Once you have made the decision to study in Utrecht Region, you will need to take care of some official matters. For example, you may require a visa and/or a residence permit, need accommodation and adequate insurance, and of course proper funding. On this page we will provide you with all kinds of practical information. If you still have questions after reading the website, please feel free to contact the International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR) for advice.
International Service Desk
The International Service Desk (ISD) of Utrecht University processes the visa and permit applications (and extensions) of all its international employees and guests. Within three days of your arrival in the Netherlands, they will invite you for an intake interview, to receive support in finding your way around living and working in the Netherlands.
UU International Office
The Utrecht University’s International Office administers the university wide exchange agreements. Whether you need an entry visa and/or a residence permit depends on your nationality. If you do need one the university has to submit your application to the Dutch Immigration Services.
How to stay after your studies
The orientation year (zoekjaar) permit allows recent graduates from non-EU countries and scientific researchers to stay in or come to the Netherlands for a period of up to twelve months. During this period, they can seek employment or work without needing an extra work permit. International graduates can apply within three years after their graduation.
Student focused loans & travel products
If you are an EU student in search of a loan, go to the government's educational executive organisation (DUO) or check at your university for more information about student travel products, student loans and more.
Parnassos Cultural Centre
Want to do something creative during your stay in the Netherlands? At Parnassos you can take courses in music (vocal and instrumental), theatre, photography, the expressive arts, dance and presentation. The courses are accessible to international students.