When you decide to study at KIT a number of practical matters need to be arranged. This page provides general practical information about studying at KIT. Detailed practical information about each course can be found under the course description.
Welcoming arrival at KIT
We start our process of welcoming participants even before they arrive in the Netherlands. This way they can settle in easily and feel at home right away. We facilitate the visa process and finding accommodation and send participants a handbook with practical information. Contact with participants usually is already very extensive before arrival. We support participants with the opening of bank accounts, registration at the local municipality, an introduction to the Amsterdam public transport and sometimes we arrange even a bike sale from participants from the former year.
KIT assists participants as much as possible in their search for housing. There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam but KIT has agreements with several housing agencies that are specialised in student accommodation. Usually accommodation with a common kitchen can be arranged. KIT can also inform course participants about other housing options like hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Citizens of most countries of the EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands.
Participants from other countries must obtain a visa or residence permit to the Netherlands.
For more information about student visa (residence permit), please check the brochure from the IND:
IND Info brochure study visa
Visa for short courses: Schengen visa:
A short-stay visa (Schengen visa) for up to three months must be arranged by the student through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. You will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. You should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take months. KIT will assist you in this procedure were possible.
Visa/residence permit for Master programmes
Participants from other countries who will stay for longer than three months in the Netherlands will need an ‘Authorization for Temporary Stay’ (MVV) and Residence permit to enter the country. This visa should be applied for through KIT.
Participants admitted to the course will receive detailed information, as well as a list of documents KIT requires to secure their visa. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take months.
The Netherlands Residence permit for participants gives the right to unlimited travelling in Schengen countries.
Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements to the Netherlands.
Course participants are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands.
KIT can assist in arranging a student insurance for you at a good rate.
KIT assists you in opening a student bank account for the period of your stay in the Netherlands.
For participants staying for more than 3 months it is a requirement to register at the local municipality. This registration is the student’s own responsibility, but KIT will assist if necessary.
The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships.
For a number of courses there are scholarships available from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. Please visit our fellowship webpage for information on this and other available scholarships.
‘It was an wonderful experience for an international student like me who had never been out of my country before to have support during my first arrival and settling to a new country and environment. The KIT team was in contact with us even before our arrival. Accommodation, bank, residence permit was all arranged. I was linked up with some of the Nepali students and staff upon my arrival, which made me feel comfortable having someone to talk in my mother tongue. While studying was one part of the programme, it was great to experience different culture and traditions that I was not aware about before, like Sinterklaas. We were introduced to students of the MPH course who were from all over the world. It was an enriching experiencing being part of the KIT family.’
Mukesh Hamal, Nepal