AUGUST1. Do an English language test
SEPTEMBER2. Choose a study + university
OCTOBER3. Calculate finances + scholarship
OCTOBER4. Check admission requirements
NOVEMBER5. Collect required documents
JANUARY6. Start application at the university
JANUARY - MARCH7a. Apply for a scholarship
JANUARY - MARCH7b. Look for housing
MAY8. Preparations in your home country
JUNE9. Pay your tuition fee
JULY - AUGUST10. Preparations in Holland
Visit online open days, education fairs or webinars.
If you want to get a visa, it is required that you first prove that you can cover all of the first year's tuition fees plus living costs by bank transfer.
Most Dutch academic universities have put their deadlines on 1st of April.
But earlier deadlines apply in case of:
December is a busy month for everybody, so better start collecting in November.
Most universities open for registration in October till April. But if you want to apply for a scholarship, you must ensure you don't wait till the last minute. Because closing dates for scholarship applications generally vary between February till April.
If you qualify for a scholarship, you can immediately start up the application for it after you have been accepted to the university, to make sure the scholarship has been arranged before you are requested to complete a bank transfer by the university.
Shortly after arrival in the Netherlands, the local municipality requires you to register under an official home address, so better start looking for housing early (preferably 3 months in advance).
Waiting for a decision for a visa by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation services may take up a maximum of 60 days.
Pay two weeks before the deadline. In case problems occur, these can be solved in time. This way you avoid the risk of being rejected at the very last minute.
After a successful bank transfer, the institution will set out a request for a visa at the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).
There are quite some formal matters you need to arrange once you have arrived in the Netherlands. Learn how to do these things in a practical order.