What to expect upon arrival

The University of Twente offers a variety of services to help you settle in at the university as comfortably as possible. In addition to the pick-up service at the airport, the university's introduction period (Kick-In) and the Buddy programme, we can mediate for furnished accommodation on your behalf, we will arrange your visa, and we will help you with all necessary formalities upon arrival.

  • How do I get from Schiphol airport to the campus in Enschede?

    Our student Flory shows you how it's done.

  • International Student Handbook

    The International Student Handbook tells you everything you need to know about the University of Twente, Enschede, and The Netherlands. Not only will the handbook provide you with 'need to know' information like admission deadlines and support services, it will also tell you more about our international student associations, the Dutch culture, day trips in the Netherlands, and useful Dutch words to use during your first shopping trip.

  • Cost of living

    The following student budget is meant as an indication of the budget required annually when studying at the University of Twente. Please note that tuition fees are not included in this budget.


    The total cost of living is estimated at €12.000,- per year, excluding tuition fees. The following costs are included in this budget:

    • Housing: €6.500
    • Books & supplies: €500
    • Bank account: €50
    • Food: €2.500
    • Transportation: €600
    • Other (clothing etc.): €800
    • Bicycle: €200
    • Insurance (optional for EU/EEA students (*)): €700
    • Entry visa / residence permit (Non-EU/EEA students only): €207
    • Some study programs require extra study material, possibly a laptop

    (*) Insurance costs for EU/EEA students depend on policies of insurance companies in home country. EU/EEA students can opt for additional insurance of €10-€25 per month. This insurance covers costs of medical care, liability, household contents and luggage, legal aid and extra costs. Please contact International Office for more information.

    Please note: Students in need of visa are required to prove they possess sufficient financial resources (€ 12.000) in order to pay for living in the Netherlands themselves. This amount thus includes reserves. The information on this page is meant as an indication of an average student annual budget. This page is subject to change: typographical errors may occur. No rights can be derived from the information on this page.

  • Pick-up Service & University introduction

    To make your arrival in the Netherlands as comfortable as possible, the University of Twente offers a pick-up service prior to the start of the University's introduction period (called the 'Kick-In').

    Pick-up service

    When you arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you can use the UT airport pick-up service. In close cooperation with the organising committee of the Student Union and Buddy Programme, the UT will pick you up at the airport and will join you on your way to Enschede. Would you like to make use of this service? Keep close track of the communication from the Buddy Programme organising committee to sign up for the service.

    Coming to Enschede without using the pick-up service? No problem! But make sure you plan your journey ahead of your arrival on 9292ov.

    University Introduction (Kick-In)

    The UT organises an introduction period for new (international) students before the start of every Fall and Spring semester called Kick-In. During these days you will meet your fellow students and get to know Enschede and the UT campus. During the Kick-In, you can also attend a facility market for international students where you will find out about the many facilities, services and student associations the UT has to offer.

    Visit the Kick-In website to register for the introduction period.

    The UT will also help you to arrange formalities such as your visa appointment and registration with the municipality of Enschede. If you are an international student and you have been accepted by the UT you will be invited to attend the formality appointments. Please note that attendance at the formality appointments is mandatory for all international students. Not attending your appointments will delay the completion of formalities needed to properly start your studies.

    For more information, please visit What to Arrange.

    Check out the Kick-In Video:

  • Buddy programme

    The Buddy Programme is an initiative to help international students adjust to their new home. Dutch students from various faculties can volunteer to become a buddy of new international students togive them a warm welcome to the University of Twente and the Netherlands. You can sign up on the Buddy Programme's website.

  • Housing / accomodation, Visa & Insurances


    The University of Twente (UT) is the linking pin between local housing providers and admitted international UT students, employees, and guests. Our Housing Officers mediate for furnished on- and off-campus accommodation on behalf of local housing providers: de Veste, and the ITC International Hotel. We will do our best to find suitable accommodation for you, however, no guarantees can be given due to the limited availability of accommodation.

    Would you like to make use of the services offered by UT? Please visit the Accommodation website and read the information carefully before submitting your application for accommodation.

    Visa / Residence Permit

    By Dutch law students cannot apply for a visa themselves. UT coordinates all applications and extensions for (entry) visas, residence permits and Change of Purposes for on-campus bachelor's, master's and Exchange students. Students from the off-campus faculty ITC, will be assisted by the ITC faculty, whereas PhD students will be assisted by our Office Foreign Employees.

    If you require an entry visa or residence permit you will be contacted by email outlining all necessary procedures. Provided you supply all necessary documents in time, the entire application procedure will take about 2 months.More information about this procedure can be found on the Visa website


    To find out which insurance you need, please visit the Insurances page of our 'Upon Arrival' website

Upon arrival, the UT was very helpful. They made it really easy for us.

Adedapo from Nigeria, MSc Communication Studies