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EDITION 2017 / 2018

WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE!


Dear Student, This handbook contains practical
information for UT Bachelor,
Welkom! On behalf of the University of Twente I would Master, and Exchange students.
like to welcome you to our university. You have made Please note that procedures for
the right choice. More than a thousand fellow students enrolled at the ITC
international students come to study at the University faculty are often referred to
of Twente every year. While studying abroad in separately, as procedures may
Enschede brings you new experiences, opportunities differ from those for students
and personal development, it also means adapting to a studying at campus faculties.
new country, its climate, people and culture. We think
this handbook will not only help you in arranging Information for PhD candidates
formalities before and upon arrival, it will also show can be found in Chapter 4. For
you what the University of Twente, the campus, ITC, specific information, however,
Enschede, and the Netherlands have to offer. PhD candidates are advised to
Moreover, we hope to provide some insight into the visit www.utwente.nl/en/hr/
Dutch (educational) culture. We wish you all the best in doctoral-candidates/#forms-
your studies and hope you enjoy your time in the for-doctoral-candidates.
Netherlands. Make your stay here a lifetime experience.

I hope to see you around,

Katja Hunfeld
Head of International Support - University of Twente

Join the International UT


Community:
www.facebook.com/
groups/UTInternational
CONTENTS
1. ADMITTANCE AND REGISTRATION 5. EXPLORING ENSCHEDE AND NL
! Send in documents 5 Enschede 55
Administration deadlines 6 Exploring the Enschede area 56
Enschede city map 58
Shopping 60
2. TO DO BEFORE ARRIVAL
Religion 61
! Visa, residence permit, change of university 9
National holidays 65
Arranging Accommodation 12
Bicycles 63
Insurance 14
Public transportation 64
Academic calendar 17
OV-chipkaart 65
Living costs 18
Day trips in the Netherlands 66
About the Netherlands 19
Change of address 68
Differences in culture and education 21
Part-time jobs in the Netherlands 69
About UT academic culture 22
Food 24
6. SUPPORT & CONTACT INFORMATION
Faculty internationalisation coordinators 71
3. TO DO UPON ARRIVAL
Student Affairs & Services 72
Getting to the UT 27
Student Service Desk 72
Kick-in introduction days 28
ITC Student Affairs Office 73
! Finalise your enrolment 29
Student Affairs, Coaching & Counselling 74
Internet access 29
TCP Language Centre 75
Printing 29
Student Union 75
Dutch bank account 30
Student rights & student charter 77
Registering with the doctor 31
Financial support 78
Student card 32
Code of conduct 79
UnionCard 32
Register at municipality & BSN number 33
Tuberculosis test 34
7. UPON DEPARTURE
Mobile phone 34
To do upon departure 81
Before / upon arrival checklist 35
Working in NL after graduation 82

4. FACILITIES
Campus map 37
International student associations 39
Global Lounge 41
Sports facilities 42
Cultural Activities 43
Doctor, dentist & physical therapist 44
Libraries 46
Religion 46
Stores 47
Canteens, restaurants & bars 48
Child care 49
PhD after your Master degree? 51
4 ADMITTANCE AND REGISTRATION

1. ADMITTANCE AND REGISTRATION


5 Send in documents
6 Bachelor and Master students: Admittance and Enrolment
7 Exchange students: Admittance and Registration

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Visit www.utwente.nl/go/ish/application for information about admittance and
registration.
ADMITTANCE AND REGISTRATION
5

SEND IN DOCUMENTS
CAMPUS STUDENTS When you arrive at the University of Twente,
After you are admitted to a University of Twente you still need to complete your final registration
(UT) study programme, you will receive e-mails at the University (see page 29).

!
from the UT with steps to take towards
registration. In order to complete your Please note that your enrolment will not be
enrolment, the university requires the hardcopy finalised until you have submitted all requested
documents listed below if you haven’t provided documents and your payment has been
them yet: received by the UT.

- Certified hardcopy* of your original degree ITC STUDENTS


certificate of previous education; Applications for courses at the Faculty ITC
- Certified hardcopy* of your original final have been dealt with through the course finder
transcript of records; on the ITC website. Communication runs
- Official translations in English or Dutch (if through the ITC digital application system of
applicable); the ITC Admission Office.

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- Official English test report (if applicable);
- Entrance Acceptance Form (Master/Bachelor When officially admitted to study at ITC the ITC
students only); Immigration will contact all admitted ITC
- For Master Business Administration or students by e-mail about the formalities and
Industrial Engineering Management steps to take. Please follow the instructions
applicants only: Certified copy* of your carefully.
GMAT/GRE score report;
- Learning agreement (Exchange students
only). You will receive this by e-mail;
- Copy of your international passport. ADMISSION PROCEDURE
Website:
When you have sent in your Entrance Bachelor: www.utwente.nl/go/ish/applicati-
Acceptance form (Bachelor/Master) or when on/bachelor
you have provided all required documents Master: www.utwente.nl/go/ish/applicati-
(Exchange), you will be contacted by e-mail on/master
about visa procedures (if applicable), housing E-mail:
possibilities (if applicable), insurance, bank Bachelor: admissionbachelor@utwente.nl
account, and other formalities. You will also be Master: admissionoffice@utwente.nl
invited to participate in the (mandatory)
introduction days for international students. INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS
Website: www.utwente.nl/go/ish/interna-
* A certified copy is a copy with an official stamp and signature tionalstudents
on each page (and, if applicable, also on the reverse side) to Twitter: @UTInternational
verify that it is a copy of the original document requested.
This official stamp and signature may be from a notary or your
school/university. Photocopies or scans of the documents
ITC ADMISSION OFFICE
mentioned above are not legal proof and, therefore, cannot be E: education-itc@utwente.nl
accepted for enrolment. W: www.itc.nl/study
6 ADMITTANCE AND REGISTRATION

BACHELOR & MASTER STUDENTS


ADMITTANCE AND ENROLMENT

Application
Online Application

Acceptance
Before Arrival Chapter 1 & 2

Send in
Entrance Acceptance Form
Visa / Insurance / Banking
If applicable

Confirmation email

Housing
Send in documents If applicable
Upon Arrival Chapter 3

Finalise Enrolment Attend Formality Market

Admission Office International Office


Application ADMITTANCE AND REGISTRATION
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deadlines:
BSc: www.utwente.nl/go/ish/
deadlines/bachelor
MSc: www.utwente.nl/go/ish/
EXCHANGE STUDENTS
deadlines/master ADMITTANCE AND ENROLMENT
Exchange: www.utwente.nl/go/
ish/deadlines/exchange

Online Application
Follow the six steps Visa / Insurance / Banking
Before Arrival Chapter 1 & 2

If applicable
Provisional
Acceptance

Housing
Send in If applicable
Learning Agreement

Acceptance
Upon Arrival Chapter 3

Finalise Enrolment Attend Formality Market

International Office / Faculty International Office


8 TO DO BEFORE ARRIVAL

2. TO DO BEFORE ARRIVAL
9 Entry visa, residence permit, change of university

12 Arranging accommodation

14 Insurance

17 Academic calendar

18 Living costs

19 About the Netherlands

21 Differences in culture and education

2
22 About UT academic culture

24 Food

Visit www.utwente.nl/go/ish/todo/before-arrival for information about the prepa-


ration of your stay in Enschede.

As a resident of the Netherlands, you must be able to identify yourself to authorities at


all times. As a result, you are strongly encouraged to always carry your passport, ID
card and/or residence permit when travelling both within and outside of the Nether-
lands.

For an overview of frequently asked question regarding visa/residence permit


procedures please visit www.utwente.nl/go/ish/visa.
TO DO BEFORE ARRIVAL
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ENTRY VISA, RESIDENCE PERMIT,


CHANGE OF UNIVERSITY
As determined by Dutch law, students cannot ADMINISTRATION FEE
apply for a visa themselves. All applications and By Dutch law, the Immigration Service (IND)
extensions for (entry) visas and residence ­charges a € 317 administration fee for entry visa/­
permits are coordinated by the University of residence permit procedures.
Twente (Bachelor/Master/Exchange students), - Most recipients of scholarship programmes
and ITC faculty (ITC students). If you require an must transfer the fee to the UT bank account.
entry visa or residence permit you will be Some scholarship providers will reimburse this
contacted by e-mail outlining all necessary fee to you and a small number pay it for you;
procedures. Provided you supply all necessary - Non-scholarship students do not need to pay
documents in time, application procedures at the visa administration fee in advance: the UT
the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) will take will deduct this amount from your deposit;
about 4 - 6 weeks. Applicants with nationalities - ITC students requiring an entry visa/residence
from the following countries: Bangladesh, Nepal permit will receive an invoice from Student
and Pakistan have to take into account that the Finance Administration.
application may take up to 3 months.

DO I NEED AN ENTRY VISA AND/OR RESIDENCE PERMIT?


Nationality Entry visa required? Residence permit required?

EU/EEA, Switzerland No No

Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Yes, for stays of


No
New Zealand, South Korea or USA 90 days or more

Yes, for stays of


All others Yes
90 days or more
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ENTRY VISA

CAMPUS STUDENTS Exchange students must transfer € 875, for


STEP 1: CONFIRM OFFER every month of staying in the Netherlands.
To start your entry visa/residence permit
application procedure, confirm your offer from STEP 3: ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES BY E-MAIL
the University of Twente by returning your The University of Twente will guide you through
completed Entrance Acceptance Form (BEAF/ the next steps of the entry visa/residence permit
EAF). Exchange students do not have to procedure. Please follow the instructions
complete this form; they will be contacted by the outlined in the e-mails you will receive.
University of Twente.
ITC STUDENTS
STEP 2: PROOF OF FINANCIAL MEANS STUDYING LESS THAN 90 DAYS IN NL
Dutch law requires non-EU students staying in Students studying in the Netherlands for less
the Netherlands for more than 90 days to apply than four months have to apply for a “multiple-
for a visa and residence permit. The university entry Schengen short stay visa” at the Dutch
applies for both at the same time on your behalf. embassy in their own or neighboring country.
The visa is a sticker in your passport to enter the You will be instructed to visit the Netherlands
Netherlands and is valid for 90 days, the embassy to collect the visa when receiving your
residence permit is a card you will receive after ITC letter of admission. Please note that a short
you have arrived and will be valid during your stay visa allows you to stay in the Netherlands
stay. for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.
It is not possible to extend a short stay visa;
To apply for the visa and residence permit we Dutch authorities make no exceptions to this
will request a money transfer or a Scholarship rule.
letter. Bachelor and Master students must
transfer both tuition fee and € 11.000 for proof of STUDYING MORE THAN 90 DAYS IN NL
living. If you are not capable of transferring € Students studying for longer than three months
11.000, we may (under strict conditions) also must have an authorization for temporary stay
accept a bank statement. This is not preferred, (MVV) upon arrival. After you have arrived in the
but if this is the only option for you, please send Netherlands, you will receive your residence
us an e-mail to discuss the conditions. permit card.

As soon as you have been awarded a scholarship,


or when course fees have been fully paid, ITC
Immigration will apply for a MVV and the
residence permit at the Dutch Immigration
Service (IND) in the Netherlands.

A multiple-entry Schengen visa allows


travel and study-related trips to
Schengen countries. For an overview of
all Schengen countries visit:
www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-
visa-countries-list
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RESIDENCE PERMITS
HOW TO GET YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT
-  Campus students requiring a residence
! FIRST-YEAR
BACHELOR ?
permit will be guided through all formalities NOTE:
before arrival.
- ITC students requiring a residence permit Regardless o
f meeting th
50% require e
after their arrival will be monitored by ITC ment, the
Student Affairs on obtaining the residence Binding Reco
mmendation
permit from the IND. They will inform you on continuat
ion of studie
(BSA: 45 EC s
which steps to take. TS per acad
year) issued emic
by the
University w
EXTENDING YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT ill decide
whether you
are allowed
-- Campus students: To extend your residence continue yo to
ur studies or
permit expiring during the current academic not.
year, contact the Immigration Officers directly
for more information.
For further information about justifiable study
-- ITC students: The extension of your residence
delay visit: www.utwente.nl/en/ces/sacc/
permit is handled and monitored by ITC
regulations/momi-extented
Student Affairs.
-- The fee for extending your residence permit is
Students enrolled at the University College
€ 159.
Twente for the program Technology and Liberal
Arts & Sciences (ATLAS) need to obtain 60 ECTS
RESIDENCE PERMIT & STUDY PROGRESS
yearly.
In order for a regular student (i.e. a student who
pays a tuition fee to the University of Twente) to
CHANGE OF UNIVERSITY
maintain their residence permit, the Dutch
’Modern Migration Policy Act’ (Modern If you are transferring from another institution
Migratiebeleid) states that they should obtain a within the Netherlands (e.g. another Dutch
minimum of 50% of the needed ECTS per university or company) to the University of
Academic year. Your study advisor will have Twente, you will have to extend your residence
meetings with you during the academic year to permit accordingly. Please contact the
check if your study results are sufficient for Immigration Officers or ITC Student Affairs to
keeping your residence permit. In case you do arrange the extension.
not obtain 50% of the ECTS without a justified
reason, the University must report this to the Keep in mind that transferring students need to
IND and your residence permit will be cancelled. provide the same documents as other students
After this, it is not possible to study at our applying for an entry visa and also transfer the
University again. tuition fee and living costs. The fee for extending
your residence permit because you are
In case of justifiable study delay, students can transferring is € 159. If you have a residence
request the Committee Personal Circumstances permit for study which is valid for the first year at
(CPO) to assess their circumstances. The ruling the UT, the university does not apply for an
of the CPO will be taken into account when extension but only informs IND. Remember to
evaluating your academic progress. request an extension of your residence permit
before it expires.
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ARRANGING ACCOMODATION
FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION FOR CAMPUS STUDENTS
The University of Twente is the linking pin between local housing providers and international UT
students, PhD students, employees, and other guests. The UT mediates for furnished on- and off-
campus accommodation on behalf of three local housing providers: De Veste, Stadsweide, and the
ITC International Hotel.

