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Official language UT from 1 January 2020

At the University of Twente, we value an inclusive environment where everyone is free to be themselves and where everyone can understand each other. With a growing number of international students and colleagues, we are opting to implement English as our official working language from 1 January 2020. This means all official documents will be written in English, and we will speak English during any discussions where international colleagues are present. We expect this change to contribute to a collaborative international working and studying environment.

What does this mean for you? And where can you find more information about this policy? Read on to find out.

Will everything be in English?

Yes, with the exception of several Dutch-taught courses such as Technical Medicine and Applied Physics. In this case, the language of instruction is based on the organisation's official language.

If English is the official language, does that mean I can’t speak Dutch anymore?

No. While every UT-student and -employee is expected to be able to communicate in English, you are not required to specify your native language. During informal conversations and meetings, you and your colleagues can choose a language that suits everyone present. The principle of inclusiveness applies here.

Useful website with detailed information

Visit the Language Policy website for more details. This website provides information about policies, language support options and tools to improve your English language skills, and frequently asked questions. 

Invitation to High Tea in October

Do you have more questions about the policy or would you like to talk to someone in person? Come to the High Tea in October. (Date, time and location will be announced through the employee portal.) During this informal meeting, you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the language policy, such as how to test your English language level, what language support options are available to improve your English, and which documents must be in English.