UTAutumn ChallengeContact & FAQFrequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission & Application

  • How do I apply?

    Please read the following information about the steps in the application procedure carefully: 

    1. Please read the admission requirements and admission process carefully 
    2. Go to the online application form 
    3. Fill out the application form  
    4. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a confirmation email 
    5. After the 15th of September, the admissions committee will review your application and make a decision on admission  
    6. You will be notified via email with a confirmation of your admission to Autumn Challenge 
  • Do I need to provide certification of English language proficiency?

    We expect you to have a good command of the English language (IELTS 6.0, CEFR B2, TOEFL 550 or equivalent) so you can follow the programme, write papers and participate actively in the discussions. We accept a variety of certificates, such as IELTS, TOEFL and other similar tests with a validity of 5 years from the admission date (i.e. certificates acquired in 2015 or later are accepted). For Dutch students, proof of VWO-level English (B2-level) is accepted.

    In case you are participating in an English-taught study programme you may also use your enrolment in that study as proof of language proficiency. If you have doubts about your English level, your certification of your level or more questions regarding the English language proficiency, please contact us at autumn.challenge@utwente.nl. We can help you with this aspect of your application,

  • What is the application deadline of the Autumn Challenge?

    The application deadline is the 15th of September 2021 23:59 (CEST). However, we encourage students to apply as early as possible. 

  • What are the admission requirements?
    • Bachelor students in their second to last or last year and entry-level Master students may apply.
    • The programme is open to enrolled UT students of the University of Twente (UT) as well as students enrolled to ECIU partner universities and strategic partner universities of the UT
    • Admitted learners from the UT, ECIU University and UT strategic partners do not pay a participation fee. 
    • External learners outside these institutions may also apply, however, admitted external learners are subject to a participation fee of 150 EUR.
    • All modules will be offered in English, therefore learners are expected to have a good command of the English language. 
  • I have applied for Autumn Challenge, when will I receive more information?

    After you have applied you will receive a confirmation of application. Thereafter the admissions committee will review your application and you will receive a confirmation of your admission to the programme via email.

    As soon as you have been accepted, you will receive an email confirming your admission along with practical information, the syllabus, a schedule with all the planned activities, as well as an invitation to the Canvas page of the Autumn Challenge with all further information.  

  • How will I know if I am accepted to the programme?

    As soon as you have been accepted, you will receive an email confirming your admission along with practical information, the syllabus, a schedule with all the planned activities, as well as an invitation to the Canvas page of the Autumn Challenge. 

Programme Content, Schedule, Syllabus and Attendance Policy 

  • When will Autumn Challenge start and end?

    The Autumn Challenge starts on the 12th of October 2021 with the kick-off session and lasts until the 13th of January, with a final ceremony scheduled on the 25th and 27th of January 2022.

  • What are the activities within the Autumn Challenge?

    The Autumn Challenges consists of four components: 

    1. Virtual Teams group work: a weekly activity where students can work on their group challenge, their solution and the design of this solution. These sessions are led by the students under the guidance of coaches.
    2. Thematic Lectures: dedicated lectures with activities on a specific thematic/topic, including synchronous lectures, masterclasses and case study presentations by guest lecturers.  
    3. Skills Labs: various synchronous or asynchronous online workshops to provide participants with the practical tools to support their (virtual) group work. These workshops include, but are not limited to, skills related to problem-solving, presentation, design thinking, societal leadership and intercultural collaboration (e.g. workshops on communication, pitching, etc.).    
    4. Cultural activities (not compulsory): activities through which participants will get to know their peers in the programme and gain intercultural and international experiences (e.g. pub quizzes, language cafes, etc.).

    All activities, their exact content and schedule will be confirmed as soon as possible and communicated via email and on the Autumn Challenge Canvas page. 

  • How many (virtual) contact hours does the programme consist of?

    Activities are planned during weekday afternoons. The total duration of the Autumn Challenge is 12 weeks, between the 12th of October 2021 and the 13th of January 2022. 

    The entire workload of the programme amounts to 4 ECTS (European Credits), which is approximately 112 hours (incl. planned activities and individual or team preparation and group work). Students can shape their own education by selecting their course components at the start of the programme.

