Admission requirements

Admission requirements

International students

If you hold or if you are studying to obtain your bachelor’s degree at a university outside the Netherlands you can apply for one of the master’s programmes of the University of Twente. Here you will find the general admission requirements. You should also check the specific subject requirements on the individual master's programme websites. 

Please follow the application instructions. But do not forget to check our application deadlines prior to the application process. Some of our programmes have deviating deadlines for international students.

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.

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.

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

  • Academic IELTS, overall band score of at least 6.5 
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) with a score of at least 90
  • Cambridge CAE-C (CPE)

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 are a native speaker of English from Australia, Canada (English speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America;
  • 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 approved university English 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.

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

See our eligibility check overview for all available checks.


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