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Solve current issues using innovative technology

Are you a practical problem solver? Do you enjoy taking objects apart to see how they work? Would you like to make the world a better place by coming up with sustainable solutions? Then the Mechanical Engineering programme is just the thing for you.

The bachelor’s degree you get on completing this programme at UT and VU Amsterdam is the same degree as the regular Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Twente.  

Every year, Mechanical Engineering hosts several Taster study days with a workshop, presentation, Q&A and tour on the VU campus. News days follow in september 2023 You can also choose a date together with a first-year student to attend a lecture on the VU campus. Sign up here! 

See below for more information on the application requirements. 

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  • 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 required as well.

    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'.

    Mandatory matching
    For Mechanical Engineering applicants matching activities are obligatory. You will have to apply for the programme before 1 May (completed application with all the required uploads submitted via Osiris). This deadline applies to all students, Dutch and non-Dutch. Students that apply after 1 May will not be admitted to the programme. 

    More information
    Read more about how to enrol and please do not hesitate to contact the University of Twente for more information.

  • Application

    You can arrange your application via University of Twente.

  • Mandatory matching

    Why mandatory matching?
    At Mechanical Engineering we think it is important for you to choose a programme that meets your expectations and is a good match with your interests and your talents. A good match between you and the study programme you choose increases your chances to successfully complete the programme and obtain a diploma. To improve this match, we use ‘Mandatory Matching’. That means that all our Mechanical Engineering applicants need to take part in a series of obligated matching activities. With these activities we aim to investigate together if your expectations, talents and intentions ‘match’ with the content and setup of the programme. The goal of the matching day is that you have an impression of what to expect and that you get an advice if our programme would be a good fit for you.

    What is a matching day?
    Once you have signed up for Mechanical Engineering you will receive an invitation for a matching day. This is a great opportunity to see what the study programme is about and to meet potential fellow students. During this half day you will attend short example lectures and participate in a group assignment which will give you an overview of the programme and the various fields of Mechanical Engineering (mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, energy, systems and control, dynamic systems, design and construction). The matching day is a great way to get a taste of the atmosphere, to meet the students and staff of the Mechanical Engineering programme. It is also possible to have a (online) meeting with a staff member during or after this day in case of further questions. Besides focusing on the study choice, we also aim to prepare you (and us) as well as possible for the coming academic year.

    How does matching work?
    The mandatory matching process consists of several steps:

    1. After you sign up for the Mechanical Engineering programme, you will receive a questionnaire about your expectancies, skills and interest.
    2. Once you have filled in and sent the questionnaire, you will receive an invitation for a matching day. The matching day will take place several times a year on campus (either at VU or UT). For students that are not able to come to the campus 2 online options will be offered. The dates for this year are mentioned below. It is obligatory to join one of these matching days to be admitted to the programme.
    3. During the matching day you will participate in several activities (lecture, group assignment, etc.) and meet with staff and students.
    4. Depending on the outcomes of the questionnaire and the results of the matching day, you might be approached for a meeting with a staff member or senior student. You may also request an additional meeting yourself.
    5. When you have finished the entire matching procedure, we will send you a recommendation. This recommendation will indicate whether we think you are a match with our programme. The advice that you are given as a result of the matching procedure is not binding - you can choose to follow up your admission or not. Students who do not finish the matching procedure however, will not be admitted to the programme. The Admission Office will inform you whether or not you are admissible. Note that mandatory matching is also obligatory for students that have been enrolled in our bachelor programme before and re-enroll for the coming academic year.

    Note: if you do not register for Mechanical Engineering before 1 May and do not participate in the matching activity you will not be admitted to the programme.

    If you have any questions about our mandatory matching process, you can send an email to:

    Dates matching days 2023
    We prefer to meet our prospective students face to face. For those who are not able to come to one of our on-campus meetings, online alternatives are available. You can let us know your preference in the questionnaire that you will receive.

    On campus (VU, Amsterdam): 


    • 7 June 2024
    • 12 July 2024