On this page you will find all frequently asked questions about the practical matters that you need to arrange before starting your studies at the UvA. This includes your visa and/or residence permit, housing and insurance.
Here you'll find general information about visa and permits.
Go here for general information about housing.
This is where you'll find general information about insurance.
Visa/residence permit applications for a study at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have to be submitted through the UvA. Your point of contact will always be the UvA Immigration Office and not the Dutch Immigration Office.
The UvA Immigration Office will notify you by email when it is time to start the application, after you have been conditionally admitted to your study programme.
More information on the visa and/or residence permit application process can be found on:
Once you have been admitted to your study programme, you will be invited by the UvA Immigration office by email to start the residence permit application process.
You can only start with this application process if you have a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months, from the starting date of your programme.
If you don’t have a valid passport. You will have to request a (new) passport first, before you can start the visa/ residence permit application process.
For the Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND) you need to provide us with financial proof showing that you have sufficient financial means to cover both your living expenses and your tuition fee (the proof regarding tuition fee is not applicable for exchange students).
More information can be found in the financial proof section.
Every year at the end of the academic year the UvA has to monitor whether students with a residence permit for the purpose of study have made sufficient progress in their studies (both bachelor's and master's). This is called study progress monitoring.
More information can be found in the study progress monitoring section.
More information about UvA student housing and the application procedure can be found on:
If you have questions after reading the information on www.uva.nl/housing, you can contact the International Student Housing Office directly.
More information about health insurance and the different options can be found on:
For questions about the various health insurance packages, contact the relevant insurance company.