Why study at the University of Twente?

Did you know that the University of Twente

The University of Twente (UT) is different from other universities, both in The Netherlands and internationally.

  • According to belongs to the best 25 universities in Europe (ranked no.7 out of 25).
  • Provides an internet connection of 1 gigabit per second and a campus-wide wifi network.
  • Lies in the heart of Europe.
  • Is home to MESA+, one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes.
  • Has been crowned most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands.
  • Is the finish line of the biggest relay race in the world the ‘Batavierenrace’.

Here are 8 reasons why Twente is a smart choice

1) One of the world’s leading research universities

Among the world’s 18,000 universities, the University of Twente belongs to the top 200. In Europe, we’re rated as one of the 25 best universities. Our six research institutes have a world-class reputation in many areas, including nanotechnology, biomedical technology, information technology, governance studies, sustainable energies and high-tech systems.

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2) High Tech, Human Touch

Our interdisciplinary approach – combining technology and engineering with behavioural and social sciences – gives us a unique position. Get used to crossing boundaries and making unexpected connections. Become a problem-solver of the future, equipped to work in teams and create solutions that people and society really need: High Tech, Human Touch.

Read more about our interdisciplinary vision

3) Global ambition and a colourful multicultural community

With over 80 nationalities the University of Twente is a colourful multicultural community. Most of our programmes are English-taught and we are raising our international profile. Get to know new cultures and people from all over the world. Become a global citizen, equipped for working in varying international contexts.

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4) Europe’s most entrepreneurial university

Already recognized as the Netherlands’ most entrepreneurial university, our ambition is to become European leader in entrepreneurship. How? By attracting enterprising people. By placing entrepreneurship at the heart of our programmes. By providing startup support. By rewarding creativity, innovation and guts.

Read about the more than 900 successful start-ups launched at the UT

5) The only 'American-style' campus in The Netherlands

One of the UT’s crown jewels, without doubt, is our campus: a breath-taking and sustainably managed parkland of 146 hectares dotted with state-of-art facilities – from libraries and laboratories to cultural and sports facilities. A campus with the hustle and bustle of a small metropolis. A dynamic community to live and work in.

Find out more about our campus and facilities

6) A global name in research

Our world today is facing major environmental, economic, social and political challenges. Scientific research has a pivotal role to play in creating conditions that will sustain life on this planet. Our research institutes are committed to leading the way in areas ranging from nanotechnology to technical medicine, behavioural sciences and geo-information science and earth observation.

Find out more about our research institutes

7) A broad range of Master’s programmes

We offer more than 30 Master’s programmes, administered by 5 different faculties, along with ambitious Honours tracks and Executive programmes. Our focus is on Biomedical Technology & Health, Engineering, European Public Administration, IT, International Business Administration, Behavioural Sciences and Science & Technology.

Find out more about our programmes or our Honours tracks

8) Many postgraduate opportunities

Unlike in many other countries, PhD researchers are often paid employees in the Netherlands. At the UT, we offer normal PhD programmes, but we also offer integrated programmes. This means that a Master's programme and a PhD programme are integrated in a period of five or six years. Students are educated to become researchers in fields of expertise for which high quality research is carried out at the UT.

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Find out how to apply or check our admission requirements.

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