Welcome to the International page of the study association Stress!

This page is created for the international students of the association, which is about a third of all of Stress' members. We try to organize events for everyone to enjoy. Besides organizing events they also want to be able to give useful information. This is done through the page on the website, here you can find different kinds of information as well as a guide through different necessary processes of the Dutch government. The main goal is to be able to inform and help international students that are joining our association. Next to this page the University of Twente also offers help related to international students, which also contains an extensive handbook that can be found here.

Governmental

Visa

Students can’t apply for a visa themselves, this has to be done through the University of Twente. If you need a visa, the University will send you an email guiding you through the process. More information can be found here.

Municipality

If you are staying in Enschede for more than four months, you have to register at the municipal civil registry. If you live in the city of Enschede, you will get an email from the University to make an appointment to register with the municipality. This will be in the first month of your study. If you miss this appointment, or arrive at a later date, you have to make your own appointment. You can find more information about this here.

Working in the Netherlands

If you have a nationality of a country that belongs to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland your passport (or ID card) of the country, of which you hold the nationality, is evidence enough that you are permitted to stay in the Netherlands and to work here. You are not required to report to the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) and also you do not apply to the IND for a proof of lawful residence. Your employer does not need to apply for a work permit for you if you want to work in the Netherlands.

If you are from a non-EU/EEA country, you need at least a work permit and Basic Healthcare Insurance. More information about this can be found here.

Bank account

For students that stay in the Netherlands for an extended period, it is advised that they get a Dutch bank account. This makes receiving scholarships, PIN transactions, purchasing train tickets and paying tuition fee in instalments easier. At the moment, you need a BSN to register for a Dutch bank account, you will get this after registering at the municipality. More information about opening a bank account can be found here.

Dutch phone number

When staying in the Netherlands for a longer period of time it is practical to have a Dutch phone number. In order to get a Dutch phone number and a phone contract at one of the communications companies in the Netherlands, you need to have the following:

  • A valid ID/PASSPORT (if you are an EU/EEA citizen),
  • A Dutch resident permit (if you are a citizen outside EU/EEA)
  • Your BSN Number
  • A Dutch Bank account
  • A local home address
  • Student ID for special student deals (optional)


Starting your life in Enschede


Housing

There are different ways of finding rooms in Enschede. These are some of the websites that you can use to find a room.

The most advisable one for international students is the facebook marketplace of the University. To become part of this facebook page you have to ask to become a member and give them your student number.That is to ensure only students join and the groups are not overcrowded. Besides the marketplace there are also the more traditional Dutch websites. These are Roomspot en Kamernet. We do advise you to start in time with your room search, since there is a housing shortage. When you apply for housing accommodation in some cases it does not mean you get the room automatically. There are two types of housing, one that is provided via the student house itself and one which is provided by the University of Twente. 


Housing of University of Twente


The University of Twente has two on-campus housing facilities (Camelot and de Veste), and four off campus housing facilities (Persan Vastgoed, ITC international hotel, Stadsweide and Xior). If you are a first year international student coming to the Netherlands, you have some priority in getting a room from the University. This is the “Special offer UT” section on Roomspot. Roomspot is the website provided by the University of Twente to find housing accommodation in Enschede, more information on how to use Roomspot can be found here. However, do watch out for the renting terms since some of the accommodations have a renting term of one year.


Student house

Normally, when the offer includes a small piece about the house, or who is living there, you can assume that the students living there get to pick their new roommate. In this case, it is customary to send some information about yourself to that house with your interests, hobby’s and study. When you apply for a room in a student house you can get an invite to a hospitation talk. This talk is some kind of interview such that your possible roommates can see if you fit within their house. For more information on how to tackle a room application for a student provided house, check the link here.



Participating in extra curriculair courses


The UT Language Centre

The UT Language Centre helps to develop language skills. They offer different types of workshops and courses for students, staff members and non-UT members. The teaching is offered in English and Dutch. 


Language and communication

There are different level courses for Dutch, English, German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. English and Dutch courses that last longer than a one-day workshop have a registration fee of 25 euros. Fees of the other courses can be found from the course page of the website of the Language centre. One-day workshops are free for all UT-students. More information about the courses, for example possible intake requirements, can be found from the UTLC website. 


Skills lab

Skills lab aims to help students to study more effectively and successfully. They offer workshops and courses focusing on studying skills, communication skills and personal and professional skills. Skills lab focuses for example on intercultural communication and international work.


Writing centre

The Language Centre also offers workshops on academic writing. These workshops cover topics like writing process, structure, academic tone and grammar. They also offer one-on-one help with English and Dutch texts.