ON-CAMPUS: OFF-CAMPUS: OFF-CAMPUS:


DE VESTE STADSWEIDE ITC INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
De Veste is the on-campus The renovated and modern The modern ITC Inter-
housing provider, offering Stadsweide apartments are national Hotel is located in
approximately 300 rooms located in the bustling city the vibrant city centre of
on the UT campus. All UT centre of Enschede - about Enschede, approximately 20
campus rooms are private, 20 minutes by bike or public minutes by bike or public
while bathroom and kitchen transport from the UT transport from the UT
facilities are often shared campus. The shops, market, campus. The shops, market,
with other students. post-office, and railway post-office, and railway
station are within walking station are within walking
distance. The unique Stads- distance. The fully-furnished
weide apartments feature rooms with balcony have
spacious, fully-furnished, private bathroom facilities
apartments with private and shared kitchen facilities.
bedrooms and a private or
shared kitchen, bathroom
and balcony.
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Visa students who have completed both their FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION FOR ITC
visa application and their application for housing STUDENTS
before 1 December (start 1 February) or before 1
The ITC International Hotel (IIH) provides
July (start 1 September), will be treated with
accommodation to students studying at the ITC
priority. All students applying for accommodation
faculty. It is located at Boulevard 1945-4, about
after 1 December/1 July will be served on a first
1 kilometre from ITC. The IIH has 398 single
come-first served basis.
rooms. There are 29 communal kitchens that
can be used by all residents. For ITC students
Eligible Bachelor, Master, and Exchange
participating in the Post-initial Master’s
students can apply for furnished housing by
accommodation is reserved in the IIH for all
filling in the online application form for housing.
admitted candidates from the start of the
You will receive a link to this form by e-mail after
course, with a stay commitment of min. 12
you return your fully completed (Bachelor)
months. For ITC participants in the initial Spatial
Entrance Acceptance Form (BEAF/EAF) or
Engineering Master’s the accommodation is
Exchange programme application package. Our
offered by the admission office but not
housing officers will do their utmost to provide
compulsory. However, once you accept the
all applying students with an offer for
offer, the reservation is with a stay commitment
accommodation.
of min. 12 months. Registered students are
required to pay a deposit equal to one month
PhD students, employees, trainees, and other
rent. The 12 month student stay commitment is
international guests can request an application
applicable for courses of 9 months or longer in
form for furnished housing through the website:
duration. For courses less than 9 months in
www.utwente.nl/go/ish/housing
duration, students have a stay commitment for
the duration of the course.
UNFURNISHED ACCOMMODATION
The on-campus housing provider De Veste Upon check-in you will receive an entry card for
(www.veste.nl/english) also offers unfurnished the front door, the door to your corridor, and the
rooms to international students. To apply for door to your own room. ITC students will
unfurnished housing, contact De Veste directly receive additional information about their stay
or explore this and many more options by at the ITC International Hotel with their
downloading the Alternative Accommodation admission letter. Visit www.itc.nl/itc-
Handbook from www.utwente.nl/en/education/ international-hotel for information about the ITC
international-students/housing/handbook- International Hotel, its rates and other facilities.
alternative-accommodation.pdf.
INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

ALTERNATIVE
ACCOMMODATION Please note that housing for students at
HANDBOOK
University College Twente is guaranteed for
A PRACTICAL GUIDE
EDITION 2016 the first two years of the programme. For
more information visit:
www.utwente.nl/en/university-college-
twente/studentlife/#housing
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CO-OPTATION
A flat share is for most students not only a In most cases, flats will invite you (or even a
partnership of convenience, but a crucial aspect couple of students interested in a room at once)
of daily life. Many flats eat and cook together, for a meeting in order to get to know you. After
play games in the evenings, go clubbing or do that, they decide as a group and give you a sign
other things as a group. In short: they spend whether you can move in or not. Don’t be afraid
a lot, maybe even the major part of their free to reject the room yourself if you cannot picture
time together. A good fit is thus important and yourself living in a particular flat and don’t feel
therefore students select their own flat mates. down if a flat rejects you. Most students visit
Placement is very uncommon. The selection several flats before they find what they are
procedure, known as co-optation (Dutch: looking for. If it’s not possible for you to visit
coöptatie), aims to ensure a good fit. the flat beforehand, ask the flat for a meeting
via VoIP/Skype/videochat. More information is
available at su.utwente.nl/en/rooms.

INSURANCE
WHAT INSURANCE DO YOU NEED?

AON insurance packages start on


the departure day from your home AON Hewitt
country until the day of return in PO Box 1005
your home country. Make sure you 3000 BA Rotterdam
inform the Immigration Officers / T: +31 (0)10 448 8270
ITC Student Affairs of your exact E: students@aon.nl
­travel dates! W: www.students-insurance.eu/stu-
dents/en/
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HOW TO ARRANGE INSURANCE AON INSURANCE PACKAGES
CAMPUS STUDENTS (EU/EEA) AON ICS COMPLETE INSURANCE
If you are insured under the national health ICS Complete covers all your medical costs and
insurance scheme of an EU/EEA member state liability in the Netherlands. You are covered for
or Switzerland, your insurance company can emergency dental care, doctor visits, physio-
provide you with a European Health Insurance therapy, acupuncture, medicines, psycho-
Card (EHIC). As long as you do not have paid therapies, and medical transport. ICS Complete
work/internship in the Netherlands, additional Insurance also covers personal liability, luggage,
insurance is not required. Please be aware that household contents, accidents, legal aid, and
an EHIC is valid for a limited time only, and does repatriation. You are covered during internships
not cover luggage, liability, or legal aid. Contact and international travel (holiday). Medical costs
the Immigration Officers to arrange this related to pre-existing conditions or non-
additional insurance. essential procedures will not be covered (e.g.
regular asthma medication).
CAMPUS STUDENTS (NON-EU/EEA)
Non-EU/EEA students are required to arrange AON BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE
health insurance through the Immigration If you are not eligible for ICS Complete cover
Officers. You will be guided in arranging health you must arrange basic health insurance. AON
and liability insurance before arrival. To make Basic Health Insurance covers health insurance
sure all formalities can be arranged on time, but not liability insurance.
inform the Immigration Officers of your expected
arrival date as soon as possible. For a full overview of coverages included in AON
insurance packages please visit the AON
ITC STUDENTS website: www.students-insurance.eu/students/
ITC students (including PhD students) will be en
guided by ITC staff in arranging AON complete
insurance. You will receive your insurance
certificate by e-mail before arrival, as this is
If you hold ICS complete Insurance
required in your entry visa/residence permit
you are not allowed to apply for
application process.
Dutch Healthcare Allowance, called
‘zorgtoeslag’.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

HOSPITALISATION EXTENDING YOUR INSURANCE


Always inform AON in case of admittance to a If your study period at the University of Twente
hospital, and inform the hospital of your AON will be extended, your insurance needs to be
insurance information. This allows your invoices extended as well. For more information contact
to be forwarded directly to AON without the the Immigration Officers or ITC Student Affairs.
need for advance payment.
PROOF OF INSURANCE
VISITING GUESTS AND FRIENDS Keep your proof of insurance on file, as you will
Relatives and guests of students/employees are need it when visiting your doctor or dentist. AON
also obliged to have a health insurance policy will also provide a brochure listing the insurance
during their stay in the Netherlands. Extra conditions and all covered (medical) procedures.
insurances are strongly recommended,
especially the personal liability and the CLAIMS
emergency assistance insurance (flight to home- Health insurance claim forms can be
country in case of a life threatening situation or downloaded from the AON website. The AON
death of a family member). A deposit is paid in website provides information about when and
advance, based on the duration of the family/ how to file a claim. If you provide your insurance
guest stay. Please contact the Immigration information to the pharmacy and the hospital
Officers or ITC Student Affairs for more ‘Medisch Spectrum Twente’ (MST) they will
information. send their bills directly to AON.

W: www.students-insurance.eu/students/en/
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ACADEMIC CALENDAR
The academic calendar determines the first and last day of the academic year, which weeks are
determined for lectures, written examinations and academic holidays. All scheduled educational
activities of all UT study programmes should be fitted into the academic calendar (Dutch: jaarcirkel).
For a full overview of the academic calendar 2017/2018, please visit the UT website.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018


Start date campus faculties Monday 4 September 2017
Start date ITC faculty Monday 28 September 2017
End date 2017 / 2018 Sunday 26 August 2018

SEPTEMBER / FALL SEMESTER / 1ST SEMESTER


Start date: Monday 4 September 2017
End date: Friday 2 February 2018

FEBRUARY / SPRING SEMESTER / 2ND SEMESTER


Start date: Monday 5 February 2018
End date: Friday 27 July 2018

W: www.utwente.nl/en/ces/planning-schedules/academic-calendar/calendars
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LIVING COSTS
The following example student (1) If you are unsure if your study programme is considered technical or
budget can help indicate what non-technical, please contact the Student Service Desk (see p. 72).
budget is required when study- (2) Insurance costs for EU/EEA students depend on policies of
ing at the University of Twente. insurance companies in your home country. EU/EEA students can
opt for additional insurance of € 10 - € 25 per month. This insurance
covers costs of medical care, liability, household contents and
luggage, legal aid, and extra costs. Please contact the University of
Twente (see p. 72) for more information.

TUITION FEES 2017/2018

Nationality Level of study Study Programme Tuition fee


EU/EEA All All (excl. ATLAS) € 2,006
EU/EEA Bachelor ATLAS € 4,012
Non-EU/EEA Bachelor Non-technical (1) € 7,775
Non-EU/EEA Bachelor Technical (1) € 8,875
Non-EU/EEA Bachelor ATLAS € 10,881
Non-EU/EEA Master Non-technical (1) € 11,250
Non-EU/EEA Master Technical (1) € 14,000
ITC Master (18 months) € 21,000

ANNUAL LIVING COSTS


Category Amount For whom?
Housing € 5,000 All students
Books & supplies € 500 All students
Insurance € 480 Optional for EU/EEA students(2)
Visa € 317 Non-EU/EEA students only
Bank account € 50 All students
Food € 2,500 All students
Transportation € 600 All students
Other (clothing etc.) € 800 All students
Bicycle € 125 All students
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ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS


A SMALL FLAT COUNTRY POLITICS
On a world map, the Netherlands looks very The Netherlands has a constitutional monarchy,
small. You can drive the greatest distance, from with a democratic parliamentary system com-
north to south, in around four hours. The posed of the Upper House (Eerste Kamer) and
country’s formal name, the Netherlands, refers the Lower House (Tweede Kamer), together
to the fact that most of its land is at or below sea forming the Dutch Parliament. The Head of State
level. Holland is the name of the western part of is King Willem-Alexander, and the seat of
the country, the two most heavily populated of government is The Hague (Den Haag) although
the twelve provinces. While some insist that the Amsterdam is the capital of the country.
only proper name of the country is the
Netherlands, the name Holland is used in many PEOPLE
(international) situations. Though ethnically the Dutch tend to be tall and
fair, Dutch society is becoming increasingly
LANDSCAPE multicultural. Because of the Dutch colonial
On arrival you will be struck by certain features past, people of Caribbean, Indonesian, or
of the landscape. To start with, the Netherlands Surinamese descent are common. Moreover, in
is very flat. There are a few hills in the south- the 1950s and 1960s, the Netherlands attracted
eastern corner of the country, but they disturb workers from Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Turkey
the flat horizon only slightly. to meet the expanding growth of the Dutch
industry as they recovered from the second
Another thing you will notice is the abundance world war.
of water: lakes, rivers, canals, and ditches of all
sizes, ranging from large transport canals to the CLIMATE
narrow streams crossing pastures where our five The Netherlands has a temperate climate with
million cows graze. Around seventeen million gentle winters, cool summers, and rainfall in
people live in an area less than 40,000 km2. With every season. With the North Sea on its
an average population density of 420 people per doorstep, Dutch weather can be quite
km2, land is a precious commodity in the unpredictable. In wintertime (December to
Netherlands. Much of it had to be painstakingly March) there are some days of frost and you will
reclaimed from the sea, or converted from probably see some snow. However, the wet and
swamp. The Dutch are world leaders when it windy winter cold can be penetrating. If you
comes to controlling water, and the struggle to spend a winter in the Netherlands, by about
tame the forces of water forms a large part of March you will understand why Dutch people
their history. talk so much about the glorious sunshine of
countries in the south, and why, the minute that
spring arrives, they run out and turn their faces
to the sun every chance they get.
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In summer (June to September) there usually are HOW TO COPE WITH CULTURE SHOCK
a few fairly hot days. In the months between, the -- Realise that having difficulty in coping with a
temperature will vary from about 5º to 15º C (40º new situation is a normal experience;
to 60º F) in the course of the day. -- Stay in touch with home;
-- Wear clothes suitable for the weather, buy an
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME umbrella, and do not wear coats indoors;
Daylight savings time starts on the last Sunday -- Find a supplier of familiar food;
in March (clocks are set forward one hour) and -- Eat a healthy balanced diet;
ends on the last Sunday in October (clocks are -- Share meals with others and take turns in
set back one hour). preparing the meals;
-- Don’t hesitate to ask people to explain what
RULES OF BEHAVIOUR they mean or whether they can repeat the
Every culture has unspoken rules about how to sentence slowly if you don’t understand;
behave and treat others. A multicultural -- Make friends with fellow students: they will
environment as found at the UT is unique, but understand what you are going through (even
can also be very complex. Subtle cultural if they’re not from the same culture, they will
differences may be difficult to grasp and can have similar experiences);
contribute to culture shock. Social behaviour -- Join sports activities: a good opportunity to
may confuse, surprise or even offend you. You meet other people and excellent for your
may find that the Dutch appear cold, distant, physical and mental health;
punctual and always in a hurry. And the -- Join cultural classes and activities (see p. 40-
relationships between men and women may be 43);
more or less formal than you are used to. -- Take frequent short breaks to relax;
-- Above all, don’t isolate yourself but find
NEW ENVIRONMENT someone to talk to who will listen sym-
Leaving home to live and study abroad is a pathetically;
challenging experience that, although very -- Use the available counselling services if you
exciting, is not without its stressful elements. It need them, there is no shame associated with
may be something you planned and prepared counselling, it is quite normal in the
for: the effects these changes have on you might Netherlands.
take you by surprise. You might find it helpful to
know that experiencing culture shock is quite Need help adapting to life in the Netherlands? Make
normal. In the end, most international students sure to register for the Buddy programme (see
have a good time and take away valuable life p. 75) and to contact Student Affairs, Coaching
lessons from the difficult times. It is important to & Counselling (see also p. 74):
stress that experiencing culture shock is entirely www.utwente.nl/en/ces/sacc.
normal, usually unavoidable, and certainly not a
sign you have made a mistake or you won’t be
able to manage. The experience may have a
significant learning curve, making you more
aware of your own personality, your own culture
and the cultures you come into contact with. It
will give you valuable skills for your academic
and personal life.
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21

DIFFERENCES IN CULTURE
AND EDUCATION
Many things in the Netherlands will be different Dutch students are usually not very interested in
from your home country, such as the climate, how they rank in class; they are mainly
traffic, food, clothes, and religion. Dutch culture concerned with passing the course. Students
may also be different from your own. For striving to be the best will not talk about it as it is
example, Dutch people find it very important to not done in the Netherlands to be too competitive
be on time, and will offer you coffee and cookies or work too hard.
when visiting but do not expect you to stay for
dinner (unless you are explicitly invited). Several BRUTAL HONESTY
other common cultural differences are discussed Honesty is highly valued in the Dutch
here. communication style: avoiding losing face plays
a less important role. As Dutch society is quite
INDEPENDENCE individualistic, Dutch students prefer to show
Because you are seen as an independent the class how critical they are, rather than strive
student, teachers will inform you of the material to be loyal classmates.
to learn while leaving the specific planning up to
you. Assignments might come with few The Dutch eagerness for group discussions and
instructions and will leave space to choose your strong opinions might make your first
own approach. presentation a difficult experience. Keep in mind
that if a professor or fellow student 'burns' your
YOUR OWN OPINIONS ideas in public, it's nothing personal. Likewise,
‘Having your own opinion’ and ‘being critical’ you are expected to have a critical mindset, so
are important values for Dutch people. Students questioning your fellow students, professors,
do not need to master all existing knowledge and people in senior positions on study-related
before formulating their own opinion. When issues is encouraged.
writing a paper, summarising information from
other authors will not be sufficient. You will RULES ARE RULES
have to make your own selection of available Dutch society runs on rules: individual
sources, develop your own line of thinking and exceptions are rare. Persuading teachers to give
include your own conclusions and/or recom- you a higher mark or an additional re-exam is
mendations. rarely done. The same rules apply to all and aim
to guarantee fair and equal treatment of
RELATIVE LACK OF COMPETITION everyone.
Competition hardly plays a role in Dutch
educational culture: students are seldom graded Based on:
against each other. The teacher sets a minimum ‘Educational style in the Netherlands - an introduction for
score and passes all students that meet this incoming students’ by G.T.M. (Ineke) ten Dam, 2011.
criterion. Faculty ITC, University of Twente
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ABOUT THE UT ACADEMIC CULTURE


