Facts & Figures


  1. The University of Twente aims to educate the professionals of the future. Graduates with an outstanding education, sought after by industry and government for their excellent skills and their unrivalled ability to provide creative solutions to unprecedented problems.

The university’s alumni are well-rounded individuals with a thorough knowledge of their discipline and the ability to apply it intelligently and usefully, fully aware of the interdependence between technology, people and society. That is why, in addition to subject knowledge, the University of Twente’s educational programmes devote considerable attention to developing a wide range of personal skills in the three areas of research, design and entrepreneurship.These skills are enriched with essential practical experience obtained through internships and projects.

We provide continuous learning pathways (Bachelor’s, Master’s, postgraduate) in each of these areas and offer students ample opportunity to contribute to their own training, development and learning experiences. We have therefore embraced blended learning, the combination of e-learning and personal education on campus as a community for academic and personal development.

Key figures

Students enrolled in 2016


Student numbers period 2012-2016

At the University of Twente we strive to maintain an inclusive and positive learning and living environment in an international context. We recognize that studying abroad is a great opportunity for personal development and intercultural exchange. To promote these values we organize activities and offer services for our international students to help make Enschede their home away from home. Currently, we have over 2,500 interantional students from 80 different nationalities.

International student enrolment 2016

Total nationalities
* Based on regular funding

Academic bachelor's programmes at a research university last three years. Most people with a Bachelor of Science degree opt to continue their studies for one or two more years in order to become more proficient. They then become a Master of Science. The University of Twente strives to support students to finish their Bachelor's programme successfully within 4 years. In 2016, over 73 per cent of all Bachelor students achieved this.

Bachelor Performance

Twente Education Model

In 2013, the University of Twente launched the Twente Educational Model for undergraduate education, a radically new educational model to meet the needs of today’s students, who are accustomed to new, rapid methods of learning, interacting and cooperating.

It offers a modular approach, stimulates students’ independent acquisition of knowledge and gives them more scope to pursue their interests. In this way, the Twente Educational Model places more emphasis on a profound and conceptual understanding of the heart of a discipline or domain, which is more important than factual knowledge of every single aspect of a given domain. The intensive study and regular feedback require a high level of student engagement. Training in collaborative work and presentation skills takes place ‘on the fly’. For instance, Electrical Engineering students at the end of their first year take part in a competition in which groups of students try to build the best-performing broadcast antenna.

To prepare for this challenge, they are offered some modules on the mathematics and physics involved. It is up to them, however, to acquire the specific information they need to build the antenna, within a fixed budget.


The education of the University of Twente is provided by the five faculties, offering 20 bachelor programmes and 34 master programmes:

  • Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)
  • Engineering Technology (CTW)
  • Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS / EWI)
  • Science and Technology (TNW)
  • Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)

Bachelor programmes

All Bachelor programmes at the University of Twente
  • Technology And Liberal Arts & Sciences (Atlas)
  • Advanced Technology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics*
  • Biomedical Technology*
  • Business & IT
  • Chemical Engineering*
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Science
  • Creative Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • European Public Administration
  • Health Sciences*
  • Industrial Design
  • International Business Administration
  • Industrial Engineering and Management*
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Technical Computer Science
  • Technical Medicine*

* These programmes are taught in Dutch

More detailed information on the bachelor programmes can be found on our Bachelor website.

Master programmes

Engineering and natural sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Management
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management and Engineering (4TU)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems (3TU)
  • Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
  • Geographical Information Management and Applications
  • Human Media Interaction
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Sustainable Energy Technology (4TU)
  • Systems and Control (4TU)
  • Technical Medicine*
  • Telematics
  • Water Technology

*Being taught in Dutch

The programmes Construction Management and Engineering; Embedded Systems; Sustainable Energy Technology; Systems and Control are the result of close collaboration between the Technical Universities of Delft and Eindhoven, Wageningen and the University of Twente. The four universities have joined forces in the 4TU.Federation (before: 3TU).

