Most students from outside the EU who want to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months need an entry visa. To check if you need a visa and/or residence permit, you should check the Nuffic website.
The university will apply for your visa on your behalf. This procedure takes approx. 4 weeks. For nationals from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal the procedure will take several months. This because of strict legal regulations. You will receive more information about the documents needed for the procedure as soon as you have been admitted by the department and we have received your application package.
The Dutch immigration service charges € 192 for the visa application and/or residence permit application. Before we can apply for your visa and/or residence permit we ask you to transfer € 192 to our bank account. The International Office will apply for both your visa and residence permit before your arrival.
Students from the European Economic Area (EEA)
Any citizen of an EEA member country and Switzerland may live and work in the Netherlands, though certain conditions must be met and exceptions might apply. Croatian nationals still need a work permit to be able to work in the Netherlands.
Students from countries outside the EEA
Students from countries outside the EEA who are employed in any form, including an internship or a project, cannot work without a work permit / trainee agreement.
Internship students from outside the EEA
If you are enrolled as a TU/e student and will take an internship in the Netherlands as part of your study program you need a Trainee Agreement.
Students from outside the EEA with a part-time job
If you are thinking of financing your TU/e studies by working part-time, and you are from a country outside the EEA, you will need a work permit. The company where you will be working has to apply for your work permit. This procedure takes about 5 weeks.
However, there are some important things to take into consideration:
Your visa to enter the Netherlands will be granted on the basis of your study and limits the amount of hours you are permitted to work. You are only allowed to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week or full-time in the summer months (June, July, August). You are not permitted to work both.
If you work, you must register with the Dutch tax authorities. You will be obliged to declare all income (including any income from a scholarship) and may be taxed on your entire income. We can provide you with a statement that helps the personnel officer to fill in the tax papers with you, so your scholarship does not get taxed.
If you work, you are legally obliged to pay employee health insurance. This insurance is more expensive than the health insurance for students.
Since sufficient health and liability insurance are mandatory in the Netherlands, it is important that you arrange insurance either before you leave your country or immediately after arrival in the Netherlands.
Check your insurance policy in your home country to see if it covers your stay in the Netherlands for both health and liability. The Netherlands has signed treaties regarding health insurance with the following countries: all of the EU member states, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Morocco, most of the countries of former Yugoslavia, Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands and Australia. If you are insured under a health insurance scheme of one of these countries, your insurance company can provide you with an international declaration form called European Health Insurance Card. This card provides health insurance during your stay in the Netherlands.
Make sure you bring this form with you to the Netherlands, and make a number of copies of it. You will need this card to be able to see a doctor in the Netherlands.
If you do not have liability insurance that covers you in the Netherlands, it’s advised that you arrange liability insurance via AON (ICS Start insurance). If you need partial cover for health in addition to your EHIC, you can arrange the ICS Start + insurance with AON.
If you indicate on the confirmation statement that you want TU/e to arrange insurance for you, you do not have to make arrangements yourself. You can select the option you wish to have on the confirmation statement.
Students from countries that are not mentioned above are advised to take out health and liability insurance from AON (ICS Complete insurance). If you indicate on the confirmation statement that you want TU/e to arrange insurance for you, you do not have to make arrangements yourself. You can select the ICS Complete option on the confirmation statement
If the insurance from your home country also covers you in the Netherlands, then please compare your insurance to the AON insurance so you are sure your insurance has sufficient coverage.
Students with a (part-time) job or paid internship
If you have a (part-time) job or paid internship in the Netherlands with which you earn more than 150 euro per month, you need to take out a basic healthcare insurance (basiszorgverzekering). You can request this insurance via the website of AON or with another insurance company. Information on other insurance companies can be found on the website Zorgwijzer.
Letter from National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland)
During your study period at TU/e you may receive a letter from the Dutch National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland). If you receive this letter, you MUST ALWAYS respond! You will find instructions on how to respond to this letter on the pages of the Study in Holland website,