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. Fill out the google form to confirm that you will be joining

4. Information will shortly follow to bring you to a page on which you can pay

5. Payment can be done by Visa/Mastercard credit cards, PayPal, iDEAL, Giropay, ING HomePay, Belfius, KBC, CBC and SOFORT, Tunz.

6. 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.

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Until when can I apply for the program?

There is no application deadline, just a maximum of 30 participants.

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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.

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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.

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Program

Do I need a laptop?

Yes, we advise you to bring along a laptop. We have free wifi as well as lockers for your laptop.

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When will the academic program start?

The academic section of the program will start on 17 August. We still expect you to arrive on 16 August (arrival day) and there will be social activities that evening.

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Accommodation

Is housing included in the fee?

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

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When can I move in my accommodation?

You can move in on 16 August.

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Can I change my accommodation?

Yes, you can. Please contact us if you wish to upgrade from a tent. Keep in mind that upgrading brings additional costs.

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Will all fellows be housed together?

We are working on grouping the fellows in a group of tents surrounded by other CuriousU students. Log cabins are separated by gender.

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When do I have to leave my accommodation?

You are expected to leave your room on 22 August.

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Can I stay for an additional night?

Unfortunately we do not provide an extra night’s stay so try to arrange a stay in other accommodation on your own. You have many options of accommodation in Enschede such as the hotels de Broeierd, the Intercity Hotel, and the Campushotel Drienerburg, or arrange an Airbnb stay in Enschede.

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Will I have power in my tent?

No. We will have mobile charging points, though.

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Will men and women have seperate log cabins?

CuriousU is trying to arrange this.

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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.

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Payment

How much does it cost to register for the program?

The participation fees are listed on our information page.

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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.

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

Yes, that is possible.

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Do you offer scholarships?

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

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Arrival

When can I check in/out?

You can check in on 16 August between 16:00 and 18:00. You can check out on 22 August between 8:45 and 10:30. If you can only check in/out at a different time, please contact us!

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What are options for reaching the university from an airport?

Arrival airport: Schiphol Amsterdam

Comments: most likely the best option as it has most international connections, a fast and easy train connection and excellent services for money exchange, international sim-cards etc.

Ground route: a direct train at the airport will take you in 2 hours from Amsterdam Schiphol to Enschede for €24. Group tickets at a reduced fare of €7.50 are available online only and outside of peak hours (6.30-9 AM and 4-6.30 PM) for 4 people or more. Normal ticket can be bought on site, group tickets have to be ordered online at this page and printed beforehand or loaded onto the mobile app of the Dutch train company.

Arrival airport: Dusseldorf Germany

Comments: an alternative for some destinations, but the ground route has more transits

Ground route: train route with two transits at Dortmund and Munster, 3 hours in total for €20-30. Tickets are available at https://www.nsinternational.nl/en and should be ordered beforehand.

Arrival airport: Kolln-Bonn (Cologne) Germany

Comments: a second alternative, but one with a long ground route

Ground route: very long train route (3.5-4 hours) with transits at Kolln and Munster, price around €20-30. Tickets are available here and should be ordered beforehand.

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What if I have to leave a day earlier?

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

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Festival Program

Do I need to buy tickets to join social activities?

No, social activities are included in the fee.

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Are there separate social programmes for each CuriousU course?

Yes, sometimes we will have exclusively fellows social activities, but we will give you the opportunity to join most of the CuriousU activities as well. Also, you can choose which of the social activities you want to participate in.

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During your stay at European Meetup

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.

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Where can I go with questions during the program?

During the program there will be be Twente UIF and 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.

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Can I use the sports facilities?

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

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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.

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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.

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Can I use the library facilities?

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

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Am I allowed to go outside the festival terrain?

Yes, you are allowed to leave the festival terrain.

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Will my belongings be safe?

We offer lockers, which you can use for free.

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What if I have special dietary needs?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is the currency in the Netherlands?

The currency in the Netherlands is the euro.

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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.

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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).

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What are the voltage requirements in the Netherlands?

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

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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.

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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 'Wesselerbrink - Universiteit Twente' 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 Drienerlo. 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. Download the 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.

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When can I arrive at the campus?

You can arrive on 16 August.

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Do I need to speak Dutch?

No, it is not necessary for you to speak Dutch.

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Do I need insurance?

The European Meetup 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.

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What should I bring with me?

Keep the Dutch weather in mind. You will need clothing for four days and money for drinks in the evening.

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Visa

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 curiousu@utwente.nl.

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Will I get a refund if I don't get a visa?

In case you don't get a visa you can cancel your application. Our regular cancellation policy takes effect, therefore have a careful look at our cancellation policy.

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Do I need a visa?

Most students will not need a visa to the Netherlands since the program 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 program does not constitute the basis for securing a student visa.

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

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