  • Will the Autumn Challenge programme be offered only online?

    Yes, all activities will be offered online therefore you are expected to have a good internet connection and a laptop to be able to participate in the activities. No physical meetups or travelling of any kind is required for the programme

  • Where can I find the schedule?

    You can find the preliminary schedule here. Before the Autumn Challenge programme starts, you will receive it by email and/or find it on the canvas page. 

  • How can I access reading and or other material for the programme?

    Reading and preparation materials will be provided via the Autumn Challenge Canvas page, to which you will receive access to upon confirmation of your admission. 

  • Do I have to attend all the activities?

    No, The Autumn Challenge provides you with a flexible study load to let you shape your own learning journey. You are expected to join 

    • Kick-off Session;
    • 3 Milestones;
    • Virtual Teams sessions;
    • 4 Thematic Lectures of your choice;
    • 3 mandatory Skills Labs & 1 Skills Lab of your choice
    • Final Ceremony

    Of course, you can join more Skills Labs or Thematic Lectures if you want to, see also the workload & credits. Participation in Cultural Activities is not obligatory, however, it is highly encouraged.  

  • If I cannot attend classes on Tuesday (Thematic Lectures)/Thursday (Skills Labs), can I still join the programme?

    You are expected to be present at

    • Kick-off Session
    • 3 Milestones
    • Virtual Teams sessions;
    • 4 Thematic Lectures of your choice;
    • 3 mandatory Skills Labs & 1 Skills Lab of your choice
    • Final Ceremony

    If you cannot attend any Thematic Lectures/Skills Lab, we don't recommend you to follow the programme.

  • If I cannot attend some classes on Tuesday (Thematic Lectures)/Thursday (Skills Labs) because of another educational programme/my hobbies, can I still join the programme?

    You are expected to be present 

    • Kick-off Session;
    • 3 Milestones;
    • Virtual Teams sessions;
    • 4 Thematic Lectures of your choice;
    • 3 mandatory Skills Labs & 1 Skills Lab of your choice
    • Final Ceremony

    If you cannot attend some Thematic Lectures/Skills Lab, you can still join the Autumn Challenge programme. Before your enrolment, make sure that you can join the min. required number of Thematic Lectures/Skills Lab and you can meaningfully work on the challenge with your team.

  • When does the Virtual Team take place?

    In the first few weeks, we will schedule meeting moments for your teamwork. After that, you are free to schedule them at any slot that fits your team best (mornings, evenings, weekends).

  • What shall I do if I get sick or I am in a difficult personal situation that prevents me from participating in a session?

    This can happen and we understand it. If this is the case, please inform us about it and we will try together with you to find a solution to this situation. You can either let us know via email, WhatsApp or book a consultation moment via YouCanBookMe.

  • When do I need to choose what Skills Labs and Thematic Lectures I want to follow?

    You will be asked to choose those in the first week of the Autumn Challenge.


  • What challenge shall I select?

    This is entirely up to you. When choosing a challenge, consider your personal and professional interests. What topics are you interested in? What skills and knowledge would you like to develop during this programme? Which challenge is most relevant to your community?

  • Can I change the selected challenge after my application?

    Yes, this is possible. In the first Kick-off session, the challenge providers will present their challenges and you will have the possibility to change your preference.

  • What is the role of a challenge provider?

    A challenge provider can be an organisation, individual person who is dealing with a challenge and seeks some answers/outcomes. Throughout the programme, your team will regularly meet with the challenge provider who will provide you with context information, refer you to the right people and co-develops the challenge outcome.

learning path

  • What does it mean that I can choose my own learning path?

    First, you can select one individual learning goal/skill that you would like to develop throughout the programme. Your team coach will try to support you in developing this skill. 

    Secondly, you can attend Skills Labs and Thematic Lectures of your preference based on your interest or skills that you want to develop. Additionally, you can also follow one of the skills development courses on the online learning platform GoodHabitz.

    In your individual reflection report, you will reflect on how successful you were in developing that skill.

  • Can I change my personal learning goal?

