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Your start in times of corona

Your education will soon be a combination of studying on campus and online education. Together with our students, we have a number of tips for you. These can help you get started right from the start of your studies.

  • Insurance

    Health Care Insurance ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    By law, you must have an adequate healthcare insurance, to make sure that you are properly insured during your stay. The type of healthcare insurance you need depends on your personal situation. European (EEA) students should ask their​ own health insurance provider if the existing health insurance policy offers sufficient coverage for medical expenses in the Netherlands. You have to complete your insurance package to cover liability and repatriation. Students from Europe having an EHIC card have to check if this insurance will be valid the entire periode of the stay abroad. This is often not the case.


    Fontys recommends the international student-minded health insurance company InsureToStudy One of the many advantages (different to other companies) is that you don't need to declare the costs of your GP visit, because the invoice will be send directly to the insurance.

    As a Fontys student you will get a discount!
    This insurance covers healthcare, extraordinary costs, repatriation, liability, accidents, legal aid and baggage & household goods. This offer is accessible for all international Fontys students who wish to apply for this insurance or want to change their current insurance. If you apply through this link you will receive the discount automatically. You have to fill in the institution code "FONTYSITS" and you have to use your @student.fontys.nl email address. If you have questions about the insurance you can contact insureToStudy directly info@insuretostudy.com 0031 70 2051860.

    New Non European students are, at least for their first year, obliged to take out the InsureToStudy Master Plan+ insurance which is part of the Fontys Visa procedure.
    The Master Plan + insurance offers a very comprehensive coverage relative to the Master Plan insurance. The Master Plan + insurance includes conditions which already exists prior to applying for this insurance, for instance asthma, diabetes, eczema, migraines, but also disadvantages have continued from previous operations. You can even apply for this insurance if you think you're suffering from the Corona virus.
    The Master Plan + insurance can be applied for by yourself, only by this link https://www.insuretostudy.com/nl/aanvragen/?coupon=FONTYSITSMASTERPLANPLUS.

    The Master Plan does not cover existing conditions and disadvantages, this concerns the costs that were to be reasonably expected at the start of the insurance.

    Note: You are not allowed to take out a public Dutch health insurance if you are in the Netherlands for study purposes only.

    If you cause an accident and someone is injured or if you damage someone's property, you are responsible for paying all the costs of the accident. You might, for example, break something in your rented room. Or, on a more serious note, you might cause a road accident. Accidents like these can be very expensive. You are therefore strongly advised to take out a good liability insurance policy, which will cover the costs in many cases.

    Repatriation means returning to your home country. If anything (serious illness or accident) happ​​ens to you in The Netherlands, your insurance should cover the costs of repatriation of yourself (e.g. for treatment required in your home country), or having your parents travel to join you here. Repatriation is also covered for family member in the 1st and 2nd degree by death or very serious illness It would be wise to have an insurance policy covering these costs.

    Be sure to extend your insurance in time. If your current insurance is not InsureToStudy and you want to profit the benefits of the ITS insurance you can easy change your insurance.

    Contact ITS and you will get help: info@insuretostudy.com WhatsApp 06 36264401 Phone 070 2051860

    If you have a student job or a paid internship you are obliged to take out a Dutch Basic Health Care Insurance. If you already have an InsureToStudy insurance (or if you are willing to take out one), you can profit a very low priced Dutch Basic Health insurance combination with Hollandzorg.

    Read more about the Dutch Basic Health insurance

  • Visa information

    If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months you will need to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town where you are living. Registration regulations may vary from one council to another.

    When registering with your local council, you are automatically issued a BSN. BSN is short for Burger Service Nummer, which translates as ‘citizen service number’. The BSN is equivalent to a social security number: a unique registration number for every citizen, used in contacts with any government service. Various people may ask for your BSN. If you have a job, your employer will need to know your BSN. When you open a bank account the bank will also ask for your BSN.

    Some study departments arrange the appointment for international students. Please check with your studydepartment if you need to make the appointment yourself or if they will arrange it for you.


    Bring the following documents to the appointment.