The programme Water Technology is offered jointly by the Wetsus Institute for Water Technology and the Universities of Groningen, Wageningen and Twente.

Business and management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Technology
  • Environmental and Energy Management
  • European Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Public Administration
Social and behaviour sciences
  • Communication Studies
  • Educational Science and Technology
  • Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
  • Psychology
  • Science Education & Communication*
  • Teaching in Social Sciences*

* Taught in Dutch

More detailed information on our Master's programme's can be found on our Master's website.

Student teams

At the University of Twente, students get the chance to come up with their own personal challenge and make dreams come true. Various student teams have been working fulltime in a project team during a full college year to work towards a goal. At this moment for instance, the Solar Team Twente is preparing their solar car to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. Also, teams like RoboTeam Twente (robot football), Green Team Twente (hydroelectric car) and Solar Boat Twente are active.

Educational approach

Offering education is not a simple matter of offering a standardized programme to all. The University of Twente matches its offer to the needs and demands of today's student. An overview.

University College Twente

In 2013, the University of Twente launched a truly unique university college: University College Twente (ATLAS, Academy of Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences). It targets talented individuals who refuse to accept inferior solutions to complex issues – ambitious students who want to broaden their skills so they can handle a high level of complexity.

Twente Graduate School (TGS)

Twente Graduate School coordinates high-quality educational programmes based on topics closely related to the work of the university’s research institutes, taught and supervised by expert researchers. We offer structured PhD programmes for outstanding graduate students who are keen to pursue a career in scientific research. Next to the PhD research project leading to a dissertation, the equivalent of 30 European Credits in a broad variety of discipline related, academic skills and career development courses enable students to specialize in their research area they are interested in while broadening their perspective on the societal context of technology and research. www.utwente.nl/tgs

Honours Colleges

The Honours programmes of the University of Twente have a distinctive ‘high tech, human touch’ profile, and are aimed at highly talented, entrepreneurial and motivated students. For a full overview, please visit www.utwente.nl/honours.

Professional doctorate in Engineering

The University of Twente offers Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programmes in Civil Engineering, Energy & Process Technology, Healthcare Logistics, Maintenance and Robotics. PDEng trainees follow a two-year post-Master’s technological designer programme, where they learn how to design high level, creative and innovative solutions for complex issues with a multidisciplinary character. Consisting of an educational component at the university and a period of practical design work in industry, the programme combines academic research in an industrial context with taught modules in a range of related subjects. The number of PDEng programmes will be extended substantially in the near future. More information: www.utwente.nl/pdeng

Professional Learning & Development

The University of Twente offers educational modules and full programmes for managers and professionals in areas such as Public Administration, Risk Management and Sustainable Innovation. The current programmes not only include part-time Master’s programmes but also in-company training, Master classes and short programmes in specific sectors. More information: www.utwente.nl/pld.


In the past and-a-half-year, the University of Twente has initiated four Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s): Ultrasound imaging for the medical practice (TG), Supply chain innovation (BMS), eHealth (BMS), GeoHealth (ITC). Over 20,000 participants have registered for these MOOC's, getting introduced to the University of Twente. Of the 15,000 registered participants of Ultrasound and Supply Chain Innovation, 5,000 have actually started the online course and 800 have completed their MOOC course.

International University Rankings

Leiden Ranking

Top rated programme

In the latest edition of the Keuzegids, a Dutch publication on the quality of university programmes, three bachelor programmes of the University of Twente have been awarded the ‘Top rated programme’ seal. Applied Physics (82 points), Chemical Engineering (78) and University College Twente (ATLAS, 78) all received a score of 76 points or higher, the score needed for receiving the ‘Top rated programme’ (Topopleiding in Dutch) seal. Five master’s programmes have been granted the seal “Top rated programme”: Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, Sustainable Energy Technology and Technical Medicine. For Applied Physics and Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, this is an extension of the status of “Top rated programme”.