We are deeply saddened by the war in Ukraine, entailing the loss of civilian lives, human suffering and material destruction. We are concerned about our Ukrainian students and colleagues, as about others who are affected by war.
Within the UT community, there are other employees, students, alumni and others who, in one way or another, feel personal involvement with the situation. Because their roots are there, because they have family and friends there, or because they are touched in some other way by what is happening at the moment. We sympathise with them, but also with others who have experienced excessive violence at close quarters and are struggling with feelings of fear, anger or grief.
We also support those members of the academic community in the Russian Federation, staff and students, who speak out against this war and who continue to advocate for academic freedom.
In order to provide the best possible support to anyone who needs it, we offer as much information as possible and answers to some frequently asked questions on this page.
If you cannot find the information you need, please contact your study advisor or supervisor. As UT, we will try to help you find the answers you seek.
We hope a safe, stable and peaceful situation will be restored soon.
Temporary arrangements for tuition fees
For the 2022–2023 academic year, UT lowered tuition fees for Ukrainian students to the level of statutory tuition fees for the nominal duration of their studies. This will be extended for a year.
However, this (extendedly) now applies to:
- Refugees who have obtained a waiting document or a visa sticker (code 46) from a Dutch municipality
- Refugees who start their studies in September 2023, and applied before the application deadline for international students
- Ukrainian students with code 46 who transfer from bachelor to master in the academic year 2023-2024.
Please note that housing is not guaranteed, but the municipality has indicated that they will support in finding accommodation.
You may be entitled to lower tuition fees if you are covered by the regulations of the EU Temporary Protection Directive. Please check the full regulations on the IND website to find out if you are covered by the directive.
If one of the situations above applies to you and you would like to study at UT or have any further questions, please contact the Student Services desk.
Questions and answers
Questions regarding my personal situation
- 27 Jul, 2022Free IELTS preparation course for higher education admission for refugees from Ukraine
UAF, the Foundation for Refugee Students, offers support for refugees from Ukraine (Ukrainians and third-country nationals that fled due to the war), to meet admission criteria for universities or universities of applied sciences in The Netherlands.
Through the British Language Training Centre (BLTC) in Amsterdam, every two weeks an intensive IELTS course will start of approximately 30 hours of online training + 30 hours of homework. During these 60 hours, prospective students will be prepared for the IELTS exam, which will take place after two weeks.
- 17 May, 2022Universities charge lower tuition fees for students fleeing Ukraine
All fourteen universities in the Netherlands are reducing their tuition fees for refugee Ukrainian students for the academic year 2022-2023. As a result, these students will pay the statutory tuition fee of €2209 instead of the much higher institutional tuition fee normally charged to students from outside the European Economic Area. Universities have taken this decision because the government has not yet decided to regulate this by law. Pieter Duisenberg: "The new academic year is drawing ever closer. It is important to quickly offer certainty to prospective students who have fled from Ukraine, precisely because they are in such an uncertain situation about their future." The exact effect of this decision differs from university to university.
- 20 Apr, 2022Temporary jobs for Ukrainians in need
The faculties and service departments of the University of Twente have joined forces to offer (temporary) jobs to people who have been trapped by the war in Ukraine. The laws and regulations offer the possibility to offer them a temporary contract up to a maximum of 18 months (the maximum duration depends on the situation). We expect to be able to facilitate a maximum of twenty temporary employees, spread across the university. The candidates will not only be offered a job, but we will also provide assistance in, for example, finding accommodation.
- 10 Mar, 2022Twente Board stands up for students from Ukraine and Russia
Twente Board, the regional cooperation of businesses, knowledge institutions and governments, is going to work to help the more than 250 students from Ukraine and Russia who, because of the war in their country, have little or no contact with their parents, family and friends. Besides fear and anxiety, this group is also threatened by financial insecurity. "As a region, we are going to help this group of young talents as much as we can," says director Victor-Jan Leurs.
- 4 Mar, 2022Dutch knowledge institutions suspend partnerships with Russia and Belarus
The Dutch universities, university medical centres, universities of applied sciences, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dutch Research Council have decided to suspend all formal and institutional partnerships with educational and knowledge institutions in the Russian Federation and Belarus immediately until further notice.