Visa / Residence Permits

Visa / MVV

International applicants will need to check carefully whether they need a visa to enter the Netherlands. A visa or MVV (Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf or Temporary Residence Permit) is a document necessary for entering the country and must be applied for prior to departure. It is a sticker in your passport issued by a Dutch Embassy or Consulate.

A visa is not the same as a residence permit. A residence permit is a document necessary for staying in the country and should be applied for after arrival.

Citizens of the following countries do not require an MVV: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vatican City State.

When you are admitted to UCU you will receive a form with which you can apply for an MVV. Please keep in mind that visa application procedures take a long time and plan your application accordingly.  

An MVV costs € 192.

All Chinese students must apply for a “Nuffic Certificate” before their visa application can be submitted. This includes taking an IELTS or TOEFL test. More information.

Residence permit / VVR

A residence permit allows you to stay in the Netherlands for a sustained period of time.  

  • E.E.A. residents do not need a visa, nor a residence permit
  • If you have entered the Netherlands on an MVV you will receive your residence permit within a few weeks; the admissions officer will inform you
  • The same holds for citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the U.S.

To obtain a residence permit you must provide original financial documents that prove you have sufficient means to support the costs of studying and living in the Netherlands.

A residence permit costs € 192.

Once accepted at UCU you receive application documents with more detailed instructions.

Australia, Canada & New-Zealand

Exchange students from Australia, Canada, and New-Zealand have the possibility to apply for the WHP (Canada) or WHS (Australia, New-Zealand) instead of a residence permit for study purposes.

The fee for the WHP/WHS permit is 50 euro, whereas a residence permit for study purposes costs € 192. More information.