Cookie Policy


Cookies consist of portions of code installed in the browser that assist the owner in providing the service based on the purposes described. Some of the purposes of installing cookies may also require the consent of the user. When the installation of cookies takes place on the basis of consent, this consent can be revoked freely at any time following the instructions contained in this document.

Cookies are small text files that may be sent to and registered on your computer by the websites you visit, to then be re-sent to those same sites when you visit them again. It is thanks to these cookies that those websites can “remember” your actions and preferences (e.g., login data, language, font size, other display settings, etc.), so that you do not need to configure them again when you next visit the website, or when you change pages within a website.

Cookies are used for electronic authentication, monitoring of sessions and storage of information regarding your activities when accessing a website. They may also contain a unique ID code which allows tracking of your browsing activities within a website, for statistical or advertising purposes. Some operations within a website may not be able to be performed without the use of cookies which, in certain cases, are technically necessary for operation of the website.

When browsing a website, you may also receive cookies from websites or web servers other than the website being visited (i.e., “ third-party cookies”).

There are various types of cookies, depending on their characteristics and functions, which may be stored on your computer for different periods of time: “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted when you close your browser, and “persistent cookies”, which will remain on your device until their pre-set expiration period passes.

According to the law which may be applicable to you, your consent may not always be necessary for cookies to be used on a website. In particular, “ technical cookies” – i.e. cookies which are only used to send messages through an electronic communications network, or which are needed to provide services you request – typically do not require this consent. This includes browsing or session cookies (used to allow users to login) and function cookies (used to remember choices made by a user when accessing the website, such as language or products selected for purchase).

On the other hand, “profiling cookies” – i.e., cookies used to create profiles on users and to send advertising messages in line with the preferences revealed by users while browsing websites – typically require specific consent from users, although this may vary according to the applicable law.

- Types of cookies used by the Website

The Website uses the following types of cookies:

  • Browsing or session cookies, which are strictly necessary for the Website’s operation, and/or to allow you to use the Website’s content and Services.
  • Analytics cookies , which allow University of Twente to understand how users make use of the Website, and to track traffic to and from the Website.
  • Function cookies , which are used to activate specific Website functions and to configure the Website according to your choices (e.g., language), in order to improve your experience.

University of Twente also uses third-party cookies – i.e.cookies from websites / web servers other than the Website, owned by thirdparties. These third parties will either act as independent datacontrollers from University of Twente regarding their own cookies (using the datathey collect for their own purposes and under terms defined by them) or asdata processors for University of Twente (processing personal data onUniversity of Twente’s behalf).

  • Profiling cookies , which are used to observe the preferences you reveal through your use of the Website and to send you advertising messages in line with those preferences.

For further information on how these third parties may use your information, please refer to their privacy policies:

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Youtube

- First-party cookies present on the Website

In detail, the cookies present on the Website are as follows:


Technical nameData ControllerCookie type, function and purpose

Type of cookie



has_jsUniversity of TwenteFunctional cookie to remember whether a visitor has javascript in his browserfirst party cookie/browsing cookieExpires at the end of the session

consent_3rdparties_cookiesUniversity of TwenteCookie that records if the user accepted the 3rd parties cookiesfirst party cookie/browsing cookieExpires at the end of the session

consent_additional_cookiesUniversity of TwenteCookie that records if the user accepted additional cookiesfirst party cookie/browsing cookieExpires at the end of the session

Google Analytics

Technical nameData ControllerCookie type, function and purpose

Type of cookie



Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users.


third party cookie/cookie analytics2 Years_gat 

Google Analytics cookie that does not store any user information; it's just used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to


third party cookie/cookie analytics60 seconds

_gidGoogleGoogle Analytics cookie used to distinguish users.third party cookie/cookie analytics24 hours


Technical nameData ControllerCookie type, function and purpose

Type of cookie


DurationSSESSxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxUniversity of TwenteDrupal cookie that stores session identification.first party cookie/session cookies

200000 seconds

200000 seconds - ~23 days

Drupal.tableDrag.showWeightUniversity of TwenteDrupal cookie that helps handle the consistent navigation of tabbed pages and forms across a range of different browsers.first party cookie/functional cookies1 Year

- Cookie settings 

You can block or delete cookies used on the Website via your browser options. Your cookie preferences will be reset if different browsers are used to access the Website. For more information on how to set the preferences for cookies via your browser, please refer to the following instructions:

You may also provide set your preferences on third-party cookies by using online platforms such as AdChoice.

CAUTION If you block or delete technical and/or function cookies used by the Website, the Website may become impossible to browse, certain services or functions of the Website may become unavailable or other malfunctions may occur. In this case, you may have to modify or manually enter some information or preferences every time you visit the Website.

How can I express consent to the installation of Cookies?

In addition to what is indicated in this document, the User can manage the preferences for Cookies directly from within his browser and prevent - for example - that third parties can install them. Through the browser preferences it is also possible to delete the Cookies installed in the past, including the Cookie in which the consent to the installation of Cookies by this site is eventually saved. The User can find information on how to manage Cookies with some of the most popular browsers such as the following addresses: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari e Microsoft Internet Explorer.

With reference to cookies installed by third parties, the User can also manage his own settings and revoke the consent by visiting the related opt out link (if available), using the tools described in the privacy policy of the third party or by contacting the same directly.

Without prejudice to the above, the User may use the information provided by Your Online Choices (UE), Network Advertising Initiative (USA) e Digital Advertising Alliance (USA), DAAC (Canada), DDAI (Japan) or other similar services. With these services it is possible to manage the tracking preferences of most advertising tools. The Data Controller therefore advises Users to use these resources in addition to the information provided in this document.