Cookies & Cookie policy

We use cookies on this website. A cookie is a simple, small file that piggybacks on pages of this website and/or Flash applications and is saved to the hard drive of your computer by your browser. The information saved in that file can be sent back to our servers on subsequent visits. These cookies are in no way harmful to your computer.

The websites of the University of Twente use the following cookies:

First-party cookies:

  • Google Analytics (tracking cookies)
  • Functional and technical cookies (session cookies)
  • Other: cookie control cookies

Third-party cookies:

  • Advertisement programmes
  • Social Media

Read more about the individual cookies below. In chapter 3 you can read more about how you can switch cookies on or off.

1 First party cookies

1.1 Google Analytics (tracking cookies)

A cookie from the Google company is placed through the website as part of the "Analytics" service. We use this service to acquire data and reports about how visitors are using the website. Google can provide this information to third parties in case Google is legally obligated to do so, or if third parties process the information on behalf of Google. We can in no way influence these actions. We have not allowed Google to use the obtained Analytics information for other Google services.

The information collected by Google is anonymized as much as possible. Your IP address is expressly not provided. The information is transferred to Google and saved on their servers in the United States. Google states they will adhere to the Safe Harbor principles, and they are certified under the Safe Harbor programme of the American Ministry of Trade. This means they have an appropriate level of protection for processing any possible personal information.You can read more about 'Google Analytics' here. (

If you do not want 'Google Analytics' to be used, you can download and install the 'Google Analytics Opt-out Browser add-on' for your web browser. You can download the add-on from the Google site. (

1.3 Functional and technical cookies (necessary cookies)

Technical cookies are cookies which are necessary to let the website(s) of the University of Twente function properly, to create an account, to log in and to detect possible fraud with your account. Functional cookies remember your preferences, for example when requesting a brochure, ensuring that you will not have to fill in your information again the next time you request one.

1.3 Other: cookie control cookies

These cookies are placed in order to remember your preferences with regard to cookies. These cookies are necessary to know whether you give permission to save the following cookies to your system:

  • Google Analytics (statistics)
  • Cookies from advertisement programmes
  • Social Media cookies

2 Third party cookies

2.1 Tracking cookies for relevant advertisements

You agree with our cookie policy if you use our website or have implicitly given permission, unless you change your settings (more on that in chapter 3). After your agreement/permission, other parties will save 'tracking cookies' to your system in order to better match advertisements to your preferences. They use these cookies to keep track of the websites you visit outside their network, in order to create a profile of your online browsing behaviour. This profile is partly constructed on the basis of comparable information that they receive from your visits to other websites in their network. This profile will not be linked to your name, address, e-mail address and the like as known by us, but only serves to match advertisements to your profile to ensure that the adverts are relevant to you as much as possible.

2.2 Social Media

Our website contains buttons in order to promote ("like") or share ("tweet") web pages on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. These buttons work by means of pieces of code that come from Facebook or Twitter, respectively. Cookies are placed through this code. We can in no way influence these actions. Read the privacy statements of Facebook or Twitter (these can change regularly) in order to learn what they will do with the (personal) information gathered and processed through these cookies.

The information they collect is anonymized as much as possible. The information is transferred to and by Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn and saved on servers in the United States. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ state they will adhere to the Safe Harbor principles and they are certified under the Safe Harbor programme of the American Ministry of Trade. This means they have an appropriate level of protection for processing any possible personal information.

3 Switching cookies on and off and deleting them

Do you want to switch your cookies on or off - or change your settings? You can do this through your browser settings (for example, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome). More information about switching your cookies on and off or deleting them can be found in the instructions and/or with the help of your browser's Help function. These vary per browser. You can choose to activate the 'do not track' functionality in your browser.

Deleting and accepting tracking cookies and third-party cookies:

Some tracking cookies are placed by third parties who, amongst other things, use our website to show you relevant advertisements that match your preferences. You can centrally delete these cookies through Your Online Choices to ensure that they won't be replaced when visiting a third-party website.

You can state through your browser settings if and, if yes, which cookies you will accept. Where these settings can be found varies per browser. You can use the Help function of your browser to find their exact location and method.

Refusing specific cookies:

If you refuse (specific) cookies, it may be that you will not be able to make full use of the functionalities of our websites. For that matter, refusing cookies does not mean that you will no longer see any advertisements. You will still see advertisements in your browser, but these adverts will not be matched to your wishes and preferences.

Information about cookies

You can find more information on cookies on the website Your Online Choices.

Please contact us if you have any questions concerning de websites of the University of Twente.