a solid academic programme during which you immerse yourself in the nature – or the art, some would say – of mathematics.

From day one you will engage in the abstract and formal aspects of mathematics, always keeping in mind its practical applicability. You will become familiar with calculus, linear algebra, probability and much more. At the same time, you will engage in applying the theory. One way of doing this is modelling: using abstraction to reduce complex problems to their essence, as described in mathematical terms, and then using mathematical analysis to identify solutions to the original problem. Modelling requires skills that you will gradually develop through the different learning lines that run through the programme. These learning lines include abstract mathematics, mathematical modelling and practical skills – think of programming, (intercultural) collaboration or presentation. You will become a mathematician who has mastered to perfection the cycle of abstraction, analysis and solution, and who can easily participate in interdisciplinary teams. This means you will be able to make a substantial contribution to solving tough societal problems.

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FIRST TIME AT UNIVERSITY

When you are a first-year student, you experience many new things. Here we start explaining at least a few of them. 

You complete modules

Your Bachelor’s programme takes three years. Every year you will follow four 10-week modules. This means that during the course of your studies you will complete 12 modules. In every module you will tackle a subject that is hot in society, business or industry. This theme will bring together all the different components parts of your study: theory and practice, research, designing solutions, self-study and teamwork. A fixed part of every module is the team project, in which you and your team mates apply the knowledge you have acquired to a current challenge and design a workable solution. This learning method is part of the Twente Education Model (TOM): an innovative approach to studying that you will only find at the University of Twente.

Study points - how do they work?

At university you will come across something called study credits, also known as EC(s). The abbreviation EC is derived from the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which was designed for the comparison of courses internationally. One credit equals 28 hours of work; you need to acquire 60 credits each year. You will receive credits for every assignment you pass. Your programme assigns fixed numbers of hours to each assignment, project report or exam. In the first year you need to get at least 45 out of 60 points to be able to continue to the second year.

Did you obtain 45 or more credit points? Then you can continue to the 2nd year

Our goal is to get you to the right place as quickly as possible, which is why we apply the principle of a Binding Study Advice (BSA). All first-year students receive their BSA at the end of the year. You will receive positive advice if you have achieved 45 or more of the 60 EC in the first year. Negative advice is binding and means that you have to quit the course. Under certain circumstances, despite a too low score, we can still give you a positive BSA, for example if we have sufficient confidence that you are in the right place. Do personal circumstances such as illness or problems interfere with your study performance? Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling (SACC) will help you further.

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