Language requirement master's programmes

Are you going to study a Dutch or English master's? Make sure you meet the language requirements of the study in time.

Find out what language requirements apply and what certificates you may need to provide.

Dutch language requirements

The University of Twente has several Dutch-taught (pre-)master’s programmes. These programmes have a Dutch language requirement, besides the English language requirement.

English language requirements

Online English tests during COVID-19

We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be the TOEFL iBT (Special) Home Edition test. This test is valid for February 2023, September 2023, and February 2024 intake, available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available.

Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted. 

Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective master's students with an international degree must meet the English language requirement. Make sure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.

As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates below. Only these internationally recognised test results will be accepted. Without a valid certificate, your application cannot be processed.  

intake February 2023

INTAKE september 2023 and onwards

The English language requirements have been adjusted for the academic year 2023-2024. Prospective master’s students still need the same overall score for the IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge tests. However, for the academic year 2023-2024, they will also need a minimum score on each of the sections of these tests. The specific subscores per test can be found in the table below.

IELTS (academic), not older than two years

TOEFL iBT, not older than two years


  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)

minimum overall score: 6.5

minimum score on each section: 6.0

minimum overall score: 90

minimum score on each section: 21

minimum overall score: 176

minimum score on each section: 169

* UT only accepts Cambridge tests from 2015 onwards (when the subscores were introduced).



You are exempted from the English language requirement if you hold:

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