The academic culture at the University of Twente SELF-RELIANCE
is quite distinct when compared to other If something is troubling you, you are expected
countries. There is little hierarchy and professors to take the initiative in finding a solution. You
tend to be easily approachable. Students usually must make the first step and contact a study
receive feedback only when the work they adviser or someone else to help you. Waiting to
deliver is unsatisfactory. Not getting feedback on be 'saved' will get you nowhere.
work done is usually a good sign and receiving
compliments is uncommon. Professors expect ACTIVE LEARNING
students to work independently, also during The Dutch believe that learning actively is the
project work. Your best teachers are often your best way to learn. The essence of active learning
fellow students. is asking yourself questions that you try to
answer by studying. What am I going to learn?
EDUCATIONAL PROCESS What do I know already about this question?
If a professor asks a question, you are expected Does what I read answer my question? Do I
to come up with a reasonable solution, not ‘the agree? What am I missing? Are alternative
right and perfect one’. The process of finding a solutions possible? What are the consequences?
solution, dealing with new information and Memorising and understanding are considered
creativity are paramount. The quality of the valuable but only as first steps in learning. There
actual solution is often less important. is more emphasis on the development of
academic and/or professional skills.
INTERACTION IN CLASS
Dutch people in general and academics in DISCUSS ISSUES OPENLY
particular tend to be very opinionated: they enjoy At every university, things go wrong. Sometimes
a good discussion, attacking each other’s ideas a lecture is disappointing, there might be strange
relentlessly and with great passion. Teachers twists in the curriculum or unreasonable exams.
appreciate these critical and passionate If you encounter such a problem you are
discussions in class, as they are usually seen as expected to confront the professor first (as scary
marks of highly involved and interested students. as that may seem) to see if you can find a
Asking questions is seen as being interested in solution. If that doesn’t work, you can always
the topic, not as being disrespectful towards the contact the course committee (OLC), the people
lecturer. You are expected to think about the dealing with education at your study association
presented knowledge, develop and express your (Dutch: studievereniging), the study adviser,
own opinion and look for possible weaknesses course director, or faculty internationalisation
in what was presented. For the Dutch it is coordinator.
nothing personal and does not lead to losing
face - it is all about the content and optimal Consider investing some time in
learning. extra-curricular activities; it can
provide a valuable learning
experience and is an excellent way
to get to know new people. Learn
more about these assocations in
Chapter 4.
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23

?
INTERCULTURAL DIFFERENCES
QUIZ: ARE YOU READY FOR
Because of these cultural differences, inter-
THE UT?
national students might see Dutch students as
True or False? ‘The most
noisy in class, disrespectful to teachers and
important part of studying
classmates, show-offs, lazy, and negative. Dutch
at the UT is memorizing
students might think of international students as
and understanding my
passive, easily offended students who only
study materials’ .
memorise and reproduce study material while
not saying what they really think. It is a challenge
Want to know if you are
for everyone in the international classroom to
ready for the UT and the
overcome these prejudices and learn from each
Netherlands? Take the
other.
online quiz at www.
utwente.nl/go/ish/quiz and
MORE THAN A DEGREE
find out!
At the University of Twente, you do not only
study. Did you know that all of our sports,
For questions about dealing with culture
cultural, study, students and international
shock or problems with adjusting to life in
associations are led completely by students?
the Netherlands, please contact the
Student activism is highly valued at the
department for Student Affairs, Coaching
University of Twente. It helps to develop yourself
& Counselling or ITC Student Affairs. They
and improves your organisational, networking
can help you manage cultural difficulties
and collaboration skills. Being active as a student
and related issues (see page 74).
is not just fun, but benefits your career as well.
You can use it to distinguish yourself from your
fellow students who did the same study: you will
get more than a degree.

Based on:
‘Educational style in the Netherlands - an introduction for incoming
students’ by G.T.M. (Ineke) ten Dam, 2011.
Faculty ITC, University of Twente
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FOOD
TRADITIONALLY Convenience foods are increasingly available.
Traditionally, Dutch cuisine is fairly modest. Some of these can be rather unhealthy, but it
Dutch breakfast generally consists of tea and does save time and it also costs less than eating
sliced bread, which is eaten with cheese, thinly out. Typical Dutch convenience foods are friet or
sliced cold meat, or jam. Lunch is much the patat (fries), eaten with a meat snack (kroket or
same, with the possible addition of soup, salad, frikandel). Supermarkets sell instant meals of all
or fruit. For dinner, potatoes and other vegetables sorts and sizes.
are customary, usally served together with meat
or fish. Vegetables especially are plentiful, of RESTAURANTS AND TAKEAWAYS
high quality, and quite cheap if you buy those in In addition to the popular Chinese-Indonesian
season. Typical Dutch dishes are erwtensoep and Cantonese restaurants and takeaways, there
(pea soup served in winter), Hollandse Nieuwe are many relatively inexpensive grill-rooms,
(fresh salted herring) and stamppot (steamed pizzerias and pizza express services, serving
dish of potatoes, vegetables, and meat/sausage). Italian pizza, Turkish shoarma (Mediterranean
meat sandwich), and various Greek dishes. You
might pay € 8 to € 12 for a simple takeaway
meal. A simple Dutch main dish in an ‘eating
pub’ (eetcafé) or bistro will cost approximately €
20, excluding drinks. Chinese takeaways are less
expensive.

Dutch pea soup (erwtensoep)


© UT International Food Festival 2013

CHANGING TASTES
Dutch tastes have become increasingly
international: rice and pasta dishes are now
almost standard fare in most Dutch homes. You
will find imported tropical food, vegetables, and
fruits in many shops. Tropical ingredients can be
found in oriental grocery stores called ‘toko’.
Some butchers take religious rituals into
consideration (Islamic, Hindu or Jewish) and
some sell food products from Turkey, Morocco,
and Surinam. For the toko locations please see Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes)
© UT International Food Festival 2013
the Enschede city map on page 58/59.
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25

GOOD TO KNOW!
If a Dutch friend invites you for “No offense, but I hate the food
coffee at around 11:00 or after 20:00, here. I mean, just bread with
it is not common to offer a meal. cheese and ham? That’s what I
Likewise, an invitation for tea around eat for breakfast in China.” - Chen
15:00 or 16:00 does not include (MSc Nanotechnology).
dinner.
Although the UT makes every
effort to offer a variety of
A phenomenon in the restaurants
(international) cuisine, it might
and cafes in Enschede is the daghap
be helpful to realise that many
(daily menu). This is a main course
international students find it
for a reasonable price starting from €
difficult to adjust to the relatively
8.50. The daghap changes every day
simple Dutch diet.
and differs per restaurant.
Visit www.hapdedag.nl (Dutch) to see
which restaurants offer a daghap.

PREPARE FOR YOUR STAY


To help you prepare for your stay, we have
created the UT preparation website. On this
website, you can find all the information you
need to settle in at the UT comfortably.

PREPARATION VIDEOS
To help you prepare, some of our current
students have participated in several videos
explaining exactly what it is like to study at the
University of Twente. The videos include topics
such as the introduction period, the UT academic
culture, the grading system as well as the vibrant
student life of students in Enschede.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.utwente.nl/go/ish/todo/before-arrival
26 TO DO UPON ARRIVAL

3. TO DO UPON ARRIVAL
26 Getting to the UT
GETTING TO THE UT
28 Kick-in introduction days
FROM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT
important!
29 Finalise your enrolment Upon arriving at Schiphol airport, make your way
to Schiphol Plaza, the airports’ main entrance.
29 Printing Locate the NS ticket desk (opened 24/7) and buy
a one-way train ticket to Enschede (€ 21 - € 25).
29 Internet access A direct intercity train to Enschede leaves
Schiphol train station every hour. Alternatively,
30 Dutch bank account you could take a train with transfer in Amersfoort.
Don’t hesitate to ask railway staff for information
31 Registering with the doctor on how to get to Enschede train station.

3
32 Student card FROM ENSCHEDE TRAIN STATION
From Enschede train station, either take bus #1
32 UnionCard (direction ‘Universiteit’) or bus #9 (direction
‘Hengelo CS’) and alight at bus stop ‘Kennispark/
33 Register at municipality & BSN number UT’ (€ 1,50 - € 3).

34 Tuberculosis test AIRPORT PICK UP SERVICE


An airport pick-up service is arranged on
34 Mobile phone selected days in August and February picking up
new incoming international students. You will be
35 Before / Upon arrival checklist welcomed at Schiphol airport by student
mentors from the Erasmus Student Network
(ESN) Twente and guided to the UT campus by
train.

To register for the airport pick up service please


complete the registration for the Kick-In
introduction days and indicate you would like to
be picked up from Schiphol Airport. Keep in
mind that the airport pick up is only available on
selected dates.

Visit www.utwente.nl/go/ish/todo/upon-arrival for information relevant when arri-


ving in Enschede.
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BY CAR
Use the directions below when coming to the UT by car:

GPS INFORMATION
Coordinates:
Lat: 52.240990,
Lon: 6.853752

Campus Address:
Drienerlolaan 5,
Enschede

ITC Address:
Hengelosestraat 99,
Enschede
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INTRODUCTION DAYS
CAMPUS STUDENTS:
PLEASE NOTE:
KICK-IN INTRODUCTION DAYS
Attending the formality market during
Every year students from the
the Kick-In introduction days is manda-
UT organize an introduction period for new
tory for all international campus stu-
(international) Bachelor, Master, and Exchange
dents with a visa and those who will live
students before the start of every Fall and Spring
in Enschede and are not yet registered
semester called ‘Kick-In’. During these days you
at the municipality. Not attending the in-
will meet your fellow students and get to know
troduction days will delay the completi-
Enschede and the UT campus together with
on of formalities needed to properly
your (do-)group. Your guides will be so-called
start your studies.
do-group parents (for Bachelor students) or
mentors (for Master students). With your group
The Kick-In is the biggest event organized by the
you will experience an amazing week to start of
UT every year. It is the ultimate opportunity to
your time in Enschede! The UT will also help you
get to know all associations the UT has to offer
arrange formalities like finalising your enrolment
you, make new friends and enjoy the best parties
at the UT and the first steps towards registration
you will find in Enschede.
at the municipality of Enschede and opening a
bank account.
If you have been (provisionally) admitted to a UT
study programme, you will be personally invited
The Kick-In consists of a general programme and
for the introduction days for international
a faculty programme. During the faculty
students. For more information, please visit the
programme you will receive general information
Kick-In website: www.kick-in.nl/en.
about your study programme at the University of
Twente and you will meet the teaching staff and
ITC STUDENTS:
your fellow students. The general programme is
ITC INTRODUCTION
about your student life at the University of
As the start of the academic year differs for the
Twente and will help you to get more acquainted
ITC faculty, the ITC introduction is held separately
with the campus and the city of Enschede.
from the Kick-In introduction.

Your group will consist of fellow students from


Registration of new ITC students will take place
your study and your guides will be present to
in the ITC building on the official registration
answer all your questions about the student life
mornings. Students arriving after the official
in Enschede. By joining the Kick-In you will be
registration mornings are requested to contact
able to make friends and meet people from the
the ITC Registration Officer.
UT even before you start studying.
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29

FINALISE YOUR ENROLMENT IMPORTANT! !


Before you are fully enrolled at the University of EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Twente, you need to finalise your enrolment. Exchange students should follow the guidelines
provided. Even though these students do not
BACHELOR AND MASTER STUDENTS have to collect an enrolment package, attending
The University of Twente will provide you with the formality market during the Kick-In
additional information before your arrival at the introduction days to arrange all formalities is
UT. It is crucial for you to follow the steps as mandatory. Additionally, instructions provided
outlined in their e-mails. regarding the Student Card (page 32) should be
followed as well.

INTERNET ACCESS Xerox Copy Shops

Service Center Carré


WIRELESS INTERNET: EDUROAM
Campus Location: Carré (building 15)
For wireless internet connections, the UT uses
eduroam: a secure, world-wide roaming service
allowing wireless internet access across the UT
PRINTING
T: +31 (0)53 489 2485
E: xeroxcarre@utwente.nl
campus. You can connect to eduroam in the
Service Center Student Union
education buildings, on-campus accommodation
Campus Location: Bastille (building 43)
and most other areas on campus. Please visit the
T: +31 (0)53 489 4215
the ICT manuals website for step-by-step
E: unionshop@union.utwente.nl
instructions on how to install eduroam on your
wireless device: www.utwente.nl/en/lisa/ict/
manuals/network.

INTERNET ACCESS CAMPUS STUDENTS


PRINTING
Campus Bachelor, Master, and Exchange Campus students can make use of the
students will receive their student number and multifunctional printers, which can be found all
password either prior or during the Kick-In over campus. In order to be able to print,
introduction days. If you did not attend the students need to activate their student card at
introduction days, you can request your student the multifunctional printer. A step by step guide
number and password at the Servicedesk ICT on how to activate the student card (also referred
(LISA) in the Citadel building. to as college card) can be found on the LISA
website: www.utwente.nl/en/lisa/ict/manuals/
INTERNET ACCESS ITC STUDENTS printing/print_registratiekaart_eng.
ITC students will be guided in arranging internet
access by ITC Student Affairs upon arrival during Students can print 125 pages free of charge.
registration. ITC students are expected to have a After that, they can print at the Xerox Copy
suitable laptop for their study programme (nine Shops located on campus.
months and longer in duration). The laptop can
either be purchased from ITC or be brought by ITC students have access to multifunctional
the student, as long as it meets minimum machines on every floor with free scanning,
requirements as mentioned on the ITC website: printing and photocopy facilities via the smart
www.itc.nl/Pub/study/Prepare-your-stay/ card.
Notebook-requirements.html.
30 TO DO UPON ARRIVAL

SNT HELP DESK


Studenten Net Twente (SNT) can help UT
students connect to the internet on campus,
DUTCH BANK
answer questions about student webapps such
as Google Apps or My Timetable, offer help with
ACCOUNT
passwords and answer general questions. For
WHY A DUTCH (STUDENT) BANK ACCOUNT?
problems with your (wireless) internet
-- Scholarships administered by the UT will only
connection, please contact SNT.
be transferred to a Dutch bank account.
-- Possibility to pay your tuition fee in four
SERVICEDESK ICT (LISA)
instalments (Bachelor and Master students).
For questions about web applications, UT soft-
-- Paying cashless with your debit card at any
ware, passwords, eduroam, and other general
store without extra charges. Particularly useful
ICT questions, please contact the Servicedesk
for paying at the university canteens.
ICT (LISA). You also might want to pay a visit to
-- Buying train tickets at NS vending machines.
their website for various guidelines, such as
Without a Dutch bank card, you need a credit
how to make use of the printers on campus.
card or have to buy tickets at the office
Manuals can be found at: www.utwente.nl/en/
window, which is not always open and is more
lisa/ict/manuals.
expensive.
-- Making use of iDEAL (online) payment. See
SNT Helpdesk the website for more information: www.ideal.
Campus location: Citadel (Building 9) nl/en
Room: H128
Opening hours: Mon-Fri (10:00 - 17:00) HOW TO OPEN A DUTCH BANK ACCOUNT
T: +31 (0)53 489 3266 CAMPUS STUDENTS
E: helpdesk@snt.utwente.nl Students requiring an entry visa will be guided
W: www.snt.utwente.nl/helpdesk/home through the bank account application process
by the Immigration Officers upon arrival.
Servicedesk ICT (LISA)
Campus location: Citadel (Building 9) For all other international students a guideline to
Entrance: O&O Plein open a Dutch bank account is provided on the
Opening hours: Mon-Fri (08:30 - 17:00) following website: www.utwente.nl/go/ish/todo/
T: +31 (0)53 489 5577 upon-arrival/bank.
E: servicedesk-ict@utwente.nl
W: www.utwente.nl/en/lisa The guide assists to open a bank account at the
ABN Amro. Nevertheless, students are free to
Notebook Service Centre open a Dutch bank account at any bank of their
Campus location: Citadel (Building 9) choice.
Entrance: O&O Plein
Opening hours: Mon-Fri (08:30 - 17:00)
T: +31 (0)53 489 5533
E: nsc@utwente.nl
W: www.utwente.nl/en/lisa/ict/nsc

ITC helpdesk: helpdesk-itc@utwente.nl


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31
ITC STUDENTS (ITC) The magnetic strip on your (international)
ITC students will be guided in opening a bank card cannot be used in the
bank account during registration upon Netherlands. Only bank cards containing
arrival. a gold coloured chip will be accepted.
All bank cards issued by ABN AMRO
contain this chip and can be used to pay
and withdraw money in the Netherlands.

