Admission & Application

  • How do I apply?

    Please read the following information about the steps in the application procedure carefully:

    1. Please read the course information carefully
    2. Please check our cancellation policy
    3. Check if you comply with the admission requirements
    4. Log in to our registration page
    5. Fill out the registration completely in your personal online registration page
    6. The page will lead you automatically to a page on which you can pay
    7. Payment can be done by Visa/Mastercard credit cards, PayPal, iDEAL, Giropay, ING HomePay, Belfius, KBC, CBC and SOFORT, Tunz.
    8. Do not close the window before the payment is confirmed. Only confirmed payment is proof of successful application.  You will receive an e-mail with the confirmation of payment.
  • Do I need to take an English-language test?

    No, we do not ask that. However, we expect you to have a good command of the English language (IELTS 6.0, B2, TOEFL 550 or equivalent) so you can follow the lectures, write papers and participate actively in the discussions. It is, however, not mandatory.

  • Until when can I apply for a course?

    The application deadline is 26th July, 2021. However, we encourage students to apply as early as possible as some courses may fill up before the application deadline.

  • I have applied for a course, when will I receive more information?

    After you have applied for a course you will receive a confirmation of application and practical information.

  • What happens if the course I want to take is cancelled?

    CuriousU reserves the right to cancel the course. Participants should keep this in mind when making travel arrangements; any expenses made other than course and housing fees, will not be reimbursed.

    If a course you are enrolled in needs to be cancelled, you will be notified by our office and given the opportunity to enroll in a different course or we can reimburse the fee.

  • I have been accepted for a course, what should I do now?

    As soon as you have been accepted for a course, you will receive an email with practical information. Placement will be based on the order of payment (first-come first-served). Your placement in the course is only definite, after we have registered your payment. You can stay up-to-date after registering via Facebook.

  • What are the admission criteria?

    If you doubt if you will be admitted you can use our question based admission tool prior to your registration.

Blended format

  • What is meant with a blended format?

    The courses of CuriousU 2021 will consist of both online and offline components. The first week of CuriousU, 2-6 August 2021, will be held online. The second week, 9-15 August, will be held on the campus of the University of Twente (UT) and this is our plan unless the circumstances surrounding the pandemic do not allow for this physical part to take place, in which case we will transition to a fully online summer school. 

  • Is it possible to join only the offline courses?

    No, it is not possible to only attend the only the offline or only the online component of a selected summer course, as all our courses will have both online and offline parts, which you will need to attend. 

  • I am not able to come to the UT campus. Can I join only the online courses?

    This is only possible for our online only courses. It is not possible to attend only the online or only the offline component of a selected summer course, if this course is offered in a blended format (meaning it has both online and offline parts, which you will need to attend). 

  • Will there be a social programme?

    We are currently looking for options to plan a physical and online social programme that is both safe and fun for participants, however more information will follow in due time, so please stay tuned and check our website and social media for updates.


  • Where can I find Covid-19 updates?

    For more information and updates on Covid-19 in relation to CuriousU, please make sure to regularly check our website, our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin) as well as contact us via if you have questions you cannot find answers to via our other channels. For more information about Covid-19 and the University of Twente specifically can be found in our main university page. For more information regarding the national regulations, decisions and policies related to the Covid-19 and the Netherlands can be found in the official government website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

  • What are the Covid-19 guidelines in the Netherlands?

    The guidelines regarding Covid-19 in the Netherlands are constantly changing and being updated and can be followed via the official government website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

  • How will CuriousU ensure safety?

    As organisers of CuriousU we have a great responsibility to ensure that we organise and offer the summer school in a safe way for our participants and staff involved. This is why we are offering a blended summer school. We however do understand that various limitations and restrictions (national and international) may not allow us to offer this blended format, therefore we are ready to take measures to either transition to a fully online summer school or adopt other safety measures and protocols to ensure that an offline summer school can also be possible. These safety measures will be announced in due, so please be patient. If you have any concerns or question on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us via  We also understand that for this year many of our participants, especially those residing outside Europe may not be able to join the summer school, especially the offline part, which is something we cannot influence unfortunately. Please rest assured that our team is constantly monitoring the way the pandemic is being handled all over the world and we are working extra hard to ensure that we offer you a safe CuriousU.  

