1) Choose your course

Browse the extensive list of universities and vocational institutions in Amsterdam. Read up on courses that interest you and check the entry requirements. Many institutes hold open days where you can get a feel for student life on campus. Arrange to attend one if this is an option (any excuse for a trip to Amsterdam!)

2) Apply and accept

Once you’ve found your path, send in your application well before the closing date. Generally you will receive a letter of offer, which you then to need to accept to be officially enrolled. Check the enrolment process at your university, as procedures may vary.  

3) Organise your visa and residence permit

In most cases, the university will help you with organising a visa and resident permit (if required) once you have been enrolled in a programme. You will need to ensure you have the correct paperwork and proof of identity for this to take place. Learn more about what’s required

4) Book your flight

Can’t wait to book a one-way ticket to Amsterdam? We hear you. As usual, it pays to organise travel insurance in case your bag goes missing or anything changes. 

5) Get familiar with official processes 

Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you will need to register with the municipality. At this appointment you will receive a BSN number which is required for working or opening a bank account in the Netherlands. You will also need to arrange mandatory health insurance

6) Pack essential documents

Your passport is a given, but you’ll also need an original copy your birth certificate for registration. If you’re planning to drive a car in the Netherlands, you can find out about driving licences

7) Get to know Amsterdam and look for housing

Finding your new home in Amsterdam can take some time, so it’s best to start early. Read up on how to find student housing and get to know Amsterdam’s iconic neighbourhoods

8) Organise fee payment and open Dutch bank account. 

Read up tuition fees and organise payment with the university. You’ll need to open a Dutch bank account while you’re here, as many shops and restaurants only accept payment by cash or debit card (pinpas). 

9) Learn some Dutch

Although almost everyone in Amsterdam speaks a high level of English, learning the local taal (language) will help to make your time in Amsterdam even better. “goedemorgen” (good morning) “goedemiddag” (good afternoon), “dank u” (thank you), “lekker” (tasty) and “gezellig” (a word that doesn’t translate, similar to ‘cosy’ but more of a feeling) will start you off. 

10) Count down the days. 

Have the time of your life as a student in Amsterdam.