Frequently Asked Questions

How many first-year students does this programme have?

We begin every academic year with an average of 130 first-year students.

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How high is this programme's success rate?

About 75 per cent of first-year students go on to the second year without falling behind.

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What is the difference between this programme and similar programmes elsewhere?

The Mechanical Engineering programme at Twente is unique because of its project-based education, small scale, focus on application and attention for design, production methods and materials.

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What is the difference between this programme and other similar programmes at the University of Twente?

The first year of this programme is taught entirely in Dutch, whereas many of our other programmes, like Electrical Engineering and Advanced Technology, are taught in English. In the second and third years you will have some lectures in English in Mechanical Engineering, as well as some in Dutch. This way you can gradually prepare yourself for the English-taught Master's programme. There is also a relatively large amount of mathematics in the curriculum – and, of course, a lot of science subjects, like mechanics, hydrodynamics, materials and technical thermodynamics.

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What is the difference between Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente and a mechanical engineering degree at a university of applied sciences (‘hbo’ in Dutch)?

The main difference is the level. A university programme is more abstract and the teaching pace is higher. Also, you learn to reflect on the solutions you have found. You learn to think about questions like: Why is this the best solution? Is there an alternative? Can it be improved? Can it be more efficient? A university of applied sciences is more geared to practice.

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What is the male/female ratio in this programme?

There are about five girls for every hundred students. We would love to welcome more female students. They actually always do very well! Just take a look at Mirjams story here.

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Where can I find information on the subjects I will have?

You can always take a look at the website for current students – the so called training site. If you have a specific question about a subject, please contact us. We will be happy to help!

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How much mathematics is there in the first year?

Mechanical Engineering is a science degree. This means mathematics plays an important role in all subjects.

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What language are the textbooks in?

The programme is taught in Dutch, but every now and then you may have an English-speaking lecturer or a textbook in English. So having a good knowledge of English is an advantage when you start studying.

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Does the programme have any other costs, aside from tuition and textbooks?

On top of tuition and textbooks there are other costs if you want to study. For example, one extra cost is that you will need a laptop. You might also have travel expenses, and if you don't live at home then you need to think of other costs, like rent and food. 

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Do I need a laptop?

Actually, the way we teach at the university makes a laptop indispensable. For Mechanical Engineering we even recommend that you buy a top-tier laptop with a lot of computing power and a strong graphic performance. We have an attractive deal for students who purchase their laptops via the University of Twente.

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In what language are the lectures taught?

The first year of the programme is completely Dutch-taught. In the second, in addition to lectures in Dutch, you will also have some lectures in English. The third year is mostly in English. This way you can gradually prepare yourself for the English-taught Master's programme. So having a good knowledge of English is an advantage when you start studying.

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Is there any tutoring?

Of course! At university you are expected to be independent and take care of things yourself. But not everything is self-explanatory, especially when you are just starting out. You can always go to a tutor if you have questions. At the UT, first-year Mechanical Engineering students also are assigned a teacher mentor. He or she is the first person you can go to with problems or questions.

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Can I travel abroad during my studies?

Yes, that is possible. There are various ways of giving your studies an international flavour. For example, you can participate in international design competitions or follow a summer course at a university abroad. But another possibility is to do the first half of your third year abroad, taking some subjects at a foreign university. Most students opting for this will go to a university with which our Mechanical Engineering programme has a student exchange agreement.

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