Admission requirements

Admission requirements for international degrees

Academic level

Applicants for the master’s programme should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to that of the master’s programme.

Language requirements
Please note
Accepted certificates
As the language requirement is an additional requirement we cannot process your application without a valid English certificate.

Detailed admission requirements

For a detailed list of admission requirements per study programme, please visit the programme pages.

Not finished yet with your bachelor's degree?

If you have yet to complete your bachelor’s programme, you can still apply for admission to a master’s programme at the University of Twente. You may be granted a conditional acceptance based on your transcripts, detailed curriculum information, relevant research and expected graduation date. However, you must submit your bachelor’s degree before you can start the master’s programme.

Admission for recognized refugees

Recognized refugees with a higher level of education are very welcome to study at the University of Twente! Read more about the opportunities for refugees.

English language

Proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

minimum requirements

Only internationally recognized test results are accepted and IELTS and TOEFL certificates older than two years are not considered for admission. You need to upload one of the requested language certificates later in the application process. Without a valid certificate, we cannot process your application.

  • IELTS - With an overall score of 6.5 and certificates not older than two years.
  • TOEFL (internet-based) - With an overall score of 90 and certificates not older than two years.
  • Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE (both obtained with an A, B or C grade).

Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.


You are exempted from the English language requirements if:

  • You have obtained a relevant bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands;
  • You have obtained a three-year bachelor’s degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.

Please note that if you are from an English-speaking country in Africa, you will have to take one of the internationally recognized English language tests.

Specific requirements

Chinese nationals

Nationals of the People’s Republic of China need to obtain a NUFFIC certificate as a validation of their qualifications, in addition to their English language test score documents. The University of Twente needs your NUFFIC certificate (formally known as ‘NESO certificate’) for your visa application (

Joint programmes

In addition to these general requirements, specific requirements may apply to admission to joint programmes.

ITC Faculty programmes

For programmes offered by the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente specific requirements apply. Please see the website of the ITC Faculty

Eligibility check

For most of our master’s programmes an online eligibility check is availabe. This e-check can help international students to find out whether they are eligibile for a particular master’s programme. The test takes about five minutes to complete and gives individual advice about your chances of being admitted to the master’s programme of your choice.

See our eligibility check overview for all available checks.

Note: Students taking part in a double or joint degree programme should proceed with their application, regardless of the outcome of the eligibility check.

Please note that the e-check is created for students with a international bachelor's degree. If you have completed your bachelor's degree at an accredited institution in the Netherlands, you do not have to complete the e-check.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTs)

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in ECTS. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, a system widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. We would like to point out that recognition of credits is at the discretion of your home institution (please contact the International Office of your home university).


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