Once you’ve made the decision to study in the Utrecht Region, you will need to take care of some official matters as an international student. For example, you may require a visa and/or a residence permit. In addition, it's crucial that you have proper funding for your stay, accommodation and take out adequate insurance.
Everyone who lives in the Netherlands for more than four months needs to register as a resident with their municipality (gemeente) within five days of arrival. Those staying for less than four months need to apply for a short stay permit. In both cases, once registered, you will receive your citizen service number (BSN), a unique registration number held by every citizen in the Netherlands. The BSN will also be needed for any interaction with the Dutch authorities, opening a bank account, deducting taxes and social security contributions, using the healthcare system, applying for benefits, registering a change of address and many other matters.
Find practical info to help you start your journey as a student in the Utrecht Region. Use the Pathfinder tool to check which procedure applies to you.
Here in the Netherlands, you'll find businesses and organizations take your identity protection seriously. One tool used towards this aim is the DigID. It's a digital signature identity verification that many governmental organizations and businesses use to provide access to their online services. You can get your DigID after you have received your BSN.
ISD processes the visa and permit applications (and extensions) of all international employees and guests of Utrecht University. Within three days of their arrival in the Netherlands, they are invited for an intake interview, to receive support in finding their way around living and working in the Netherlands.
The Utrecht University's International Office administers the universitywide exchange agreements. Whether you need an entry visa and/or a residence permit depends on your nationality. If you do need one the University has to submit your application to the Dutch Immigration Services
The Utrecht Region works with a number of official partners to assist you with all the practical issues you may need to take care of before settling into your new life. Rest assured, our partners all meet our minimum criteria, such as having all relevant company information available in English (including website, flyers, forms etc) and agreeing to cooperate in our client monitoring project. We regularly request feedback from internationals to assess the quality of our partners' services, their identity remaining private when we share it with our partners. Adjustments will be made to our partner list as appropriate. Check out our Online Services Map to find service providers to help you get settled in the Utrecht Region.
The orientation year (oriëntatiejaar) permit allows non-EU recent graduates of a Dutch university and non-EU scientific researchers to stay in or come back to the Netherlands for a period of up to twelve months. During this period, you can seek employment or work without needing an extra work permit.