REGISTERING WITH THE DOCTOR


CAMPUS STUDENTS FIRST APPOINTMENT
One of the first things to do upon arrival is 1. Scan and send a completed registration form
register online with the campus doctor. Please to itcstudents@gcveldpoort.nl stating your
be aware it is mandatory to be registered with a full name, nationality, date of birth, gender,
general practitioner (GP/doctor) when you are ITC Student ID, course name, duration of stay
staying in the Netherlands for more than three and insurance policy number.
months. You can only make an appointment if 2. You will be assigned a GP and invited by
you have been registered at the doctor’s office. e-mail for an appointment within 48 hours.
3. Further appointments should be made by
To register at the campus doctor, visit the telephone with your assigned GP.
campus doctor website and fill in the registration
form. For more information about the campus

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doctor, please see page 44.
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ITC STUDENTS
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Centre, located close to the ITC hotel and the
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STUDENT CARD UNIONCARD


CAMPUS STUDENTS: STUDENT CARD At the UT, student life means more than studying
Your student card is proof of enrolment at the alone. The University of Twente offers students a
UT. You can use your student card as identi- wide variety of sports and cultural facilities in
fication when using UT facilities, such as the Enschede with the UnionCard.
library. It also holds your UnionCard, if you have
purchased one. BENEFITS
-- Access to over 60 different sports and arts
You will receive your student card by regular associations;
mail at your registered address in the -- Use of indoor and outdoor swimming pools;
Netherlands as soon as: (1) you are successfully -- Use of tennis courts and squash courts;
enrolled as a UT student and (2) have uploaded a -- Use of a range of music studios;
passport photo to osiris.utwente.nl. If you lose -- Access to a wide range of sports and cultural
your student card you can buy a new one at the courses;
Student Service desk for € 10. -- 40% discount on Kinepolis cinema tickets
(can be obtained in Union Shop)
ITC STUDENTS: STUDENT CARD -- Up to 50% discount on cultural perfor-
ITC students receive a Student Card upon arrival. mances;
This card is used for: -- Membership of Enschede Public Library with
-- Entering the parking area / bicycle shed; online access to 1,700 newspapers from 92
-- Making copies; countries in 48 languages (regular price €
-- ITC library; 34.50).
-- Paying at the ITC restaurant;
-- Paying at vending machines;
-- Classrooms.

Use the reload machine near the ITC restaurant PRICES & UPGRADES
to reload your Student Card. Don’t load too UnionCard - year € 50
much money onto your card: if you lose your UnionCard - month € 10
card, you lose all the money loaded onto it. A Fitness upgrade - year € 110
new card can be ordered at the ITC reception Fitness upgrade - semester € 65
desk for € 10.
To become a member of a sports, performing
arts or world association, a UnionCard is
required. Each association may charge a
membership fee on top of that.

The fitness upgrade allows unlimited access to


the on-campus gym facilities. This upgrade is
already included in the employee card of UT
employees (i.e. PhD students). For more
information and to order your UnionCard, please
visit the UnionCard website: su.utwente.nl/en/
unioncard.
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33

REGISTER AT MUNICIPALITY &


BSN NUMBER
All international students staying at the UT for You will need it as identification for study subsidy
more than four months must register at the forms, rental contracts, and bank account forms
municipal civil registry (GBA). during your stay in the Netherlands. Please keep
this important document in your file!
HOW TO REGISTER AT THE ENSCHEDE
MUNICIPALITY All scholarship students are required to submit
CAMPUS STUDENTS their BSN to the University of Twente.
During the formality market you fill in the form
for registration in the Municipality. You will later
be guided to the Municipality to complete the
registration.

ITC STUDENTS
ITC students will be guided through registration
at the municipality by ITC Student Affairs.

HOW TO REGISTER AT ANOTHER DUTCH


MUNICIPALITY
-- If you live in another municipality in the
Netherlands, please visit the City Hall of your
municipality to register in the BRP
(BasisRegistratie Personen).
-- If you live in Belgium, Luxembourg, North
Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, or Bremen,
please obtain a certificate of residence (in
German: Meldebescheinigung) from your
local municipality.

CITIZEN SERVICE NUMBER


(BURGERSERVICE NUMMER, BSN)
Around two weeks after having registered at the
municipal civil registry, you will receive a letter
from the municipality stating your
burgerservicenummer (BSN). The BSN is your
personal service number for all Dutch authorities.
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TUBERCULOSIS TEST
As an international student, you might be required by Dutch Immigration Law to have an X-ray scan
of your lungs performed to check for tuberculosis at a local GGD office (Dutch Public Health Service,
Gemeenschappelijke GezondheidsDienst). Failure to have this test performed may endanger your
immigration status to the Netherlands. The X-ray scan is harmless, even for pregnant women.

DO I NEED TO TAKE A TUBERCULOSIS TEST?


In general, all students from non-EU countries are required to take a tuberculosis test. The
Immigration Officers will inform you whether you must take part in the TBC screening.

HOW TO TAKE A TUBERCULOSIS TEST


-- The Immigration Officers/ITC Student Affairs will make appointments (in September and
February for campus students) for international students requiring a tuberculosis test at the
GGD.
-- The GGD will contact you within six months at your Dutch home address and will invite you to a
follow-up appointment.

MOBILE PHONE
Most Dutch students prefer using mobile LONG STAY: CONTRACT
phones over landline phones. As a result, most Contracts with mobile phone providers are
student houses do not have a regular phone usually one or two years in duration and are to
connection. be paid in monthly instalments. There are also
several providers, offering contracts which are
SHORT STAY: PRE-PAID CARD cancellable per month. For more information
If you already have a mobile phone and you are about these contacts, visit one of the telephone
staying in the Netherlands for less than a year, stores in Enschede and ask about their offers. Be
the best option is to buy a prepaid SIM-card. A careful not to sign a contract right away, but
prepaid SIM-card costs around € 10. The investigate different providers and inquire at
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Twente offers different stores. The four largest telephone
prepaid SIM-cards for arriving international providers in the Netherlands are KPN, T-Mobile,
students. Telfort, and Vodafone.

Please keep in mind that your mobile phone has to be unlocked in order to use a Dutch
SIM-card. For information about tariffs, please visit www.justlanded.com and go to:
Netherlands > Telephone & Internet > Tariffs.
BEFORE / UPON ARRIVAL
CHECKLIST:
Visa & residence permit (if
applicable)

Arrange accommodation

Attend Kick-In Introduction



Attend Formality Market

Finalise enrolment

Register at the municipality

Open a Dutch bank account

Get your student card

Register with the doctor


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4. ABOUT THE UT CAMPUS


37 Campus map

39 International student associations

41 Global Lounge

42 Sports facilities

43 Cultural activities: Performing arts & exhibitions

44 Doctor, dentist & physical therapist

46 Libraries

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46 Religion

47 Stores

48 Canteens, restaurants & bars

49 Child care

51 PhD after your Master degree?

Visit www.utwente.nl/go/ish/todo/campus-life for information about the life on


campus.
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS


The UT International Student Associations are ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK
dedicated to helping you feel at home, assist you The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) provides
with everyday situations, and promote opportunities for cultural understanding and
integration of Dutch and international students. self-development under the principle of students
There are several International Student helping students.
Associations at the UT.
ESN Twente activities are a great way to meet
STUDY OR STUDENT ASSOCIATION? other international and Dutch students; you are
In addition to the International Student invited to participate and enjoy all of them. Twice
Associations, all study programmes have a study per month parties are held on Tuesday at the UT
association, organising various activities and Vestingbar. Other ESN activities include culture
trips and providing opportunities to socialise events, city trips, ice-skating, laser-tag, and
with other Dutch and international students. other fun activities. Meet us at the activities or
Through these study associations, students can come to our office in Bastille if you have any
usually get discounts on study books as well. questions or want to have a chat. See you soon!

DID YOU KNOW?


The Autumn Wave 2016 of the
International Student Barometer
shows that the student clubs and
associations at the University of
Twente are the most highly
appreciated in the Netherlands by
international students!

ESN Twente
Campus location:
Bastille building, room 319

Office hours: 12:45 - 13:30 (Mon - Fri)

E: info@esntwente.nl
W: www.esntwente.nl
W: www.facebook.com/esn.twente

For updates on events visit:


www.facebook.com/groups/esn.twente
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INDIAN STUDENT
LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT
ASSOCIATION (ISA)
NT ASSOCIATION (LA VOZ)
TUDE E: isa@isa.utwen
AL S te.nl E: contact.voz@gmail.com
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INDONESIAN STUDENT SURINAMESE STUDENT


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ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE INTERNATIONAL CH ARIËNS CATHOLIC


RISTIAN STUDENTS
STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS IN FELLOWSHIP – EN
SCHEDE E: rksariens@gm
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E: icf-enschede@ W: ariens.utwen
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W: www.icf-ens F: www.facebook
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F: www.facebook.com/groups/
acssechina
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AEGEE-ENSCHEDE
AEGEE-Enschede organise regular pubnights AEGEE-ENSCHEDE
on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Enschede, and Location: Oude Markt 24, Enschede
also offer the opportunity to travel abroad and
visit conferences, parties, and cultural events T: +31 (0)53 432 1040
anywhere in Europe with other AEGEE E: board@aegee-enschede.nl
members. W: www.aegee-enschede.nl/en

AIESEC ENSCHEDE
AIESEC is the largest student-run organization AIESEC ENSCHEDE
in the world. They organize voluntary projects Location: Bastille 319C
and internships abroad for all the students of T: +31 (0)53 489 5689
our university. Also, it’s possible to join AIESEC E: twente@aiesec.nl
Twente as fulltime or parttime board member. W: www.aiesec.nl

P-NUT
P-NUT is the official PhD association of the P-NUT
University of Twente. P-NUT is responsible for E: p-nut@utwente.nl
representing the PhD community inside the UT, W: www.utwente.nl/p-nut
as well as informing and connecting PhDs by F: www.facebook.com/groups/383184163680
organising lunch meetings and social activites.

UNITE
UNITE
UniTe is the umbrella organization for all world
E: secretary@unite.utwente.nl
and international student associations at the
F: www.facebook.com/UniTe.UT
UT. UniTe aims to provide a channel where
international associations and UT institutions
can discuss and improve the experience of
international students.

IAESTE TWENTE IAESTE TWENTE


IAESTE is an independent, non-profit and non- E: info@twente.iaeste.nl
political student exchange organization. They W: www.iaeste.nl
arrange paid technical internships abroad, and F: www.facebook.com/iaestetwente
provide numerous activities for active members

GLOBAL LOUNGE You are always welcome to organize your own


activity, or join one of the many events
The Global Lounge is the international living organized by others.
room of the University of Twente. It is the place
to informally socialize with your friends, or Global Lounge
meet new people from all over the world. Campus location:
Bastille building, ground floor
With an Xbox, Lonely Planet travel guides, a W: www.globallounge.nl
book exchange, and study places, the space W: www.facebook.com/GlobalLoungeUT
accomodates many different uses. E: globallounge@union.utwente.nl
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SPORTS FACILITIES
The UT Campus offers world-class sports as at cocktail or karaoke parties. The courses
facilities for almost all sports. That is why our
and open sessions are offered by the
facilities rank in the top-ten worldwide, ‘Sportcentrum’, and all courses are open
according to international benchmark studies. to beginners - unless otherwise indicated.
With over 37 sports associations and a wide Pre-registration is required for course
range of courses and open sessions, you will participation. You can register for these courses
always have access to a wide variety of leisureon www.utwente.nl/sport/en. No registration is
activities. required for the open sessions, however, you
do need an UnionCard and Fitness-card in
You can join any sports association for fairly order to participate. This combination of cards
low contributions, provided you have a also enables you to use the fitness centre and
UnionCard (see page 32). Sports associations swimming facilities.
also organise social activities that provide
opportunities to meet Dutch and international For more information about the UT sports
students at tournaments, theme nights, as well facilities visit: www.utwente.nl/sport/en.

SPORTS AT THE UT
Alpine climbing Competitive Kitesurfing Softball
Archery swimming Korfball Spinning
Athletics CrossFit Meditation & Surfboarding
Badminton Cycle racing manifestation Survival Run
Baseball Diving Motor sports Swimming
Basic fitness Fitness Multi sports Swimming for
Basketball Floorball Outdoor fitness absolute beginners
Beach volleyball Gliding Pilates Table tennis
Billiards Gymnastics (artistic) Pole Fitness Taekwondo
Body balance (Beach) handball Power Step Tai Chi
Body shape Hockey Power Yoga Tennis
BootCampus! Horseback riding Pukulan Triathlon
Bouldering Ice hockey Pump/Power Volleyball
Bounceball (knotsbal) Ice skating Road surfing Wakeboarding
Box fit Indoor football Rowing Waterpolo
Boxing Inline skating Running White-water canoeing
Breakdance Jazzdance Sailing Windsurfing
BRN workout Jiu-jitsu Shooting sports Xcore
Canoe polo Judo Snooker Yoga and meditation
Canoeing Kangoo Jumps Snowboarding Zumba
Chess Karting Soccer
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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
PERFORMING ARTS & EXHIBITIONS

Vrijhof Culture presents activities related to arts CULTURAL ASSOCIATIONS


and culture. This includes performances, All 19 cultural associations are run by students.
concerts, exhibitions, and 19 very active cultural Most associations are located in the Vrijhof
student associations. The Vrijhof building is the building, the cultural centre of the UT Campus.
headquarter of Culture & Events, and also offers
sound studios, an audio room with good - Music: Classical choir, vocal group,
acoustics, and two stage-halls used for concerts symphony orchestra, wind
and theatre performances. orchestra, big band, pop bands;
- Dance: Modern, ballroom, Lindy hop, break-
CULTURE & EVENTS dance, jazz;
Culture and Events’ staff can advise you about - Theatre: General theatre, improvtheatre,
everything concerning culture and events, cabaret/comedy;
including the fine art of theatrical technique. To - Others: Photography, juggling, Sci-fi/comics
make sure international students stay up to date, library, gaming, Live Role Playing.
Vrijhof Culture presents all performances,
concerts, exhibitions, and news-items in English If you would like to participate, please visit:
on their website. www.apollo.utwente.nl.

