time, though, it remains a very modern and vibrant city. Ten percent of its 100,000 inhabitants are students and the university has attracted a large number of technology-oriented companies. For more information about the city, visit http://www.delft.nl/delften/
When you think of Delft, you think of Delftware - and that is no surprise when you consider that Delft ceramics have been an important export product for more than 400 years. In the days of the Dutch East India Company Delft potters came into contact with Chinese porcelain. Soon they tried to imitate the Chinese products, and with success... Delft ceramics became famous all over the world. You can visit one of the factories, Royal Delft, De Delftse Pauw or De Candelaer, to see how the famous Delft blue is actually made.
The Old Church (1246) is the oldest church in Delft. It includes the tombs of Maarten Tromp and Piet Hein and some magnificent stained-glass windows. Much of its interior was lost during the great fire (1536) and the iconoclasms of 1566 and 1572. Only the beautifully decorated pulpit from 1548 survived this bizarre period. The Old Church bell
tower contains two bells. The Trinitas bell (1570) weighs nine tons and is rung only on special occasions, such as the funeral of a member of the Royal Family. Its most recognizable feature is a 75-meter-high brick tower that leans about two meters from the vertical due to subsidence.
The New Church on the beautiful market square includes the tomb of Prince Willem van Oranje and beautifully stained-glass windows. The New Church is best known for its royal crypt in the basement. Some points of interest are the tombs of Willem van Oranje and Hugo de Groot, the Bätz organ and 17 stained-glass windows. You can go up the
108.75 m tall tower to enjoy a spectacular view. In daytime each 15 minutes the chimes ring over the Market place.
A visit to Het Prinsenhof provides a wealth of information about the House of Oranje Nassau. When you visit Het Prinsenhof you can still see the bullet holes in the wall where Prince William van Oranje was killed. This museum presents the story of the Eighty Years’ war with Spain & the role played by the House van Oranje in this battle.
This house has been open as a museum since 1909. The different rooms show the extensive tile collection of Jan Schouten. The museum also contains furniture, woodcarvings, weapons and paintings.
The Army museum brings Dutch military history to life. From prehistoric times through the Age of Chivalry (late
Middle Ages) to two World Wars and the UN peacekeeping missions of the last few years.
The Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of the TU Delft is an oasis of peace, colour, scent and silence. There is a large collection of technical plants on show.
On and near the Markt you will find a rich offer of small specialty shops, boutiques, art shops and galleries. In the ‘Veste’ you will find a large number of the nationally known shopping chains, as well as some Delft own shops.The shops in this new shopping area Zuidpoort opened their doors in March 2005. Their presence will add additional shopping pleasure to shopping in Delft, with stores like Esprit, Hennes & Mauritz and Xenos.
Most shops are open from Monday afternoon to Saturday, and late-night shopping is on Friday. General opening hours: Monday from 13:00 to 18:00 Tuesday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30-18:00, Friday evening to 21:00 Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 Sunday (once a month) shopping from 12:00 to 17:00
5.4 How to use bus, tram and train
Buses to and from the Central station to the Campus are: 121, 69. Busstops Mekelweg relocated to Julianalaan and Prof. Telderslaan.
The OV-chipkaart is a new means of payment for the public transport system in The Netherlands. The OV chipkaart can be used on all public transportation (train, buses, trams, etc); in some areas of the Netherlands like the cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam it is even the only mode of payment. On the website www.ov-chipkaart.nl you can read more about where and how to use it. (OV = Openbaar Vervoer or meaning Public Transport)
5.5 Places to eat
Delft’s historic city centre offers a wide variety of cosy restaurants, lunchrooms, cafés and outdoor cafés. In the evenings you can choose from a wide range of restaurants and cafés. From a small café to a restaurant with Michelin stars, from Italian cuisine to Greek, Spanish, French, Thai, Mexican, Indonesian, Chinese, African, Surinam or Dutch cuisine or simple, but tasty daily specials.
Restaurants in Aula and at the Faculties
Antonio’s (Italian cuisine) Van Bleyswijckstraat 8-c (50% studentdiscount)
• Grand Café The Gallery, Beestenmarket 12, Tel. 015 212 38 30
Next to restaurants there are some student societies where you can eat:
Delftsche Studenten Bond (DSB) Oude Delft 123, Dining opened Mo-Th: 18:00 - 19:30
D.S.V. Sint Jansbrug, Oude Delft 50-52, Dining opened Mo-Th: 17:30 - 19:30
Koornbeurs, Voldersgracht 1, Dining opened Mo-Fr: 17:30 - 19:30
Virgiel - Alcuin, Oude Delft 57, Dining opened Mo-Th: 18:00 - 19:30
5.6 Nightlife and Entertainment
Delft, The Hague and Rotterdam offer plenty of choice for a cultural evening out. For Rotterdam and Den Haag night trains are going during the whole night.