    • A valid passport
    • Original birth certificate or original legalised true copy of the birth certificate (not older than six months) If your birth certificate was not issued in the Dutch, English, French or German language, you will also need to submit a sworn translation. Additional stamps, from the government of the country which issued the birth certificate, might be required. In order to confirm which legalisation you are required to have, you must contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your own country. Please check https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl to find details of your local Embassy or Consulate.
    • Proof of civil status only in case you are married, divorced or a widow(er). In Venlo it’s always necessary to bring a proof of civil status.
    • Rental agreement for the room in the Netherlands
    • Declaration of acceptance by Fontys University of Applied Sciences
    • Print of the approval letter of the Dutch Immigration Service (IND)

        If you are going to change your address or move to another city do not forget to inform the municipality. If your study period ends and you want to leave the Netherlands, you have to deregister.


        Note: The landlord of your room can ask you for proof of deregistration at the municipality as a condition to get your deposit back.


        Extra information for students from China : Chinese students are required to bring the following documents in addition:

        • Legalized notarized declaration* which includes family name, given names, date of birth, place of birth, name of father and name of mother and a notarized certified true copy of the document or documents on which the notary has based his statement regarding the birth and the data of the parents.

        Documents that will be accepted:

        • Hukou of the parents in which the birth of the child is registered; *Declaration of the hospital which explicitly states that this statement can be used for the registration of the birth in the Hukou registry
        • A statement from the Public Security Bureau where the requested data prove out
        • Notarized certified copy of the updated and complete Hukou of the child itself

        This should be done as soon as possible, as the legalisation process can take a number of months.

        * Information about legalisation of foreign documents for use in the Netherlands.

        Start your preparations early

        The Fontys University of Applied Sciences has an agreement with the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (the ‘IND’) to apply for Entry Visas and Residence Permits on behalf of its students. The required procedure will be commenced before you travel to Holland. Although the ‘IND’ generally processes applications within two-three weeks, we recommend that you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter Holland, as it may take some time for you to gather all of the required documentation. You will find more information in this brochure: Coming to study in the Netherlands.

        Residence Permit (‘VVR’)

        All those who enter the Netherlands with or without an Entry Visa (‘MVV’) and who wish to stay for a period of longer than three months, are obliged to apply for a ‘Verblijfsvergunning regulier’, or ‘VVR’ (a Residence Permit). Fontys Team International Students will send the application to the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (‘IND’) on your behalf. Your Residence Permit will be ready soon after your arrival in the Netherlands.



        To enter the Netherlands for the purpose of studying, you may require a visa and/or a residence permit, depending on the following factors

        • Your nationality, i.e. as stated in your passport.
        • The duration of your stay, i.e. for less or more than three months.
        • The purpose of your stay, i.e. we assume that you intend coming to the Netherlands to study, or for a preparatory year.


        Entry Visa / Authorisation for Temporary Stay (‘MVV’)

        All non-EU/EEA students entering the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa (‘MVV’), except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the UK, the USA and Vatican City State. This Entry Visa is a sticker that is placed in your passport and is issued by the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin.



        Additional conditions for students of the following nationalities:

        Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria.

        Students of these nationalities have to be aware they have to transfer the full refundable amount of the living expenses (11.100 euro for the first year ) to the bank account of Fontys. Proof by financial documents you have access to this amount will not be accepted. Fontys will arrange accommodation for students from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria.

        The rent for 12 months (number of months might differ in case of the February intake) + deposit will be withheld from the living expenses and directly transferred to the landlord. In this case no other housing payments have to be made before the start of your study. The remaining amount of living expenses will be transferred to your new Dutch bank account

      • City Hall registration

        If you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months you will need to go to the city council and register as a new resident of the town where you are living. Registration regulations may vary from one council to another.

        When registering with your local council, you are automatically issued a BSN. BSN is short for Burger Service Nummer, which translates as ‘citizen service number’. The BSN is equivalent to a social security number: a unique registration number for every citizen, used in contacts with any government service. Various people may ask for your BSN. If you have a job, your employer will need to know your BSN. When you open a bank account the bank will also ask for your BSN.

        Some study departments arrange the appointment for international students. Please check with your studydepartment if you need to make the appointment yourself or if they will arrange it for you.


        Bring the following documents to the appointment.