Get a Buddy

The Buddy Program is offered by the Student Union and aimed to help international students with the integration to the Netherlands. The participants are paired with a Dutch student or another international student who has already spent at least 6 months at the University of Twente. Many different activities are organised to help to get familiar with the Dutch culture.

Most of the activities and events are free. Some may require a small fee. The duration of the programme is six months. You can find more information on the program and where to register here.


World Associations

There are different associations that are useful for non- Dutch to know about that are within Enschede. There is a big group of associations within the university that are for Internationals specifically. You have associations that are related to different continents, or different religions, to make sure that everyone feels at home here in Enschede. You can find these associations here, be aware that they are not related to the study association, but stand on their own.


Exchange students

Welcome or goodbye, both can be used on this page since you are either an incoming student or an outgoing student researching on what to prepare for your period abroad. On this page you can find all study and university related information for an exchange program. This information is sometimes hard to find on the University of Twente website so we have simplified it for you and here and there give you some references to more detailed information. Side note the information provided is from the BMS faculty perspective the faculty of Behavior and Managerial Sciences of which IBA and IEM take part, since IBA, BA and IEM are the studies of our study association we took this perspective when writing the pieces of the exchange program.


Outgoing exchange students

The University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, offers several possibilities to go abroad as part of your study programme;

  • Study Abroad: following courses at a foreign University
  • Minor: Crossing Borders (2 x 15 EC)
  • Bachelor assignment abroad (15 EC)
  • Master assignment abroad (25-30 EC)
  • Double Degree Master programme

The specifics on partner universities and destinations you can attend are specified on the canvas page BMS Study Abroad. Here you can find an overview of destinations and what options are available for you to follow one of the above possibilities within the BMS faculty. For more general information of the University of Twente you can see it here.


What do you need

Before being able to enroll to go abroad there are some requirements you need to follow.


For the first semester (1A and 1B);

  • Be enrolled as a UT student and pay the UT tuition fee
  • Have the following study points/ requirements;
    • IEM bachelor students; 75 EC (so 5 complete modules) registered at 1 August
    • IBA bachelor students; 90 EC (so 6 complete modules) registered at the 1 August
  • To be able to reserve a spot at a partner university as a bachelor student, you must have passed courses with at least 60 EC registered on 1 February of the year of going abroad.


For the second semester (2A and 2B);

  • Be enrolled as a UT student and pay the UT tuition fee
  • Have the following study points/ requirements;
    • IEM bachelor students; 75 EC (so 5 complete modules) registered at 1 January
    • IBA bachelor students; 90 EC (so 6 complete modules) registered at the 1 January
  • To be able to reserve a spot at a partner university as a bachelor student, you must have passed courses with at least 60 EC registered on 1 September of the academic year of going abroad.


When studying abroad for your minor programm keep in mind that you need to have 30 ECTS credits upon return, otherwise you have to compensate for the missing credits. So it is easiest to assume you have to pass everything that you get presented during your time abroad.



What do you have to do

Orientation

Most students that are interested start a year prior to the time frame they want to be abroad. It is not just the country you have to choose but also what study you want to do and if it is possible to go. Therefore the advice is to start a year prior and talk to your study advisor regarding the interests you have.
Next to that the UT offers a lot of information you can get access to via the above mentioned canvas page and link. The UT also has an Instagram page (@study_abroad_utwente), such that you can get a picture of the options you have.
Take a good look at the requirements of the universities themselves; some have language or knowledge requirements you have to meet. Next to that for non-partner universities or studies that are not within the BMS faculty additional criteria are to be fulfilled. The criteria for non partner universities are clearly stated on BMS Study Abroad canvas page.


Selection

When you are done with your orientation you have to hand in your top 6 destinations, the UT partner universities are very popular so make sure to mention these first if they are a match. When going through the selection process make sure to deliver your motivation letter and do the following;

  • UT wide partners apply through the UT system Mobility Online
  • Submit via email to J.H. Stout following information;
    • Up to date transcript of records
    • Preliminary course list (UT wide partners only)
    • Name according to your passport
    • Date and place of birth
    • Number of registered EC and our grade point average


Getting selected

When getting selected the university will send you an email with the enrollment information for the university of your choice. This email will tell you what to do from there. When getting selected you cannot switch destinations anymore, so then the decision is final.


Second selection round

Sometimes it happens that you are not able to go to the university and destination you wanted, therefore there is a second selection process for you to get reoriented and have a second chance to find a university and destination that you like. 


