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.
Registration day & collecting your residence permit (if applicable)
If you are going to live in The Hague, you can schedule your own appointment for registration. Via Osiris we provide you with the necessary information and link to the appointment system.
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.
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: You should have received an email from THUAS with a special link to schedule your appointment to collect your residence permit at the IND in The Hague. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 an appointment in The Hague. 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 email@example.com
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 day:
Thursday 9 February
|Exchange and PREP/The Hague Pathway College students||GGD||9.30 - 11.30|
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!