Frequently Asked Questions

How many first-year students does this programme have?

Around 100 students start this programme each year.

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What is the balance between male/female students?

On average around 50% of the students is female.

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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 much maths do I need to take in the first year?

Industrial Design is a technical Bachelor’s programme. Without mathematics, you will not be able to solve the problems you encounter during your studies. It is therefore a substantial part of the programme.

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What are the admission requirements? Will I be admitted?

You will gain direct admission to the Bachelor’s programme in Industrial Design if you have a Dutch VWO diploma with a Natuur & Techniek profile. With a Natuur & Gezondheid programme you need Wiskunde B and Natuurkunde in order to enter the programme.

Students from outside the Netherlands should have a pre-university school qualification comparable to the Dutch VWO diploma (e.g. good A level passes or an International Baccalaureate) with high passing grades in Mathematics and Physics as required subjects. As the programme is taught entirely in English, a high level of English proficiency (CEFR, B2/C1 level; minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent) is also required.

If you have any specific questions about admission, please contact our 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. At these events, staff and students of the Industrial Design programme are on hand to answer all your questions. Be sure to register in advance on the Bachelor’s Open Days web page. Another good option would be to participate in our student-for-a-day programme, which enables you to team up with a first-year student and experience life at Twente for yourself. You will also have the opportunity to speak to our study advisor.

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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 research 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 make sure that it is the right option for them. 

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Are there any scholarships I can apply for?

For more information about scholarships take a look at our scholarship finder tool.

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What are the deadlines for enrolment?

Deadlines for enrolment vary, depending on factors such as whether you need a visa to study at the University of Twente. Our web pages on admission and enrolment give you more information on deadlines.

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What is the cost of living?

The International Office website gives you an indication of your cost of living as a student at the University of Twente.

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Will I need a laptop?

For many courses and practicals, you will be expected to bring your own laptop. You will need a laptop to work on projects with your fellow students and to perform calculations during practicals. The University of Twente offers you the opportunity to buy a laptop at the Notebook Service Centre. Please check this website regularly for more information. Of course, you are welcome to use your own laptop. Please note: For Industrial Design you will need a laptop comparable to the ‘high-end’ laptop offered by the University of Twente.

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How much time will I spend studying?

Industrial Design is a full-time technical Bachelor’s programme. Not only will you have a lot of contact hours but you will also have to study at home to keep up with your various subjects. To find out more about what is expected of you during an average week as an Industrial Design student, read a testimonial by one of our students.

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How is the student support organized?

The University of Twente attaches a great deal of importance to providing good student support during your Bachelor’s programme. In your first year, you will have at least two meetings with one of our study advisors. The study advisor 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 relevant web pages will give you find more information about the opportunities on offer.

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What kind of job will I have later on? What will I earn?

A Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design gives you access to a wide range of Master’s programmes all over the world. But most students choose the Master's programme of Industrial Design Engineering. More information about career options.

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How can I get to know other international students?

You can meet up with other international students by joining one of our international student associations. The University of Twente is home to many different international student associations, which are listed on our student associations web page.

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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, run by students from the programme. 

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Do I have to learn Dutch?

Industrial Design 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 be useful while you are living in the Netherlands. There are a number of ways to learn Dutch during your stay here. Discover more about learning Dutch on the website for international students.

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What is the Twente Educational Model, TEM?

The Twente Educational Model is all about integrating project-based 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 University of Twente 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 a student from abroad, the University of Twente’s International Office can help you find furnished accommodation. Check out the international student website for further details: http://www.utwente.nl/internationalstudents/housing.

If you would prefer unfurnished housing, this website has more information about alternative accommodation: http://www.utwente.nl/internationalstudents/housing/alternative/.     

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Is my English good enough?

As the programme is taught entirely in English, so you will need a high level of English proficiency (CEFR, B2/C1 level; minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent). As a Dutch high school graduate at pre-university level (VWO), your English will be sufficient. For more detailed information about the language requirements, go to this website: http://www.utwente.nl/admissionoffice/Bachelor/files/languagerequirements/.

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