Language No Problem!
Visit www.utwente.nl/en/campus/culture/agenda.shtml and look for cultural events labeled
‘LNP’ (in English, or with little to no spoken words).

Vrijhof Culture’s Art Library offers


students and employees the possibility Apollo: Cultural Council
to borrow art pieces for free. The apollo@utwente.nl
collection includes beautiful drawings,
paintings, photographs and litho-
graphies that will inspire and decorate
your room or office. For more
information contact Vrijhof Culture.
CULTURE & EVENTS
Campus location: Vrijhof building (47)
T: +31 (0)53 489 4400
E: vrijhof-cultuur@utwente.nl
W: www.utwente.nl/en/campus/culture/
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DOCTOR, DENTIST & PHYSICAL THERAPIST


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CAMPUS DOCTOR
The doctor will help and advise you with all
medical questions or complaints you may have.
If necessary, the doctor can make an
appointment for specialised medical services for
you at the general hospital and/or prescribe
drugs. In order to use these services, you need
to register yourself at the UT Health Centre first.

COSTS
If you are insured through AON (ICS Complete
Cover Insurance or Basic Health Care Insurance)
and registered at the UT Campus Doctor’s office,
consultations are directly charged to your
insurance company. UT Campus Doctor
Campus location: Building 58 (Sleutel)
PRESCRIPTIONS
Prescription drugs can only be provided through Appointments:
a pharmacy if you have a prescription from a T: +31 (0)53 203 0204 (Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 17:00)
doctor/general practitioner in the Netherlands. E: info@campushuisarts.nl
These prescriptions are only provided during W: www.campushuisarts.nl/en
regular doctor appointments.
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45
ITC STUDENTS DOCTOR
The ITC Faculty has made special arrangements UT Campus dentist
for her international students with the Veldpoort Campus location: Building 58 (Sleutel)
Medical Centre. The Medical Centre is ideally
located: very close to the ITC International Hotel Appointments:
and the MST Hospital in Enschede. A number of T: +31 (0)53 489 4600 (Mon-Fri: 08:00 -
GPs are working in this up to date medical centre 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00)
and are experienced with international students. W: www.tandartshuizinga.nl (Dutch)

APPOINTMENTS
Only when you make your first appointment, you
will be appointed a GP. After this first DENTAL EMERGENCIES
appointment, you can contact your GP directly If you are not registered, but you do
by phone by using the contact information as have an immediate dental problem, you
mentioned on the ‘ITC Healthcare Information should call +31 (0)900 128 2632.
Card’ that you will get upon arrival at the
registration session. Always take your ITC health
information card and your insurance certificate
when visiting your GP, a health centre, or
hospital. Make sure the name on the insurance
paper is the same as the name in your passport.

MORE INFORMATION?
Visit the website of Medical Centre Veldpoort for
more information: Veldpoort Faculty ITC Stu-
dents.

Veldpoort Health Centre Campus physical therapist


Location: Nassaustraat 20 Campus location: Sports Centre
T: +31 (0)53 432 4207 T: +31 (0)53 7676020
W: veldpoort.uwgezondheidscentru- E: info@topvormtwente.nl
monline.nl W: www.topvormtwente.nl/en
E: itcstudents@gcveldpoort.nl
(first appointment only)
ITC physical therapist
Location: Nassaustraat 20
T: +31 (0)53 434 7855
DENTIST AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST W: veldpoort.
The University of Twente has an on-campus uwgezondheidscentrumonline.nl
dentist and physical therapist. Depending on
your health insurance policy, you might be able
to reclaim the costs of dental treatment or
physical therapy through your insurance
company.
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LIBRARIES RELIGION
Use your student card to borrow books at the UT The Student Chaplaincy (Studenten Pastoraat
libraries. The libraries also offer quiet computer Enschede; SPE) organises activities related to
areas and small study rooms. Additionally, the religion, science, and culture. Examples of
Bellettrie library (Bastille building) offers novels activities are movie nights, a mosque visit, a
in English. monastery weekend, meditation, and a Taizé
celebration. The Student Chaplaincy also offers
opportunities for debate about science, ethics,
Campus library and philosophy as well as personal counselling.
Campus location: Vrijhof building,
2nd floor The campus mosque and meditation room offer
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 22:00 a moment of silence for meditation, prayer, or
Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 20:00 personal reflection. Feel free to visit the mosque
T: +31 (0)53 489 2777 or meditation room for some quiet time, to
E: infoub@utwente.nl recharge your batteries or to fulfil your religious
W: www.utwente.nl/ub/en obligations.
Twitter: @UBUTwente
For more information about religion in Enschede,
see page 61.
ITC library
Location: ITC building room 3-036
Opening hours: 08:30 - 18:00 (Mon - Fri)
UT Student Chaplaincy
E: library-itc@utwente.nl
Campus location: Vrijhof building
W: www.itc.nl/pub/home/library
room 303
Twitter: @LibITC
Rev. Mrs. Janneke Bekhof-Smit
T: +31 (0)53 489 2378
E: info@studentenpastoraatenschede.nl
Bellettrie library
W: www.studentenpastoraatenschede.nl
Campus location: Bastille building room 105
(Dutch)
Opening hours: 12:45 - 13:30 and
19:00 - 20:00 (Mon - Fri)
Prayer/Meditation room:
E: bestuur@bellettrie.utwente.nl
Campus location: Vrijhof building room 309
W: www.bellettrie.utwente.nl/informatie/en
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun: 09:00-16:30

UT Mosque:
Campus location: Vrijhof building room 302
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 16:30
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STORES
COOP SUPERMARKET HAIRDRESSER ‘DE BARREBOKS’
Campus location: Sky, ground floor Campus location: Sky, ground floor
Opening hours: Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Mon - Fri)
08:00 - 19:00 (Mon - Fri) T: +31 (0)53 489 4158
08:00 - 17:00 (Sat & summer holidays) W: www.kapsalondebarreboks.nl/en

BICYCLE REPAIR SHOP STUDENT UNION SHOP


‘DE 2E VERSNELLING’ Sells readers, UT gifts and clothing, office
Campus location: Box, ground floor supplies and post cards.
Opening hours: 08:30 - 16:00 (Mon - Fri) Campus location: Bastille building, ground floor
Closed during summer holidays Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Mon - Fri)
T: +31 (0)53 489 4215
IAPC-SHOP E: unionshop@union.utwente.nl
IAPC is a student foundation providing W: w  ww.unionshop.nl (Dutch)
computer/laptop advise to UT students and
employees. IAPC also has a shop selling PC NOTEBOOK SERVICE CENTRE
equipment. The UT offers all students the opportunity to buy
a state-of-the-art laptop computer for a
Campus location: Zilverling E105 competitive price. The laptop includes a three-
Opening hours: 12:30 - 13:45 (Mon - Fri) year international warranty: insurance is
(not during holidays and exam period) optional. The Notebook Service Centre can also
T: +31 (0)53 489 3927 assists you with any software or hardware
W: www.iapc.utwente.nl problem with your laptop computer.
W: www.utwente.nl/en/lisa/ict/nsc
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CANTEENS, RESTAURANTS & BARS


Most UT buildings have canteens where you can VESTINGBAR
get coffee, tea, fresh sandwiches, and candy The Vestingbar is open 364 days a year. Every
bars. Opening hours may vary per building, but Tuesday night at 21:00, they organise a pub quiz.
all canteens are opened at least between 12:00
and 13:30. There are also several restaurants and Campus location: Bastille building, second floor
bars on campus. The UT Student Restaurant Opening hours: 21:00 - 02:00 (Mon - Sat)
offers hot meals for reasonable prices.
THEATERCAFÉ
CAMPUS STUDENT RESTAURANT MENSA Campus location: Vrijhof building, ground floor
Campus location: Waaier building, first floor Opening hours: 10:00 - 23:00 (Mon & Tue)
Opening hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (Mon-Thu) 10:00 - 00:00 (Wed & Thu)
10:00 - 18:00 (Fri) 10:00 - 17:00 (Fri)

ITC STUDENT RESTAURANT SPORTS BAR


Location: ITC building Campus location: Sports Centre/Sportcentrum
Opening hours: 12:00 - 13:30 (Mon - Fri) Opening hours: 09:00 - 00:00 (Mon-Fri)
8:00 - 23:00 (Sat)
SODEXO-KANTINES 09:00 - 18:00 (Sun)
Found in the Spiegel, Ravelijn, Horst and the STARBUCKS
Waaier. Opening hours vary, usually at least Campus location: Zilverling, Educafé
between 10:00 and 16:00. Opening hours: 08:00 - 18:00 (Mon-Fri)

The campus caterer Sodexo makes an effort to be as sustainable as possible, which is


in line with the ambitions of the UT. The campus canteens offer a wide range of
biological and Fair Trade products. Moreover, all fish supplied by Sodexo are 100%
sustainable.
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CHILD CARE
CAMPUS CHILD CARE CENTRE PERINATAL CARE
The campus child care centre ‘De Vlinder’ (0-13 Midwife Practice ‘liberis libenter’
years) offers day care and after school Location: Van Deinselaan 18, Enschede
programmes for children of campus UT T: +31 (0)53 431 8948
employees and to children, who live in the area W: www.liberislibenter.nl (Dutch)
around the campus, Enschede and Hengelo.
Midwife Practice ‘Vivre’
The child care centre includes many outdoor Location: Gezondheidscentrum Oosterpoort,
activities, as part of a ‘play and move in nature’ Oosterstraat 2-12, 7514 DZ Enschede
programme and also has a ‘science-programme T: +31 (0)53 432 4123
for and with children’. Facilities include a garden W: www.verloskundigenpraktijk-vivre.nl (Dutch)
with a little patch of forest, and a little petting
zoo with rabbits and chickens. At the centre
there are creative activities in a gypsy wagon
and workshops are given in a log cabin.
Utwente-facilities such as the open air theatre
and sport facilities on campus are also regularly
used. Furthermore there are visits to the city
library of Enschede and the petting zoo
Enschede Nord. But the most important thing
for the centre is their belief in the strength of
children and helping them grow up!

COSTS AND SUBSIDIES


For information about child care costs and
subsidies, please contact the Vlinder day care
centre or your UT contact person.

Child care centre ‘De Vlinder’


Calslaan 35, Building #60
Opening Times: 07:30 - 18:30
T: +31 (0)53 433 2722
E: vlinder@smallsteps.info
W: www.kinderdagverblijf-vlinder.nl (Dutch)
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51

PHD AFTER YOUR MASTER DEGREE?


PHD STATUS SUPERVISION
Many PhD researchers in the Netherlands are A PhD has the right to good supervision which is
paid university employees and are as such crucial for an enjoyable and successful PhD
referred to as PhD employees. Other PhD project. Usually, the first supervisor is a
researchers are not employed, but come to the professor, while the daily supervisor is a senior
Netherlands with an international scholarship or University lecturer who is more accessible for
with other financial means (PhD students). PhD discussions.
students have earned scholarships and/or
funding in foreign countries and are accepted by TWENTE GRADUATE SCHOOL
the UT to conduct their PhD research here. The The Twente Graduate School (TGS) was started
PhD is responsible for the PhD research, which in September 2009 with a set of high-quality
results in a defendable PhD thesis. graduate research programmes that are centred
on key research subjects of the research
ACTIVITIES OF A PHD institutes of the University of Twente such as
The activities of a PhD consist of (1) research nanotechnology, sustainable energy, and
activities, (2) attending training courses, and (3) technology assessment. The University of
teaching activities (for PhD employees only). Twente offers a wide variety of courses and
workshops for personal development,
Research activities, the most important of these specifically tailored to the needs of PhD
three, provide the PhD with the skills and candidates and post-docs. All PhD candidates
experience of an independent researcher. It is a are expected to attend courses within their field
part of your research to disseminate the of specialisation, but also to attend more generic
knowledge you acquired during your research, courses to broaden their perspective and to
for example through publications in academic support their scientific career. For an up-to-date
journals. The progress that a PhD makes with his overview of Graduate Research Programmes
or her research activities will be monitored by and more information about the Twente
the supervisory staff and will be written down in Graduate School, visit the TGS website: www.
the Training and Supervision Plan (TSP). utwente.nl/tgs.

This chapter with information for PhD can-


The pursuit of courses and training is a method
didates has been created with the help of
that will help a PhD to conduct high quality
the UT PhD association ‘P-NUT’, TGS, and
research. The desired training courses are
HR.
specified in the TSP.

It is common for PhDs with employee status to


Twente Graduate School
conduct teaching activities, i.e. teaching student
E: tgs@utwente.nl
courses or student supervision during his or her
W: www.utwente.nl/tgs
employment at the University. Teaching activities
W: www.facebook.com/UT.
may amount to a maximum of 20% employment
TwenteGraduateSchool
time a year, as is written down in the TSP.

Regulations:
• https://www.utwente.nl/en/academic-ceremonies/phd_defences/ut-doctoral-regulations-2017.pdf
52 FACILITIES

PHD NETWORK OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE


(P-NUT)
The PhD Network University of Twente (P-NUT)
is the official PhD association of the University of
Twente, created and run by PhDs for PhDs.

The main goals of P-NUT are to connect, inform,


and represent the PhD candidates . P-NUT brings
PhDs together to share their experiences and
help each other to grow and become more
efficient in their research and work environment.

Furthermore, it creates an informal platform to


meet people through many social events, which
are organised regularly. P-NUT also represents
all PhDs in communication with different bodies
within the UT, and beyond, e.g. the University
Board (College van Bestuur, CvB), Twente
Graduate School (TGS), Human Resources (HR),
and PhD Network Netherlands (PNN).

Considering doing your PhD at UT? Remember


to become a P-NUT member!

E: p-nut@utwente.nl
W: www.utwente.nl/p-nut
W: www.facebook.com/
groups/383184163680

For details, please subscribe to the P-NUT mai-


ling list by sending an e-mail to p-nut@utwen-
te.nl. Feel free to contact P-NUT with any
question or concern.
FACILITIES
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5. EXPLORING ENSCHEDE AND


THE NETHERLANDS
55 Enschede

56 Exploring the Enschede area

58 Enschede city map

60 Shopping

61 Religion

62 National holidays

5
63 Bicycles

64 Public transportation

65 OV-chipkaart

66 Day trips in the Netherlands

68 Change of address

69 Part-time jobs in the Netherlands


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ENSCHEDE
HISTORY
The name ‘Enschede’ comes from ‘An die THE NETHERLANDS
Berlin
Schede’, old Dutch for ‘on the border’. GREAT Amsterdam
BRITTAIN
Approximately 40 years ago, Enschede’s reliance London Enschede
on its main industry (textile manufacturing)
BELGIUM G E R M A N Y
became a problem as the textile industry
relocated to Asia. In 1950 the textile industry
LUXEMBOURG CZECH
employed 21,000 people: by 1970 this number REPUBLIC
had dropped to 8,000, and by the time of the Paris
F R A N C E
world recession in the early 1980s it had fallen to
2,500. As the noisy, dirty factories disappeared,
When looking at a map of the
Enschede was forced to change direction.
Netherlands, it seems that Enschede
lies on the outskirts of the country. In
With over 158,000 inhabitants, Enschede is the
fact, the city is located centrally within
largest city of the eastern Netherlands. Around
Europe, in between London, Berlin, and
28,000 of these are students, either at Saxion
Paris. Amsterdam is only two hours
Hogeschool Enschede (Saxion University of
away with a train connection every 30
Professional Education, Enschede), the
minutes.
Academy of Music, the Academy of Art, or the
University of Twente.

