University of Twente (UT)

Enschede, Netherlands

No. Students: 8,500
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to University of Twente (UT)

High tech, human touch. This is the motto of the University of Twente (UT). Over 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, developing innovations of real-world relevance and providing inspiring education to more than 9,000 students.

The UT is a leading international research university focusing on both developing technology and assessing the impact of technology on people and society. Illustrating the success of this approach is the fact that in 2011 the UT was ranked for the sixth consecutive year in The Higher Education Ranking (THES) top-200 list of world universities.

A commitment to integrate social and engineering sciences is reflected both in high level teaching and research taking place at the university, and through the innovations brought to the market by over 750 spin-off companies. The academic focus and entrepreneurial orientation of the UT are complimented by the spacious green campus of the institution. Close links are also maintained with industry, business, knowledge centers and partner universities on a regional, national as well as international level.

With degree programmes in fields ranging from behavioural and management sciences to engineering and natural sciences, the UT is a true multi-disciplinary institution. Popular top ranked research areas at the university include nanotechnology, biomedical technology, information technology, governance studies, and energy and high tech systems.
Students from around the world representing over 70 nationalities currently study at the UT. Take a look at the various BSc, MSc and PhD study programmes offered at the University of Twente, find out more about the activities and facilities of the campus, and explore the attractions and amenities of nearby cities like Enschede and Hengelo.

Why UT?

  • High Tech, Human Touch. Integrating social and engineering sciences gives you a unique education programme.
  • High quality research and education. The University of Twente has been named amongst the top 200 research-intensive universities in the world according to numerous prestigious world academic ranking lists. In 2011, the UT was ranked for the sixth year in a row in the The Higher Education Ranking (THES). According to the Leiden Ranking the University of Twente is also the top ranked research university in the Netherlands.
  • Start your own company while still a student. Over 100 start-up firms (including student-run companies) currently operate from the UT campus and over the past two decades close to 750 spin-off companies have emerged from the University . UT students and alumni can receive financial, administrative and legal support for their ventures so you too can start your own company!
  • Continue with a great career in business or research. The UT historically has developed close connections with industry to solve major societal challenges related for example to energy shortage, healthy aging, ICT security and clean water. This has led to strong cooperation with a range of international companies like Boeing, Google, Microsoft, Siemens and Philips. Those companies and many more also employ the 29,000 UT alumni.
    The UT offers extensive possibilities for continuing after finishing your Master of Science (MSc) programme with a PhD project in the Universitys various world class research institutes. In the Netherlands, PhD candidates are generally appointed as staff for four years and get a monthly salary. For vacancies see
  • Unique campus to live and study at the centre of Europe. The University of Twente is the most appreciated Dutch University by international students (according to International Student Barometer). A lush and safe campus, featuring both state of the art IT infrastructure as well as fitness/entertainment/shopping facilities are just some of the key features present at the University of Twente. Years of experience have shown that the international students of the UT are extremely satisfied with the quality of education, living conditions, the institution, and support facilities. In all these areas, the University of Twente has scored higher than the overall satisfaction rate at other Dutch Universities according to international students.

The UT is also centrally located: the campus is situated in the hearth of Europe; less than two hours drive from Amsterdam, four hours from Berlin and 6 hours from Paris.


The University of Twente is an entrepreneurial research university. It was founded in 1961 and offers education and research in areas ranging from public policy studies and applied physics to biomedical technology. The UT is the Netherlands' only campus university.

The UT is an international leading research university that specializes in Technology and Behavioral Sciences. The University of Twente offers more than 30 Masters which are taught in English and focused on a discipline:
Health, Governance, Technology, Behavioral Science and Management.
An academic focus and entrepreneurial affinity go hand in hand on the green Campus. Close links are maintained with industry, business, knowledge centers and partner universities, regional, national as well as international. Students of more than 70 nationalities are currently studying at the UT. Have a look at our masters and tracks and find out more to discover also our modern city and several student facilities for a varied and unforgettable time.


All Master of Science and Bachelor of Science programmes at the University of Twente are NVAO accredited.

NVAO(in Dutch:Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie) is the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. The organisation was established by international treaty and it ensures the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.


Theres always a lot happening on our wonderful green campus. Its a lively, inspiring environment for 8,500 students and 3,000 employees. More than 2000 students live on our campus.

Our accommodation and sports and cultural facilities are unique and we host events such as the world's largest student think tank, Create Tomorrow. The largest student sports event in the Netherlands, the Batavieren Race, is also one of the legends of the Twente campus. The campus at Twente makes an ideal living environment - it's a hive of activity and a truly inspirational place to be!

Housing service International Office

International Office/Housing helps international students, scholars, and other visitors who are associated with the University of Twente, in finding accommodation by coordinating supply and demand.For more information see the international students website.

Acasa - living on campus

If you live close to the Netherlands (for example Germany) you can arrange your accomodation yourself. On the Acasa website you can find more information about student accomodation you can rent. Acasa accomodation is mainly located on the campus, a limited number of rooms is located in Enschede.

Student life

The Student Union Welcome at the portal that informs you about the Student Union. We are an organization that is in close contact to numerous parties varying from the smallest student association to the executive board of the university. Our goal is to let your student days be both good fun and stimulating. By means of several alliances we create as many opportunities as possible for both associations and individual students. If you feel like organizing an event or starting an enterprise we can, for instance, help you with finding the right contacts or a cheap office space. We also give various subsidies and we have a sponsorship fund for interesting projects.
To make your student days even more exciting and to offer opportunities to enhance yourself, we also organize events ourselves. Every year we start with a major party by means of the Kick-In, a committee that we are very proud of. Furthermore, we bi-annually organize the largest student think tank of the world: Create Tomorrow. Besides we also operate the UnionShop, to purchase all of your study materials, and the Xtra-Card, accessing you to a wide range of low-priced sports and culture facilities. All of these activities and facilities are a definite must for a great time!

Moreover, we ensure that you get to know the right people, are able to express your opinion, or strive for gaining some extra skills. We organize a drink with the rector several times a year. Here you can discuss various topics with your fellow students and, obviously, the rector. We also provide trainings and hand out prices and certificates to students who want to extend their skills. You could, for instance, receive an activism recognition as an extension to your degree, when you did a full-time board function for your association.
In short: whatever type of student you are, the Student Union helps you to optimally experience your student days here!

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