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Foundation in Behavioural and Social Sciences

Key Information

Your Twente Pathway College International Foundation Year will prepare you for success in the University of Twente’s BSc in Communication Science.


  • 3 terms


  • September


  • Enschede

Learn to study human behaviour and interaction, immerse yourself in the theory as a communication scientist. Explore and familiarise yourself with the bigger challenges of today and tomorrow.  UT’s experienced teachers and leaders in their own fields will teach you how to convert practical problems into mathematical models to find real solutions. Twente Pathway College is fully aligned to the University of Twente philosophy of learning with science, technology and society at the core.

This programme will help you improve your English and academic skills, as well as developing subject-specific knowledge in many areas. It will also enable you to adjust smoothly to a new academic and living environment.

TPC will help you develop attitudes and characteristics you will need to flourish in the unique Dutch and UT higher education method. You will focus on seven core characteristics during your time at TPC. These will underpin your approach to self-reliant learning and stay with you for a lifetime.

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Pathway structure

Stage 1: International Foundation

The International Foundation Year consists of the following modules and terms:

  • English & Academic skills
  • Math for Business & Social Studies
  • Introduction to Communication Science
  • Social Communication Science
  • Research Methods

Stage 2: First Year Degree

You will enter the University of Twente’s English-taught Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science.

Stages 3 & 4: Second and Third Year Degree

You will continue to pursue elective modules or spend part of your studies abroad.

Programme Structure 2024 - 2025

Behavioural and Social Sciences

Term 1
Academic Literacy & Skills (5 ECTS)
Project 1 (4 ECTS)
Mathematics for Business & Social 1 (5 ECTS)
Introduction to Communication Science (5 ECTS)
Soft skills (1 ECTS)


Term 2
Academic Literacy & Skills (5 ECTS)
Project 2 (4.5 ECTS)
Mathematics for Business & Social 2 (5 ECTS)
Social Communication Science (5 ECTS)
Soft skills (0.5 ECTS)


Term 3
Academic Literacy & Skills (5 ECTS)
Project 3 (4.5 ECTS)
Mathematics for Business & Social 3  (5 ECTS)
Research Methods (5 ECTS)
Soft skills (0.5 ECTS)


Please note the structures are subject to change.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, and project-based group work (oral and written presentation). Assessment is via individual coursework (oral and written presentation) and examinations. You will be encouraged throughout to undertake independent study to supplement what is being taught/learnt and to broaden your personal knowledge.

Progression criteria

A minimum of 55% in all subjects to progress to the University.

If you finish successfully your foundation year in Behavioural and Social Sciences, you have guaranteed progression to the BSc Communication Science.

Tuition Fees

Understand what you will need to pay for your studies, from your foundation year through to your degree.

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Important dates

See all the important dates for your pathway, including application deadlines, enrolment, and term start dates.

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The University offers some financial support for students, as well as helping you find scholarships and bursaries available from your home country.

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What’s it like to study at Twente Pathway College?

Discover more about TPC

Twente Pathway College

Located right on the University of Twente campus, Twente Pathway College offers academic pathways that lead to the University of Twente’s globally recognised undergraduate degree programmes.

Choose TPC and you’ll be part of the inspirational learning environment designed to empower, evolve and challenge you on your journey towards the University of Twente (UT).

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University of Twente

The University of Twente is a research university ranked within the top 300 worldwide. Its unique interdisciplinary approach, combining technology and engineering with behavioural and social sciences, prepares students for working in teams and creating solutions that people (and society) really need. Upon successful completion of your TPC pathway, you will be guaranteed progression and be prepared to enter the multi-disciplinary learning environment of your UT degree course.

With a vast international community, the ‘all-in-one’ UT campus provides the perfect environment for ambitious students to grow personally and academically.

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City of Enschede

With roughly 31,000 students and a wide range of clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres, Enschede is a vibrant and welcoming student city.

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