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DUTCH Visa Information

  • Most non-EU students will require an entry visa and residence permit before they arrive in the Netherlands
  • Chinese students require an additional Nuffic certificate to validate their English level and academic qualifications
  • Students from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and Monaco can apply for a residence permit on arrival
  • Students apply online for their visa and residence permit via the University of Amsterdam at a total cost of 325 Euros
  • The student will be provided with a visa valid for the duration of their study. For example, for the Undergraduate Foundation Programme students will receive a residence permit/visa for 4 years.

Information for University of Amsterdam applicants:

Non-EU* students - University of Amsterdam

(* If you are from Japan, South Korea, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Monaco - see below for more information.)

  1. Meet all conditions of the programme and receive a Certificate of Enrolment from ONCAMPUS.
  2.  Receive an invitation by email to register on the University of Amsterdam’s online system.
  3. Upload the required documentation:
    • A scan of the personal details page of your passport – passport must be valid for at least three months
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of ability to finance your study = 900 Euros x 12 months = 10,800 Euros
    • Payment of 325 Euros (cost of visa*)
  4. The University of Amsterdam will apply for a student residence permit on your behalf. You do not need the permit to enter the Netherlands, so you can make your travel arrangements.
  5. On arrival the University of Amsterdam will let you know when to collect your residence permit.

* The student will be issued with a visa for 4 years and 3 months from the start of their Foundation programme. The student will need to meet the progression requirements to keep their study visa.

Chinese Students (not Hong Kong or Taiwan Chinese)

  1. Meet all conditions of the programme and receive a Certificate of Enrolment from ONCAMPUS Amsterdam.
  2. Receive an invitation by email to register on the University of Amsterdam’s online system.
    • Upload the required documentation
    • All passport pages (passport valid for at least three months)
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of ability to finance your study = 900 Euros x 12 months = 10,800 Euros
    • Payment of 325 Euros (cost of visa**)
  3. The University of Amsterdam applies for an entry visa (MVV) (also called “provisional residence permit”) and the student residence permit on your behalf.
  4. Once the embassy/consulate has permission to issue the MVV, the University will contact you to tell you to contact your embassy/consulate.
  5. After 1 – 14 days the Embassy/ Consulate will tell you when it will be ready, you can go and collect the visa in your own country/country of residency.
  6. You use the MVV to enter the Netherlands. On arrival, the University will let you know when to collect your residence permit.

Chinese students

If you are Chinese, but not Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan Chinese, you need to obtain a NUFFIC certificate. You can apply for this as soon as you receive your Certificate of Enrolment from ONCAMPUS.

  1. Apply for your certificate online at http://www.studyinholland.nl/practical-matters/visas-and-permits/nuffic-certificate-for-chinese-students/application-procedure.
  2. Upload the following documentation:
    1. IELTS or TOEFL
    2. Transcripts
    3. Copy of passport/ID card.
  3. NUFFIC will send a copy of your certificate to the University of Amsterdam.
  4. The University will upload the required details to your online application.

** The student will be issued with a visa for 4 years and 3 months from the start o

Visa booklet for Non-EU Nationals incl. Chinese students

Visa booklet for students from Japan, USA, South Korea, Australia, New Zeland, Canada and Monaco

Information for Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences applicants:

Non-EU* students - AUAS

(* If you are from Japan, South Korea, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Monaco - see below for more information.)

  1.  Meet all conditions of the programme and receive a Certificate of Enrolment from ONCAMPUS Amsterdam.
  2. You will receive an “Immigration Procedure” email from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) with details of the required documents you will need to send them. They require both electronic and printed copies of these documents.
  3. Fill out the relevant electronic forms listed in the email and post the required documents via express mail to AUAS:
    • Copy of passport - ‘identity details + signature’ page and ‘stamped’ pages
    • Antecedent certificate
    • Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test
    • Proof of financial means - 875 Euros x 12 months = 10,500 Euros
      Please note: Students from Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be asked to transfer EUR 10.500 to AUAS in order to proof their ability to finance their studies. This will be refunded after their arrival in Amsterdam. 
  4. Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences will apply for a student residence permit on your behalf. You do not need the permit to enter the Netherlands, so you can make your travel arrangements.
  5. On arrival AUAS will let you know when to collect your residence permit.

* The student will be issued with a visa for 5 years from the start of their Foundation programme. The student will need to meet the progression requirements to keep their study visa.

Chinese Students (not Hong Kong or Taiwan Chinese)

  1. Meet all conditions of the programme and receive a Certificate of Enrolment from ONCAMPUS Amsterdam.
  2. You will receive an “Immigration Procedure” email from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) with details of the required documents you will need to send them. They require both electronic and printed copies of these documents.
  3. Fill out the relevant electronic forms listed in the email and post the required documents via express mail to AUAS:
    • Copy of passport - ‘identity details + signature’ page and ‘stamped’ pages
    • Antecedent certificate
    • Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test
    • Proof of financial means
    • Nuffic certificate
  4. You will need to pay 325 Euros (cost of visa**) directly to AUAS
  5. The immigration affairs team at AUAS will apply for an entry visa (MVV) (also called “provisional residence permit”) and the student residence permit on your behalf.
  6. Once the embassy/consulate has permission to issue the MVV, the University will contact you to tell you to contact your embassy/consulate.
  7. After 1 – 14 days the Embassy/ Consulate will tell you when it will be ready, you can go and collect the visa in your own country/country of residency.
  8. You use the MVV to enter the Netherlands. On arrival, AUAS will let you know when to collect your residence permit.

Chinese students

If you are Chinese, but not Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan Chinese, you need to obtain a NUFFIC certificate. You can apply for this as soon as you receive your Certificate of Enrolment from ONCAMPUS.

  1. Apply for your certificate online at http://www.studyinholland.nl/practical-matters/visas-and-permits/nuffic-certificate-for-chinese-students/application-procedure.
  2. Upload the following documentation:
    1. IELTS or TOEFL
    2. Transcripts
    3. Copy of passport/ID card.
  3. NUFFIC will send a copy of your certificate to Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS).

** The student will be issued with a visa for 5 years from the start of their Foundation programme. The student will need to meet the progression requirements to keep their study visa.

Visa booklet for Non-EU Nationals incl. Chinese students

Visa booklet for students from Japan, USA, South Korea, Australia, New Zeland, Canada and Monaco

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