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While you are studying at the University of Twente (UT), there will be plenty of room for you to develop outside the regular study programme. For example, there are several optional modules that allow you to broaden your knowledge to other disciplines, or you can choose to spend part of your study time abroad.

Follow a Minor

Next to the core curriculum of 150 ECs, the bachelor's programme also has room for a specific profile of 30 ECs. At UT, this space of 30 ECs is filled with minors. Unique is the great number of combinations that can be made at UT. Students can choose, for instance, from High Tech Human Touch modules, studying abroad or in-depth minors.

The contents of a minor are primarily aimed at broadened knowledge or skills (T-shaped professional) and internationalization (global citizen). A T-shaped professional is an expert who is specialised in his or her discipline and who can add new knowledge to it or apply it in a new way (depth), but who at the same time has sufficient understanding of the social context of that discipline (breadth). The T-shaped professional must be able to combine professional depth with broad academic qualifications.

Excellence Programmes

The UT Honours Programmes offer additional challenges to excellent students who are talented, motivated and entrepreneurial. They are given opportunities to walk off the beaten track, look across the borders of disciplines and find ways to add social impact to their ideas. The programmes are both High Tech and Human Touch, meaning that they combine technology and social sciences. As a student, you get the chance to develop further in one of three roles: as a scientist, designer or organiser. The programmes encourage an enterprising attitude that respects society and nature.

Transdisciplinary Master's programme

The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert programme on Shaping Responsible Futures is an extra-curricular educational programme hosted by UT's Designlab. It is not a formal master's programme, it is aimed at master's students currently enrolled at UT. 'Shaping Responsible Futures' is an award-winning programme that offers you the opportunity to pursue your own interests and become a multi-skilled and open-minded professional, able to constantly adapt to new challenges. In this programme, you will collaborate with students from a wide range of disciplines and completing it will result in a Certificate on Shaping Responsible Futures.


Every year, hundreds of students at UT choose to do a study programme, internship, graduation project or study trip abroad. Meeting new people, experiencing what it is like to be part of a different culture and learning a new language are the most important reasons behind their decision. International experience also broadens your horizon and greatly stimulates personal development. Moreover, UT has exchange agreements with universities in different countries to facilitate the exchange of students.

Internship in the Netherlands or abroad

During a bachelor's or master's programme, it is possible to do an internship in the Netherlands or abroad. UT offers support to students in finding, following and completing an internship or graduation project

To businesses, UT is the perfect breeding ground, full of talent. The UT Career Center connects this talent with businesses as employees. Do you own a business and wish to work with our talented students? Visit their website on how to find an intern or graduate.

Follow master's courses during your bachelor's

As a bachelor's student, it is possible for you to follow one or more master’s courses during or as part of your bachelor’s. Keep in mind that there are some requirements. For example, you need to consider the assumed prior knowledge and you can only be admitted to a master’s course if there’s enough capacity in terms of the number of students that can follow the course. So, think carefully about the master’s courses of your choice. A master’s course is not open for admission if the course, or the master’s programme to which the course belongs, has a selection procedure (e.g. with numerus fixus or by making use of ‘loting’).

If you want more information, consult the study adviser of your bachelor’s or contact the lecturer of the master’s course.