How to apply for admission in Netherlands plus visa requirements

netherlandsIts capital, Amsterdam is one of the top 25 safest cities in the world, with a much lower crime rate than many other popular European capitals, and violent assaults are rare. In large parts of the city, there are always at least a few people, students included, out and about, no matter whether it’s Friday afternoon or Tuesday 4am in the morning. It is that safe.

Admission Requirements

These offers will be conditional on you passing the A’ levels you say you are taking, or at least passing enough of your A’ levels to meet the minimum entry requirement. You will need to produce originals of your certificates at some point during your first term but most Dutch universities understand that there is a time lag involved in your receiving this official documentation.

Application Process

Contacting the University directly is most advisable for international students.  They will then advise you of the best way to apply. There is a centralised admissions service in the Netherlands, Studielink. It is not always necessary to apply through it, but you have to set up an account on Studielink at some point in the application process to be registered as a student in the Netherlands. For Undergraduate Courses At University and College, the deadline is usually on or around 15th January.


Visa Application

**Students from EU countries studying in the Netherlands will NOT need a student visa or residence permit.

Non- EU students can get of these two documents, depending on the duration of stay:

  1.         Getting Provisional Residence Permit (MVV) (six months)
  2.         Getting Residence Permit (entire study period)


–           A valid passport, and at least one photocopy of the passport photo page.

–           Proof you have sufficient financial means to support yourself during the course of your studies, set by the Dutch Ministry of Justice to be at least €833.22 (US$ 1160) per month. Bank statement and scholarship letters are accepted.

–           A completed MVV form

–           Agree to undergo a medical test for tuberculosis within three months of arriving in the Netherlands. Some nationalities are exempt from this.

–           Proof of provisional acceptance to study at a recognized institution in the Netherlands.


Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition fees in Dutch universities may reach up to EUR 5000 per year to up to EUR 25000. but there are a lot of scholarships waiting for both European and International students! A simple example for you is the Holland Scholarship. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

The target group for this one is international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s at one of the 48 Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences  in Holland, starting their courses in 2016.

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. You will receive this in the first year of study. It is eligible to students who:

  1. Are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions.
  2. You meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice.  You can find these on the website of the institution.
  3. You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands.


Application instructions:

You must apply for the Holland Scholarship directly to the participating institution of your choice. The deadline for applications is either 1 February 2016 or 1 May 2016.   You can find the specific closing dates and the fields of study for this academic year on the website of the institution you want to apply to.


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