Enschede has a bit of everything; around the Van


Heekplein you can find a large number of
boutiques, clothing stores and other shops; at
the Oude Markt (Old Market) square you will find
lots of places to have a coffee or go out for
dinner. Enschede is a relatively quiet, safe and
pleasant city to live and work in. Modern
shopping facilities attract people from both the
Dutch and German local region.

Smoking marihuana or hashish has been decriminalised in the Netherlands, meaning


that you may purchase and consume small quantities (5 grams) for personal use at
certified coffee shops. Please keep in mind though that using, selling, or buying drugs
on the streets is punishable by law. Smoking any substance is not allowed in any bar,
pub, disco, or restaurant in the Netherlands.
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EXPLORING THE ENSCHEDE AREA


RUTBEEK, ENSCHEDE VOLKSPARK, ENSCHEDE
This attractive recreation park right outside Public gardens, famous for the Easter Fair.
Enschede is a pleasant park for walking (about
five kilometres around the lake), windsurfing, ANCIENT DUTCH WINDMILLS / WATERMILLS
canoeing, or rowing (depending on the weather). The unique, historical windmill of Usselo grinds
You can also rent water-bikes. This park is easily today like it did over two centuries ago. You will
accessible by bike, car, or bus and has a find the mill just outside Usselo, between
restaurant as well as a playground. Enschede and Haaksbergen. The entrance is
behind the mill.
HULSBEEK, OLDENZAAL
Another recreation park, with woods and water. Also of interest: the ‘Korenbloem’ windmill and
For bus connections to the Hulsbeek and the ‘Oostendorper’ watermill in Haaksbergen;
Rutbeek, ask at the information desk at the busthe ‘Lonneker Molen’, a windmill in the small
station or the tourist information office. village of Lonneker; the watermills ‘Den Haller’
and ‘Singraven’ in Denekamp, and the watermills
WAARBEEK, HENGELO ‘Bels’ and ‘Frans’ in Vasse. All these mills are
An amusement park for children. You can take open to the public and can be reached by public
the train to Hengelo and then take the bus, transport or by bike.
which stops in front of the entrance. For more
information on the Waarbeek, contact the VVV WALKING AND CYCLING
tourist information office in Enschede located Enschede’s immediate surroundings are perfect
near the station at Stationsplein 1a. for beautiful walks and bicycle tours. Twente’s
charming landscape surprises at every bend.
RIJKSMUSEUM TWENTHE, ENSCHEDE You will pass woods and pastures, villas and old
Museum of antiquities and modern art. Saxony farms. If you are lucky, and keep your
W: www.rijksmuseumtwenthe.nl eyes open, you might see a kingfisher, tree frog,
or green woodpecker shoot off. Several hiking
MUSEUM TWENTSE WELLE, ENSCHEDE and bicycle routes can be found in the area, and
History of the culture, nature, language and many of the country estates are open to the
environment of Twente public. The Dutch Foundation for Nature
W: www.twentsewelle.nl (Dutch) Monuments has walking routes in Buurseveen
and Aamsveen.
AQUADROME, ENSCHEDE
Sub-tropical indoor swimming centre with two FLAMINGO ROUTE
big water slides, waves (at least 10 minutes Just across the border in Germany you can see
every hour), and streams. Ask for bus line and real flamingos in the wild! For a map of the route
travel time at the information desk at the bus visit www.flamingoroute.com (Dutch or German)
station (Bus direction ‘Hogeland’).

WOOLDRIKSPARK, ENSCHEDE
Public gardens, with a petting zoo
for children.
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PUB QUIZ
Every Monday night, Irish Pub Molly Malone
(Oude Markt Square) organises a Pub Quiz in
English.

ICE SKATING RINK


Enschede has an ice skating rink, which is
opened from 1 October until 31 March. Ice
skating is a favourite pastime of the Dutch; give
it a try! You’ll get a discount on the entry fee with
your UnionCard (see page 32). The rink is
located near the UT Campus, close to the
football stadium (de Grolsch Veste).

CINEMA
You can watch the latest popular movie at the
Kinepolis theatre; the largest cinema in the
region, or at the Cineast in the Enschede city
centre. Alternative movies are played at cinema
club Concordia, located at the Oude Markt
square. For schedules and reservations, please
see their websites.

Cineast: www.kinepolis.nl/bioscopen/cineast
(Dutch)
Concordia: www.concordia.nl/film (Dutch)
Kinepolis: kinepolis.nl/bioscopen/kinepolis-
enschede (Dutch)
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60 EXPLORING ENSCHEDE AND THE NETHERLANDS

SHOPPING
CITY CENTRE OPEN AIR MARKET
The ‘centrum’ of Enschede is an attractive place The Enschede open air market (every Tuesday
to shop. Various small and bigger store chains and Saturday between 08:00 and 17:00 at the
are located in Enschede. But make sure you Van Heekplein) offers fresh fruits, vegetables,
have a delicious ice cream at the award-winning and more. Bargaining is not possible when
ice cream parlour, called ‘van der Poel’. prices are displayed. The best prices can be
obtained at the end of the day when traders try
OPENING HOURS STORES CITY CENTRE to sell the last of their stock. Bear in mind that
Monday 11.00 – 18.00 you can't choose the fruit or vegetables; the
Tuesday 09.30 – 18.00 trader does this. You should check that the
Wednesday 09.30 – 18.00 quality is acceptable before paying. The best
Thursday 09.30 – 21.00 way to find the best prices is simply to shop-
Friday 09.30 – 18.00 around. Apart from the approved market area, it
Saturday 09.30 – 17.00 is not customary to sell things in the street in the
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00 (first and last Netherlands.
Sunday of each month only)
SPECIALTY SHOPS
SUPERMARKETS AND OTHER STORES Other national chains specialise in particular
Shopping Centre ‘Twekkelerveld’ is close to sectors. Prices in chain stores tend to be lower
Campus (Zonstraat, Enschede). There you find than those of their local competitors.
the discount supermarket ‘Lidl’ and the • Household goods: Blokker, Xenos
traditional Dutch ‘Albert Heijn’ (AH). Also, • Drugstores: Kruidvat, Etos, Trekpleister
drugstores, household goods, a postal service (these stores sell cosmetics,
point, and other useful shops are located there. toiletries, and health-care
products);
Mon - Fri: 08.00 – 20.00/22.00 • Electronics: Mediamarkt, BCC
Saturday: 08.00 – 18.00/22.00 • Bicycles: Halfords, Profile
Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00 (Albert Heijn only)
SHOPPING BAGS AND TROLLEY
In the city centre, you can find a broader variety When shopping, remember to bring a shopping
of all kinds of shops. To find your way, the bag. In supermarkets you must pack your own
supermarket Albert Heijn is located at Van groceries. The supermarket provides plastic
Heekplein 63, and the Jumbo supermarket at shopping bags, but they are not for free. Also
Noorderhagen 75. remember to use the shopping trolley or basket
provided in the supermarket. You must pay
SALES AND DISCOUNT deposit on the trolley (€ 0.50 - € 1), which is
The terms uitverkoop (sale), actie (deal) or korting returned when you return the trolley.
(discount) mean there are special offers and If you do not use a trolley or basket, shop
price reductions available on various items. assistants and cashiers are entitled to check
Bargaining is not customary in the Netherlands: your bag for shoplifting. You are not allowed to
you are expected to pay the marked price. take a shopping trolley or basket home.
EXPLORING ENSCHEDE AND THE NETHERLANDS
61

RELIGION
! See page 46 for more information about religion at the UT.
TAX-FREE
Look for ‘tax-free for tourists’ logo on shop CHRISTIAN (INTERDENOMINATIONAL)
fronts. When you purchase goods during your International Christian Fellowship – Enschede (ICF-E)
stay in Holland, you are entitled to reclaim the Location: Prinseschool, Prinsestraat 10, Enschede
value-added-tax (VAT, BTW in Dutch) of that Service: every Sunday at 10:30
item if you export the product within three E: icf-enschede@solcon.nl
months of the purchase date. if you export the W: www.icf-enschede.nl
product within three months of the purchase
date. Ask the store for the appropriate form and CHRISTIAN (PENTECOSTAL) THE REDEEMED
have it stamped by the Dutch customs upon CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG)
leaving the Netherlands. Location: SDA Building (Philadelphia Main Hall),
Haaksbergerstraat 468, Enschede
Take the cost of transport into account when Service: every Sunday at 10:30
buying things to take back to your home country. E: amazinggracesanctuary_enschede@hotmail.com
This could mean either postage, shipping costs, F: www.facebook.com/rccgenschede
or excess weight charges at the airport. T: +31(0)6 2845 5331 (English)

POST & MAIL CHRISTIAN (ROMAN CATHOLIC)


Dutch postal services are integrated into shops H. Jacobus de Meerdere
all over the country. For stamps, sending parcels Location: Oude Markt, Enschede
and other postal services, please visit one of the Service: every Sunday at 09:30
following stores in Enschede: W: www.katholiekenschede.nl/en
• Jumbo supermarket Nooderhagen 75
• Albert Heijn supermarket Van Heekplein 63 ISLAMIC
• Ako Stationsplein 33 Islamic Association Enschede
Location: 2e Emmastraat 50, Enschede
T: +31 (0)53 435 1078

JEWISH
Synagogue of Enschede
Location: Prinsestraat 16, Enschede
T: +31 (0)53 432 3479
W: www.synagogeenschede.nl
F: www.facebook.com/­SynagogeEnschede

PROTESTANT GEMEENTE ENSCHEDE


Location: Varviksingel 139, Enschede
T: +31 (0)53 431 4464
E: info@pgenschede.nl
W: www.pgenschede.nl (Dutch)
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NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Holiday Dutch name Date
First Christmas Day Eerste Kerstdag 25 December 2017
Second Christmas Day Tweede Kerstdag 26 December 2017
New Years Day Nieuwjaarsdag 1 January 2018
Good Friday Goede Vrijdag 30 March 2018
First Easter Day / Easter Sunday Eerste Paasdag 1 April 2018
Second Easter Day / Easter Monday Tweede Paasdag 2 April 2018
King’s Day Koningsdag 27 April 2018
Liberation Day Bevrijdingsdag 5 May 2018
Ascension Day Hemelvaartsdag 10 May 2018
First Pentecost Day Eerste Pinksterdag 20 May 2018
Second Pentecost Day Tweede Pinksterdag 21 May 2018
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63

BICYCLES
The preferred way to cover short to medium BUYING A BIKE DURING THE
distances in the Netherlands is by riding a bike. INTRODUCTION PERIOD
Bicycles are quite convenient in urban areas, are You can buy a second hand bike during the
cheap, and you often reach your destination introduction days for international students.
faster than when travelling by car or bus. You Alternatively, visit one of the second-hand bike
can find guarded parking facilities for your bike stores in Enschede mentioned here. You can buy
(rijwielstalling) at Enschede central station (paid) a second-hand bike for € 50 to € 150, less than
and rijwielstalling de Graaf (Brammelerstraat; half the price of a new bike. It is best to buy an
free). inexpensive second-hand bicycle, as a new
expensive-looking bicycle may get stolen.
LOCKING YOUR BIKE
Always attach your bike to a tree or other solid GENERAL ROAD RULES FOR CYCLISTS
object with a decent lock (around € 20). Make Dutch road rules are consistent with those in
sure your bicycle lights and reflectors are most European countries. These are the most
working (€ 55 fine) and obey the traffic rules important general traffic rules in the Netherlands:
(€ 50 fine or more). You are not allowed to ride -- Drive on the right, overtake on the left;
your bike in certain areas, especially in the city -- Unless stated otherwise, give priority to
centre. traffic approaching from the right;
-- As a rule, cars turning across your path are
supposed to stop for you, but be careful just
SECOND HAND BIKE SHOPS
in case;
IN ENSCHEDE
-- Motorcycle drivers and passengers must
Snellers Tweewielers BV
wear crash helmets;
Location: Haaksbergerstraat 122
-- Cyclists may ride two abreast;
T: +31 (0)53 432 2223
-- Pedestrians use pavements or footpaths;
cyclists keep to cycle tracks. Cycling through
Ten Tusscher Fietsenwinkel
pedestrian areas can result in a € 55 fine;
Location: Oldenzaalsestraat 340
-- Stop for pedestrians on pedestrian crossings;
T: +31 (0)53 435 8219
-- Signal with your arm when turning;
-- Your bicycle must have working head- and
Fietscity Landewé
taillights as well as reflectors (€ 55 fine).
Location: Broekheurnerweg 62
T: +31 (0)53 431 5952

Never buy a bike off the streets: if a stranger approaches you and offers to sell you a
bicycle, don’t buy it. It’s probably stolen, and you too will be breaking the law if you
accept it.
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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
BUS TRAIN
A relatively cheap way to travel in Enschede and The fastest way to travel between cities is by
the Twente area is by bus. You can buy a paper train. Buy a ticket at the NS Service Desk at
ticket from the bus driver, but it’s cheaper to use central station’s ticket desk or at the ticket
an OV-chipkaart. machine (Dutch bank card only). A train ticket is
valid only on the day you bought it and only in
You can reach the University of Twente by bus if the direction of your destination. As from July
you depart from Enschede Central station and 2014, only the ov-chipkaart can be used to travel
take bus number 1 marked ‘Universiteit’. Bus 1 by train in the Netherlands. You can buy a ticket
can have two directions; ask the driver to make at the machine, however, it will charge you extra
sure you are in the right bus. If you want to travel for a disposable ov-chipkaart. Therefore, it is
to the centre of the campus, get off at the UT/ advised to purchase an ov-chipkaart (visit www.
Bastille bus stop. Alternatively, you can take bus ov-chipkaart.nl/home-1.htm for more
number 9 to ‘Hengelo CS’. Even though this bus information).
reaches the campus faster than bus number 1, it
does not enter the campus and you can only get OFF PEAK DISCOUNT
off at the main road (Kennispark/UT). To receive a 40% off-peak discount on train
tickets for you and up to three fellow passengers,
apply for ‘dal voordeel’-discount (€ 50 per year).
Dal voordeel-discount is not valid during peak
hours (weekdays between 06:30 - 09:00 and
16:00 - 18:30). Alternatively, you may also
receive a 40% off-peak discount when travelling
with someone who has a Student OV Card. Visit
www.ns.nl/en or the NS Service Desk at the
Enschede central train station for more
information.

