Study in Numbers

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Compare study programmes at various universities using Study in Numbers.

Choosing the right study is a challenging process. Not all prospective students make the right choice straight away. As a result, many students drop out or transfer to another study programme. Consequences are not only unpleasant but expensive and time-consuming as well. For this reason, the University of Twente does everything in its power to ensure you find the programme that is right for you as quickly as possible. For example, by organising Open Days and presenting students' opinions using Study in Numbers.

Study in Numbers: Our scores

More than 270,000 students give their opinion about their study programme and institution every year. Useful if you are looking for a bachelor's that suits you. Go to the scores of our bachelor's programmes:

Easy way to compare bachelor's

Study in Numbers is available on the websites of all bachelor’s programmes at Dutch universities. You can see at a glance how a study programme at a university or university of applied sciences performs in comparison to the nationwide average, making it easier for you to compare programmes and make the right study choice. Study in Numbers has the following criteria: 

  • How satisfied are students?

    How satisfied are you with your study programme? The answers to these questions indicate how students experience quality compared to the nation-wide satisfaction score for the educational programme. The assessment is shown in five stars that are fully or partially coloured in, with one coloured-in star meaning ‘very dissatisfied’ and five coloured-in stars meaning ‘very satisfied’.

  • How many first-year students enrol in the educational programme?

    The number of first-year students who enrol in an educational programme every year is an indicator of the scale (small or large) of the educational programme. Group sizes, however, cannot always be deduced from this number.

  • How many contact hours do first-year students have?

    Contact hours refer to the number of hours per week that an educational programme offers students in the first year of study worth 60 ECTS credits. Contact hours are the number of hours per week in which you have scheduled contact with the person providing the education (the lecturer), student assistants and tutors. These hours come in the form of lectures, tutorials, student guidance, internship supervision, and final and interim exams. Study coaching is also included as long as it is on the institute’s curriculum for all students. Time for independent study, learning in practice during internships, and supervised and unsupervised thesis research and writing, are not included in this contact time, although you will of course be spending time on these activities during your educational programme.

  • How many students progress to the second year?

    The number of students who progress to second year is also indicative of the chances of success in the first year of study. This number is shown as a percentage of all first-year students who progress to year two of the same programme immediately after completing year one. The number only includes those registered as first-time students of higher education.

  • How many students obtain their bachelor’s degrees in four years?

    How many of the students that progress to the second year obtain their bachelor’s diploma from this institute within four years? This is reflected in the percentage you see.

  • Further study

    The percentage of graduates from this programme who enrolled at another educational programme in Dutch higher education the following academic years is also shown.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has had Study in Numbers developed within the framework of the Higher Education Quality in Diversity Act. This act aims to better connect students, educational institutions and the business community.


No rights can be derived from Study In Numbers. The tool uses grades obtained in the past, aiming to stay as current as possible. Although it is expected that these numbers will be able to provide an idea of the future, there are no guarantees. An educational programme can change in various ways through the years (another setup, more or fewer enrolments, merging with another programme) which means that grades obtained in the more distant past are less relevant for prospective students. Questions about missing grades can also be submitted to the study programme in question.

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