  • Do I get my money back if a cause related to Covid-19 prevents me from travelling?

    Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic, we have decided to offer an even more flexible cancellation policy to ensure that you have some more time and flexibility in making changes or cancelling your participation in the event that you are prohibited to travel abroad. Please check our Cancellation Policy in relation to Covid-19 in relation to cancellations form participants (Terms and Conditions, articles 11 and 12).

  • Will I receive a refund if my flight is cancelled or if I decide to cancel due to a Covid-19 related cause?

    Travelling during the pandemic is becoming more and more difficult. We understand that making longer term plans is not the easiest at the moment and that flights are being cancelled very often. This is why we highly recommend buying a travel insurance when booking your ticket as CuriousU is not liable for refunding these costs, even if the cancellation is related to Covid-19. Please check our Cancellation Policy in relation to Covid-19 in our website (Terms and Conditions).

(Online) Courses

  • When will I receive the course materials?

    Course materials are provided on site and/or online. If the course leader requires you to read material beforehand, he or she will contact you in advance.

  • Do I need a laptop?

    Yes, you will need a laptop to follow the online component of the courses. We also advise you to bring along a laptop to the UT. We have free wifi as well as lockers for your laptop.

  • Do I need specific software to follow the online part of the summer course?

    You don’t need any specific software or hardware to follow the online parts of the programe, unless it is stated in the course description or requested by the Course Leader (very unlikely). What you need is a laptop with good functionality and a stable internet connection in order to be able to access the online platform for your course (educational platforms similar to Canvas, BlackBoard, Moodle, etc.) but also to participate to synchronous lectures, workshops, virtual group work and other online activities and of course read through the course material.

  • How many contact hours does the course consist of?

    Classes take place during the online and the offline week. The exact number of contact hours during the online week varies among the courses. Offline classes are offered for 5 days (Monday-Friday) and consist of 6 hours a day, divided into 3-hour morning and 3-hour afternoon sessions. In total, this makes 30 contact hours during the offline week.

  • Where can I find the course programme?

    Once the course programme is known, it will be placed on the website under 'courses'.

  • When will the courses start?

    The online courses will start on 2 August. The courses on campus will start on 9 August, however we doexpect you to arrive on 8 August (arrival day).

  • Can I participate in two courses?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible.

  • Can I change courses?

    Yes you can, if the course isn't full already. This can be done with the personal link in your registration email.

  • Can I follow a course fully online?

    You can only follow a course completely online if it's indicated, these three courses are given fully online. All other courses are meant to be followed in a blended format, 1 week online and 1 week on-campus.


  • How many credits can I receive for a summer course?

    You can get a maximum of 2 European Credits per course. We would like to point out that recognition of credits is at the discretion of your home institution. Also note that some courses result in less than 2 credits.


  • Is housing included in the fee?

    The tent option is included in the fee. All other housing options come at additional cost.

  • When will the accommodation offered by CuriousU be confirmed?

    The accommodation as well as the confirmation regarding the definitive format of CuriousU (blended or fully online) is dependent on the national and international regulations and policies related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Kindly note that accommodation options at the University of Twente campus may be limited this year and only camping tents (option to be confirmed in due time) and hotel stay at the UPark Hotel (confirmed, but restricted availability) will be offered in restricted capacity. Both the accommodation offerings and the format of CuriousU will be confirmed in the 2nd week of June 2021.

  • When can I move in my accommodation?

    You can move in on the arrival day which is the first day of CuriousU without course obligations.

  • Can I change my accommodation?

    Yes, you can. This can be done through the personal link which is provided in your registration email. Keep in mind that upgrading brings additional costs.

