Welcome to Creative Technology UT-VU

Welcome to the Creative Technology programme at the University of Twente (UT) and Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam! We cannot wait to see you in September 2023. We are currently preparing all the information you will need to get started. In the meantime, the following information may answer some of the questions you have right now. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Not starting in September 2023?

The information on this webpage is for students who are starting their studies in September 2023. If you are still orienting, please visit this webpage for more general information.

What Your education in September 2023 will look like

If you choose to study in Amsterdam, you will study most of the time in Amsterdam and several days a month in Enschede. That means you regularly will spend consecutive days in Enschede for practicals and tutorials.

Education at VU Amsterdam

Our education will mostly be on campus. You will meet your fellow project group members and our staff members at least several days a week at the campus. We will not offer online alternatives for on-campus activities.

Education at University of Twente

On top of the on-campus education at VU you will travel a few times a month to Enschede, mainly to follow practicals. We strive to plan multiple consecutive lecturing days in Enschede so you can stay the night and profit optimally from your stay and the facilities in Enschede. You will be informed later about how and when this will be organised exactly. We will not offer online alternatives for the practicals. The cost for your overnight stay in Twente is for your own account. Extra information and different options for housing can be found here

Two universities, two sources of information

While the Creative Technology programme is offered by two universities, UT and VU, you might also get information regarding your studies from both universities. Despite the fact that we try to limit this to one sender as much as possible, it is not always possible. On this page, we will let you know what information you can expect from what sender (or on which website you can find the information).

In addition, VU Amsterdam has a special Pre-student environment with lots of nice-to-know information about studying in Amsterdam and about the university. Once you have applied for a bachelor's, you receive an email from VU Amsterdam with your VU-net ID and details about how to log in.

Information overview

In the overview below you will find what types of information you can expect when and from which source. We divided the information into four categories. It also contains links to webpages where you can find more detailed information. In case you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Application

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    Admission


    To finalise your application make sure you have completed all the steps. You are going to study at VU Amsterdam most of the time, but you will receive a degree of the University of Twente. That is why the application process goes through UT.

    Please note that for Creative Technology applicants matching activities are obligatory, therefore 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. 

    VISA (international students only)

    UT will help international students to get a VISA. You will receive an e-mail about this via UT.

  • Mandatory matching

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    What is matching?

    At Creative Technology 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 Creative Technology 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.

    Dates

    We prefer to meet our prospective Dutch students face to face. For international students there are online alternatives available.

    On-campus
    11 May 2023 (VU, Amsterdam)
    06 July 2023 (VU, Amsterdam)

    Online
    02 March 2023
    04 July 2023 

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

    Sign up form

    You can sign up through this form.

    Matching procedure

    The matching procedure consists of the following aspects: 

    CV

    Your CV can be a simple one. Please include basic personal information, some details about your secondary school, your activities between leaving secondary school and applying at the University of Twente and a list of your activities and hobbies over the last few years.

    Motivation letter

    Explain to us why you want to study Creative Technology. Be concise and make it personal. The intake committee already knows that Creative Technology is a very interesting programme, so you don’t have to explain that. Please tell us what makes this the best programme for you. What is your motivation for studying Creative Technology?

    Portfolio

    Also, we request you to submit a portfolio as in images, movies, soundtracks with explanations. This portfolio will be used as a basis for assessing the match between you and the programme, though the portfolio itself is not an assessment criterion. Please submit a portfolio consisting of two sections:

    • Firstly, we are looking for things you have made or done yourself as a creative person. Technological achievements are welcome, and they may be low-tech (woodwork, LEGO) as well as high-tech (software, electronics). But non-technical achievements in, for example, music, film-making, stage play, writing, gaming etc. are important as well.
    • Secondly, we are looking for things you have encountered which are, in your view, typically Creative Technology. Have you seen a product, a website, a movie or something else which intrigued you as being an original, beautiful, useful, or promising application of technology? Then please incorporate a link, a picture or a description in your portfolio.

    The format of the portfolio is up to you, but please use a standard that both Apple and Windows can handle. Try to restrict the size to 5MB. You will find examples of a number of matching portfolios of current students here:

    Portfolio 1, Portfolio 2, Portfolio 3, Portfolio 4, Portfolio 5

    Reflection form

    Finally, you need to submit your own reflection form regarding your choice of study for Creative Technology. Without this reflection, you will not be admitted.

