Rules and regulations

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The documents below state the rules and conditions you must fulfill in order to keep your residence permit and to study in the Netherlands. It also tells you more about the obligations of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (your recognized sponsor). 


Residence permit & study progress (MoMi) (N/A exchange students).
The Modern Migration Policy Act (MoMi) is the Dutch immigration law. It requires all non-EU/EEA students with a residence permit for study purposes at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) to achieve sufficient study progress (50%) every academic year. The Erasmus University Rotterdam, your recognized sponsor, is obliged to make sure that you as a student meet the requirements in order to maintain your residence permit.

Every year, we will monitor your study progress and report to the IND in case you did not obtain the required 50% of credits and no exceptional personal circumstances as referred to in Article 7.51 WHW and Article 2.1 of the WHW Implementation Decree (Dutch: Wet op Hogeronderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek) are the cause of the student’s insufficient study progress.

Study progress monitoring is a condition by virtue of Article 4.20 lid 1 sub e of the Aliens regulation 2000 (Dutch: Voorschrift Vreemdelingenwet 2000) as referred to Article 6.5 and 6.6 of the Code of Conduct for International students in Higher education.

  • Bachelor students please note:
    Erasmus University Rotterdam uses a binding study advice (BSA) system for all bachelor programmes. The BSA requirement gets priority over the 50% requirement of the study progress monitoring policy. So make sure you know what this entails.
  • Premaster students please note:
    A premaster may never exceed one year. If you cannot continue to a Master program after that year, your residence permit will be cancelled.

Read more about study progress.

Take your responsibility
We will remind you of the study progress condition, but it’s your own responsibility to keep track of your study results and in the case of personal circumstances, schedule an appointment with a student advisor and student counselor.

Time frame
The academic year runs from the 1st of September until the 31st of August. After each academic year, the EUR, will determine your annual study progress.

Insufficient study progress results in deregistration, and your residence permit may be revoked. Consequently, we are no longer your recognized sponsors and cannot apply for a new residence permit for you or extend your residence permit. This means you will have to apply for a different type of residence permit or change to a different institution in the Netherlands.

Be aware that if you wish to switch to a different study program within the Erasmus University Rotterdam you still need to obtain at least 50% this year.

The Code of Conduct  International Student in Dutch Higher Education is a joint initiative of the Dutch government and higher educational institutions and came into effect in May 2006. The result is an instrument of self-regulation. The Code of Conduct intends to contribute as a quality tool to the ambitions of the Dutch government and the educational institutions regarding internationalization as a means to turn the Netherlands into an attractive destination for knowledge and development. 

The Code of Conduct contains agreements which (the umbrella organizations of) the institutions of higher education have developed to regulate the relationship with international students. The regulations are – for example – about the provision of information to international students and the minimum (language) requirements for admission to an institution of higher education.

According to Dutch immigration law, inclusion of an institution in the Register of the Code of Conduct is a precondition for attracting international students from outside the EU.

The Dutch government has decided that the signing of the Code of Conduct by the educational institutions is a precondition for granting residence permits to non-nationals of the EU/EEA or Switzerland for studying in higher education; By signing the Code of Conduct, the educational institution is obliged to comply with the obligations set out in the Code of Conduct and to act in the spirit of the Code regarding issues that are not covered by it;

You can read more about the admission requirements and our obligations as your educational institution on this website or download the pdf below. 

The EUR is your recognized sponsor. As your recognized sponsor we apply for a residence permit on behalf of you at the IND. Being your recognized sponsor we have several obligations to meet such as providing information, keeping and retaining records, duty of care and making sure of the return of the foreign national. Failing to comply has consequences for the Erasmus University. Read more about our rights and obligations via the IND

For more information on coming to study in the Netherlands, you can download the document from the IND below. 

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