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International students

Do you have a specific question about your situation, please contact the education office of your faculty or the Central Student Service Desk.

FAQs per topic

Find information about each topic in our list of FAQs and see what the academic year for programme will look like in 2020-2021.

Immigration

  • Can I travel to the Netherlands as a non-EU/EEA student?

    As a student you are exempted from the EU travel ban and you are allowed to travel to the Netherlands if you have received the IND decision letter stating that you will receive a residence permit for study. You will receive this IND decision letter from the immigration office of the UvA. You have to carry this with you while you travel.

    Please note that your flight to the Netherlands must be direct (no transit). You must bring the letter stating that you will receive a residence permit (kennisgeving) when you travel to the Netherlands. If a family member is accompanying, they must have a copy of your IND letter as well.

    If the airline is not allowing you on the flight because they don't find the letter (kennisgeving) enough evidence? Please send an email to vragengrenskantoor@ind.nl.

  • If it turns out that I have to take my second semester online, do I still need to apply for a residence permit?

    Yes, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit through the Immigration office of the UvA in order to be allowed to start your study programme at the UvA, even if your second semester turns out to be online only.

    Please note that having a Dutch residence permit is a legal requirement for being allowed to start your studies at the UvA. The IND will need to have approved your residence permit application before the start of your study programme.

  • Why do I need to apply for a residence permit if I don’t know yet when I will travel to the Netherlands?

    Please note that having a Dutch residence permit is a legal requirement for being allowed to start your studies at the UvA. The IND will need to have approved your residence permit application before the start of your study programme.

    Furthermore, the residence permit applications for students starting their studies as of 1 September 2020 will need to be processed as soon as possible, to avoid overloading the IND, embassies and consulates unnecessarily close to the start of the new academic year in September.

    Under normal circumstances, the residence permit application procedure takes about 60 days to be completed. Due to the pressures of the corona crisis, however, we expect the procedures to take longer than usual this summer.

  • Can I extend my residence permit online from abroad without have to go to the Netherlands?

    Yes, you can extend your residence permit online from abroad from three months before the validity of your current residence permit expires. You will be able to collect your new residence permit at the IND once it’s safe for you to travel back to the Netherlands.

    If your current residence permit will have expired by the time you need/are allowed to travel back to the Netherlands, you will need to request a return visa at the Dutch embassy/consulate in your home country in order to be allowed to re-enter the Netherlands.

  • I returned back home. How does this affect my residence permit?

    If you no longer have a contract for a room in the Netherlands you have to de-register with the municipality. We will notify the IND that you are currently abroad but with the intention of returning to the Netherlands at a later stage. In this way we make sure that being abroad will have no influence on your residence permit and you are allowed to stay outside the Netherlands for up to 12 months. Once you return to the Netherlands you have to register with the municipality again. You won't have to notify us about that as it will appear automatically in the IND-system that you have re-registered.

Corona-virus measures in the Netherlands and self-quarantine

  • Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 when I land at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport?

    If you are travelling to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport from a country with an orange or red travel advisory (due to the risk of infection), then you are obligated to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Due to the limited testing capacity in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports has determined that the COVID-19 testing centre at Schiphol will be temporarily closed. For the latest updates about the coronavirus and Schiphol please visit https://www.schiphol.nl/en/.

  • Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands?

    Travellers arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 10 days from the day of arrival. You need to check whether you are required to self-quarantine yourself. You can find the information on self-quarantine on this website: www.government.nl. The University of Amsterdam expects students to act responsibly and to self-isolate in accordance with the recommendations from the Government of the Netherlands.

  • Should my roommates also self-quarantine?

    No, if you have to self-quarantine because you traveled from a country categorized as orange or red your roommates do not have to self-quarantine unless they themselves have travelled from a country categorized as a red or orange. Only if you (or they) develop symptoms should you all stay inside and avoid contact with others.

  • What should I do if I need medical assistance?

