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Mechanical Engineering from Twente, in Amsterdam

Are you fascinated by technical processes? Do you want to know how things are built and why they are built that way? Do you want to be sure of a great job in inventing and designing new techniques or machines? And do you want to graduate from the best technical university in the Netherlands, located in Enschede (Twente), but at the same time study in Amsterdam? Then the new English-language Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente and VU University Amsterdam is a good choice for you. The best of both worlds!

Study in the Dutch capital and benefit from Twente's small scale and expertise

In this unique Bachelor's programme, you will study in Amsterdam, while benefiting from the small scale, personal attention and technical expertise for which the University of Twente is renowned. You will receive your diploma from the UT, but you will be taught by lectures from both universities. For your practical assignments and projects, you will make use of UT's high-tech facilities, such as the Virtual Reality Lab. The content of the programme is largely the same as that of the regular Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering in Enschede, but the curriculum centers on four contemporary themes we have defined in collaboration with the VU: Manufacturing, Sustainability, Maintenance, and Healthcare. 

Open Days

Explore the VU during the VU open days on 2 November 2019. The open days at the University of Twente are taking place on 15 and 16 November 2019. 

Why have the UT and the VU joined forces?

Why are the University of Twente and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offering a new Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering together? Two important reasons:

  1. Because we want to help solve the urgent shortage in the Netherlands of highly educated technical professionals, thereby retaining expertise and employment in our own country;
  2. And because we want to offer you, as a prospective student from the Randstad and wider surroundings, the opportunity to take advantage of the great opportunities that exist on the labour market by following a good technical education in your own environment.

Advantages of the new Bachelor's Mechanical Engineering

✓ You will follow a technical programme in Amsterdam

✓ You will receive a diploma from the University of Twente

✓ You make use of our high-tech facilities in Enschede

✓ You will get hands-on experience working on societal challenges in team projects

✓ You will participate in the first degree ever co-presented by the VU and the UT

✓ After graduation, you will enter a labour market eager to take you on board

High-tech facilities in Enschede

Most of the lectures offered in this Bachelor's programme will be in Amsterdam. Every second Thursday and Friday you will go to the campus in Enschede. There you will do practical assignments in our high-tech laboratories and you can use the technical facilities of the UT. 

Campus University of Twente 

Besides our facilities, you will also enjoy our campus – the only 'American-style' campus in the Netherlands. The campus is located on the outskirts of Enschede, fifteen minutes by bike from the city center: a beautiful, park-like area where more than 10,000 students live and study. Here you will work on your projects and use our labs. You will meet the Mechanical Engineering students of the Newton Study Association in Twente. And you can participate in activities such as the Batavierenrace and De Bedrijvendagen Twente, the largest career event in the Netherlands. 

Become a student for a day 

Would you like to experience first-hand what it is like to follow a Mechanical Engineering programme designed in Twente? Then sign up for our Student for a Day programme in Enschede and participate in our programme for a day (or part of a day). One of our students will team up with you and help you find your way around.

This in-depth activity will give you a good impression of our programme and the students you can meet there. This will make it easier for you to decide whether the programme matches your interests and capacities and you will be able to make a well-founded study choice.

Tip: visit an Open Day first, before joining us as Student for Day.

Admission requirements

International diploma

Students from outside the Netherlands should have a pre-university secondary education comparable to the Dutch VWO diploma, with high passing grades in Mathematics and Physics as required subjects. As the programme is taught entirely in English, a high level of English proficiency (CEFR, B2/C1 level; minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent) is also required. 

Are you an international student and is your secondary education not comparable to the Dutch VWO diploma? However, you would like to take part in the Mechanical Engineering programme? The University of Twente and the Holland International Study Center offer you the possibility to take a preparation year after which you will be admissible to Mechanical Engineering.

Dutch VWO diploma

You will be directly admitted to the Bachelor’s programme in Mechanical Engineering if you possess a Dutch VWO diploma with a profile in 'Natuur & Techniek'. You may also be eligible to start the programme with a profile in 'Natuur & Gezondheid', but only with the subjects 'Wiskunde B' and 'Natuurkunde'. Furthermore, you may be eligible to start the programme with another profile, but only with the subjects 'Wiskunde B' and 'Natuurkunde'. 

German Arbitur

If you possess a German Abitur, you can gain admission to the programme if you have studied English, Mathematics, and Physics to Abitur level. Please note it is not necessary to have taken these subjects as Leistungskurs. 

Science subjects

Experience shows that if you are good in science subjects like mathematics, physics, and chemistry, you are more likely to succeed in the Mechanical Engineering programme.

Register via Studielink

Made your choice? If this will be your first bachelor's programme at the University of Twente you need to enrol via Studielink.

Programme overview

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
Certification: BSc
3 years
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Starting date
1 September 2020
1 September 2021
De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam
On student request
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme


Do you have questions about this programme? Contact us via our Study Information Centre. More detailed information about this programme can be found on the website of the VU.