Study and Work Abroad

The Netherlands. Information for international students

The Dutch expert centre for studying with disabilities has information for students and institutions in both Dutch and English

General Information About Living and Studying in the Netherlands

Foreigners wanting to study in Netherlands will find good information at The site incorporates a frequently updated database of International Study Programmes and Courses . A lot of information can be found here about living and studying in the Netherlands. The education system is presented and a listing of scholarships available for foreign students are presented. is a site with a large directory of schools in the Netherlands.

Costs and Funding of Study in Netherlands

Students have to finance their studies themselves unless they receive a grant or scholarship. For information on scholarships try the Netherlands Student Grantfinder. On entering the Netherlands you will have to prove to the immigration officials that you have enough money to support yourself. There are tuition fees although EU citizens may not have to pay them. With the exception of students from EU member states who wish to study certain subjects, foreign students are not eligible for the student grants and loans that the Dutch government provides for permanent residents.

For European students there are several programmes. American students can apply either to their country's own International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).

The Dutch government does not provide any scholarships available for foreign students who wish to take a Dutch degree programme at a university or university of professional education.

The annual tuition fee for enrolment in a programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution starts at approximately 1,470 EUR. The institution of your choice can tell you the exact amount. For an indication please visit the on-line database .

Visas and Permits for Netherlands

To enter the Netherlands for study purposes, people from most countries need a visa. There are different kinds of visas available, a short stay visa intended for a stay of less than three months or an‘authorization for temporary stay' for a longer period. This requirement does not apply to citizens of EU/EEA member states, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Switzerland or Monaco. The regular application procedure for an MVV may take three to six months, sometimes even longer. The Dutch host institution can apply for an MVV on your behalf using a fast-track procedure. People intending to stay for longer than three months also need to obtain a residence permit (verblijfsvergunning). You may need this even if you did not require a visa to enter the country.
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Disability Related Legislation in Netherlands

In the Netherlands, discrimination on any grounds is prohibited by Article 1 of the Constitution. This means that no one may be treated unequally due to his religion, creed, political convictions, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or chronic illness, employment hours (full time or part time) or type of employment contract (permanent or temporary). These are known as grounds of discrimination. ‘Age' will be added to the list of grounds in 2004. Unequal treatment based on these grounds of discrimination is prohibited in all kinds of employment, in offering goods and services and in educational and career counselling. The Act on Equal Treatment of Disabled and Chronically Ill People came into effect on 1 December 2003. This law gives disabled people the right to the adaptations that are necessary to enable them to participate fully in society. More information can be found here.

Resources for Students in the Netherlands

Information in Dutch about studying in Netherlands for people with disabilities is found here.

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Association of Universities in the Netherlands The VSNU or Association of Universities in the Netherlands is an organisation that represents the interests of fourteen Dutch universities. The principal goal of the VSNU is to strengthen the position of university education and research in society. REA college the Netherlands are a rural education centre for people with a disability.

Interstedelijk student consultation The DNSA (Dutch National Students Association) or ISO (Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg) is the national representation and spokesman of students in the Netherlands. The purpose of DNSA is to improve the quality of higher education, protection of students' interests and representation of 160.000 students in higher education. Vademecum strives to improve the position of students with disabilities so that they can study without problems. They give information, organise student meetings and are also working at the political level to ensure the position of disabled students

International Student Network (ISN) in Amsterdam ISN is an organisation run by Dutch students for international students studying in Amsterdam. The goal is to optimize the social-cultural integration of these students in Dutch society.

AIESEC is the largest international student organization in the world. It was established shortly after the Second World War by seven countries, and is currently operating in more than 80 countries. AIESEC is represented by more than 15,000 students at more than 750 universities throughout the world. By means of global exchange AIESEC stimulates global cooperation and cultural understanding.

PLOTEUS and ERASMUS, Two European Union Initiatives

PLOTEUS, "the Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space, will help you find out about education and training available throughout Europe." PLOTEUS includes an exchange and grants search and a searchable database of courses and schools.

ERASMUS, an "EU funded programme which contains a wide range of measures designed to support the European activities of higher education institutions, including mobility and exchange of their students and teaching staff.

Disability Organisations in Netherlands Platform for young people with disabilities For young people with a handicap The young people site of CNV concerning study and work. cupola organisations of gezelligheidsverenigingen for students.

http://www.pgb.nlAssociation of people with a personal budget (PGB) Information on accessibility, digital media and dyslexia.

http://www.fnb.nlFNB make information accessible for people with dyslexia Organisation for care, education and services to blind people in the Southern Netherlands. Many tips and information on how to study with a psychiatric disorder. General site for people with a handicap of ANGO (general Dutch disabled organisation)

Personal Experiences, Interviews, Forums, Mailing Lists, etc., in Netherlands

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European wide student organization. Its goal is to help exchange students find their way in their new homes. The network contact with more than 60 000 students.

Accommodation and Travel in Netherlands

Netherlands in the Lonely Planet World Guide

This entry changed: Wednesday 28th March 2018.