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Placement or Research Project

If you are interested in a placement (also known as traineeship, internship, research assignment, thesis work, thesis assignment, ...), there are two options:

Placement in combination with courses

If you are selected for a course exchange semester or a full year, you are free to include a placement in a research group into your exchange period. In this case, it would basically be doing self-study and/or an assignment, which can be labelled as a regular course in your final course list. Many research chairs give the opportunity of doing an assignment for up to 30 EC, depending on their availability. Since you would be doing courses as well, you can contact a research group for your placement either before or after your arrival. Please note, the research group might not have availability. The sooner you contact them, the better. See the paragraph below ('Placement only') on how to apply in advance and what documents you should attach to your request.

Placement only

Find a supervisor in your preferred research group and send him/her a request by email including your CV (curriculum vitae), ToR (transcript of records) and LoM (letter of motivation). Do include in the LoM what you are planning to do: to apply for a placement only, or for a combination of courses and placement. 

Only after you have received a positive response from your contact in the research group, you can apply through here.

Note that acceptance by one of the research staff members does not automatically means that you are accepted for a placement at our university. Acceptance also depends on your nationality (visa), exchange period and home university. It is not possible to inform you in advance (= before applying) about the outcome of this administrative part of the assessment. If you would like more information about this administrative process, please contact studentservices@utwente.nl.

You can find a list of all research groups via the following links:

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