Eetcafé De Ruif, Kerkstraat 23, Social drink on Wednesday for international at 22:00
Jazz café Bebop, Kromstraat 33, Live music on Tuesday evening
Café Tango, Nieuwstraat 2, Very popular bar among students
Bouwpub, Faculty of Architecture, Tuesdays: 16.00-20.00. Thursdays: 17:00 - 20:00
ID-kafee, Faculty of Industrial Design Wednesday: 17:00 - 21:00
6.1 Den Haag
Stroll through many characteristically wide and long streets in this town which is the residence of the Dutch government and the Royal family. Watch the sea or walk along the shore in seaside village, Scheveningen. Compose your own trip to Den Haag.
Take the tram from Den Haag Holland Spoor to Den Haag Central Station or take a tram from Den Haag Holland Spoor directly to your destination.
Take your pick from these elements:
Shopping. Visit the Bijenkorf or the Hema in the city centre or stroll through De Passage, Netherlands‘ oldest shopping centre. The glass-roofed mall is home to many specialist shops with ultramodern appeal. In the Javastraat you can find antique shops, in the Hoogstraat you will find the more exclusive shops.
Walk through the city centre to the Binnenhof. Throughout the ages, ‘Het Binnen¬hof’ has always been the centre of politics in the Netherlands, the place where affairs of state were discussed and still are.
Walk to the Peace Palace, one of the most photographed landmarks of The Hague and take a guided tour to see the Palace’s corridors, Grand Staircase, Small Hall of Justice, Japanese Room, courtyard, as well as the Great Hall of Justice, in which the international Court of Justice holds it’s sessions.
Walk along Lange Voorhout to the Palace museum. This museum is dedicated to the work of Holland’s most famous graphic artist M. C. Escher.
Visit the Mauritshuis
Take tram 17 to the Museum of Photography and the Gemeentemuseum next door, where to watch the exhibitions. Get off at stop gemeentemuseum/museon.
Visit the Netherlands in miniature in Madurodam. Canals, gabled houses and all kinds of other typical Dutch scenes: the miniature city offers you the highlights of the Netherlands on a scale 1:25. Take tram 9 in the direction Scheveningen. Get of at stop Madurodam.
Watch an extra large movie in the Omniversum. Take tram 17 and get of at stop Gemeentemuseum/museon.
Take tram 9 to visit the seaside village Scheveningen. Stroll along the shore or in the dunes, walk on the boulevard to the harbour to eat fried fish, visit SEA life to watch marine life, take a walk on the pier, and/or visit the sculpture museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the sea).
Go to the Tourist Information (Hofweg 1, opposite the Binnenhof, next to Grand Café Dudok) to get other ideas about what to do in Den Haag.
Example of an excursion:
Walk from the Central Station to the city centre to visit the Binnenhof, residence of the Dutch government. Walk from the Binnenhof past the Hofvijver to the Museum Escher in the Palace. After watching the famous graphics of Escher you can walk to the Javastraat to look for some antiques in the small shops. Then take tram 9 to Scheveningen. Eat a ‘herring’ or some fried fish in one of the stalls and take a stroll along the shore toward the harbour.
Stroll through the narrow streets or along the tree-lined canals in Amsterdam’s lively 17th century city centre. You will be delighted to discover an Old World charm complemented by the excitement of a cosmopolitan metropolis. Compose your own trip to Amsterdam. Take the train from Den Haag HS (train station in Den Haag) to Amsterdam Central Station..
Take your pick from these elements:
Walking tour past the Anne-Frank house, the Bartolottihuis, Begijnhof, Rem-brandthouse, Zuiderkerk, Dam square (National Monument, Royal Palace) 4,5 km. 1 hr (see map)
Visit the exhibitions in the Nieuwe Kerk on Dam square.
Walk around the Red Light District and China town (area around Nieuwmarkt),
Take tram 2 or 5 from Amsterdam CS or Dam Square to the Van Gogh Museum. Get off the tram at the Van Baerlestraat stop. (2 hours)
Take tram 2 or 5 from Amsterdam CS or Dam Square to the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition called ‘the Masterpieces’ offers an unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Holland’s “Golden Age” in one place. (1,5 hour) Get of the tram at the Van Baerlestraat stop. (2 hours)
Stroll through the Vondelpark to Leidseplein to have a drink in one of the pubs (1 hour)
Go watch a movie in the famous cinema from the twenties: Tuschinski at the Reguliersbreestraat (2 hours)
Visit the Waterlooplein the bric-a-brac marketplace (2 hours) (not open on Sundays)
Visit Artis, the oldest Zoo in the Netherlands. Take tram 9 or 14, get of at stop Plantage Kerklaan (3 hours)
Take a canal cruise or take a canal bike to explore the canals of Amsterdam (1 hour)
Go to the Tourist Information (Stationsplein 10, in front of Amsterdam Centraal Station, Noord-Zuid Hollands Koffiehuis) to get other ideas about what to do in Amsterdam.
Example of an excursion:
Walk from the Amsterdam Central Station with the map of the suggested route along the canals and major sights. Take a stop to visit the famous Anne-Frank House and continue your trip to Dam Square. Take tram 2 to the Rijksmuseum to visit master-pieces of the Golden Age like the ‘Nightwatch’ by Rembrand. Then walk through the Vondelpark to the Leidscheplein to have a well-deserved drink at one of the many pubs.