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The easiest way to study abroad is by participating in an exchange programme. This means you will go to a university that has a cooperation agreement with the UT. The two largest advantages are not paying tuition fees at the foreign university and taking courses abroad that count towards your degree at the UT.

Interested in studying abroad? Visit the Let's GO! Study Abroad Fair

UT students who will do their study abroad have to register via the registration system Mobility-Online
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  • General Conditions
    • You are generally required to have completed the first-year subjects of your bachelor programme.
    • Take time to prepare. Preparations for studying abroad may take nine to twelve months, so start your orientation as soon as possible.
    • Contact your faculty contact person who is in charge of internationalization regarding course-specific matters; see below for contact details.
    • Draft a Learning Agreement with the help of your faculty contact person and have it approved by your faculty examination board. This way, you are sure EC’s obtained abroad will count towards your degree here.
    • The specific conditions for studying at a foreign partner university differ per study programme. Visit the Study Abroad Canvas page of your faculty; see below for the links to the Canvas pages. And your faculty contact person for more information, see below for contact details.
    • Travelling is only allowed in safe countries. Please check this link for more info.
  • Courses Abroad (30 EC)

    Do you want to ... broaden your horizon? Have an unforgettable experience? Live in a country abroad and learn about its culture and language?

    Living and studying abroad can be a very rewarding experience. It is an incredible opportunity to meet other like-minded students in your programme. Also, it enables you to look at yourself, your world, and your studies from a different perspective. You are able to gain invaluable life skills and change and grow as a person. Moreover, studying abroad sets you ahead of your peers in terms of your current and future position in our globalizing world.

    The easiest way to study abroad is by participating in an exchange programme. This means you will go to a university that has a cooperation agreement with the UT. The two largest advantages are not paying tuition fees at the foreign university and taking courses abroad that count towards your degree at the UT.

    Typically this is a full semester abroad. During this semester you will be enrolled as an exchange student at a partner university of the UT. Because of special agreements we have with a number of universities, you can take classes free of tuition charges. In each BSc programme, the so-called minor space (modules 9 & 10) can be used to spend a semester abroad. Approval of the list of subjects needs to be given by the student adviser. Following courses abroad, during your, MSc programme might be possible as well. In this case, approval needs to be given by the Head of your Research chair and/or the Examination Board.

  • Where Can I go?

    The institutions for higher education below have all signed an agreement with the University of Twente allowing UT students to study at their institution. Keep in mind that partner institutions may only allow a limited number of students to study at their institution. Always contact your faculty contact person, see below for the contact details, for more information about studying at these UT partners. Also, almost every faculty organizes information meetings about studies abroad. All UT students who will do their study abroad have to register via the registration system Mobility-Online.

    • European partner universities
    • Non-EU partner universities

      AUSTRALIA

      BRAZIL

      HONG KONG

      • Hong Kong Polytechnic University  (Students can only apply for undergraduate courses)
      • City University of Hong Kong  (ET, S&T, EEMCS students only; 2 seats College of Science and 4 seats College of Engineering; no guaranteed housing on campus. Master level courses are very limited and subject to more strict CityU departmental approval.)

      INDONESIA

      INDIA

      JAPAN

      • Nagoya University  (GPA requirements: equivalent to 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale)
      • Saitama University  (S&T, EEMCS, UTC ATLAS students only) 
      • Tohoku University  (ET, BMS, EEMCS, ATLAS students only)
        2 semester seats reserved for ATLAS students.
        For the Fall JYPE program first contact Tohoku researchers to obtain written proof of positive reply in Oct/Nov latest on a request for research in a lab at Tohoku. Please note that this does not guarantee nomination to Tohoku. For IPLA Program max 2 seats available.   

