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Choosing ATLAS (1/4) Application and Admission

So, you have found the ATLAS programme! An honours bachelor degree in Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences. When applying for the programme students often find themselves in different stages: you might have no clue what to expect and so would like to inform yourself before or during the application process, you might already know a thing or two about what we do here and have decided to try giving the application a go or you could be 100% sure that this is where you belong! Whichever position you find yourself in, you will need to go through the application process.

Should you find the first situations relatable you might be interested in visiting an Open Day or as a Student for a Day. These give you the opportunity to learn a bit about the programme, speak to students and teachers and ask as many questions as you want! In short, the Open Days (each November and March) are structured in an interactive way to demonstrate as closely as possible how ATLAS students learn and shape their own academic profile. As a Student for a Day you shadow an ATLAS first year, joining lectures and project meetings to gain first hand experience in our way of working. Unable to visit in person? No problem! There are other ways for you to experience UCT! Check out this page for more details. 

If you decide to apply, this goes over the same forum as the rest of Dutch universities, namely Studielink. Necessary documents for your application, aside from the details required by Studielink, include a curriculum vitae (CV) and motivation letter. More information about these can be found on the application page on the website. Your CV can be creative and should provide us with an easy to read overview of what you have done in the past relating to your personal growth and development. Your motivation letter should give us an impression of who you are and why you are suitable for ATLAS.

Once your application has been submitted and read you will be invited to an Insight Day to see if you and ATLAS are good match. An insight day is held on the UT campus and lets you meet other applicants, students, and teachers. During the day you will complete group and individual assignments, learning and working in the ‘ATLAS-way’. The day will include a campus tour and conclude with an interview. Interviews offer a student and teacher the chance to ask questions. For international students unable to travel to an insight day an interview will be conducted over Skype.

The reason we have a couple more steps in our application process than other Universities might, is to ensure the right fit between admitted students and ATLAS. University is a big step and we have your best interests at heart, that includes helping you find a programme suitable to your interests and strengths. Of course we hope that to be ATLAS, but if that is not the case, the goal is to identify this during applications.

A couple of weeks after your interview you will receive an email with the verdict. Were you admitted? Congratulations and welcome to the ATLAS community, we are excited to have you! You accept your admittance over our University portal called OSIRIS. Tuition is paid through Studielink and since the UCT is a residential college, housing on campus is arranged by ATLAS. Important information will be communicated over email, including the link to your year’s Facebook group (in which you can chat with your future peers!) so make sure to check your mail regularly! Should you have any questions remaining regarding the application and admission process student affairs is contactable by email. Hopefully this has shed some light on the process and we can’t wait to read your application and meet you!

University College Twente offers a unique bachelor’s programme, Technology, Liberal, Arts and Sciences, to top students. Visit the University College Twente website for more information about the college and Technology, Liberal, Arts and Sciences website for more information about the bachelor program. Or visit us during the open day, a student-for-a-day or an insight-day.

Grace Wachter
Writer, Class of 2021
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