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  • Locations: Enschede, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E3 
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Construction Management, Electrical, Environmental & Energy Managment, Industrial Design, Industrial Management, Information Technology, Mathematical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology, Systems, Telematics
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:

University of Twente 

University Info

Schools of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Technology
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Management and Social sSiences

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

International Office


The University of Twente offers research and degree programs in the social and behavioral sciences and in engineering. The University of Twente, while relatively small-scale, is one of the world’s leading universities which is reflected in the university’s top 200 ranking. Our tagline, ‘High Tech, Human Touch’, reflects how our students and faculty members engage not only in developing pioneering technologies, but also in combining them with behavioral research, social sciences and economics.
Education at the University of Twente revolves around several core principles: a multidisciplinary, project-based approach, student-driven learning in which the needs of the student are the focus, and peer-based learning in which the learning environment is more natural and where students learn from each other.
The campus of the University of Twente is where students and staff live, work and study. All education and research buildings of the university are grouped together on an area of approximately 1 km wide and 1.5 km long (approx. 0,5 mile x 1 mile) at the west side of the city of Enschede. The campus is basically one huge green spot and home to several shops, sport & cultural clubs, cafés, and restaurants, only 15 min away from the city center by bike.
The University of Twente seeks to improve knowledge transfer and was voted no. 1 Dutch university in this area: recognizing the university’s ability to create economic and social value from scientific knowledge. Strong ties with businesses and focus on entrepreneurial education, as well as encouragement and support of local start-ups and spin-offs, have created an atmosphere of a business incubator at the University of Twente.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate students accepted: Yes
  • Graduate students accepted: Yes
  • Computer Science majors accepted: Yes


Fall, Spring or Academic Year

Summer Program - CuriousU Summer School

This summer program is available to Global E3 students as a fee-paying program and is not administered by IIE as part of the Global E3 program. For more information, please visit the summer program information sheet or the program website or contact the university directly.


English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores (TOEFL, IELTS):

  • Minimum TOEFL score: 80 (internet-based test)
  • Minimum IELTS overall Band score: 6.0
  • Minimum TOEIC score: 790 (containing both the modules 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading')
  • Cambridge CPE or CAE (A, B or C)
You are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency if:
  • you are a national from Australia, Canada (English-speaking territories), Denmark, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, OK or USA
  • or if your program at the UT consists exclusively of laboratory research that is graded by your home institution only.

Disciplines Available

  • Advanced Technology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Management
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management and Engineering
  • Creative Technology
  • Educational Science and Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • European Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Media Interaction
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Science Education and Communication
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Systems and Control
  • Telematics

Additional application materials?

To start your application procedure you will need to submit following documents digitally:

  • An original transcript of records in English; outlining completed courses and results obtained during your Bachelor, Master or other previous education.
  • A valid international passport (all pages of your passport, including the blank ones)

When will students receive their acceptance package?

After the application deadline, submitted documents will be assessed and processed by the faculty coordinators to decide upon admission. Students will be informed about their acceptance by email as soon as the process is completed.


Semester Dates

  • Fall: 1 September - 31 January
  • Spring: 1 February - 30 June

Academic Calendar 

Course Contents

Course Descriptions

Workload per semester

The full-time workload is 30 ECTS credits per semester (1 ECTS ~ 28 hours study load). Depending on the courses/projects you choose, the actual workload may be different.

Grading System

Grade Meaning
10 Outstanding
9 Very good
8 Good
7 More than satisfactory
6 Satisfactory
5 Almost satisfactory
4 Unsatisfactory
3 Very unsatisfactory
2 Poor
1 Very poor

Academic Transcripts

After completion of an exchange program, students receive Transcript of Records containing the results of their academic merits.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Exchange students can apply for furnished on- and off-campus accommodation mediated by the International Office of the University of Twente, which is attributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Besides mediated furnished on- and off-campus accommodation, students can choose to live in one of the countless shared houses or shared apartments all over the city.


Entry Visa

The International Office of the University of Twente takes care of the visa application process. They coordinate all applications and extensions for (entry) visas and residence permits. If you require an entry visa or residence permit you will be contacted by email outlining all necessary procedures after you have been admitted. Provided you supply all necessary documents in time, application procedures will take about 3-5 weeks.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

You will be guided by International Office in arranging health and liability insurance before arrival.


When should I arrive?

The UT organizes an introduction period for new (international) students before the start of every Fall (Sept) and Spring semester (Feb) called “Kick-In”. During these days you will meet your fellow students and get to know Enschede and the UT campus. The UT will also help you arrange formalities like formal university registration and first steps towards registration at the municipality of Enschede. If you have been accepted by the UT you will be personally invited for the introduction days for international students. “Kick-In” starts about a full week prior to the start of the semester.

Is airport reception available?

Upon arrival at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you may use UTwente free airport pick-up service: Through cooperation of “Kick-In” and ESN, the Erasmus Student Network, we will pick you up at the airport and will join you on your way to Enschede. Would you like to use this service? Keep close track of the communication from the Kick-In organizing committee to sign up.

Is there any bank on campus?

Yes there is.


Estimated Cost of Living


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

International Office



The city of Enschede lies in the eastern part of the Netherlands, a few kilometers from the Dutch-German border, 170 km (100 miles) away from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. With about 160,000 inhabitants, Enschede is the largest city of the eastern Netherlands.
Enschede just wouldn’t be the same without its students. The city is home to University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, a conservatory, a pop academy and an art academy. The diversity of students from different fields creates a vibrating and energetic group, organizing a wide variety of events throughout the year.
Enschede offers also a wide range of interesting cultural events, as well as shopping opportunities with shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs centered around de Oude Markt (Old Market Square).
Enschede is also one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands. Sun seekers, watersport fans, nature lovers and anyone who wants to escape his/her daily routine can head for Lake Rutbeek or one of the many parks for recreation. For rainy Sundays, the amusement park Go Planet offers many different indoor leisure time activities, like bowling, go-cart racing or diving, to enjoy.

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The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.