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International students

As an international student you may have many questions about the current situation. On this page we try to answer as many questions as possible. 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 first 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 first semester turns out to be online only. By 1 July at the latest it will be clear for all programmes what classes will look like in the first semester. This should hopefully give everyone enough time to prepare for whatever outcome is relevant to them.

    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.

Corona-virus measures in the Netherlands and self-quarantine

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

    The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues and continually updates travel advisories for countries and regions, categorising them as green, yellow, orange or red. One of the measures taken by the Ministry is that all travelers arriving in the Netherlands from a country or area to which an orange or red travel advisory applies for health reasons are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    You need to check whether you are required to self-quarantine yourself. You can do this by looking up the colour code for the country you are traveling from on the Ministry’s travel-advisory website:

    www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/reizen/reisadviezen

    Please note that this website is in Dutch. On the homepage, you need to enter the country you are traveling from in the field labeled ‘Voer hier uw land of gebied in’, or select the country from the suggested options as you start to type. You need to use the Dutch spelling or name of the country. Please check this website regularly, as the travel advice can change from day to day.

    The University of Amsterdam expects students to act responsibly and self-isolate in accordance with the recommendations of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    You can find information in English on self-quarantining upon arrival in the Netherlands here:

    Information on self-quarantine on www.government.nl

  • 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.

Incoming exchange (international students from other universities)

  • Can I extend my residence permit due to a delay in my research or studies?

    If you have earned at least 50% of the credits needed to complete your study programme, you can apply for an extension of your permit. You can submit your application for a residence permit extension starting from 3 months prior to the expiration of your current residence permit. If, however, you have not yet reached the 50% threshold, you will need a valid reason to be exempted from this requirement. At the request of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands VSNU), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is currently discussing with the Ministry of Justice and Security about whether leniency can be applied for international students. At this moment, the UvA does not have further information on this.

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.

  • I want to start my Master's but have not yet been able to fully complete my Bachelor's/Pre-Master's programme. Under what conditions will I be able to continue on from a Bachelor's to a Master's?

    In certain exceptional cases, the UvA is making it possible to begin a Master's programme when you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme. This represents an exception, subject to restrictions, to the usually firm rule of ‘Bachelor-before-Master’, which says that students may not start a Master's programme until they have successfully completed the previous programme.

    If you have incurred a limited study delay, you will be allowed to begin your Master's programme – but only if your study delay involves courses from your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    For a Bachelor's programme, your delay must not comprise more than 15 ECTS. In cases where a student's delay is greater than 15 ECTS, the programme is no longer considered ‘feasible’. For those currently enrolled in a Pre-Master's at the UvA, you must have successfully completed 80% of your Pre-Master's programme to be eligible to begin a Master's programme.

    You will then be able to complete the ‘missing’ courses during the first (and often only) year of the Master's programme, and will have the entire 2020-2021 academic year to make up these credits.

    Besides the new enrolment in the Master's, it will therefore be necessary for you to re-enrol in your Bachelor's or Pre-Master's programme as well.

    From 1 July, it will be possible to submit a ‘request for admission with study delay’ in order to begin a Master's programme with an incomplete Bachelor's or Pre-Master's. Instructions for submitting this request and the applicable conditions can be found on the study programme page.

    If you wish to make use of this arrangement, we recommend you carefully consider the feasibility of the entire study programme before submitting a request. We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, for instance when exams are held.

    This arrangement is in effect for students who wish to begin a Master's programme at the UvA in September 2020.

    Does this arrangement apply for all study programmes?

    Over the past few months, several programmes which involve a great deal of practical education – such as skills training or labs – have been unable to offer all their teaching and testing in digital form. The conditions that apply for each individual programme are listed on the programme page.

  • I am a student at a university of applied sciences (HBO). Can I start a UvA Bachelor's programme if I have not yet fully completed my current HBO first-year programme?

    Yes; if you have incurred a limited study delay of no more than 6 ECTS (of the 60 ECTS in total), you will be allowed to begin your Bachelor's programme at the UvA – but only if your study delay involves courses from your HBO first-year programme that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The UvA is giving you the entire 2020-2021 academic year to make up the credits you missed in your previous study programme. This will allow you to complete courses that are not offered in the first half of the academic year.

    Some UvA Bachelor's programmes have specific admission requirements in addition to a first-year diploma from a university of applied sciences (HBO); these requirements will still be in effect. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention when reading the informational pages for the programme you have in mind.

    We need to have received your enrolment in a UvA Bachelor's programme no later than 1 June 2020. Please bear in mind that you will need to provide a list of marks and a declaration from the university of applied sciences where you are currently enrolled that shows your study delay is no greater than 6 ECTS and that it occurred in the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

    From 1 July, it will be possible to submit a ‘request for admission with study delay’. Instructions for submitting this request can be found on the study programme page.

  • I want to start a Pre-Master's but have not yet been able to fully complete my Bachelor's programme. Under what conditions will I be able to start the programme?

    In certain exceptional cases, the UvA is making it possible to begin a Pre-Master's programme when you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor's programme. Normally, you would not be able to being a Pre-Master's until you had successfully completed your previous study programme.

    If you have incurred a limited study delay, you will be allowed to begin your Pre-Master's programme – but only if your study delay involves courses from your Bachelor's that were offered in the second semester of this academic year (period 4, 5 and 6) and your delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Your study delay must not comprise more than 15 ECTS. In cases where a student's delay is greater than 15 ECTS, the programme is no longer considered ‘feasible’.

    You will be able to make up the ‘missing’ courses and will have the entire 2020-2021 academic year to do so.

    Some UvA Pre-Master's programmes have specific admission requirements in addition to a Bachelor's diploma; these requirements will still be in effect. For this reason, it is important to pay close attention when reading the informational pages for the programme you have in mind.

    Instructions for enrolling in a Pre-Master's and submitting a ‘request for admission with study delay’ can be found on the study programme page.

    If you wish to make use of this arrangement, we recommend you carefully consider the feasibility of the entire study programme before submitting a request. We are unfortunately unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, for instance when exams are held.

    This arrangement is in effect for students who wish to begin a Pre-Master's programme at the UvA in September 2020.

  • I want to deregister. Can I get a refund on the tuition fees?

    The UvA advises you not to deregister prematurely if you intend to continue your studies. The UvA is making every effort to offer alternative (online) forms of education to all students. If necessary, we will also offer alternative forms of testing and assessment. In short, we are doing everything we can, where possible, to prevent study delays for all students.

    International students who want to deregister from the UvA can submit a request for deregistration via Studielink. They will be refunded tuition fees from the moment of their deregistration in Studielink to the end of the current academic year.

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.