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).
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:
Please note! Denmark and Ireland are not taking part in Directive (EU) 2016/801.
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.
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.
Intra-EU mobility for study purposes is subject to the following conditions.
You must submit documents to show that you meet the conditions for intra-EU mobility for study purposes.
Always send these documents with the notification form:
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:
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:
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.
Giving notification of intra-EU mobility for study purposes is free of charge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
As the recognised sponsor, the education establishment is responsible for the student. Therefore, legal obligations apply.
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.
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.
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.