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Notebook requirements

When you study in an ITC programme with a duration of nine months or longer (Master’s and Diploma programmes), ITC requires you to have a notebook computer that meets or exceeds certain specifications. The notebook hardware and operating system and software requirements ensure that you will have access to the resources you need to successfully complete your study.

If you do not have a notebook that meets the minimum requirements you could consider buying one through our Notebook Project. The Notebook Project offers of the University of Twente discounted notebooks that meet our standards and have the peripherals needed to connect to the ITC networks.

All students registered for a study at ITC may buy a notebook through the Notebook Project of the University of Twente, irrespective of the type of course and the duration of their study at ITC.

Hardware and operating system requirements (2017-2018)*

Operating system Windows 10 64 bit English
(Home premium, Ultimate, Pro, Enterprise)
Memory 8 GB (16 GB recommended)
Disk storage 80 GB free disk space
Screen 15 inch, 1366 x 768
Processor Intel® Core™ i3 Processor or equivalent (e.g. AMD)
Network Wireless (Wi-Fi) and Ethernet LAN
Mouse Separate mouse with left/right click and center wheel
Software Microsoft Office 2010

 

Software requirements

Software that is required for your study is provided by us for the time that you are studying at ITC. You will need to buy Microsoft Office yourself.

  1. If your computer has a different language than English installed,  you can install the free English language pack from the Windows Update site. Notebooks that do not have an English operating system or language pack installed will not be serviced by the Notebook Service Centre. Supervised practicals also rely on an English user interface.
  2. Make sure you have a genuine installation of your operating system. Non genuine windows versions cannot be updated with the latest security updates. (Test it here)
  3. Remove unnecessary software from your notebook before you come to ITC. Demo or trial software can conflict with full software versions provided during the ITC course.
  4. Bring your installation DVD’s and license numbers in case your notebook has to be reinstalled.
  5. Make sure not to bring or install illegal software, because this will not be tolerated, access to the network and ITC software will be denied and support on your notebook will not be given any longer.

Once you are registered at ITC you can download a set of general software and a set of ITC course specific software from ITC’s software-manager at software.itc.utwente.nl at no extra cost. For legitimate use you only have to sign a user-declaration.


Test and register your notebook


When you bring your own notebook, you need to run an online test to check if your notebook meets the minimum requirements and register your notebook.

Download the testing and registration software.

You are asked to enter a reference code. The reference code consist of your student number_course code (example 98765_C17-AES-MSC-01). These can be found on the invoice you received from ITC. You can download a copy from through ITC’s Digital Application System (DAF).

Notebook Project University of Twente


If you do not own a notebook that meets the minimum requirements as described above you can consider buying a notebook through the Notebook Project of the University of Twente.

Buying a notebook from the Notebook Project of the University of Twente provides you an array of benefits.

  • Your notebook will be delivered ready-for-use, with a pre-installed legitimate version of the operating system. For 60 euro’s extra you can buy a legitimate version of Microsoft Office and anti-virus-software-suite.
  • You will have (at least) the recommended specifications as described above.
  • You will receive full support and service from the Notebook Service Centre. When repairs take more than an hour you can borrow a notebook for the duration of the repair.
  • If you study in a Diploma or Master's programme you will receive an external keyboard, a notebook stand and an external hard disk for free. The ergonomic accessories can help you position your notebook computer effectively. Short course participants are not eligible for the free accessories.
    Please note: all free extras are registered, and will be handed out only once after you have received your notebook. You will not receive any free accessories again if you purchase another notebook within the  Notebook Project of the University of Twente.
  • During your stay at ITC, you will receive support from the Notebook Service Centre. Students who bring their own laptop can make limited use of the UT-ITC Notebook Service Centre. We will assist you with downloading the software and will provide instructions on how to make a connection with the ITC network in the ITC-building and ITC Hotel.


Order information

As soon as you are admitted to one of our programmes you will receive the order information from the UT-ITC Notebook Service Center.


Pay in monthly instalments


We offer notebooks at competitive and sharp prices. However, the amount of money involved is still considerable. We offers Diploma and Master students the possibility to pay in monthly installments.

When you place an order you will receive a receipt. ITC will advance the funds necessary for your notebook. Upon arrival at ITC you go to the ITC’s Financial Students Administration (ITC room 1-130). You will have to sign an agreement and ITC will take care of monthly instalments from your allowance or from your bank account.

More information


For more information about the Notebook Project of the University of Twente, you contact the UT-ITC Notebook Service Centre.

UT-ITC Notebook Service Centre
Opening hours: Monday till Friday 08:30-12:45 hrs. and 13:30-17:00 hrs.
Hengelosestraat 99, 7514 AE Enschede
Room: ITC 1-004
Email: nsc-itc@utwente.nl 

 


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