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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.

    vragengrenskantoor@ind.nl.

  • I started my residence permit application this summer but my MVV is expired or will expire soon and I am not in the Netherlands yet. What should I do?

    Important: Please try to make an appointment with the embassy/consulate only once you are within three months of travelling to the Netherlands, not before!

    The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to allow entry visas (MVVs) to be prolonged by a further three months because of the influence of the coronavirus situation on travel, but only on request. This means that you would need to prove to the embassy/consulate where you collect your MVV that you couldn’t collect it within the first 90 days of its validity because of the coronavirus situation (please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information).

    When 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 note that if you want to travel to the Netherlands in the second semester, you must submit a new application before February. If you want to travel to the Netherlands in summer, or just before the start of the new academic year (2021-2022), you must submit your immigration procedure between June and July.

    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. Do not forget to tell us when you want to travel to the Netherlands (2nd semester or start academic year 2021-2022).

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

    Important: If you want to travel to the Netherlands during the 2nd semester you must submit your application before February 1st. If you do not submit your application before the 1st of February the first upcoming possibility after that is the 1st of June. 

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and self-quarantine

  • 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.

    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.