      MEXICO

      RUSSIA

      SOUTH KOREA

      TAIWAN

      • National Chiao Tung University 
        College of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Students are required to meet the minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 Scale.
        College of Computer Science (CS) Students are required to meet a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 5.0 scale or 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
        College of Biological Science and Technology (Bo-Ai Campus)  Biology related courses grade should meet a minimum of B-level/2.75/70.
        College of Management  Undergraduate students are limited to final-year students. Students are required to meet the minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Courses offered by the College of Management are often popular and competitive. Due to professors’ consideration, background knowledge or other reasons, there is a possibility that students may not be able to select and get into the course.

      UNITED STATES

      ANNUAL DEADLINES

      Always consult your faculty contact person first on how to be nominated for a non-EU partner university before the faculty-deadlines below. Each faculty has its own deadline for applications.
      For most partner institutions: if the number of applications for a partner institution is larger than the number of places available there will be a random draw.

      • Deadline for start in Fall semester: 1 February
      • Deadline for start in Spring semester: 7 September

      Please note: If you intend to go abroad for the Spring semester, we recommend to apply as soon as possible. You may already apply for the Spring semester before the Fall semester deadline (February).

    • Faculty specific non-EU partner universities

      In the excel files below the institutions for higher education that all have a signed agreement with faculties of the University of Twente can be found. These agreements allow UT students to study at their institution. Keep in mind that partner institutions may only allow a limited number of students to study at their institution. Always contact your faculty contact person for more information about studying at these UT partners.

    Please note: if you notice differences between the information on the site and Mobility-Online, you can contact the departmental exchange coordinator.

  • Timeline

    If you want to go abroad you have to arrange a lot of things. Make sure that this fits within your personal study plan. You can always discuss your study plan with your study adviser or track coordinator. To give you a rough overview of the steps you have to take, a timeline is provided in this section. Note that this timeline is a guideline, the information provided gives no guarantees.

    pre-application

    application

    preparation to arrival

    pack your bags

    while abroad

    returning home

    12-9 months in advance

    9-3 months 
    in advance

    3-1 months
    in advance

    1-0 months
    in advance

    0-12 months

    0-1 months
    afterwards


    PRE-APPLICATION

    12 – 9 months in advance

    In the pre-application phase, you can orientate yourself on all the possibilities you have. Register for (and read the information in) the Canvas site, talk with students who have been abroad and/or students from abroad who are currently visiting the UT, go to events, join Facebook groups, etc.

    APPLICATION

    8 – 3 months in advance

    After you have decided that you want to go abroad and what you want to do abroad, the next step is to register in Mobility-Online. Make sure that you register for the right activity and academic year! After registration of the activity, you will be able to log in to continue with and monitor the status of your application for this activity.

    PREPARATION TO ARRIVAL

    3 – 1 months in advance

    After you have applied successfully and you have permission to 'go-ahead', you will need to arrange some practical matters for your study abroad. Think of arranging transport for your journey, health/travel/... insurance, accommodation, vaccinations, etc. 

    Make sure that you will have enough time to arrange the paperwork which is part of the application procedure. 

    PACK YOUR BAGS

    1 – 0 months in advance

    It is time to pack your bags!

    WHILE ABROAD

    You are obliged to let the UT know that you arrived safely and started your time abroad by filling in your foreign address and return date in Mobility-Online!

    RETURNING HOME

    For information about what to do upon return, check the section about what to do after your stay abroad and the Canvas page of your faculty, see below. And perhaps you would like to help others getting such a great time as you’ve had? In that case, register as a Buddy at the University of Twente!

  • Contact
    • Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences
      J.H. Stout MSc (Jaap)
      Exchange Coordinator | BMS
    • Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Sciences
      J. Rijken (Jitske)
      Exchange Coordinator | EEMCS
    • Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
      G.F.B. Leurink (Brigitte)
      Exchange and Internationalization officer
    • Faculty of Engineering Technology
      T. Smits (Tahnee)
      Exchange Coordinator | ET
    • Faculty of Science and Technology
      S. Kotter MA (Sarah)
      Exchange Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Technology