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What exactly does the programme involve?

This programme combines European Studies and Public Administration to help you study the causes of and solutions to complex problems on a local, national, European and global level from four different perspectives: law, economics, politics and sociology.

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How many first year students enrol in the programme?

About 50 students start on the programme each year.

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Where can I find more information about the courses I will take?

To find out more about the courses, please check out our study programme.

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How great is the emphasis on mathematics in the first year?

European Public Administration is not a technical programme. Mathematics at pre-university high school level should be sufficient. Mathematics will be called for in one subject in particular: quantitative research skills.

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What are the admission requirements? Will I be admitted?

To find out more about the admission requirements, please read our admissions page.

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Will an HBO propedeuse be enough to grant me admission to the European Public Administration programme?

Yes, you will be allowed to join the EPA Bachelor’s programme with a Dutch HBO propedeuse diploma in a related discipline. Two important additional requirements are sufficient skills in mathematics (Wiskunde B) and English at VWO level (or equivalent). For more information about joining the programme with an HBO propedeuse, please see the website of the Admission Office.

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Can I drop by sometime?

In March and November the University of Twente organizes its Bachelor’s Open Days. On these occasions staff and students from the European Public Administration programme are on hand to answer all your questions. Another good option would be to participate in the student-for-a-day’ programme with one of our current students.

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What is the difference between a university and a university of applied science?

A four-year programme at university of applied sciences leads to a Bachelor’s or professional studies degree and is an applied, vocational programme with few or no opportunities to engage in fundamental research. The emphasis on research is to be found in university programmes, where you will often be taught by researchers. This does not mean that everyone at a university is trained for a career in research – a university programme can also train you to become a designer, organizer or entrepreneur – but academic knowledge and research skills will always be part of your basic education. University Bachelor’s programmes take three years to complete and most Bachelor’s graduates opt to continue their studies for one or two more years in order to specialize and obtain a Master’s degree. The University of Twente is a university and not a university of applied sciences.

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What is matching?

The matching procedure is usually intended for students who gain admission to the university directly from Dutch secondary education. It helps them become better acquainted with the Bachelor’s programme they want to take and enables them to make sure that it is the right option for them. However, European Public Administration also offers international students the opportunity to participate in the matching procedure. If you enrol for the EPA programme, you will be sent a questionnaire, which you are required to complete and return to the study advisor. Find out more on our matching web page.

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Are there any scholarships which I could apply for?

Unfortunately, the University of Twente does not offer any scholarships for Bachelor’s programmes. However, some students of European Public Administration at the University of Twente have secured scholarships in their home country (e.g. a German Auslands-Bafög).

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What are the deadlines for enrolment?

There are different deadlines for enrolment, depending, for example, on whether you will need a visa to study at the University of Twente. The admission and enrolment website offers more information about the various deadlines.

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What is the cost of living in Enschede?

The website of the International Office offers you an indication of the cost of living involved in studying at the University of Twente.

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Will I need a laptop?

You will be expected to bring your own laptop to many courses and practicals. You will need a laptop to work on your projects with your fellow students or to work on some calculations during practical assignments. The University of Twente offers computers for sale through the Notebook Service Centre. Naturally, you may also provide your own laptop.

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How much time will I spend studying?

The average European Public Administration student devotes about 40 hours a week to their studies. Obviously this might be a bit more during the exam periods. In their free time, many students are involved in student associations or clubs.

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How is student support organized?

During the first year you will have at least two private interviews with your study advisor, who can help you with any problems you might have.

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Does the University of Twente offer any additional programmes for excellent students?

The University of Twente offers a variety of honours programmes for excellent students. The website has more information about the different programmes. European Public Administration programme also participates in the STAR programme. 

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What kind of job will I have later on?

Your future job and salary will depend largely on your Master’s programme. European Public Administration is a Bachelor’s programme. Most students choose to pursue a Master’s programme after completing their Bachelor’s degree. Your Bachelor’s degree in European Public Administration will pave the way to many different Master’s programmes all over the world.

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How can I get to know other students?