Deadlines

Application deadline 30 January at 00.00

  • UT wide partners apply through the UT system Mobility Online
  • Submit via email to J.H. Stout following information;
    • Up to date transcript of records
    • Preliminary course list (UT wide partners only)
    • Name according to your passport
    • Date and place of birth
    • Number of registered EC and our grade point average

After 20 February 

Receive a final outcome of the selection procedure via email. Receive the follow-up procedure with further steps for the application to the partner universities.

Deadline application second selection 26 February 00.00

When not given the preferred university or destination you can get into the second selection period.


Incoming exchange students

Are you an incoming exchange student at the University of Twente? We want to welcome you to your study association. We have set up some information that might be nice to know or hard to find to answer some of your questions beforehand. If you still have questions do not hesitate to contact us or the exchange coordinator from our faculty Jaap Stout (j.h.stout@utwente.nl).

Educational system

One full academic year is divided into two semesters (1&2) and each semester into two blocks (A&B) where each block consists of 15ECs. 

Fall semester

  • Introduction week in August (Kick in)
  • Block 1A – Mid August - November
  • Block 1B – November – February 

Spring semester 

  • Introduction week in February (Kick in)
  • Block 2A – February – April
  • Block 2B – April – July 

*The exact beginning and ending dates may vary with extra exam (re-sit) dates or other events such as:


Bachelor 

  • Takes three years
  • Consists of modules
  • One academic year has four modules
  • Each module has a study load of 15ECs
  • Per block, students can get can be registered for one module and not a part of a module

Master

  • Takes one or two years
  • Consists of courses
  • The number of ECs varies between 1 and 10 credits
  • Go to the course catalogue

Good to know things

There are scholarships available for going abroad below is a small list, it is nice to research this since it helps with financing your adventure abroad.

Besides scholarships there are things you need to get done before, during and after your trip. Luckily the university has an overview of these things, that can be found here.

Next to that our faculty has an international affairs officer, so not only in our study association we have someone you can ask questions to but also from the university itself. The International Affairs and Mobility Officer the address to contact her is (l.a.sander@utwente.nl).

FAQ (other frequently asked questions)


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International related matters

  • International coordinator: Annemieke van der Grijspaarde
  • Contact via e-mail: internationalstudentsupport-bms@utwente.nl
  • Contact via phone: +31 53 489 46 33
  • Location: Building Ravelijn, 3rd floor, room 3121
  • Office hours: Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning  and Thursday


Stress

What does Stress do?

Stress is the study association for Business Administration (BA), International Business Administration (IBA) and Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) of the University of Twente. The association was founded on May 21st, 1974. With over 2100 members it is the largest (study) association at the UT. We organize various activities and events to support, expand and complement all of our studies and the career development of our members. Everything is included from study evenings and trips abroad to cooperations with companies, parties, and excursions.

How does joining stress benefit me?

  • Meet and connect with fellow students over organized drinks or events
  • Get access to promotional codes on books, etc.
  • Have an impact on your studies with your ideas and improve it for the better


Moving to the Netherlands checklist:

When moving to the Netherlands, there are a few things that need to be organized before or meanwhile your arrival in Enschede. These are listed below for EU students as well as non-EU students. They should be followed in the order they are listed in. However, for EU students there are a few optional things such as getting a dutch bank account or phone number which can benefit you in some ways but aren’t obligatory.


EU students

  • Apply for your studies 
  • Find housing: go to the living in Enschede chapter on this page
  • Register new address at the municipality: https://www.enschede.nl/
  • DigiD; https://www.digid.nl/digid-aanvragen-activeren/ 
  • BSN; The citizen service number (BSN) is a unique personal number that creates a profile for you in the Personal Records Database (BRP). This is beneficial or even required in a number of situations such as when dealing with governmental, educational or healthcare matters. 
  • Bank account 
  • Phone number
  • Health Insurance
  • GP


For non-EU students

  • Apply for your studies
  • Visa (with school)
  • (Study permit)
  • Find housing; go to the living in Enschede chapter on this page
  • Register new address at the municapality
  • DigiD ; https://www.digid.nl/digid-aanvragen-activeren/ 
  • BSN ; The citizen service number (BSN) is a unique personal number that creates a profile for you in the Personal Records Database (BRP). This is beneficial or even required in a number of situations such as when dealing with governmental, educational or healthcare matters.
  • (Residence permit?)
  • Bank account 
  • Phone number 
  • Health Insurance


Stress exists for you

If there are any questions that are unanswered, Stress is here to help you. Write us an email or contact us at board@stress.utwente.nl  . If you have any international-related matters that stress could help with, contact us via the email international@stress.utwente.nl.  For questions that were not yet answered, contact (info@stress.utwente.nl).