  • Will all students attending the same course be housed together?

    No, you are not housed by course attendance. Log cabins are separated by gender.

  • My friend is also attending the summer school, can we stay at the same accommodation?

    Yes, most of the times that is possible. Please send us an email at if you wish to arrange this.

  • When do I have to leave my room?

    You are expected to leave your room on the check-out day.

  • Can I stay for an additional night?

    Unfortunately we do not offer an extra sleepover but try to arrange an Airbnb stay in Enschede on your own. 

  • Will I have power in my tent?

    No. We will have mobile charging points, though.

  • Will men and women have seperate log cabins?

    We're trying to arrange this.

  • How many sanitary facilities are there?

    There's one facility for the festival/tent area, which includes multiple toilets. We also have showers you can use. The log cabins have their own (shared) facilities.


  • Which meals are included in the package?

    The package covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. We provide both cold and warm options for all meals.

  • Are there any other options for food or snacks?

    There is a supermarket located on campus which you can visit to purchase extra snacks or food if necessary. Please kindly note that the costs for these extra meals will be paid on own account.

  • What if I have special dietary needs?

    Let us know about your needs through the personal link in your registration email.


  • How much does it cost to register for CuriousU?

    The participation fees are listed on our information page.

  • Can I get a refund if I have to cancel?

    Costs will be owed in the event of cancellation or if the participant interrupts the course or ends it prematurely. Please consult our terms and conditions for the detailed cancellation policy.

  • Can I use someone else's credit card to make the payment?

    Yes, that is possible.

  • Do you offer scholarships?

     No we don't. Please ask your home university about your options.


  • When can I check in/out?

    You can check in on the first day between 10:00 and 18:00. You can check out on the last day between 8:45 and 10:00. If you can only check in/out at a different time, please contact us!

  • What's the easiest way to reach the university from the airport?

    You can take the train from Schiphol Airport to Hengelo station. On the arrival day there will be (free) buses riding from Hengelo station to CuriousU from 10 AM until 6 PM. If you wish to arrive later, please send an email to For more information, please check here.

  • What if I have to leave a day earlier?

    This is possible, but please let us know this when you check in!

Festival programme

  • Do I need to buy tickets to join social activities?

    No, social activities are included in the fee.

  • Are there separate social programmes for each course?

    No, but you can choose which of the social activities you want to participate in.

During your stay at curiousu

  • I would like to see a doctor, how can I arrange that?

    The General Practitioner administers first line, primary care. Patients can not consult a hospital specialist without a required referral. Please note that international patients are required to pay in cash. After you have paid the bill, you can send it to your insurance company to be reimbursed. There is a GP on campus.

  • Where can I go with questions during the summer school?

    During the CuriousU there will be several crew members on campus who will be recognizable by their clothing. We also have an information desk on campus at all time during the summer school week.

  • Are there sports facilities available for summer school students?

    All students can use the tennis courts, fitness area and swimming pool during the day.

  • What should I do in case of emergency?

    In cases of accidents, sudden illnesses or other situations in which urgent care is necessary, call the general emergency number: 112 (24 hours a day). For less urgent situations you can call the police on 0900 8844.

  • Can I charge my phone and laptop in my tent?

    It's not possible to have electricity in your tent. We do have free mobile charging points on the festival terrain. Next to this, we also have lockers with charging opportunities.

  • Can I use the library facilities?

    The University of Twente has its own library that CuriousU participants can use. The library provides an extensive collection of literature and study areas.

  • Am I allowed to go outside the festival terrain?

    Yes, you are allowed to leave the festival terrain. However, keep in mind that you need to be present at all your courses in order to receive your certificate. We've also scheduled a free day for you to explore The Netherlands. For more information, please have a look here. Take also a look at our schedule to find out which day this is.

  • Will my belongings be safe?

    We offer lockers, which you can use for free.

About The Netherlands

  • Are all summer school students international?