    For medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner, before making an appointment with a specialist in hospital. As a student in Amsterdam you can contact the General Practitioners Practice UvA if you need medical assistance. Do not visit the practice, please call first.

Outbound exchange (current UvA students)

  • Can I do an internship or a graduation project abroad in the first semester of 2020-2021?

    Individual internships and graduation projects abroad will not be cancelled for the first semester of 2020-2021. Individual internships and graduation projects abroad are possible under three conditions:

    1. Positive travel advice must apply to the country in which the internship takes place.
    2. No further domestic restrictions on travel movements can be in place within the country concerned.
    3. The internship must be a compulsory part of the curriculum for which there is no suitable alternative in the Netherlands.

    In principle, internships and research projects abroad are not possible if a code red or orange with regard to travel is in force in the country concerned. The reason for this is that the UvA cannot meet the duty of care and insurance coverage requirements. If there is positive travel advice (code yellow or green), internships and graduation projects abroad are possible.

    If students have returned to their country of origin and have found an internship or research project in their city of residence, then that can go ahead. If students have returned to their country of origin and found an internship or research project outside of their city of residence, this may conflict with local COVID-19 regulations. The internship can then only take place after consultation about possible consequences and after the student has explicitly exempted their study programme from the UvA’s duty of care. This guideline for internships and graduation projects applies to both compulsory and non-compulsory parts of the curriculum.

    For more information and to request the UvA student indemnity form for damage resulting from internship / research abroad with travel restrictions, please contact the relevant Study Abroad Office.

  • Can my exchange programme in the first semester of 2020-2021 go ahead?

    All UvA exchange programmes in the first semester of the new 2020-2021 academic year will be cancelled. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students in programmes such as Global Exchange and Erasmus+.

    Do you have an (outgoing or incoming) exchange scheduled for the first semester? In that case you have been contacted by email. Together we will look at possible alternatives. The options will vary per student, faculty and partner university, and could range from postponing the exchange, taking a minor, electives or a project course at the UvA or following online education at a partner university.

    Internships may continue under certain conditions. Please contact the Study Abroad Offices for more information.

  • I’m planning to do an exchange in the second semester of 2020-2021. Will this go ahead?

    All UvA exchange programmes in the second semester of the new 2020-2021 academic year will be cancelled. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students in programmes such as Global Exchange and Erasmus+.

    Do you have an (outgoing or incoming) exchange scheduled for the second semester? In that case you have been contacted by email. Together we will look at possible alternatives. The options will vary per student, faculty and partner university, and could range from postponing the exchange, taking a minor, electives or a project course at the UvA or following online education at a partner university.

Incoming exchange (international students from other universities)

  • I’m planning to do an exchange in the second semester of 2020-2021. Will this go ahead?

    All UvA exchange programmes in the second semester of the new 2020-2021 academic year will be cancelled. This applies to both incoming and outgoing students in programmes such as Global Exchange and Erasmus+.

    Do you have an (outgoing or incoming) exchange scheduled for the second semester? In that case you have been contacted by email. Together we will look at possible alternatives. The options will vary per student, faculty and partner university, and could range from postponing the exchange, taking a minor, electives or a project course at the UvA or following online education at a partner university.

Application & admission

  • I will not be able to submit all the required documents because my exams are postponed/school is closed. What if I cannot start the programme?

    We are monitoring the situation closely and will take action when needed, following the guidelines of the Dutch government. For now, the government is holding onto the 1 September start of the academic year. 

    However, if you cannot submit the required documents in time please sent us digital copies instead. Please note that these will preferably have to be sent in by your school, University or Exam Board.

    If you cannot make the 1 September start, you can cancel your application any time even if you have previously accepted the offer of admission. (If you cancel before 1 September 2020 you will also be reimbursed for any tuition fees already paid).

    Or you might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date of your programme.

    For advice, please contact the admissions office.

Housing

Please note: The information below may contradict information elsewhere on this website that describes International Student Housing procedures under normal circumstances. The policy below has been specifically created for the current situation and the effects of the global coronavirus crisis.