Summa International Engineering - English

"Science is about knowing, engineering is about doing."

logical thinking
plan - organize
technical insight
As an engineer you will be diving into the technical development, design and construction of products and systems.

International opportunities
Do you wish to work abroad or for an international company? This English-taught programme prepares you for a wide variety of opportunities. The programme is entirely in English, including an internship at an internationally oriented company in the Netherlands, and abroad at a later stage.

Realistic company assignments
You will be working on assignments from (international) companies, combined with teaching material from disciplines such as mechatronics, mechanical engineering and product development. The focus is on technical and methodical design.

More than just engineering
Besides gaining broad knowledge in the field of engineering, you will also be stimulated to develop general skills: everything you need to be well prepared to conquer the international labour market. In addition, you are optimally prepared for further training at higher vocational education (hbo).


As a technical engineer you will do a variety of work. You solve engineering problems in several technical surroundings. You have a broad knowledge and skills to be successful at your work. Your main tasks will be: problem analysis, research, solving technical problems, prototyping, testing and improving, professional communication.

Possible further education
After graduation, you can move on to various English-taught higher vocational education courses (hbo)

This is a broad engineering course which focusses on the many different tasks of an technical engineer. The course is built around the principles of “the seven steps of problem-solving” and “system thinking”.

The course consists of projects. In each project a realistic problem is solved. The lessons will help you to solve these problems. You will have guest lecturers from the experts in the world of engineering.

Internships will be followed at internationally oriented companies in the Netherlands and - further on in course - abroad. Each year of study usually consists of four lesson periods (3 projects, 1 internship).


One of the required subjects in this programme is Dutch. In order to obtain your diploma, you have to pass the exams Dutch (required level is 3F, this is a requirement by Dutch law).

If you do not have any knowledge of Dutch, this can be very challenging. Therefore we advise you to speak to one of our teachers about this before you register as a student.

The statutory tuition fees for the school year 2024-2025 are €1,419. Check for possible study grants. 

Books, software licenses and work material package 
An overview of the total costs for the coming school year can be found centrally at no later than July 1st each year. Summa College determines the specifications, but you can choose where you buy the educational materials.

Important note: This course is completely developed by teachers and experts. Therefore, we do not have a standard list of study books. Instead the teachers are able to ask each student to buy supportive content or software licenses, which will be used for the projects, up to an amount of €500.- euros per student.

This course requires students to have a laptop at their disposal. Please make sure your laptop has the correct specifications, which you can download here.

Additional activities and facilities 
In addition to the costs for the equipment and materials, additional activities and facilities may be offered, such as company visits and excursions in the Netherlands and abroad. These activities and facilities have an added value, but are voluntary and not necessary for following the course and obtaining a diploma. These additional activities and facilities will be announced on this page as soon as possible. The indication of 1st yearly costs for this is € 500.-

You have to take class at four electives. These electives allow you to broaden or deepen your craftsmanship or prepare you to move on to a higher level. Each elective has an exam. The contents of the elective modules are determined by the school in consultation with the work field. The modules are currently under development and the offer may still change.

To be accepted for this course you need:

  • pre-vocational secondary education certificate theoretical course or;
  • bilingual secondary education certificate.

Additional pre-education demands: Math and science are highly recommended.

The course is also suitable for foreign students (whether or not currently living in the Netherlands) with a comparable level of education. In order to follow this course successfully, a good command of the English language is necessary.

Please be welcome Sunday November 12 or Sunday January 28 during the open day of Summa College. Come and enjoy the atmosphere, the buildings and talk to teachers and students.

What can you expect?

  • Lecturers are available to answer all your questions.
  • Talk to the students. They are happy to tell you about their experiences at Summa College.
  • Get well informed during information presentations.
  • Taste the atmosphere! What do you think of the building, the canteen, the teachers and students? Can you see yourself learning here?
  • Get to know the MBO. What levels and learning paths are there ?
  • Demonstrations or activities are organized at a number of courses.
  • Sometimes even the business community is present. Maybe you will get to know your future internship!


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