-- Intercity trains only stop at large railway


stations, stop trains stop at all railway
stations;
-- Few trains in the Netherlands run at night
time. Enschede has no night trains;
-- Make sure you have a valid ticket with the
right date and destination on it. Fines are
€ 50 plus the ticket price;
-- The website of the Dutch Railways
(www.ns.nl/en) is available in English and
provides information about timetables,
timetable changes, and prices.
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65

OV-CHIPKAART
The OV-chipkaart is the payment method for USING YOUR OV-CHIPKAART
public transport in the Netherlands. The smart To use your OV-chipkaart, swipe the card past
card is the size of a bank card and contains an the card reader marked with the ov-chipkaart-
invisible chip. With an OV-chipkaart you do not logo whenever you get on the bus, tram, metro,
need to buy individual tickets. You load the card or train (checking in). The sound and light signal
with credit in euros or with travel products such indicates that your card has been read. When
as single journey or a monthly subscription and you reach your destination, swipe the card past
you are ready to travel. the card reader again before getting off the bus,
tram, metro, or train (checking out).
HOW TO GET YOUR OV-CHIPKAART
Two types of cards are available: a personal or Make sure you check out and in again when
anonymous OV-chipkaart. The personal OV- transferring from any one type of transport to
chipkaart provides additional security features another (e.g. from bus to train) or when you are
and more options for (re)charging. switching train carriers (e.g. from an NS train to
an Arriva train).
You can buy an  anonymous OV-chipkaart
(€ 7.50) online, at a railway station ticket office or For all information about the OV-chipkaart please
vending machine. You can purchase a personal visit www.ov-chipkaart.nl/home-1.htm.
OV-chipkaart (€ 7.50) online if you have a Dutch
bank account (www.ov-chipkaart.nl/home-1.
htm).

CHARGING YOUR OV-CHIPKAART


Charge your OV-chipkaart with travel credit
using your bank card (Maestro) and PIN number
at a railway station vending machine or ticket
office. If you have a personal OV-chipkaart, you
can also select the auto reload option, to ensure
you always have sufficient travel credit.

Keep an eye out for NS dagkaart (NS day card) tickets: these tickets are between € 15 -
€ 20, and allow unlimited train travel for one day for one person through the entire coun-
try. Be aware of the conditions. Some tickets are valid only during weekdays. The NS
dagkaart is occasionally sold at Albert Heijn Supermarkets, Blokker stores, Kruidvat, or
Hema stores. Also, check the UT Marketplace Facebook Group for students looking to
sell their NS dagkaart www.facebook.com/groups/utwentemarketplace.
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DAY TRIPS IN THE NETHERLANDS


BURGERS’ ZOO (ARNHEM)
AMSTERDAM
Zoological gardens, indoor bush, desert and
Amsterdam, the official capital, is the social,
safari park, plus an exhibition on the tropical
cultural and tourist centre of the Netherlands. Its
rainforest and an artificial desert environment.
theatres, concert halls, museums, and cafés are
Good train and bus connections. Train to
world-famous. The city’s bustling liveliness and
Arnhem; at Arnhem railway station take the
its live-and-let-live attitude towards deviant
(electrically powered) trolley-bus that will stop
behaviour live up to the international reputation.
right at the entrance to Burgers’ Zoo. If you
Do not let Amsterdam’s atmosphere fool you
travel by train, you can buy an all-in-one ticket
into thinking that Dutch society is promiscuous.
for the train, trolley-bus, and entrance fee. Please
Although the Dutch are tolerant, most people
check at the railway station. From Enschede
live moderate, orderly lives. Amsterdam is the
there is also a good bus connection (check the
extreme rather than the norm.
timetable at the bus station).
W: www.burgerszoo.com
-- The Intercity train to Amsterdam leaves from
Enschede railway station every hour (see
WILDLANDS (EMMEN)
train schedule on www.ns.nl/en). When you
Wildlands in Emmen allows you to travel the
arrive at Amsterdam Central (CS), you can
world in one day! You can visit the jungle, the
get more information at the VVV tourist
savanah and the arctic. There are 22 hectares of
office right outside the station. An
adventure, nature and culture to explore. It is
information desk is located in front of
about a 10 minute walk from Emmen railway
Amsterdam Central station for inquiries
station to the zoo.
about public transport.
W: www.wildlands.nl (Dutch)

Places of interest include:


DEVENTER
-- The Rijksmuseum, housing famous paintings
A historic Hanseatic town with an impressive
by Dutch painters, located at
waterfront along the river IJssel, Deventer is a
Stadhouderskade 42: take the tram that
lovely city to visit. Connections are excellent and
stops behind the museum (exit stop: Hobbe-
it takes about 45 to 50 minutes to travel from
mastraat) from the central railway station.
Enschede to Deventer either by car or train.
-- Madame Tussaud’s Scenerama Wax
Suggestions: the Toy and Tin Museum; ‘De
museum located on the Damrak: a five-
Waag’, explaining the history of Deventer; and
minute walk or the first stop by tram from the
various interesting exhibitions, for example, of
central railway station.
topographic paintings of Deventer.
-- Van Gogh Museum is also on the
W: www.deventer.info
museumplein nearby the Rijksmuseum.
W: www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en
-- Anne Frank Museum
W: www.annefrank.org
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67
GIETHOORN THE DUTCH ISLANDS
Giethoorn is a small village that has canals To visit one of the Dutch islands (Texel, Vlieland,
instead of roads. It has cute thatched houses Terschelling, Ameland, or Schiermonnikoog),
lining the banks and a wide selection of cafes ask for a combined ticket for train, bus, and
and restaurants. It is next to a national park ferry. Check with the information desk at the
where you can glide between the reeds in a railway station and consult the tourist
‘whisper boat’ - a small, easy to drive, electric information office.
boat for hire to explore the village and adjacent W: www.wadden.nl (Dutch)
wetlands.
W: giethoorntourism.com THE HAGUE
The Hague (Den Haag) is the seat of government
KEUKENHOF (LISSE) and diplomacy, and the residence of King
The Keukenhof measures 32 hectares, which Willem-Alexander, the Head of State. Interesting
makes it the world’s largest spring garden. This places to visit in The Hague include Madurodam,
flower park has welcomed flower lovers from all an open-air museum that shows the Netherlands
over the world for the past fifty springs. They in miniature, and the Binnenhof, where the
come to admire over seven million colourful bulb Ridderzaal and the Dutch Parliament are located.
flowers. Keukenhof’s surprising spring program W: www.thehague.com
offers many hours of enjoyment in various
flowerbeds, gardens and indoor exhibitions. ROTTERDAM
W: www.keukenhof.nl Rotterdam is the nation’s industrial and
commercial centre, its Europort is the largest
UTRECHT European port with container terminals and bulk
This surprising and friendly city boasts cultural transit terminals. The modern city features lively
and historical highlights. The city’s ultimate shopping malls and interesting museums such
symbol is the beautiful Dom Tower. In addition, as the Boymans van Beuningen gallery, the
Utrecht offers great shopping and pleasant Architecture Centre, and the Kunsthal.
sidewalk cafés. Utrecht railway station is W: www.en.rotterdam.info
adjacent to a large shopping centre. At the
station follow the signs to the tourist information GENERAL
office to get a city map. W: www.holland.com
W: www.visit-utrecht.com

TIP: Especially for Amsterdam attrac-


tions, it is advisable to book online to
avoid long queues.
68 EXPLORING ENSCHEDE AND THE NETHERLANDS

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
When you change your address you need to STEP 3: IMMIGRATION OFFICERS & AON
inform authorities accordingly. Please follow the Inform AON of a change in address by sending
steps below to successfully communicate an e-mail to the Immigration Officers. Your new
changes in your address. address information will be passed on to AON.
E: internationaloffice-visa@utwente.nl
STEP 1: MUNICIPALITY & IND
If you are moving within Enschede or Hengelo STEP 4: CENTRAL STUDENT ADMINISTRATION &
you need to inform the municipality of your STUDIELINK
change in address. Please send an e-mail to Visit the Student Service desk in the Vrijhof
verhuizingen@enschede.nl and mention your building to inform them of your change in
name, your old address and your new address. address or visit the website.
The municipality will inform the Dutch W: www.utwente.studielink.nl
Immigration Service (IND) of your new address.

Stadskantoor Enschede
Municipal office
Hengelosestraat 51, Enschede
T: 14 053

Stadskantoor Hengelo
Municipal office
Burgemeester Jansenplein 1, Hengelo
T: 14 074

STEP 2: ABN AMRO BANK


If you have a bank account at ABN AMRO bank,
please inform the bank by visiting their local
office (Stationsplein 8, Enschede). Remember to
bring your passport and new address information
with you. Alternatively, change your address
information online at the ABN AMRO internet
banking website.
EXPLORING ENSCHEDE AND THE NETHERLANDS
69

PART-TIME JOBS IN THE NETHERLANDS


As an international student in the Netherlands WORK PERMIT AND RESTRICTIONS
you might want to take a part-time job, just as -- EU/EEA citizens (except those from Croatia)
Dutch students do. However, your position as a and Switzerland do not need a work permit.
job applicant is somewhat different from that of There is no restriction on the number of
Dutch students. hours you are allowed to work.
-- If required, your employer or employment
FORMALITIES AND RULES agency must apply for your work permit: you
As an international student looking for a job you cannot do this yourself. There is no restriction
will have to take into account certain practical on the number of hours you are allowed to
restrictions. Students with a lack of Dutch work, but simplified rules for obtaining a
fluency often find it hard to find a part-time job. If work permit apply for students working
you are enrolled in an English-taught programme either 10 hours a week or full-time during the
and don’t speak Dutch, certain jobs will not be summer months June, July, and August only.
possible. But even if you do speak some Dutch, -- All other students need a work permit. Dutch
some jobs simply require the fluency of a native immigration law restricts the number of
speaker. Always make sure you know about the hours you may work. You may either do
relevant requirements and rules when looking seasonal work full-time (but only in June,
for a job. July, and August), or you may work part-time
throughout the rest of the year (but no more
DIFFERENCES IN HEALTH INSURANCE than ten hours a week); you may not do both.
If you are employed in the Netherlands (i.e. Your employer or employment agency must
paying income tax) you are not eligible for AON apply for your work permit: you cannot do
ICS complete insurance or other private this yourself.
insurance packages. This means that, as an
employee, you need to change your health For more information about part-time jobs, visit
insurance policy to a basic health insurance (e.g. www.studyinholland.nl.
AON Basic Health Insurance; see page 16). This
rule applies to everyone (including students with
an EU Health Insurance Card), regardless of how
many hours you work per week. You are advised
to take this into consideration when looking for a
job, as basic health insurance may be more
expensive than your current insurance. If you
intend to work part-time on and off, make sure
you choose an insurance company that allows
you to switch between private and basic health
insurance.
70 SUPPORT & CONTACT

6. SUPPORT & CONTACT INFORMATION


71 Faculty internationalisation coordinators

72 Student Affairs & Services

72 Student Service Desk

73 ITC Student Affairs Office

74 Student Affairs, Coaching & Counselling

75 TCP Language Centre

75 Student Union

6
77 Student rights & student charter

78 Financial support

79 Code of conduct

Visit www.utwente.nl/go/ish/internationalstudents for news and information about


visa, housing, insurance, your Dutch bank account, and other practical information.
SUPPORT & CONTACT
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FACULTY INTERNATIONALISATION
COORDINATORS & OTHER CONTACTS
Every faculty employs internationalisation coordinators, and some have additional staff who can
assist you when you have questions or concerns specifically regarding being an international
student at their faculty.

FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, FACULTY OF BEHAVIOURAL, MANAGEMENT, AND


MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE (EWI) SOCIAL SCIENCES (BMS)
Ms. Janke Rademaker MA Ms. Leonie ten Have, MSc
Coordinator International Affairs International Student Support Officer
E: j.rademaker@utwente.nl E: internationalstudentsupport-bms@utwente.nl
T: +31 (0)53 489 4059 T: +31-53-489-1218
Campus Location: Zilverling (Building 11) Campus Location: Ravelijn (Building 10)
Room: ZI 1032 Room: RA 3276

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (ET) Ms. Inge van Haare, MSc.


Dr. Ir. Jelle Ferwerda Faculty Internationalisation Coordinator
Faculty Internationalisation Coordinator E: i.vanhaare@utwente.nl
E: j.g.ferwerda@utwente.nl T: +31 (0)53 489 2874
T: +31 (0)53 489 3398 Campus Location: Ravelijn (Building 10)
Campus Location: Buitenhorst (Building 29) Room: RA 3276
Room: BH 105A
FACULTY OF GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE AND
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (TNW) EARTH OBSERVATION (ITC)
Ing. Rik Akse Drs. Tom Loran
Faculty Internationalisation Coordinator Faculty Internationalisation Coordinator
E: h.a.akse@utwente.nl E. t.m.loran@utwente.nl
T: +31 (0)53 489 2886 T: +31 (0)53 487 4545
Campus Location: Horsttoren (Building 20) ITC Location: ITC Building
Room: HT 615 Room: 1-160
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&

STUDENT AFFAIRS & SERVICES


Student Affairs and Services provides guidance
and support to students who come from all over
the world to live and study in the Netherlands.
The dedicated staff will assist our international
students with everything from arranging visa
formalities to setting up a bank account, and
from providing them with information about
scholarships to mediating for on- or off-campus
accommodation.

With a network consisting of more than 300


partners worldwide, the door to an exciting
STUDENT SERVICE
study or internship abroad as part of your UT
programme can be opened. An experience
DESK
which will both be a valuable academic asset as The Student Service desk is a general service
well as an enriching experience on a personal desk for all UT students. Their staff can help
level. you with all UT-related questions concerning
admission, enrolment, tuition fees, your
We are devoted to facilitating intercultural student card, Studielink, complaints,
exchange and providing university-level students suggestions, and other matters related to your
with the opportunity to discover, learn, and enjoy study at the UT.
an (academic) culture other than their own.
If you have any questions, you can either visit
Students can contact us for: their website or stop by the Student Service
-- Information about study- and research desk in the Vrijhof building (room 239b).
possibilities abroad;
-- Assistance arranging visa formalities, finding
accommodation and formalities upon arrival STUDENT SERVICE DESK
(incoming students); Campus location:
-- Advice and information on aspects of Vrijhof building room 239b
internationalisation; Office hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (Mon - Fri)
-- Admission of incoming exchange students; T: +31 (0)53 489 2124
-- Information on partner universities and E: studentservices@utwente.nl
organisations abroad; W: www.utwente.nl/ces/studentservi-
-- Scholarship information. ces/en

Join the International UT Community and stay in touch with prospective students, current students,
and alumni: www.facebook.com/groups/UTInternational
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73

ITC STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE


ITC Student Affairs Officers provide ITC
students with information, advice, and ITC STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE
assistance on social, cultural, and medical • Ms. Theresa van den Boogaard
issues. E: t.b.burke@utwente.nl
T: +31 (0) 53 489 2271
For instance:
- Settling in and studying at ITC and living in • Ms. Marie-Chantal Metz
Enschede and in the Netherlands; E: m.c.f.metz-bekkers@utwente.nl
- Social and cultural issues, consular affairs, T: +31 (0) 53 489 2298
and emergencies at home;
- Advice on social or medical problems Office hours: 10:00 - 13:00 (Mon - Fri)
affecting study results; E: studentaffairs-itc@utwente.nl
- Residence procedures & issues;
- Visa applications for fieldwork or study Students can always make an appointment
excursions, including emergency info; with the officers if the office hours conflict with
- Dutch health care & specifically healthcare their class schedule.
information for ITC students in Enschede;
- Insurance policies and claim procedures;
- Out-of-office-hours emergency/calamity
service;
- Arrange your BSN number.

