Study Tour Ascend takes place for three weeks in September 2024. As preparation, participants will conduct research and do an internship at a company. During the trip, several educational institutes and companies will be visited. Afterwards, participants get European Credits (ECs) for their efforts and experiences!

Participant timeline

Until December 1
Apply for the study tour

You can apply for the study tour until the 1st of December. You can apply using this link or by e-mailing us at Do you have any personal questions about applying? Don't hesitate to contact us at!

December 1 until 31
Participant selection

The committee will conduct interviews with all applicants and decide the final participants for the study tour.

Q3 or Q4 of 2023-2024
Theme research

All participants will conduct a theme research, which is comparable to a small version of the bachelor thesis. This thesis has to align with one of the tracks below.

Summer holiday
Can also be done in Q3 or Q4 of 2023-2024
Contract research

To make the study tour financially feasible, the participants will be matched with companies to do a work assignment of 120 to 160 hours.

Q1 of 2024-2025
First three weeks
Tour preparation

Since the study tour is a recognized study course, participants will make several assignments focused on various aspects of the tour destinations.

Q1 of 2024-2025
Study Tour

The time has finally come for the study tour itself. Participants will have an amazing three weeks of travel to visit companies and educational institutes. Every day, two participants will write a blog about the day.

Q1 of 2024-2025

During and after the tour, every participant will write and finalize a short report about one of the companies and educational institutes visited. This is also done in pairs of participants.



Just as human progress has relied on effective communication, our smart devices are increasingly reliant on robust networks. As we transition into a world of even greater interconnectivity, the demand for secure, stable, and high-speed networks becomes more and more important.

Big Data & Machine Learning

In the world of interconnected technologies, we encounter large and complex datasets everywhere. The challenge we face today is how to extract valuable information from these datasets. This is a major issue in the field of information technology. This task is crucial for fields like understanding human behaviour and deep learning, which are essential for the development of interconnected technologies.

Cyber Security

As systems become more complex, so are the security challenges they will pose. These challenges are particularly important in the context of interconnected technologies, with a particular focus on the protection of high-risk infrastructure such as traffic control systems and automated vehicles. To navigate this complicated landscape of interconnected technologies, cyber-security is essential to address these evolving security challenges and ensure the robustness and resilience of the interconnected systems.

Embedded System

Devices are continuously becoming smaller and more capable of performing complex tasks, drawing us closer to a scenario reminiscent of smart dust. Nevertheless, this evolution introduces a host of challenges, like ensuring their dependability and reliability when these devices are seamlessly integrated.

Multi-Agent Systems

In the domain of interconnected technologies, we witness the emergence of advanced systems that rely on self-governing agents. These self-governing agents, although independent in their functionality, must harmoniously collaborate to accomplish their objectives. The study of these multi-agent systems is currently a prominent and dynamic area of research, holding the potential to serve as the fundamental building blocks of interconnected technologies that will shape our future.

Technology Acceptance

In the world of interconnected technologies, accepting and embracing technology is crucial. This goes beyond how people use technology and also involves dealing with legal and ethical issues that can arise when new technologies are introduced. Understanding and addressing these various aspects of technology acceptance is vital as we navigate the complex world of interconnected technologies.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will the Study Tour cost me?

Every participant pays a participation fee. It will be between 1000 and 2000 euros. Last year it was 1000 euros, but due to price changes we can no longer guarantee that option. In addition, every participant will do a Contract Research assignment for 120 hours at a company, which will provide the rest of the funds needed. Some companies also offer 160 hours worth of research, in which case the participant contribution is lowered. However, in practice, this doesn’t happen often. Furthermore, the Study Tour is all-inclusive, which means that you have paid for all the business and cultural activities, as well as the meals for each day of the tour.

Contract research

Where will my Contract Research take place?

We try to find companies that are close by for the participants to work. However, you may be required to travel a little in order to get to the company. If this is the case, we will discuss this with you beforehand. If you don’t want to travel, we will take this into consideration when choosing a Contract Research assignment for you.

If I work at a company already that is willing to arrange such an assignment for me, is that possible?

Yes, this is possible. If the company is willing to pay the agreed fee, you can do the Contract Research at that company. If you want to do this, please email

When will I do my Contract Research?

Most participants will do their Contract Research over the summer holiday. If you desire to do this in the third or fourth quartile, and we have a company that is willing to accommodate this, you can also do it earlier.


Are you able to do the Study Tour in your master, even when the Theme Course will be during your bachelor?
Yes it is! As you will be receiving your grade in Q1 of your masters, you will get the 10 EC for your masters.
During the fourth quartile, I am doing my Research Project for the bachelor. Is it possible to combine this with the Theme Course research of the Study Tour?

Yes, but you will have to arrange this with your supervisor, and they must agree that you will be doing the research for 17 EC in total. Also notify us of this, so we can take it into account in any deadlines we have to impose.

How much time will the Theme Course cost me?

The Theme Course is a course of 7 EC, which means it will take you approximately 196 hours. Spread over twenty weeks, this means you’re expected to put in about ten hours per week.

Study Tour

What is expected of me during the Study Tour itself?
During the tour, every participant is expected to make a report on one or more of the companies we will visit. This report is partly constructed in the first three weeks of the quartile (before we are on the tour), and is completed after the visit itself. During the visit, you are expected to take notes and write down questions and answers, which will be used to complete the report.
Are we allowed free time during the Study Tour?

Yes. Most evenings have no fixed programme, and sometimes you have the morning or the afternoon free as well. However, note that you are expected to participate in every visit that takes place, so keep that in mind when planning your activities.


Is there a possibility of travelling after the Study Tour has finished?
Yes. After the Study Tour, there are still 3 weeks left in the quartile where you would be able to travel. The traveling agency we are working with will try their best to help you with planning this trip if needed.
Is there anything expected of the participants in the last three weeks of the quartile?

You only have to finalize the company report, which should not take too much time.


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