Before being accepted as a candidate on the basis of the sent documents, the applicant is invited for an assessment. All costs are taken care of by the program. Assessments take place twice each year for the duration of one week, called the modeling week. There is one in the last week of September and one at the end of March. The applicants are assessed on their mathematical background, mathematical quality and on their communicative and social skills. Together with trainees of the program, a project is carried out for true problem owners so that the applicant, apart from mathematical skills, can show abilities in group work, communication, time planning and presentation.
Immediately after the assessment, an application interview will be conducted by the application committee. This committee consists of three people, being the program director, the coach and the co-ordinator of the orientation selected by the candidate. On the basis of the impressions obtained during the assessment and the application interview, the committee decides whether the candidate is admitted or not. After admission, it takes roughly speaking three months before the documents needed for getting a visa are ready.
If necessary, the program will arrange accommodation for the first six months. The employment is based on a contract between university and trainee. Its duration can be 24 months (1.0 employment) or 28 months (0.85 employment) depending on the decision of the application committee. Trainees of the program Mathematics for Industry are considered employees of the university and not students; TU/e employs them as Assistant-in Training (AIO) and provides them with a corresponding salary.