    Matching recommendation


    The recommendation regarding your suitability for Creative Technology will be focused on the following five topics:

    • Creativity, experience and/or interest in creative processes (generating ideas, creating impact). 
    • Technology. You already are a technology user (since everyone is), but what is your motivation and talent to become technologically ‘literate’, one who not only uses but also understands technology (to a certain extent)?
    • Teamwork: can you work in teams and do you enjoy teamwork? Are you aware of the advantages and disadvantages of working in a group? Are you able to use teamwork as a motivation to improve yourself?
    • School results. What are your strongest points, and can you deal with your weaker points? What strong points will be an asset in the Creative Technology programme, and what weaker points might be an obstacle?
    • Your preparation for the programme: you have prepared yourself for studying Creative Technology. You understand what is expected. You have collected information on the programme (website, brochure) and you have attended an Open Day (or participated in the Student-for-a Day programme).

    Contact

    In case of questions you can contact intake-create-vu@utwente.nl

  • Before you start

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    Enrolment

    Once all the required documents have been submitted (including a copy of the diploma that enables you to be admitted to the programme), you have taken part in the matching procedure and you have met other (including financial) obligations, you will be informed of the decision regarding your admission to the Creative Technology programme at the University of Twente.

    Please note: For international students, slightly different arrangements may apply and the documents required and deadlines may also differ. The information will be sent by email from the Admission Office and the International Office from the University of Twente.

    Student card

    You will receive a student card from both UT and VU. The VU ID card will be sent later than the UT student card but do not worry if you have not received the VU ID card at the start of the academic year. You do not need it to follow courses.

    More about the UT student card
    More about the VU ID card

    Housing Amsterdam

    The VU offers accommodation to international students (no guaranteed accommodation). International students will receive an e-mail of the VU International Office about this.

    Housing for the UT visits

    You will travel to Enschede from time to time, to follow courses at UT (more about this under "During your studies" > "Commuting between Amsterdam and Enschede"). We offer you the possibility to stay overnight in a lodge on the campus of UT. In due time you will receive a link to an online preference form, in which you can submit your preferences for this stay and have to pay the costs.

    Study association

    S.A. Proto is your Study Association from the BSc programme CreaTe at the UT.
    Study Association Proto

    Introduction period

    Before the start of the academic year you will be invited to participate in two introduction programmes VU and UT.

    Introduction at the VU
    You will enjoy the VU general introduction to become acquainted with the VU campus and Amsterdam City. You will receive information by e-mail from the VU introduction committee.

    Kick-in introduction UT
    You also have the possibility to get to know your fellow students by participating in the UT Kick-In introduction which will take place on the UT campus.

    You will receive more information about the exact programme via e-mail by the UT Kick-in committee in collaboration with Study Association Proto. More information can also be found on the Kick-in website.

    During the introduction, you will also receive a useful checklist and help from current Creative Technology students to arrange the last things to get started with your studies, like registering for courses, checking your ICT account etc.

    Arrival days VU for international students
    VU will welcome all new international exchange students on campus in August. You can find more information and the latest updates about the Arrival Days on the website of the VU.

    Study books

    Once you have registered for the Kick-In and became a member of study association Proto, you can purchase your study books with a discount. You will get more information about this during the introduction days. The books will be delivered to your home address. During the first week of the academic year, no books are needed. Your study material for this week is available online.

    Notebook

    For the study programme Creative Technology you need a notebook with high graphic performance and a powerful processor in the first week of your study. You can bring your own device or purchase a new high-end notebook via the annual notebook project of the University of Twente. In this project, we offer selected notebooks for a competitive price, of which we can guarantee that they conform to the requirements of your study programme. The notebook can be delivered to your home address.

    Course registration

    For Semester 1 you can register up until 31 August through Osiris Student. You can register for the whole semester and are then automatically enrolled for all courses in that semester.

    Timetable

    You can find your timetable via rooster.vu.nl and rooster.utwente.nl two weeks before the start of the academic year.

  • During your studies

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    Educational/ICT systems

    Because you are a student at both UT and VU, you will make use of different ICT systems. In the first week of your studies, there will be a presentation about these systems. In case you need help on one of the systems, we have student assistants available to you.

    Commuting between Amsterdam 
    and Enschede

    During your studies, you frequently travel to Enschede to follow courses at the UT. We expect you to visit UT on a regular base starting in your first week of the academic year.

    Sport activities at the UT


    A kind of 'Gentlemen's agreement' has been concluded between all universities in the Netherlands concerning sports for a student. This means that if you purchase a sports card at the VU in Amsterdam, you are also entitled to a free sports card at another university in the Netherlands (for example, the UT).

    Personal circumstances


    In case you encounter personal circumstances which can limit you from studying or performing during your study, please know we have a study adviser available for you. You can contact study adviser Amaal Shamari by sending her an email or making an appointment.