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Studying in the Netherlands with a study residence permit of another EU Member State (Directive (EU) 2016/801)

Last check: 10-05-2021

​Does a student have a residence permit for study purposes in another EU Member State? They can carry out part of their studies in the Netherlands, for a maximum of 360 days. This is known as 'intra-EU mobility'. On this page you can read about the conditions for this and what you need to tell the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). 

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Who is intra-EU mobility study for?

Intra-EU mobility for study purposes gives students the opportunity to study in several Member States of the European Union (EU). Directive (EU) 2016/801 makes provision for this. The scheme is for students who are not nationals of a country belonging to the EU/EEA or Switzerland. Find out which countries are in the EU and EEA. The information on this page applies to:

  1. students who make use of intra-EU mobility to come and study in the Netherlands;
  2. the Dutch education establishment at which the student will be studying in the Netherlands.

Please note! Denmark and Ireland are not taking part in Directive (EU) 2016/801.

The educational instituation is a recognised sponsor

If a foreign student is coming to your school to study, you are the sponsor for that student. For intra-EU mobility for study purposes, you must be recognised as a sponsor by the IND. Find out more about applying to the IND to become a recognised sponsor.

No residence permit for the Netherlands required

Students do not require a residence permit for the Netherlands for the purposes of intra-EU mobility. Their valid residence permit for study purposes in the other EU Member State is also valid in the Netherlands. However, the student or the educational institution must inform the IND that this is intra-EU mobility. This is formally known as 'notification', for which the notification form on this page must be used.

Conditions of intra-EU mobility for study purposes

Intra-EU mobility for study purposes is subject to the following conditions.

  • The student has a valid residence permit for study purposes in another EU Member State.
  • The student is coming to study through an educational programme in which it is stated that the student will be studying in several countries (mobility measures), or the student is coming on the basis of an agreement between two or more schools of higher education.
  • The student is pursuing part of the studies in the Netherlands. The education establishment in the Netherlands is recognised as a sponsor by the IND. If you want to find out whether an education establishment is recognised as a sponsor, check the public register of recognised sponsors.
  • The student is staying in the Netherlands for study purposes for a maximum of 360 days. The residence permit from the other EU Member State is valid for that entire period.
  • The student has sufficient funds. Find out more about the income requirement for students.
  • There is no reason to assume that the student wants to live in the Netherlands for a purpose other than studying.
  • The student will not be doing any work that is prohibited under the Labour Act for Aliens (Wet arbeid vreemdelingen).
  • The student poses no threat to public order or national security.

Documents you need

You must submit documents to show that you meet the conditions for intra-EU mobility for study purposes. 

Documents that you always need

Always send these documents with the notification form:

  • Copy of the page containing the personal details and period of validity of the student's passport. The pages with travel stamps must also be copied.
  • Copy of the front and back of the residence permit for study purposes issued by the other country.
  • The appendix entitled 'Antecedents Certificate', filled in and signed by the student.

Additional document if the notification is to be given by a recognised educational institution

If it is the education establishment that will be notifying the IND of the intra-EU mobility for study purposes, it must also send the following document:

  • The appendix entitled 'Authorisation for the education establishment to give notification of incoming mobility for study purposes', filled in and signed by the student. This appendix accompanies the notification form.

Additional document if the notification is to be given by a student

If it is the student who will be notifying the IND of the intra-EU mobility for study purposes, they must also send the following documents:

  • Confirmation of (provisional) enrolment at the education establishment in the Netherlands.
  • Document confirming that the mobility concerned is intra-EU mobility of up to 360 days and that your stay in the Netherlands falls within the validity of your residence permit for study purposes issued by the other country.
  • Document that shows that your studies are being carried out in the framework of an educational programme that comprises mobility measures, or document confirming the existence of the agreement between two or more schools of higher education.
  • Documents showing that you have sufficient funds. See which documents you can use to prove that you have sufficient funds.
  • Evidence of sickness insurance (policy or insurance card).

Legalisation and translation of official foreign documents

Official foreign documents must be legalised and translated into Dutch, English, French, or German. Find out more about legalising and translating foreign documents.

Written notification forms

The student does not need a residence permit for the Netherlands. However, the student or the education establishment in the Netherlands must inform the IND that the stay is a case of intra-EU mobility. You do this by means of a notification, which can be done only in writing.

Form for notification by the educational institution

Form for notification by the student  

How to submit your written application

  1. Download and print the form.
  2. Complete the form. Also complete the appendix or appendices that apply to your situation.
  3. Put the notification form, appendices and supporting documents in one envelope. Never send original documents to the IND. Make clear copies that are easy to read.
  4. Send your application to the IND. The address is on the application form.

Cost of notification

Giving notification of intra-EU mobility for study purposes is free of charge.

IND does not allow the intra-EU mobility

You will only receive a decision if the IND objects to the student's mobility in the Netherlands. The IND must notify this objection within 30 days. If you have not heard anything, the student may stay in the Netherlands for the purpose of their studies.

Apply for review of the decision

You can apply for review of the decision within 4 weeks. The decision letter explains how to do this. Find out more about applying for review or appealing a decision from the IND.

Residence endorsement sticker

In the Netherlands, the student can apply for a residence endorsement sticker with the IND. This is not mandatory. The residence endorsement is affixed to a page inside the passport. Make an appointment online to apply for a residence permit.

Validity period of intra-EU mobility

The student can study in the Netherlands for a maximum of 360 days. The residence permit for study purposes in the other EU Member State must be valid for the entire period.

Working in the Netherlands during intra-EU mobility for study purposes

The student is allowed to work in the Netherlands during their intra-EU mobility for study purposes. This is subject to the following rules, however:

  1. The student is allowed to work as an employee if the employer has a work permit (TWV) for the student. The TWV allows the student to:
    1. work a maximum of 16 hours per week; or
    2. work full-time in the summer months of June, July and August.
  2. The student can also work as an entrepreneur. However, the student must continue to meet the conditions for intra-EU mobility for study purposes.

Legal obligations 

As the recognised sponsor, the education establishment is responsible for the student. Therefore, legal obligations apply.

Registration with the municipality

If you are coming to the Netherlands as a student and are staying for longer than 4 months, you must register in the Personal Records Database (BRP) in the municipality where you will be living. If you are staying for less than 4 months and you need a citizen service number (Burgerservicenummer – BSN), you can register as a non-resident. You can also do this at the municipality.

To register at the municipality, you will need a legalised and translated birth certificate. You must therefore take it with you when you travel to the Netherlands. Always check with your municipality beforehand which other (certified and translated) documents/certificates you need to bring with you.

Healthcare insurance

Everyone who lives in the Netherlands must take out health insurance. You must do this within 4 months of arriving in the Netherlands. Read more about health insurance in the Netherlands.

If you are younger than 30 years of age and are staying in the Netherlands solely in order to study, you will not be able to take out basic insurance with a Dutch healthcare insurer in the Netherlands. Foreign health insurance is sufficient in such cases.

If you will be working in addition to your studies, you must take out basic insurance with a Dutch healthcare insurer. The same applies to voluntary work, but not if you are doing an internship for your studies.

Termination of the right of residence

If the student no longer meets the conditions of intra-EU mobility, the student or the educational institution will receive a letter from the IND. The letter will state that the right of residence has stopped. The student must leave for the other EU Member State immediately. If he or she fails to do so, the IND can issue a return decision. Find out more about return decisions.

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