If you have been accepted to a university in the Netherlands as a foreign student then you are eligible for Dutch residency for the duration of your stay in the country, along with the added option to apply for a one year visa prior to study start to prepare, and one year after graduation to look for work.
Depending on your nationality you may be given a provisional residence permit to allow you to stay in the country for more than 3 months, however, your university will be able to apply for these permits for you.
In order to be accepted for a visa, you must have been accepted by your university of choice and be able to provide confirmation of identity in a required language (English, Dutch, French or German). There is a fee of €311 to process an application for a visa, although you may also have to pay to legalise any documents you have from your home country to make them transferable to the Dutch university.
Unlike most universities in Europe, the Netherlands doesn’t have a tradition of having cheaper, on-campus halls of residence for their students which means that students need to find a room in the private sector, although there are certain universities who do have accommodation support and services to help you find a place to live.
There are plenty of private student accommodation companies in the Netherlands to choose from to find your student accommodation but speed is of the essence, meaning you need to start looking for accommodation as soon as you have been accepted.
It costs around €400 to €600 per month for most areas in the Netherlands, although certain areas may be more expensive.
The Netherlands was one of the first places in Europe to offer degree level programmes taught entirely in English, which makes it a popular destination for international students.
When applying to Dutch universities there are a couple of options available to you as an international student. You can use Numerus Fixus which is a degree course lottery for if you want to study but you don’t know what, or you can apply directly to the university for the programme you wish to study.
Many universities have an online eligibility test that you can take, especially for a higher level study like a Masters or PhD. There is also the option to use Studielink which allows you to apply for up to 4 courses at a time and is more specific than Numerus Fixus.
If you are an EU national or a resident in Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Suriname you may be eligible for a 50% reduction in your tuition fee, making it €1,030 p/year instead of the standard €2,060 which applies to other students.
If you are part or a private university then you will pay a much higher tuition fee that is set by the establishment, depending on your programme of choice and level of study.
EU nationals are also eligible for a tuition fee student loan from the Dutch government. There are limited options for student support financially unless you work 56 hours a month in a registered job, in which case you can apply for support towards living costs. This may also be applicable if you have a parent that works 56 hours a month, are married or have a partner from the EU who works 56 hours per month.