University of Twente (UT)

High tech, human touch. That is the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,600 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Kennispark Twente.



The University of Twente, which at its founding in 1961 was still called the Twente Technological University of Applied Sciences, managed to distinguish itself early on by integrating technology with social sciences. In the summer of 1986 the Twente Technological University of Applied Sciences received her current name: University of Twente. In 2011 the University celebrated her 50th Dies Natalis.


The University of twente offers bachelor's and master's programmes. Studying at the University of Twente means enterprising studying. 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 in which students learn from each other.

Technical, behavioural and social sciences come together at the University of Twente. As a student you are concerned with relevant issues at the interface of technology and society, including sustainability, energy, health and safety.


The UT has powerful research institutes that focus on nanotechnology, ICT, biomedical technology and technical medicine, governance & behavioural sciences and geo-information sciences and earth observation. The University of Twente is attractive due to the high-value research environment it offers and the opportunities for both senior and junior scientists.

Our strength lies in our capacity to combine. We are working on future technologies including: ICT, biotechnology and nanotechnology for which behavioural and social science research are essential. After all, the most interesting and relevant innovations take place at the cutting edge of these technologies and their impact on humanity and societies.


Student services

Admitted international BSc, MSc and Exchange students are assisted by International Office in arranging their visa application, accommodation and other formalities. International Office also supports international students during their entire study period at the UT, even before arrival.

Housing services

There are approximately 2,000 students living in student residences on the campus. International Office is the linking pin between local housing providers and admitted international UT students, employees, and guests. We mediate for furnished on- and off-campus accommodation.

Library services

The University of Twente library offers more than 500 study places, more than 40 project areas, an extensive catalogue of textbooks and articles, and guidance for study / research related activities.

ICT services

The University of Twente offers fast WiFi on campus. Students receive an email account during their study period.

Medical services

The University of Twente offers general medical services on campus, including emergency service, a general practitioner, dentist and physiotherapist.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Twente is the only true campus university of the Netherlands and provides an academic and social setting in which you can quickly become an active member of a thriving community.

All education and research buildings can be found on campus. Next to that, the campus has student residences and staff accommodation, sports fields, shops, conference and meeting centres, a pub and a library. In short: it has everything a university needs.

Sports facilities

The University of Twente has welcomed and embraced a diversification of sports over the years. As a result, we currently have almost forty different sports clubs for you to get involved with. From wall climbing to survival, from soccer to water polo, there is a variety of different sports to choose from.

As a member of a sports club or as an individual athlete you can make use of the many sports fields located on Campus.

Student clubs

The many UT associations organise events and activities throughout the entire year for all UT students. Becoming a member of an association often comes with benefits such as reduced ticket prices for events and special offers. The UT has study, cultural and sports associations.


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.