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Transferring from Dutch HBO to University of Twente

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As soon as you have a bachelor's degree from a higher professional education institution in your pocket, it is possible to follow a master's programme. 

If you hold a Bachelor´s degree from a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), it is possible to follow a one or two-year master’s programme at the University of Twente (UT). This through-flow is not automatic. Many HBO programmes do not tie in seamlessly with university master’s programmes. This is because university-level programmes emphasize research and analytical skills, while HBO programmes are more focused on practical applications. You can enrol in two different ways.

Two study routes

In many cases, HBO bachelor’s students need to complete a transfer programme to bring their knowledge and skills up to the level required for admission to an academic master’s programme. 

During HBO

As a student of a university of applied sciences you can use your minor space to complete the whole or part of the transfer programme, thereby accelerating your ability to transfer to a one- or two-year master's programme.

» DURING your bachelor’s at a University of Applied Science

As a bachelor's student at a university of applied sciences you can transfer to a one- or two-year UT master's programme. Students with a university of applied sciences bachelor's degree cannot immediately start with a master's programme at university. In order to start a master's programme you first need to do a transferprogramme to bring your knowledge up to the required level.

Unique possibility

As a student of applied sciences you can use your Minor space to complete the whole or part of the transferprogramme. This is a unique possibility which does not only saves you a lot of time, but also quite a bit of money since you're of course already paying tuition fees for your university of applied sciences bachelor's degree. Moreover, you can already see whether your future master's programme matches your expectations.

study load and Content 

The study load of this so-called transferminor depends on the master's programme that you want to follow and is master related. Most transferminors consists out of 30 ECTS. In some cases, if the transferprogramme consists out of 45 ECTS, you are required to complete the remainder after obtaining your university of applied sciences bachelor's degree. The content and admission requirements differ per master's programme and can be found at the relevant master's programmes webpages.

Starting date

Most of the programmes start in September, with a few offering the additional possibility to start in February.

Transfer minor admission conditions

To be admitted to the transferminor you need to meet the admission conditions. In addition to a relevant university of applied sciences certificate and a positive recommendation from your examination committee you need to have:

1) Obtained all ECTS from the first and second academic year of the programme.

2) Some master programmes require English and programme-relevant Mathematics* at pre-university education level, the so called VWO level (derived from the entrance examination)

This is possible through:

  • having previously obtained a pre-university education certificate;
  • being able to demonstrate that within your education programme sufficient English and/or Mathematics education was provided during the first and second year; 
  • successfully completing the English and Mathematics transfer courses offered by Saxion (only for Saxion students);
  •   meeting already the language requirements for international students;

Note: In the Netherlands a distinction is made between the so-called technical (VWO-B) and non-technical (VWO-A) Mathematics, intended for the transfer to technical and non-technical master's programmes respectively.

Admissible for which master's?

With the help of the transfermatrix  you are able to acquaint yourself with the master's programmes the UT has to offer and the programmes you can be admitted to. Saxion students also can check our UT-Saxion transfer matrix.

Start online application

Please check the application deadlines before you start your application. If you have already done this, you can start your application for a transfer programme (Kies op maat)

Contact

Any questions about the transfer minor can be mailed to our
Study Information centre. Saxion students can also mail to doorstroom@saxion.nl

Completed HBO

completed hbo degree

Having obtained a bachelor's certificate from a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands you can be eligible for Master of Science programme at the University of Twente. This will normally be conditionally, based on deficiences because of differences in level and prior knowledge. To remove these deficiences , a student is appointed a transfer programme, the so called pre-master. After completing this transfer programme the student can transfer to a one or two year master's programme.

completed hbo route

» AFTER completing of a bachelor’s at a University of Applied Science

As a bachelor's student at a university of applied sciences you can transfer to a one- or two-year UT master's programme. Students with a university of applied sciences bachelor's degree cannot immediately start with a master's programme at university. In order to start a master's programme you first need to do a transferprogramme to bring your knowledge up to the required level.

study load and Content

The study load of the transferprogramme depends on the master's programme you wish to enrol in. Most transferprogrammes vary from 30 to 45 ECTS. The content and admission requirements differ per master's programme and can be found at the relevant master's programmes webpages. Here you can also find the start date of the transfer's and master’s programmes. Most of the programmes start in September, with a few offering the additional possibility to start in February.

Brush up on English and Mathematics

Because most master's programmes are taught in English and a profound level in Mathematics is indispensable, it is recommended (and sometimes Mathematics and English at pre-university level (VWO) is one of the conditions for admission) that you freshen or brush up your knowledge of English and Mathematics before starting with the transferprogramme. Additional courses can be taken at, for example, Babel and Boswell Bèta or the Open Universiteit.

Admissible for which master?

Want to know in advance which master's programmes you can be admitted to? Visit doorstroommatrix.nl

If there's no information on transferring to the UT from your university of applied sciences, check the information at the relevant master's programmes webpages or contact the Study Information Centre

Start online application

Have you checked the deadlines for application? You can then follow the application instructions

More information

Master's Open Day

Twice a year you can join our Master Open Day where you can follow information sessions about the master’s programmes you are interested in. There is a special session for HBO-students on transferring to a master's programme at UT. You learn more about the different transfer possibilities, admission requirements, application procedure and costs of the transfer programme. Furthermore, students who have completed the transfer programme share their experiences. 

FOR SAXION STUDENTS

If you are a student of Saxion you can find out how to use your minor to transfer to the master's of your choice as efficient as possible. Any questions about the Saxion transfer minor can be mailed to doorstroom@saxion.nl.

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