    Yes, you can change your personal learning goal until the first week of the programme. After that, your team coach will help you to achieve your goal, therefore, it is not possible to change it throughout the programme.


  • How will the assessment look like?

    You will be assessed based on three components: 

    1. Attendance to and active participation in your chosen study activities (Thematic Lectures and Skills Labs), Virtual Teams and three milestones. Your progress and participation may be assessed via weekly (written or oral reports) during the Virtual Teams meetings or other methods determined by Autumn Challenge and your Virtual Team Coach.  
    2. An individual reflection on your work and development that you must submit to the assessment committee; 
    3. A team reflection on your learning journey throughout the programme
    4. The final team presentation pitch (in whichever form you choose) in front of the assessment committee (delivered digitally). 

    Based on these components you may receive a PASS or FAIL grade for the complete programme. 

  • When will the final assessment/exam moment take place?

    The course work is assessed through three “milestone” moments spread throughout the duration of the program. The final closing ceremony will take place on the 25th and 27th of January 2022


  • How many credits can I receive?

    You receive 4 ECTS when passing the programme. Students may opt to take on a 5 ECTS workload by following additional Thematic Lectures and Skills Labs, by completing an ECIU nano-challenge or following a course on GoodHabitz online learning platform. Students opting for this increased workload will also receive a certificate for 5 ECTS. The Autumn Challenge is primarily an extracurricular activity and therefore recognition of credits is to the discretion of your home institution and the respective Board of Examiners. We strongly advise you to consult your faculty or Study Advisors as to whether your participation to Autumn Challenge may be accounted for in your curricular or extracurricular activities on your diploma.

  • How can I increase the workload to max. 5 ECTS?

    4 ECTS (4*28hours) is a basic workload in the programme. You can follow additional Thematic Lectures and Skills Labs, you can join ECIU nano-challenge/creathon (more info coming soon) or follow a course on GoodHabitz online learning platform.

  • How many additional activities do I need to join for full extra credit?

    1 ECTS reflects 28 hours of work. This means that in order to receive one full extra credit, you need to join activities worth 28 working hours. It is only possible to receive 0,5 ECTS (in total 4.5 ECTS) or 1 ECTS (in total 5 ECTS) on top of the mandatory 4 ECTS. You can partake in the following additional sessions/courses, which should together account for the additional credit you wish to receive. Keep in mind that for the ECIU nano-challenge/creathon and the GoodHabitz courses, you will need to provide a confirmation of your completion of the work.

    • Thematic Lectures: 2 hours per lecture.
    • Skills Lab: 2 hours per workshop.
    • ECIU nano-challenge/creathon: number of hours is still TBD.
    • GoodHabitz: depending on the course, you are awarded with the described number of work hours.
  • How can I assure that the additional workload is recognized by the Autumn Challenge team?

    If you want to follow additional Thematic Lectures and Skills Labs, you can simply register for them. We will keep track of your attendance.

    If you want to join the ECIU creathon, you need to register when the registration opens. You are required to send us proof of participation after successfully completing the challenge.

    The GoodHabitz learning platform will be available for all the Autumn Challenge participants. After completing a GoodHabitz course, we will require proof of successful completion from you (such as, a summary of what you have learned, screenshots, test outcomes).

Payment (only for external learners) 

  • Do I have to pay a participation fee to register for Autumn Challenge?

    Students who are currently enrolled at the UT as well as students enrolled to universities in the ECIU network and UT International Strategic Partners can participate free of charge, on the basis that they are admitted. External learners outside the aforementioned institutions and partners may also apply, however they are subject to a participation fee of 150 EUR, upon confirmation of admission. 

  • How and when should I pay the participation fee if I am an external learner?

    External learners will have to pay the participation fee of 150 EUR via bank transfer as soon as they receive the admission confirmation. We will contact you via email to give you further information on arranging the payment. Payments may be made up to 7 working days after the admission confirmation. 


  • What are the terms and conditions?

    You can see the full list of the Terms and Conditions. Please note that by submitting the application form you declare to have received these regulations and in addition declare yourself in agreement with its contents.