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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.

    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.

  • Are students that started their studies online in September 2020 eligible to apply for housing for the academic year 2021-2022?

    Students who started their studies online in the academic year 2020-2021 and who are still in their home country will be given the opportunity to apply for UvA Housing with priority. This means that these students' applications are handled before those of new first year students.

    The Executive Board of the UvA has made this decision based on the fact that these students have already started and invested time and effort into their study programme. Additionally, they have experienced a very challenging year during this COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, UvA believes it is important to assist this group of students so they can continue their studies successfully when they arrive in Amsterdam.

    Please find more information about UvA housing and the application procedure via uva.nl/housing.

  • My MVV is expired and I want to travel to the Netherlands during the 2nd semester.

    If your MVV is expired and the embassy decides not to grant you an extension, you need to start the immigration procedure again in order to obtain a new MVV.  We will have to inform the IND that your MVV has expired and your current residence permit (application) will be cancelled. We will invite you to the immigration process once more.

    Please note that you must re-arrange all the documents that you have submitted before, such as:

      • your financial proof (you need to submit a bank statement that is dated within the last 2 months)
      • in case of a sponsor: you need to submit a sponsor’s support statement as well.
      • your passport (which must be valid for 6 months)
      • your antecedent certificate.

    Please contact the immigration office (immigration-sts@uva.nl) when your MVV has expired and you need to be invited to the immigration process again.

  • What happens with my residence permit when I am outside of the Netherlands for more than 12 months?

    If you are abroad for more than 12 months you lose the right to maintain your residence permit. We have to inform the IND about where you are and if you are abroad, when you intent to come back. Please let us know via this form

    (Please note that the cancelation of your residence permit will have no influences on your registration at the UvA. You can continue with online education.)

    If, after your residence permit is cancelled, you want to travel to the Netherlands to pick up your Diploma you can travel on a tourist visa.

    If, after your residence permit is cancelled, you want to travel to the Netherlands to continue your study, you need to start the immigration procedure again in order to obtain a new permit.

    Please note that you must re-arrange all the documents that you have submitted before, such as:

    • your financial proof (you need to submit a bank statement that is dated within the last 2 months)
    • In case of a sponsor: you need to submit a sponsor’s support statement as well, incl your sponsor’s passport
    • your passport (which must be valid for 6 months)
    • your antecedent certificate.

    If you want us to re-start the procedure for the new academic year (Sept. 2021-Aug. 2022) for you please contact the Immigration Office when you want to travel to the Netherlands so we can invite you to the process at the right time. This will be at the beginning of June the earliest. 

Corona-virus measures in the Netherlands, vaccines and self-quarantine

  • What if I received the first dose of a vaccine in my home country and need to receive the second dose after I come to the Netherlands?

    Only a number of vaccines are allowed in the Netherlands (Moderna, BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen). If you receive only one dose of a vaccine in your home country and this vaccine is not one of those permitted in the Netherlands, you cannot become fully vaccinated and will only remain partially vaccinated. If the first dose of vaccine belonged to one of the before mentioned vaccines you can get your second vaccine in the Netherlands after you are registered as a resident of a municipality. For more information about this, please contact info@rivm.nl.

    A vaccine that is not approved by the EMA, and that is not on the WHO list, is not equivalent to COVID-19 vaccines used in the Netherlands. In this case, you should receive a full series in the Netherlands when you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • 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.

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.

Inbound exchange (international students coming to the UvA)

For Covid-related questions on international exchange students coming to the UvA, please visit the inbound exchange FAQ.

Outbound Study Abroad (current UvA students going abroad)

For Covid-related questions on current UvA students going abroad on an exchange programme, internship or graduation project, please visit the outbound Study Abroad FAQ.