Study in Enschede


Enschede is located in the Twente region, close by the German border. Therefore many people in this city speak some German and the city is also more popular under German students. The city has a population of almost 160.000 inhabitants, including a student population of around 26.000 students. It is a smaller city but it has a lively centre. During the weekend, the Old Market Square frequently is the venue for events, live music and other activities. It is a lively student city with a large multicultural academic environment, hosting many international students. There is a large diversity of programs available at the University of Twente, the University of Applied Sciences Saxion and ArtEZ University of the arts.

The University of Twente, in Dutch called Universiteit Twente (UT), is the only university in the Netherlands that has a real campus. It accommodates all faculty buildings, sports facilities, shops, a library and a cultural centre. It currently houses more than 2000 students. The university has around 9000 students. The university mainly focuses on technical and social sciences, it is a research university where technical developments and their importance to individuals and society are at the forefront. This is reflected in their 20 bachelor and 31 master programmes that are administered by five faculties: Engineering Technology (ET); Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI); Science and Technology (TNW); Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences (BMS); & Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC).

The Dutch education system offers two ways to study a bachelor’s degree: the more practical (applied) science (Hoger Beroeps Onderwijs, HBO) and the academic teaching with a more theoretical approach (Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs, WO). WO institutes are generally called university, while HBO institutes are generally called “Hogeschool”.

Enschede houses the following HBO institutes:

  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences, in Dutch called Saxion Hogeschool, is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with close to 27.000 students. They have around 3500 international students from 89 different nationalities and many courses are English-taught. They offer a broad range of international programmes: bachelor programmes, Master programmes and Short Courses in the fields of business, technical and environmental studies, as well as Intensive Preparatory courses (English Language). Saxion has one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn.
  • ArtEz University of the Arts, in Dutch called ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten is located in the Dutch cities Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle. They are one of the major art institutes in the Netherlands and over 3000 students study at this institute. They offer preparatory courses, Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in visual art, architecture, fashion, design, music, theatre, creative writing, dance and art education. Enschede houses the following 2 ArtEZ locations: the AKI ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design and the ArtEZ School of Music.

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