Arrival Services

Are you joining The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) as an international student? The information on this page helps you to prepare for your stay in the Netherlands. You can read about the kind of documents you will need to bring with you and other important guidelines relating to arrival formalities and settling in the Netherlands.    

Information session about arrival formalities

During your introduction week, your study program will showcase a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation which outlines the most important information regarding formalities such as immigration and registration.

Pick-up service Schiphol Airport

Are you arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport? Then we recommend you to book a transfer to The Hague via our partner Safe & Sound pick-up service. Check out their website to find out how to book, when this service is available and the costs.

Immigration Steps 

Registration day & collecting your residence permit (if applicable)

Municipality registration
If you are going to live in The Hague we will make things easy by arranging an appointment for you. If you are going to live in another city, please schedule your own appointment.

How do I know if my room is in The Hague? 
If your address/zip code contains The Hague, Den Haag or ‘s-Gravenhage, you are going to live in The Hague. Any other name indicates that you must register at another municipality.

Registration days:

DateFor who?LocationTime
Thursday 8 SeptemberAll non-EU studentsTHUAS (exact location TBA)8.30 - 12.00
Saturday 10 SeptemberAll EU studentsMunicipality of The Hague8.30 - 10.30
Thursday 22 SeptemberAll PREP/The Hague Pathway College studentsMunicipality of The Hague9.00 - 12.00

Dutch Immigration Service (IND)   

If you have a non-Eu nationality and  we applied for a residence permit on your behalf, you automatically receive an invitation to either collect your residence permit or provide the IND with biometrics (fingerprints and picture).  

Collecting your residence permit 
If you submitted biometrics at the Dutch Embassy when you collected your entry visa (mvv sticker), you can collect your residence permit.

Collecting your residence permit: 17 or 24 September at THUAS. You receive an invitation with your time slot.

Providing the IND with your biometrics
Sometimes you need to provide biometrics in The Netherlands. For example, if the information does not come through, fingerprints are missing, or if you don’t need an entry visa (mvv sticker) and haven’t been to the embassy at all. You can then give your biometrics during the appointment THUAS arranges for you. After a week or two, you can schedule your own appointment on the IND’s website to collect the document.  

Providing your biometrics: You should have received an email from THUAS with a special link to schedule your appointment to provide the IND with your biometrics. Did you not receive an email and we applied for a MVV sticker and/or residence permit on your behalf? Contact the International Office at 

Health Check at the GGD The Hague 

Some non-EU students must undergo a mandatory health check. The health check consists of a Tuberculosis (TB) examination, during which your lungs will be X-rayed. You need to take the test if your nationality is not mentioned on this overview (page only available in Dutch). This health check is part of retaining your residence permit.  

If this applies to you, you will automatically receive an invitation with the exact date, time, location and overview of document(s) you need to bring. 

Health check days:

DateFor whoLocationTime
Wednesday 14 SeptemberBachelor, Exchange and Master studentsGGD8.45 - 12.00
Thursday 22 SeptemberPREP/The Hague Pathway College studentsGGD 13.00 - 15.00



Travelling and studying during COVID-19
We understand you might have some questions regarding COVID-19. For all your questions regarding this topic please check the Study in Holland website for the latest updates. You will also find more information about requirements for self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands on the FAQ on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

Tips and Tricks

We understand that adapting to a new environment can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we would like to equip you with these tips to help you get off to a good start at university. We would also like to refer to the Pre-Departure Guide. And check this website out as well: Study in The Hague. 

We wish you plenty of luck and success with your studies at THUAS!