The Bachelor’s in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS) is aimed at curious, socially engaged and technically minded individuals who are determined to make the world a better place. If you consider yourself imaginative and self-reliant and have a keen interest in technology and social sciences, we encourage you to apply for this programme at the University College Twente (UCT).
The programme is open to students with the talent, ambition, and ability to perform well in multiple academic fields, including Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and Social Science, and who are not afraid to engage in teamwork. A school transcript does not fully describe a student’s potential. Therefore, your challenge is to elaborate and substantiate your application in a way that does!
Be aware that application procedure and application deadlines for the ATLAS programme at University College Twente differ from the procedures and deadlines for other educational programmes at the University of Twente.
- General requirements
To be admissible, a secondary school diploma equivalent to Dutch VWO level is required. The country list shows the minimum admission requirement to become admitted. However, admission to the ATLAS programme will be granted to students who convincingly demonstrate to the Board of Admissions to be talented and have a genuine interest in the ATLAS educational approach. Therefore, additional requirements may be set beside the requirements mentioned in the country list. The application will be reviewed on an individual basis, depending on the personal situation, extracurricular activities, or experiences.
The admissibility will be based on the diplomas which are obtained or will be obtained before 1 September of the year you want to start your study. These diplomas have to be officially recognized and accredited in the specific country and a certificate / diploma should be awarded after completion.Still need to graduate?
You can always apply even when you still have to graduate. Please be aware that you need to be graduated before the start of the academic year.
- Mathematical knowledge
Since ATLAS is a programme with a strong technology component, a good proficiency in mathematics is needed. Mathematics is at least required up until the final year of your secondary school and / or final (state / school) exam. The knowledge that is needed from the start of the programme is Dutch VWO-level Mathematics B. The Dutch Government has a website with the components of this (only available in Dutch). For information about this level, in English see; James Boswell-Bèta, CCVX.
Your mathematical knowledge will be reviewed during your application. If you do not (or not yet) have this level, you might be eligible to use our online math support package to develop your math skills up to the level required for entry into this programme. You can even use this package to prepare for your secondary school exam. This package will be made available to every prospective student who is entering the admissions procedure.
- Science knowledge
Since ATLAS is a programme with a strong technology component, a good proficiency in science (Physis / Chemistry) is needed. Where Physics is preferable over Chemistry. A science subject is at least required up until the final year of your secondary school and / or final (state / school) exam. Your science knowledge will be reviewed during your application.
- English proficiency
Students applying for the ATLAS bachelor’s programme have to meet the English language requirements. Please note that you have to meet the English language requirement before the application deadline. Students can meet the language requirements by one of the following documents as proof of their English language proficiency:
- Dutch VWO-diploma with English as exam subject.
- IELTS (academic) with an overall score of 7.0 and a certificate not older than two years.
- TOEFL iBT (internet-based) with an overall score of 100 and a certificate not older than two years. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test.
- Cambridge C1 Advanced, formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency, formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.
- Make sure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.
- The language requirements when applying for a scholarship may be different because scholarship providers may have different requirements.
- If you are a native English speaker and / or you have (fully) completed your education in English, you also have to meet the specific English language requirement.
You are exempted from the English language requirement if:
- You have English as an exam subject, and you have studied the last three years of your secondary education in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (English speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
- You have English as an exam subject during your secondary education. This exemption depends on your country, please check our country list to make sure if you must do the additional English language test or not.
- Type of education
Higher education in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, we distinguish between two types of higher education:
- Research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs or WO in Dutch)
- Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs or HBO in Dutch)
Research-oriented education is traditionally offered by research universities, such as the University of Twente. The programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study and prepare students for undertaking independent research. These lead to a so-called WO bachelor’s or WO master’s degree. It is also possible to pursue a PhD degree at a research university.
Higher professional education
Higher professional education is offered by universities of applied sciences. The programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions and tend to be more practically oriented. They lead to either a so-called HBO bachelor’s or HBO master’s degree.
Direct access to a bachelor’s degree at a research university
Your prior education will need to correspond with the pre-university level of a Dutch VWO diploma, to be granted direct access to a bachelor’s degree at a research university. However, if your prior education level is not equivalent to the Dutch VWO, you may still be admissible to a university of applied sciences which also provides higher education. Here you can find out more about the education system of the Netherlands.
- Not admissible?
Students with a secondary education, which is not equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (called ‘VWO’ in Dutch), cannot be admitted directly.
You can become eligible for admission if you successfully complete the Twente Pathway College International Foundation Year - Navitas. Navitas offers a Twente Pathway College International Foundation Year for prospective students of the University of Twente who do not meet the entry requirements. If you believe this option offers you the opportunities you are looking for, please go here to apply.
Alternatively, you can complete a bachelor’s degree in a country outside the Netherlands and apply for a master’s programme afterwards, please see the master’s admission requirements. Last, you can apply for a bachelor’s degree at a University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and apply for a master’s programme afterwards, please see the master’s admission requirements.