    Most students will be international, but CuriousU is open to anyone, so there will be Dutch students as well.

  • What language do people in the Netherlands speak?

    People in the Netherlands speak Dutch. There are also some recognized provincial languages and regional dialects. Most Dutch people can speak and understand English quite well.

  • What is the weather like in the Netherlands?

    The Netherlands has four seasons: winter (January - March), spring (April - June), summer (July – September) and autumn (October - December). The weather in summer can be pleasant, sunny and warm, i.e. 20-28 degrees Celsius. However, nothing is less predictable than the Dutch weather, so it is very likely that we will have colder, cloudy and rainy days during the summer as well. Therefore you are well advised to not only bring summer clothes, but also something a little warmer and for example a raincoat.

  • What is the currency in the Netherlands?

    The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro.

  • How many people live in the Netherlands?

    The Netherlands is a small country, but many people live there. With over 16 million inhabitants it is one of the most densely populated countries of the world.

  • Where can I find more information about the Dutch education system?

    More information about the Dutch education system and studying in the Netherlands can be found on the website of Nuffic (Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education).

  • What are the voltage requirements in the Netherlands?

    Voltage: 230 V; Plug types C & F. You might need a voltage converter and plug adapter.

  • How can I pay for things in the Netherlands?

    Payments by cash or Maestro debit cards are very common in the Netherlands. Credit cards and Visa debit cards are far less common and you will not be able to pay with them everywhere.

Before you leave

  • What is the nearest airport to Enschede?
    • By plane: If you come by plane, usually you fly into Schiphol, the largest airport in the Netherlands, close to Amsterdam. There is an intercity train from Schiphol that goes straight to Enschede Central Station. The trip from Schiphol to Enschede takes about two hours. When you arrive at the train station in Enschede, take bus line 1 to 'UT/Langenkampweg'or bus line 9 to 'Hengelo'. Bus line 1 stops at several bus stops on the campus. Bus line 9 stops at the entrance of the campus (bus stop 'Kennispark/UT'). (Second option: Switch trains in Hengelo and travel further with a regional train to station Enschede Kennispark. This station is located at walking distance of the University of Twente main entrance (about 1 km). 
    • By train: Take a train to Hengelo, Enschede or Enschede Drienerlo. After that, follow the bus instructions below.
 NS train journey planner 
    • By car: From the A1 motorway, take the A35 motorway towards Enschede. Then take exit no.26 Enschede-West/Universiteit. Follow the signs Universiteit. If you use a navigation system, navigate to Drienerlolaan 5 in Enschede, Netherlands.
  • Do I need to speak Dutch?

    No, it is not necessary for you to speak Dutch. For more information, please check here

  • Do I need insurance?

    CuriousU does not provide any insurance for students. Please make sure that you have your own travel insurance when you arrive the Netherlands. You should take out a travel insurance which covers medical costs, liability, accidents and expatriation to your home country in case of emergencies. If you need a doctor while being in the Netherlands you first have to pay the bill, that you can send to your insurance company afterwards to be reimbursed.

  • What should I bring with me?

    Keep the Dutch weather in mind. You will need clothing for eight days, money for drinks in the evening and for your day off.


  • Can you send me a letter of acceptance?

    Yes, if you have paid the course fee, we will send you an official invitation letter / letter of acceptance by mail. This can be useful (or even necessary) for your visa application procedure. We only send letters to people who need to apply for a visa. You can find here whether your nationality requires a visa. Do you require a letter for your visa application, but have you not received one? Please let us know by sending an email to

  • Will I get a refund if I won't get a visa?

    In case you don't get a visa you can cancel your application. Check our regular cancellation policy in the terms and conditions.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Most students will not need a visa to the Netherlands since the course runs for less than three months. However, it is the candidate’s responsibility to look into this matter independently.

    International students should be aware that participation in the Summer School does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa.

    You can find on the Dutch government website whether your nationality requires a visa.