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Technical requirements online education & notebook

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When you study at the Faculty ITC in a Master's or Postgraduate diploma programme, ITC requires you to have a notebook computer that meets or exceeds certain specifications. The notebook hardware, operating system, and software requirements ensure that you have access to the resources you need to complete your study successfully. This also goes for the online education and assessment which can be part of the programme.

For online ITC programmes, the following are guidelines to guarantee optimal performance. The webcam and headset requirements need to be met for online oral exams and proctoring during online assessments.

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

Hardware and operating system requirements (2022-2023)*

Operating system

Windows 10 64 bit English*
(Home premium, Ultimate, Pro, Enterprise)

Memory

8 GB (16 GB recommended)

Disk storage

100 GB free disk space

Screen

15 inch, 1366 x 768

Processor

Intel® Core™ i5 Processor or equivalent (e.g. AMD)

Network

Wireless (Wi-Fi) and Ethernet LAN

Mouse

Separate mouse with left/right click and center wheel

Webcam

Inbuilt or external webcam with good image quality  

Headset

A headphone or earphone with microphone **  

* Apple and Linux Operating Systems will only partially work with digital services and software offered at ITC and are not immediately supported by the help desk.

** If the headset which came with your phone is compatible with your notebook, it is enough.

Software requirements

Software that is required for your study is provided by ITC for the time that you are studying at ITC.

  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 practical’s 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. 
  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, software and other services 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.

To follow (online and face-to-face) classes at ITC, you will need some basic software:

  1. Google Chrome for access to the Digital Learning environment and to participate in online conferences (while other browsers might work for some functions, Chrome is the only one supported by all the tools used at ITC)
  2. Microsoft Teams for communication with your teachers and colleagues. You will be provided credentials from the University of Twente for log in.

Test your notebook

When you bring your notebook, you can run an online test to check if your notebook meets the minimum requirements.

Test your webcam, computer audio, headset and microphone to ensure you can communicate online.

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 with various benefits.

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 offer Diploma and Master students the possibility to pay in monthly instalments.

When you place an order, you will receive a receipt. ITC will advance the funds necessary for your notebook. Upon arrival at ITC you will have to sign an agreement, and ITC will take care of monthly instalments from your allowance or your bank account.

More information
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