Situation Ukraine

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In response to the situation in Ukraine, there are many questions from students and staff. On this page we provide information and refer to other websites with relevant info. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Our institutes have many students from Ukraine, but also from Russia and Belarus. For all these young people this must be a terrible situation: being far from home worrying about family and friends, and being completely in the dark about the future of their country. You can contact your student coach from your programme if you want to discuss the situation.

​We understand this situation can affect your well being, have practical implications, your study progress and mental health. Please contact your student coach from your programme to discuss the situation and the need for extra guidance.

Practical support

For study problems related to this situation, please contact our student counsellor at Fontys.

make an appointment with our student counsellor

Alles Oké?

Alles Oké offers support to anyone between 18 and 24 years old when things aren’t going great.

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Well-being and mental health

For more specialized help, you can call upon the student psychologist or confidential advisor at Fontys.

more information

Room for peace

You are welcome, as a student (from both TU/e and Fontys) or staff member, to come and talk, listen or develop your own initiatives to promote peace.

You can just walk in, the Room for Peace is open according to Metaforum's opening hours.
Implications for residency and visas
  • On this page you can read the latest information from our Ministry of Justice and Security about the consequences for your stay and applications. These pages will be updated as new information becomes available.

Financial issues
  • What can I do to make sure I have access to my bank account? Fontys advises students to open a Dutch bank account while studying in the Netherlands. Because of the upcoming disconnection of several banks from SWIFT on March 12th we also recommend you to transfer enough money for your living expenses and tuition fees to your Dutch bank account.

As soon as more information about possible financial support becomes available, information will be published here.

  • I am a Russian/Belarussian student. Can I stay in the Netherlands?You don’t have to worry; both degrees (Bachelor and Master) and exchange students can stay in the Netherlands to finish their studies.
  • I am an Ukrainian student and my visa is ending. Do I need to go back to Ukraine?No, we understand that this is not possible. As long as this situation continues, your visa will be extended. The Dutch government understands you cannot return due to the situation in Ukraine. This will also have no consequences if you apply for a visa or residence permit in the future. For more information, click here.
  • A number of Russian banks (Bank Otkritie, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Rossiya Bank, Sovcombank, VNESHECONOMBANK (VEB) and the VTB BANK) will be disconnected from Swift. What are the implications for me? We hope you had already opened a Dutch bank account when you arrived in the Netherlands otherwise, we advise you to open one as soon as possible. Do you experience urgent financial problems? Please discuss this with your student coach.
  • Ukrainian banks have set a limit for withdrawing money. What can I do? Even if you have opened a Dutch bank account, it might be difficult to transfer money from Ukraine to your Dutch account. We invite you to discuss your problems this with your student coach.
  • I am from Ukraine, Russia or Belarus and dealing with financial issues, where can I turn to? We invite you discuss your urgent financial problems with the student coach?
  • I am Russian and I would like to apply for political assylum. Please check the information about the procedure for political asylum at the website IND.
  • Do new students from Ukraine, Russia or Belarus students get a discount for tuition fees because of the situation in Ukraine? At this point the admission requirements and tuition fees remain the same as before. If anything changes we will communicate this on our website
  • Giro555: You can make a financial contribution to Giro555, the joint bank account of the Dutch aid organisations (including the Red Cross).
  • Shelter: If you are in a position to give refugees a temporary shelter, please contact Takecarebnb.
  • Practical information about housing, legal issues, education, work, etc. It is a platform for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands.

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