If you will be an international student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) starting September 2019, the information on this page will help you to prepare for your stay in the Netherlands. You can read about what to bring and how we will guide you through the arrival formalities in the Netherlands.
We offer a free of charge Pick-up Service if you arrive at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in August 2019. This will only be offered on the 15th and 22nd of August 2019, from 12:00 until 20:00, Amsterdam time. A THUAS Student Ambassador will pick you up at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport and drop you off right at your doorstep in The Hague. Please note that if your accommodation is outside The Hague we can only take you as far as THUAS main building but you can travel further by yourself from there. If you have booked DUWO accommodation you will receive the key to your room at the airport. Please note that keys for rooms offered by any housing-agency other than DUWO must be arranged by yourself. The Pick-up Service is operated by the International Office in cooperation with a team of welcoming, well-informed current international students of THUAS.
Date: 15th and 22nd of August 2019
Warm Welcome Week, for early arrivals
Some of you might be planning to arrive in the Netherlands a little earlier than the start of the semester and the introduction activities organised by the programmes you will join. Feel free to join any of these activities upon arrival. There will be a sign up list at the Innovation Playground (located in the Atrium of the THUAS building in The Hague). All activities are free of charge, you just need to sign up, show up and enjoy!
Click on THUAS Warm Welcome Week 2019 to view the schedule of the Warm Welcome Week.
Date: 22nd until 28th of August 2019
Information session on arrival formalities
During your introduction week, the International Office will host a presentation. In just 30 minutes we will tell you all there is to know about the final bits of paper work to take care of. You will also receive a personal package for each student with appointment letters and necessary information which will save you a lot of time filling out forms.
Immigration Day (Residence Permit, and Municipality registration)
On the 5th of September, you will be invited (If you are a NON-EU student) to pick up your residence permit or provide your biometric information (fingerprint and photo) to the Dutch Immigration Office if you have not already done so in your home country.
All students intending to stay in the Netherlands for more than 4 months must register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). Therefore you need to make sure that you are legally allowed to live at your new Dutch address. To make things easy for you, THUAS will arrange an appointment with the Municipality of The Hague, if you are going to live in The Hague. Students who are planning to live outside The Hague, unfortunately need to arrange this compulsory registration themselves. A week or two after you have registered with the municipality you will receive a confirmation of your registration, which will contain your citizen service number (BSN).
Date: 5th of September 2019
Health Check DayTo obtain a residence permit for the Netherlands and for reasons of public health, students from a number of countries are required to have a Tuberculosis (TB) examination, during the examination your lungs will be X-rayed. If you have the nationality of one of the following countries this list, you do not have to undergo a (TB) tuberculosis test. Those who are obligated for a Health Check will receive an invitation letter during the information session.
Date: 17th of September 2019
Opening a Dutch Bank Account
We advise you to open a Dutch bank account as soon as possible as this will make life much easier for you. Moreover, if you have paid the package fee, we don’t want to delay refunding your living expenses any longer than necessary. We have made arrangements with a Dutch bank called Rabobank in The Hague, allowing you to apply for a bank account even before you have arrived. All you have to do is plan an appointment with Rabobank to finalize your application. You will be informed about this per e-mail in July/August.
Date: 9th of September until the 20th of September 2019.
Are you thinking of using the main form of transport in the Netherlands when you arrive here?
For a fixed price a month (at a student rate) you can get a Swapfiets bicycle and they ensure your bicycle always works!
To order yours and view the terms and conditions: https://swapfiets.nl/en/offer/den_haag
Tips and TricksWe certainly understand that and when everything is new, you can probably use some tips and tricks on what to do and how to be prepared for the Dutch weather. That’s why we are giving you these tips to help you get off to a good start at university.
We hope you enjoy your student years!