All master's have an English language requirement. In addition, the Dutch-language master's also have a Dutch language requirement.

English language requirement

Online English tests during COVID-19 for academic year 2020-2021

We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. An alternative English test can be the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (online test, available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran) or the TOEFL ITP Plus for China. Both are accepted by UT.

Please note that the only online English language test that is accepted at UT is the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and is only applicable to prospective international students, whose enrollment starts during the academic year 2020-2021. Other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted(!)

In all master's of the University of Twente, English is the language of instruction and the exam.

Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective master's students with an international (other than Dutch) degree must meet the English language requirement. As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates:

  • 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. Please note that the University of Twente doesn’t accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL program.
  • Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE (both obtained with an A, B or C grade).

Only these internationally recognised test results are accepted. Without a valid certificate, your application cannot be processed.  

Other requirements

  • Make sure you take the language test 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.
  • The language requirement when applying for a scholarship may be different because scholarship providers may have a different requirement.
  • If you have studied in a former British or American colony, you must take one of the internationally recognised English language tests.


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

  • a relevant bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands
  • a three-year bachelor’s degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA. When your awarding institution is in one of these countries, but your teaching institution was not, you are not exempted. The same rule applies to distance (online) education.

Dutch language requirement

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

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