        • A valid passport
        • Original birth certificate or original legalised true copy of the birth certificate (not older than six months) If your birth certificate was not issued in the Dutch, English, French or German language, you will also need to submit a sworn translation. Additional stamps, from the government of the country which issued the birth certificate, might be required. In order to confirm which legalisation you are required to have, you must contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your own country. Please check https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl to find details of your local Embassy or Consulate.
        • Proof of civil status only in case you are married, divorced or a widow(er). In Venlo it’s always necessary to bring a proof of civil status.
        • Rental agreement for the room in the Netherlands
        • Declaration of acceptance by Fontys University of Applied Sciences
        • Print of the approval letter of the Dutch Immigration Service (IND)

            If you are going to change your address or move to another city do not forget to inform the municipality. If your study period ends and you want to leave the Netherlands, you have to deregister.


            Note: The landlord of your room can ask you for proof of deregistration at the municipality as a condition to get your deposit back.


            Extra information for students from China : Chinese students are required to bring the following documents in addition:

            • Legalized notarized declaration* which includes family name, given names, date of birth, place of birth, name of father and name of mother and a notarized certified true copy of the document or documents on which the notary has based his statement regarding the birth and the data of the parents.

            Documents that will be accepted:

            • Hukou of the parents in which the birth of the child is registered; *Declaration of the hospital which explicitly states that this statement can be used for the registration of the birth in the Hukou registry
            • A statement from the Public Security Bureau where the requested data prove out
            • Notarized certified copy of the updated and complete Hukou of the child itself

            This should be done as soon as possible, as the legalisation process can take a number of months.

            * Information about legalisation of foreign documents for use in the Netherlands.

          • Checklist arrival in the Netherlands

            For all international students, EU and Non EU-students

            Important documents / useful items
            • Valid passport (including visa, if needed)
            • Sufficient funds for the expenses that you will incur during the first month of your stay. You will need to take into account payment for your accommodation (including a security deposit) and your general living expenses.
            • Medical records
            • Arrange health, liability and repatriation insurance (for EEA students).
            • Important addresses and telephone numbers (e.g. contact numbers for Fontys, your accommodation, your country’s embassy, et cetera).
            • The original diploma and Certified copies diploma and grade list both in original language and translation (if applicable, joined by a translation made by a sworn translator)
            • Arrange accommodation (only if you haven't applied for accommodation via Fontys)
            • Proof of vaccination

            Getting proof of vaccination after being vaccinated outside the Netherlands


            Important documents you will need to register at the City Hall

            • Proof of civil status only in case you are married, divorced or a widow(er)
            • Rental agreement for the room in the Netherland
            • Copy of admission letter of Fontys University of Applied Sciences
            • Original birth certificate or original legalised true copy of the birth certificate (not older than six months) If your birth certificate was not issued in the Dutch, English, French or German language, you will also need to submit a sworn translation.

            Additional stamps, from the government of the country which issued the birth certificate, might be required. In order to confirm which legalisation you are required to have, visit the website https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/legalising-your-documents . Please check https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl  to find details of your local Embassy or Consulate.

            Especially for Non EU-students

            • Your passport, including a ‘Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf’, or ‘MVV’ (an ‘Authorisation for Temporary Stay’) if you are a student hailing from a country for which an Entry Visa is required.
            • Print of the approval letter of the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) (if you have applied for a Dutch residence permit STUDY)
            • The Tuberculosis test referral form (if applicable) Please print it and fill in all data before you travel to the Netherlands.
            • Print of your InsureToStudy insurance policy. Save the attached scan in your cell phone Please note: Fontys has arranged this student insurance on your behalf. InsureToStudy has sent you, beside the pre-policy, a link to pay the premium digitally. You have to pay for the insurance offered by InsureToStudy before your departure to the Netherlands. The Dutch Immigration Service requires a student insurance beside your residence permit for the Netherlands. The insurance card and the overview of the cover of the policy will be sent to your Dutch room address. The insurance company will contact you after your arrival in the Netherlands to ask your room address. Look at their website (downloads) for more information about the cover. https://www.insuretostudy.com/en/
            • Instructions to locate your country’s embassy/consulate

            Legalized notarized declaration which includes family name, given names, date of birth, place of birth, name of father and name of mother and a notarized certified true copy of the document or documents on which the notary has based his statement regarding the birth and the data of the parents.

            The following documents will be accepted:

            • Hukou of the parents in which the birth of the child is registered
            • Declaration of the hospital which explicitly states that this statement can be used for the registration of the birth in the Hukou registry;
            • A statement from the Public Security Bureau where the requested data prove out
            • Notarized certified copy of the updated and complete Hukou of the child itself.

            This should be done as soon as possible, as the legalisation process can take a number of months.