Minor Programme

Crossing Borders

Together with students from the University of Twente, international (exchange) students will – after the plenary phase (first five weeks) – work on an international project with a foreign partner organisation. Students will be based at the University of Twente (UT), thus experiencing an international learning environment. To communicate with the international partner they will make use of Skype/email/phone (hence the term ‘virtual’). The project work requires students to solve a practical problem (linked to one of the International Grand Challenges) proposed by an organisation located outside Europe.


Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences

Applied Sciences 



Suitable for third year Bachelor students


IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80

To be paid at home institution

The Courses

Module 1 - 15 EC

consists of three versions, of which you can choose one:

Version A: Virtual project.

Version B: Study tour (before you register for this version please contact the coordinator, mr. Stienstra).

Version C: Field study.

Module 2 - 15 EC

consists of three versions, of which you – depending on participation in Module 1 – can choose one:

Version D: Short field study for those who completed Version A or B in Module 1.

Version E: Short field study for those who did not complete either Version A or B in Module 1.

Continuation of field study (Version C) started in Module 1.

The two modules can be taken separately, except for version C. If you are interested in Module 2, we encourage you to also choose Module 1, as it provides essential insights needed for Module 2.

How to apply

To apply for an exchange programme, you will have to follow these seven steps:

1. Pre-application phase: 6 - 4 months before arrival

2. Nomination: 6 - 3 months before arrival

3. Application phase: 6 - 3 months before arrival

4. Assessment phase: 4 - 2 months before arrival

5. Acceptance or rejection: 3 - 2 months before arrival

6. Preparation to arrival phase: 3 - 1 month(s) before arrival

7. Upon arrival and during your stay at the UT

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