If you will be an international student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) starting September 2018, 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.
Pick Up Service
We offer a free of charge Pick-up Service if you arrive at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in August. 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.
Dates: 15th and the 21st of August 2018
Warm welcome 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. In the week of 20-24 August THUAS is organising a number of activities to allow you to meet up with other students and have some fun while you wait for the official introduction to your respective degree programmes. 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! Follow this link to view the programme.
Dates: 20th of August until the 24th of August 2018
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)
On the 6th 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.
Date: 6th of September 2018, THUAS main building
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 on the 6th of September, 2018 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: 6th of September 2018, THUAS main building
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 on 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: 24th and 25th of September 2018, GGD Haaglanden
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.
Dates and link to application form will be published as soon as possible
Finalizing your enrolment with THUASPlease note that most students do not need to come by the Enrolment Centre to finalize their enrolment. Please upload any documents regarding your conditional admission (such as your final diploma and grades list, or language test) in OSIRIS Application. If you do need to turn up in person, the Enrolment Centre will let you know!
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%20haag