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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. Between 2-4 weeks after your application 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, 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 validity of 5 years from the admission date ( i.e. certificates acquired in 2015 or later are accepted). For Dutch students, a proof of VWO- level English (B2-level) is accepted.

    In case you are participating in an English-taught programme you may also use your enrolment in that study as proof of language proficiency. If you have doubts about your English level or more questions regarding the English language proficiency, please contact us at

  • What is the application deadline of the Autumn Challenge?

    The application deadline is 15 September, 2020, 23:59 (CEST). However, we encourage students to apply as early as possible. 

  • What are the admission requirements?
    • Bachelor’s students in their second to last or last year and entry level Master’s 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 will 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 access to canvas.  

  • 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 access to canvas

Programme Content, Schedule, Syllabus and Attendance Policy 

  • When will Autumn Challenge start?

    Autumn Challenge will start on the 1st of October 2020 with the introduction session. 

  • When will Autumn Challenge end?

    Autumn Challenge will have its last planned activity before or on the 20th of December 2020. The assessment moment is scheduled on the 12th and 14th of January 2021. 

  • What are the activities within the Autumn Challenge?

    Autumn Challenges consists of four components: 

    1. Virtual Teams group work: weekly activity where students can work on their assigned challenge, the solution and the design of this solution. These sessions are led by the students under the guidance of a coach.
    2. Thematic weekends: dedicated weekends with activities on a specific thematic/topic, including synchronous lectures, masterclasses and case study presentations by guest lecturers. There are in total five thematic weekends, all covering a theme related to resilient communities for healthy living.  
    3. Skills Labs: various synchronous or asynchronous online workshops to provide participants with the tools to support (virtual) group work. These workshops include, but are not limited to, skills related to problem solving, presentation, design thinking, societal leadership and cross-cultural collaboration.  (e.g. workshop on communication, making a presentation, etc).    
    4. Cultural activities (not compulsory): activities through which participants will get to learn and understand the cultures of the participating universities (e.g. virtual city tours, 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 and some also in the weekends. The total duration of Autumn Challenge is 12 weeks, between the 1st of October and the 20th of December 2020, with the assessment moments planned on the 12th-14th of January 2021.

    The entire programme's workload amounts to 5 ECTS (European Credits), which is approximately 140 hours (incl. planned activities and individual or team preparation and group work). 

  • Will the Autumn Challenge programme be offered only online?

    Yes, Autumn Challenge will be offered completely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All activities will be offered online therefore you are expected to have a good internet connection and a laptop to be able to participate to the activities. No physical meetups or travelling of any kind is required for the programme

  • Where can I find the schedule?

    Once the schedule is confirmed, you will receive it by email and/or find it on the canvas page. In due course, we will also be uploading parts of the schedule on the website. 

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

    Reading and preparation materials will be provided via a Canvas page, to which you will be registered upon confirmation of your admission. 

  • Do I have to attend all the activities?

    You are required to attend all the compulsory components of the programme which includes the Virtual Teams (weekly activity), the Thematic Weekends, Skills Labs. You may miss only one session of these compulsory components provided that you have a serious reason (personal or health- related), for which you inform us at as soon as possible. Participation to the Cultural Activities is not obligatory, however recommended.  


  • How will the assessment look like?

    You will be assessed based on three components: 

    1. Attendance to all the compulsory scheduled as well as active participation to these activities. 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. A personal reflection report on your work and development that you must submit to the assessment committee; 
    3. The final group 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 assessment moment is scheduled on the 12th and 14th of January 2021. Based on your challenge case, you will receive an email confirming the exact date and time for your assessment moment. 


  • How many credits can I receive?

    You receive 5 ECTS on passing the programme. We would like to point out that 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. 

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.