Non-EU students coming to Rotterdam

Having a nationality from a country that is not part of the EU/EEA means that immigration arrangements will have to be made. Depending on your nationality, current permit and duration of your stay, you may have to obtain an entry visa (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf MVV) and/or a residence permit (Vergunning tot Verblijf Regulier VVR).

You do not have to worry about the immigration procedure, as the immigration office will determine, based on your nationality which procedure applies to you. However, you can prepare yourself by reading the information below. You could also use the pathfinder to find out more information.

Choose your nationality/situation

1. Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, United States of America, South Korea, or Vatican City or you are in the possession of a valid Schengen Residence Permit. 

You do not need an entry visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands, but you do need a residence permit (VVR) for the purpose of study if you stay longer than 90 days.

2. Students with other nationalities.

You need an entry visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands and a residence permit (VVR) for the purpose of study if you stay longer than 90 days.

Other possibilities 

  • If you are from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong (limited), South Korea (limited), Argentina (limited) or New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for the Working Holiday Programme. More information can be found on the website of the IND. * 1 year only *
  • If you wish to stay for less than 90 days, you can arrange a tourist visa/short stay Schengen visa. Read more about this visa on the this website