It’s easy to get to know your fellow students at UT, for example by joining one of the many student associations. There are even a number of different international student associations. See the international students website for an overview of the student associations

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What is a study association?

A study association is an association especially for the students who take a particular Bachelor’s or Master’s. It is run by students from the programme. SIRIUS is the study association for the Bachelor’s programme in European Public Administration at the University of Twente. SIRIUS supports students in a variety of ways, including education-related activities, career orientation and opportunities to socialize. For more information, go to the SIRIUS website.

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Do I have to learn Dutch?

European Public Administration is an English-taught Bachelor’s programme. To be admitted to the programme you do not have to speak Dutch. However, learning a little Dutch could certainly be useful while you are living in the Netherlands. There are a number of ways to master the language during your stay here. The international students website has information about learning Dutch during your time in Enschede.

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What is the Twente Educational Model, TEM?

The Twente Educational Model is all about integrating project-led education and other teaching methods in thematic full-time study units or modules. Find out more about the Twente Educational Model.

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How can I find accommodation in Enschede?

Enschede is a student city, offering a range of student housing both on and off the UT campus. In general, student accommodation is relatively easy to find, but with lots of students looking for a place to live at the start of term, we recommend that you start looking early. If you are an international student, the University of Twente’s International Office can help you find furnished accommodation. Check out the international student website for futher details. If you prefer unfurnished housing, this website has more information about alternative accommodations.

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Is all the course material in English?

As all courses are taught in English, all course material is also in English. This might be a bit difficult for some students at the beginning, but you will get used to it quickly, since you will be speaking English on a daily basis. Who knows? You might even end up thinking in English! 

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Is my English good enough?

As the programme is taught entirely in English, you will need a high level of English proficiency (CEFR, B2/C1 level; IELTS minimum 6.0, or equivalent). If you are a Dutch high school graduate, your English will be sufficient. Read more detailed information about the language requirements.

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What kind of job opportunities will I have with an European Public Administration degree?

As an expert on the European Union and public administration, you can apply the complexities of the European system to specific contexts within national governmental affairs. For example, you could find yourself working for the Office of European Affairs at a Foreign Ministry. You could also go to Brussels, the heart of the EU, and work for a department of the European Commission or the European Parliament. Embassies and organizations such as the WTO in Geneva are also on the look-out for experts on Europe, while many companies are seeking to employ graduates with a strong interdisciplinary background to coordinate and implement the steady flow of regulations coming from Brussels. NGOs, too, are becoming more involved in decision-making processes within the EU. This means these organizations need people with a thorough understanding of both the institutions and the regulations of the EU. Fundraising is a particularly important aspect. At local government level and in the corporate world, knowledge of how to deal with European policies and other government policies is also vital.

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How long does the Master's programme in European Public Administration take?

The Master’s programme in European Studies comes in two forms: one takes a year to complete, the other one and a half years. The longer version includes some coursework at the University of Münster in Germany.

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Which teaching methods are used?

European Public Administration primarily consists of projects, lectures, tutorials, and independent study. 

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What kind of examinations should I expect?

Most of the modules include sections that are concluded with a written exam (sometimes multiple choice, often open questions). Some module sections involve an oral exam or a paper. Every module includes a project, in which you may, for example, write a paper together with your project group.

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Does the curriculum include an internship?

Yes. At the beginning of the third year you can plan your minor and it can consist of an internship here in the Netherlands or abroad. You can also opt for two minor modules or an exchange programme in which you will take certain subjects abroad. A combination is also possible.

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Are there any partnerships with foreign universities?

Partly through the Erasmus Programme, the University of Twente has extensive links with foreign universities. If you would like to study at another university, you can do so in the third year of the programme, during your minor, or in the course of your Master’s programme. Many of your lecturers carry out research in cooperation with institutions abroad. In addition to this, you can go for a double degree we offer during the Master’s in European Studies, together with the university of Muenster. In our Bachelor’s programme European Public Administration we also offer a joint degree specialization with the Muenster university, but to enter that programme you have to speak German. As you can see, we work quite closely with foreign universities!

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