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What is the difference between registration and enrolment?

Registration and enrolment are two different courses of action. You register for a  programme via Studielink. Subsequently there are several steps to be taken to prove your admissibility. Enrolment will take place after you have completed all of the steps of the enrolment procedure, of which the payment of the tuition fee is considered essential.

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How can I apply for a programme at the University of Twente?

Through Studielink you can arrange an application at an institution of higher education in the Netherlands, this way you also register with DUO. It offers a single point of access for students to apply. If you want to study at the University of Twente, you must use Studielink.

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How can I apply for a premaster?

It is not possible to apply directly for a pre-Master programme. You put in an application for the Master programme of your choice through Studielink. We will take your application under consideration and will then proceed to transfer it to a pre-Master programme in case you are not eligible for a Master programme.

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What are the application deadlines?

The University of Twente employs different deadlines for application, depending on the programme of your choice, nationality and previous education.

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Which documents do I need to submit?

These depend on the programme that you applied for. You will be informed about them as soon as you have been deemed admissible.

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Is it possible to hand in documents after the deadline?

The digital documents need to be uploaded before the deadline. After the application deadline it is no longer possible to upload anything, your application will not be processed. There is another deadline for the submission of the hard copies, these need to be with us a month before the 1st of September next or the 1st of February next (intake moments).

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Which documents need to be translated and who is allowed to do this?

In case the diploma and transcript of records are written in a language other than English or Dutch, we also need a certified translation of both documents. The translation has to be done by an official translator or your educational institution.

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What is the intention of certification and which authority can certificate my documents?

Certification is required to counter fraud. A certified copy is a photocopy with an official stamp and signature to verify that it is a true copy of the original document. This official stamp and signature can be from a notary or educational institute.

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Where at the University of Twente can I certificate my documents?

The Student Service Desk in the Vrijhof building can provide this service for you. PLEASE NOTE: Student Services will not make any photocopies. You can have photocopies made at the Union Shop (Bastille) or at the Xerox Service Point (Carré). You will be asked to provide your original diploma, photocopies of said diploma and your ID, after which certified copies will be made free of charge.

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Where can I hand in my documents?

Your application has to be completed in the online application form so please upload all the requested documents in the application form. If we require hardcopies of your documents you will be informed about this via email.

In that case you can hand in your documents at the desk of Student Services (Vrijhof 239B) or send them to:

University of Twente
Student Services
Drienerlolaan 5                             
7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands

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I have sent my documents, how do I know that you received them?

As soon as we have received your documents you will be informed by email.

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I finished my application, when will I hear from you?

At the University of Twente we aim to inform you about your admissibility within two weeks after your application. This can take longer if your application is incomplete, or additional information is needed in order to make an informed decision about your chances of success here. Should this be the case then we will contact you. If you wish to monitor the status of your application then please log in to Osiris and click on ‘progress’ in your application.

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My application is “incomplete”. What do I need to do?

If your application is incomplete this means that one of the required documents is still missing. When you login to your application you can see which document(s) you still need to provide in order for your application to be completed.

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What are the language requirements of the University of Twente?

International students applying for an English taught UT programme are required to prove command of the English language by providing one of the following original documents:

BACHELOR
- IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0. Please note: certificates older than two years are not considered for admission
- TOEFL (internet-based) minimum overall score of 80. Certificates older than two years are not considered for admission
- Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE

MASTER
- Academic IELTS, overall band score of at least 6.5
- TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) with a score of at least 90
- Cambridge CAE-C (CPE)

The English proficiency test is a mandatory requirement unless you are a native English speaker from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America. If you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands or if  you have obtained a Bachelor degree (3 years) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States of America you are not required to take an English proficiency test.

Only internationally recognized test results are accepted and IELTS and TOEFL certificates older than two years are not considered for admission. You need to upload one of the requested language certificates later on in the application process. Without a valid certificate, we cannot process your application.

Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

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What is matching?

Matching will help you determine whether or not this study programme is a good fit for you and if you have the motivation and study skills for the programme. Please check the matching information on the webpage of the progamme itself for more specific matching information.

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What is the e-check?

As a prospective student, you can receive advice about your eligibility for our master’s programmes by doing the eligibility check. This check takes about five minutes to complete and gives you an indication of your chances of being admitted to the master’s programme of your choice. The outcome of the eligibility check is a personal advice to you.
After finishing the eligibility check we will send you an official e-check code needed to complete the application procedure.
You can find a detailed list of admission requirements at each programme's page.

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What is a graduation statement

A graduation statement is an original letter on official stationery containing at least the following data:
- Full name of the graduate, date and place of birth;
- Obtained title and programme;
- Graduation date (please note that this date should be before the 1st of September / February next);
- Signature of the authorized person of the graduation institute.

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Whom should I appoint as my referees?

This has to be somebody from the educational institute of your previous education.

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What should be mentioned in the motivation letter?

The motivation letter should at least contain your arguments why you should be considered for the programme of your choice. Please see the webpage of the programme for additional information.

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