The University of Twente has had a policy on language since 2004. After the decision of the Executive Board in 2015 to make English the official language from 2018 onwards, a revised policy was drawn up. The new policy became effective at the beginning of 2019.
The UT Language Policy (2018) outlines the standing policy on the use of language and provides an overview of the current situation regarding, and implementation of, English in education and within the University of Twente. The document also provides guidelines for the use of language in governance and communication, as well as a list of actions. (UTLP, 2018)
In UT's view on internationalisation and the UT Language Policy (UTLP), UT commits itself to being an inclusive international environment for learning and working. Language is an important means of achieving this goal. In addition, internationalisation and language in higher education are the subject of a wider social debate. With its Code of Conduct on Language, that has been in effect since July 2019, the University of Twente meets the requirements set by the Minister of Education and the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) regarding language policies at institutions for higher education.