Immigration Procedures

Most international students with a non-EU/EEA nationality*, studying in the Netherlands for more than 90 days, are obliged to apply for an entry visa and/or Dutch residence permit. Find out here which procedure applies to you.

For those students who start their studies in September 2018, the immigration procedure will start on 1 April 2018. It is not possible to start your application before that time. The deadline for completing your immigration procedure is 15 June 2018. This deadline is strict, so we advise you to start with your application at your earliest convenience.

The immigration procedure consists of filling in several forms, as well as completing a bank transfer covering your tuition fee, your deposit for the cost of living, and the handling fee of the Dutch Immigration Services (IND). This proof of financial means is required to demonstrate the IND that you have sufficient financial means for living in the Netherlands. The cost of living is set at a minimum amount of €900 per month. As an example, if you will be a bachelor student at the Erasmus School of Economics, your cost of living for the year would be €10.800 (€900 x 12). The cost of living is only calculated over the first year of your studies.

If you are a student with a non-EU/EEA nationality and you already have a valid Dutch residence permit, you are exempted from starting a new immigration procedure. Please do supply us with a PDF-scan of the front and back of your permit card. In addition, should your current permit relate to your current studies, you are to contact the International Office of Erasmus University ( to start the procedure for switching the educational institution.


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