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Organization UT language centre

What we do

The UT Language Centre

  • offers language courses in English, Dutch, German and Spanish
  • helps people identify their language needs
  • offers a skill programme for students
  • gives language advice
  • assesses and validates

Our language courses

  • only teach what you need to know
  • are taught by professional trainers
  • can be adapted or newly developed to meet your specific needs
  • are based on the Common European Framework for Reference

Our skill programme

  • is continuously tested by practical experience
  • is taught by trainers with relevant professional know-how and expertise in the field
  • can be adapted or newly developed to meet specific requirements

Our Mission

The UT Language Centre identifies and supports the specific language learning needs of the University of Twente and its wider community in a flexible and professional manner. Full mission statement 


The Ut Language Centre is a member of the Vereniging van Universitaire Talencentra in het Nederlandse Taalgebied (NUT), part of the Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur (CercleS) and partner of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU). More information about our partners

Language Policy

The University of Twente has established a general language policy. The UT Language Centre takes the language requirements set for the various groups within the university as the basis for its courses and assessment activities.

The required norms are:

lecturers          CEF C2       (IELTS 7.5)
PhDs               CEF B2/C1  (IELTS 6.5)
students          CEF B2/C1  (IELTS 6.0/7.0, depending on the requirements set by the department)
support staff    varies according to position
For more information about CEF go to Dialang and CEF


Any member of the University of Twente can contact the UT Language Centre for an assessment of their English language proficiency. Such an assessment usually involves a self-test in the form of a computer language test, in combination with an interview.

  • There is a special assessment for lecturers, consisting of an interview about specific language learning needs, a general language test and a class assessment of a lecture or tutorial conducted in English. The assessment is arranged through the department or faculty in which the lecturer works.
  • The assessment of support staff consists of two parts: a digital language test and an interview which will be scheduled by the faculty or service centre in which the employee works.
  • Students who have the ambition to study at the University of Twente, but are insecure about their level of English, can do a self-test. This is not an official test that allows you entry to the university, but merely a test to help you find out whether you need additional language training. For questions and further information, please contact the UT language Centre.


For study or work abroad, proof of language competence is often required. The UT Language Centre validates language certificates and advises on possible ways to further improve one’s language skills for specific needs.