How to apply for a study programme in the Amsterdam Area

Once you’ve answered ‘what are you going to do with your life?’ and other existential questions, you'll need to enrol in a study programme. If you’re in your final year of secondary school, this can be a very busy time, so we’ve created a basic guide to the application process (and thankfully it’s a lot easier than final exams).

Check that you meet the entry requirements

Courses can vary considerably, so check what’s required from your education provider, paying close attention to the closing dates. Art schools and creative programmes may ask for a portfolio of your work, for example. You can compare your country’s qualifications with the Dutch equivalent via the Nuffic website to make sure your hard work doesn’t get lost in translation.

And the language requirements

To study an English programme at a Dutch university, it is essential that you read, speak and write the language to a high level. If English is not your first language, evidence of passing an English test such as IELTS or Cambridge English is usually required.

Consider a preparatory year

If you’re not quite there yet, your conditional letter of acceptance allows you to come to the Netherlands for a year prior to your studies to pass a preparatory course. Find out more about preparatory years.

Search for a scholarship

Get some assistance with your course fees by applying for scholarships. It is worth contacting the Dutch embassy in your home country to see which grants and funding possibilities are open to you.

Accept your letter of offer and receive confirmation of enrolment

Keep an eye on your inbox for exciting news. The university will keep you informed on course start dates and how to pay the first instalment of your tuition fees.

Apply for your visa and residence permit

This depends on which country you’re from. Check out steps to study in the Amsterdam Area for other important processes.  

Pack your bags

You’re on your way to study in Amsterdam!