Occasionally, a student may have a serious


problem. Student Affairs officers can help by
listening and can advise and guide you on where
best to seek assistance. Everything you tell them
is treated with strict confidentiality.
74 SUPPORT & CONTACT

STUDENT AFFAIRS, COACHING &


COUNSELLING
Even though studying in a new country can be information cannot be passed on to a third party
lots of fun, it’s perfectly normal to experience without the explicit consent of the student.
difficulties in adjusting to your new life and These regulations can be consulted at the SACC
environment. It can be difficult to make new information desk. Students can visit a student
friends, government regulations can be counsellor or student psychologist free of
confusing, or your studies are not progressing as charge.
planned. It is very common for international
students to sometimes feel lonely and a bit lost STUDY SWITCH & CAREER COUNSELLING
during their studies abroad. The Student Affairs, Do you have doubts about your study, questions
Coaching & Counselling (SACC) supports all about study switch or questions concerning
students in managing expectations, feelings of career matters or career advice? Our career
loneliness and study delays resulting from counselling service focusses on helping you
adapting to life in the Netherlands. finding your answers to these questions.

Other students have visited SACC for help with: Do you need a more clear vision of your personal
-- Adapting to life in the Netherlands; profile, discovering your strengths and talents?
-- Managing expectations or problems Or would you like to know how to brand yourself
concerning culture or education; on the Dutch labour market or do you want
-- Managing study delays; feedback on your cover letter and CV? Visit the
-- Problems concentrating on their studies; following website for more information: www.
-- Dealing with (government) administration or utwente.nl/careerservices
complicated regulation;
-- Issues involving family matters or personal Campus Coaching &
circumstances; Counselling
-- Questions about financial support due to Campus location: Vrijhof room 311
exceptional circumstances; Office hours:
-- Questions about additional facilities for 08.30 - 12.30 / 13.00 - 17.00 (Mon-Thu)
students with a disability or a chronic illness; 08.30 - 12.30 / 13.00 - 16.00 (Fri)
-- Overall feelings of loneliness or discomfort. T: +31 (0)53 489 2035
E: sacc@utwente.nl
Whether your problem is vague or clear, W: www.utwente.nl/en/ces/sacc/
everyone is welcome to make an appointment
with a student counsellor or a student BUDDY PROGRAMME
psychologist. SACC aims to locate the source of The Buddy programme couples new students
the problem and help solve it. with experienced UT students on a voluntary
basis. Through a series of events, it facilitates
PRIVACY/CONFIDENTIALITY interactions between buddies to inform the new
All counselling sessions are strictly confidential. students about their new environment, provide
Student psychologists are bound to a privacy them with a social network, and help integration.
regulation register by the Dutch Institute of For more information about the Buddy
Psychologists. This register states that programme visit: www.buddy.utwente.nl
SUPPORT & CONTACT
75

TCP LANGUAGE STUDENT UNION


CENTRE
LANGUAGES & SKILLS
Even though the Dutch are known for having
sufficient conversational English skills, you will
find it useful and fun to learn some Dutch
yourself. The TCP Language Centre offers
various Dutch language courses for international The Student Union promotes the academic
students at all levels. In addition to it being useful development and the well being of the students
during daily activities, learning to speak Dutch at the University of Twente. Student Union
improves your interaction with Dutch students contributes to extracurricular development in all
and your ability to fully interact in class. As well sorts of ways. Student Union’s goal is to let your
as this, it will improve your chances of finding student time be both fun and stimulating. It
housing with Dutch students. maintains close contacts with numerous parties
varying from the smallest student association to
Improving your academic English will help you the executive board of the university. Student
perform better in your studies and prepare your Union creates opportunities for both associations
future career. The TCP Language Centre offers and individual students. If you want to organise
professional English language support with an event or start an enterprise, Student Union
clearly defined learning objectives. can support you, for instance, with finding the
right contacts or affordable office space. They
For help with writing assignments and your also provide various subsidies and have a
thesis, contact our Writing Centre. The Writing sponsorship fund for interesting projects.
Centre offers individual help and various
workshops on writing e.g. how to structure your The Student Union has several committees to
text or how to handle writer’s block. make student life even more fun and challenging,
such as the largest student think tank of the
And how about other academic skills? Apart world, Create Tomorrow once every two years,
from studying and accomplishing the and TEDxTwenteU. Additionally the Student
curriculum, other skills are getting more and Union organises trainings and parties, and it
more important to prepare for your future career. awards prizes and certificates to students that
The TCP Language Centre helps you to train develop themselves next to their studies. You
these skills in its Skills Lab. Examples of offered can, for instance, participate in the Skills
workshops and trainings are: presentation skills, Certificate, by attending trainings to develop
speed reading skills, negotiation skills, business yourself outside of your normal curriculum.
model thinking, visual thinking, conflict handling
and cross cultural competencies.

TCP Language Centre


Student Union
Campus location: Vrijhof, floor 5
Campus location: Bastille room 332
Classrooms: skills lab, Vrijhof, floor 2
T: +31 (0)53 489 8006
T: +31 (0)53 489 2040
E: studentunion@union.utwente.nl
E: tcp@utwente.nl
W: su.utwente.nl/en
W: www.utwente.nl/tcp
76 SUPPORT & CONTACT

g list: Fish shop Viswinkel


u r 1 s hoppin
st Flower shop Bloemenwinkel
Yo Dutch: Good afternoon Goedemiddag
Brood Good evening Goedenavond
English:
Boter Good luck Veel succes
Bread
Kaas Good morning Goedemorgen
Butter
Eieren Greengrocer Groenteboer
Cheese
Melk Have a nice trip Goede reis
Eggs
Vis Hospital Ziekenhuis
Milk
Vlees Information Inlichtingen
Fish
Koffie Left (direction) Links
Meat
Thee Library Bibliotheek
Coffee
Wijn Liquor store Slijterij
Tea
Bier Market Markt
Wine iddel
Afwasm Mr., sir Meneer
Beer eterg e n t del
shing d Wasmid Ms., Mrs., madam Mevrouw
Dishwa nt ier
deterge WC pap Municipality Gemeente
Laundry p a s ta
per Tand No Nee
Toilet pa e e rm es
ste Sch Nurse Zuster
Toothpa
Pleister Pharmacy Apotheek
Razor r
Pijnstille Please Alstublieft
Band-aid
r Police station Politiebureau
Painkille
Post office Postkantoor
Right Rechts
See you later Tot ziens
MORE DUTCH WORDS:
Shoe store Schoenenwinkel
Baker(y) Bakker Shop / Store Winkel
Bar Bar Station (train) Station
Barber Kapper Straight ahead Rechtdoor
Bicycle Fiets Supermarket Supermarkt
Bookshop Boekenwinkel Thank you Dank u (wel)
Breakfast Ontbijt Theatre Schouwburg, theater
Bus Bus To dance Dansen
Bus stop Bushalte To drink Drinken
Butcher Slager To eat Eten
Cafe/Pub Cafe To walk Wandelen, lopen
Car Auto Today Vandaag
Church Kerk Tomorrow Morgen
Cinema Bioscoop Tomorrow afternoon Morgenmiddag
City hall Stadhuis Tomorrow evening Morgenavond
Day after tomorrow Overmorgen Tomorrow morning Morgenochtend
Dentist Tandarts Tonight Vanavond
Dinner Warme maaltijd Train Trein
Doctor Dokter, (huis)arts University Universiteit
Dutch Nederlands Yes Ja
English Engels Yesterday Gisteren
SUPPORT & CONTACT
77

STUDENT RIGHTS & STUDENT CHARTER


The Student Charter and its regulations govern READABILITY
your rights as a student and the way we treat Because the Student Charter is an official
each other at the University of Twente. It document you may use to claim your rights,
contains a description of the rights and most of it is written in formal legal language.
obligations of students on the one hand and the This may make it difficult to read but, from a
University of Twente on the other. legal perspective, such language is unavoidable.
In an effort to make things clearer, examples are
CONTENTS occasionally given or procedures are described
The Student Charter describes rules and in greater detail. If you would like to obtain more
regulations regarding enrolment, tuition fees, information on topics covered in the Students’
programme structure, language of instruction, Charter, please contact Student Counselling
timetables, student facilities such as student Service. The same applies if you wish to consult
counsellors and psychologists, complaints the original legal wording of the Higher
procedures, house rules, and financial support. Education and Research Act (WHW).

TWO SECTIONS WHERE TO FIND THE STUDENT CHARTER


The Charter consists of (1) an institutional The latest version of the institutional section of
section, which contains the rights and the Charter can be viewed online. The
obligations that apply to the majority of students programme section is available from your
and (2) a programme section which, in programme’s Office of Educational Affairs.
combination with the Education and Examination
Regulations (OER), includes the rights and W: w
 ww.utwente.nl/en/ces/sacc/
obligations specific to each study programme. regulations/charter/
78 SUPPORT & CONTACT

FINANCIAL SUPPORT
If your studies are delayed, you might be eligible If you think you are eligible, please consult a
for financial support to complete your studies. student counselor as soon as possible (see p.
Eligible candidates may apply for support within 74). For more information about financial
three months after the end of the recognised support for international student visit the
circumstance on which you based your support following website:
application.
W: www.utwente.nl/en/ces/sacc/
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT? regulations/fobos/force-majeure/
Eligibility for financial support is in part based on
the circumstances that affected your study ITC STUDENTS: ITC STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND
progress: The ITC student assistance fund supports ITC
1. Illness, psychological problems, or students who face financial problems due to
pregnancy; serious illness, death of family member, or theft.
2. Physical, sensory, or other function You may apply for a financial contribution if your
disorders; insurance or employer does not cover the costs
3. Special family circumstances; of your claim.
4. Recognised board functions: collective fixed
support to be requested by societies/ This fund operates completely independently of
organisations or individual students; ITC and financial problems should first be
5. Top-level sport (to be recognised by the UT discussed with an ITC Student Affairs and
sports council); Support officer. The fund board decides if
6. Top-level arts (to be recognised by the UT financial assistance will be provided. Financial
arts council); assistance will only cover costs partly. For more
7. Your study programme has insufficient information contact Corné van Elzakker (e:
educational feasibility; elzakker@itc.nl).
8. Other circumstances not mentioned here,
where not granting financial support would
be considered extremely unreasonable.
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79

CODE OF CONDUCT
The University of Twente has signed the Code of The information provided by the educational
Conduct for international students in Dutch institutions to international students on the basis
higher education. This document sets standards of the Code of Conduct must be in English, in
for Dutch higher education institutions in their the language used for the study programme, or
dealings with international students. in the native language of the international
student. The educational institution must make
By signing the Code of Conduct, the UT offers clear what services it provides to international
international students a guarantee of the quality students, such as help with obtaining a visa and
of their programmes, student recruitment, a residence permit, housing, introduction
selection and counselling procedures. sessions, and student counselling. In their
information materials, educational institutions
PROVIDING INFORMATION must specify clearly what the associated costs
The Code of Conduct requires educational for the services are.
institutions to provide timely, reliable, and easily
accessible information to international students The full version of the Code of Conduct can be
about their study programmes. More specifically, found on the UT website: www.utwente.nl/en/
this includes information such as accreditation ces/sacc/regulations/
status, quality, admission requirements as well
as many more important rules and procedures
for international students.
80 UPON DEPARTURE

7. UPON DEPARTURE
81 To do upon departure

82 Working in NL after graduation

Upon Departure checklist:

7
www.utwente.nl/go/ish/todo/upon-departure
UPON DEPARTURE
81

TO DO UPON DEPARTURE
When you have finished your studies at the UT, it DEREGISTER AT THE MUNICIPALITY (BRP)
is important that you complete the following If you are leaving the Netherlands (or moving to
formalities. another Dutch city) you must deregister at the
BRP (Municipal Register of Enschede).
UT DE-ENROLMENT Download a ‘declaration leaving Enschede’ from
Upon departure, you must arrange your de- www.utwente.nl/internationalstudents/
enrolment at the UT (not applicable for Exchange departure, fill in the form and hand it in at the
students). If your de-enrolment is not arranged Stadskantoor (Hengelosestraat 52) or send it to
in time, you are legally obliged to continue publiekszaken@enschede.nl.
paying tuition fees. Please visit the Student
Service desk (Vrijhof building) to arrange your CANCEL YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE
de-enrolment. Cancel your health insurance by sending an
e-mail to internationaloffice-visa@utwente.nl
EXPIRATION OF RESIDENCE PERMIT with your departure date. Be sure to file your
If you have a residence permit for your stay in insurance claims with AON before leaving.
Netherlands, please note its expiration date (as
stated on your residence permit card). After this RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS
expiration date you are not allowed to stay in the Do not forget to return any books you may have
Netherlands. You are obliged to leave the borrowed from the UT/public library.
Netherlands.
ITC STUDENTS
Please note that if you graduate or de-enrol Approximately six weeks before departure, you
before the expiration date of your residence will receive information from Student Affairs
regarding the ‘clearance-procedure’:
permit, the UT will end your residence permit for
study. -- Reservations for your return flight;
-- Alumni registration;
CLOSE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT -- Notification of departure at the municipality
Inform your bank of your departure and close and the IND;
your bank account. When moving to another city -- Returning your residence permit;
in the Netherlands, inform the bank of your new -- Diploma legalisation;
address. -- Official letter of ‘good conduct’.
82 UPON DEPARTURE

WORKING IN NL AFTER GRADUATION


If, upon completing your studies, you would like
to seek employment within the Netherlands, you
can extend your residence permit for a maximum
duration of one year (‘orientation year’ or
‘zoekjaar’). During this time, you have free
access to the Dutch labour market to look for a
job as a highly skilled migrant (kennismigrant).

If you are interested in an orientation year after


your study, please visit https://ind.nl/en/work/
pages/looking-for-a-job-after-study-promotion-
or-research.aspx

Please note that the search year extension might not be available if you are the recipient
of a scholarship that requires you to return to your home country upon graduation.
UPON DEPARTURE
83

DISCLAIMER
The information in this booklet has been
obtained from a number of sources, both UT
related and non-UT related. While its contents
have been carefully checked, some information
in this booklet may change or become
outdated. Government rules and regulations,
prices, and opening hours are subject to
change during the academic year. No rights
can be derived from the information presented
in this document. For further questions, please
contact the Student Service Desk of the
University of Twente, the Netherlands.

PHOTO CREDITS
The majority of the pictures used are sourced
from the Beeldbank Universiteit Twente:
pp. 2, 9, 12, 16, 17, 25, 28, 35, 38, 47, 48, 50,
53, 62, 82. Many of these were taken by Gijs
van Ouwerkerk.

ITC-SAB contributed the top image on p. 38.

Flamingo Image on p. 57 by alegri / 4freephotos.


com

Some of the pictures in this booklet were taken


by Joni Kantonen, a UT exchange student from
Finland during the academic year 2010/2011.
We would like to express our special gratitude
to Joni who has been kind enough to grant us
permission to use his beautiful photos in this
handbook.