FAQ

Here you find all the frequently asked questions about our masters and courses. If your question is not listed,  please send us an e-mail: courses@kit.nl or call us at: +31(0)20 5688 256 or +31(0)20 5688 514.

  • Can you help me with accommodation?

    “We can advise you on accommodation when your application for one of our courses is finalized and paid for (or covered by a scholarship).

    You may have heard that it is very difficult to find accommodation in Amsterdam. Especially since the accommodation for international students needs to be legal and official, with possibilities to register at the local municipality in order to be in line with the regulations from the NL immigration authorities.
    Finding accommodation is the own responsibility of the students. But in practice we support as much as possible.”

  • How will I get an admission letter?

    On forehand we can’t give you any information about admission. You can apply for our courses via our online application system.

    On the webpage of the course you would like to apply for, you will find a red button ‘apply online now’. Click on that button and proceed your application.
    Your complete application file shall be reviewed by the selection committee of the course you have applied for. Within 4 weeks you will receive a response.

    If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an admission letter and a financial statement.

  • Is my admission letter only valid for only one course period?

    Your admission letter is valid for 2 academic years and for one specific course.
    After expiry of these 2 years you need to apply again.

  • What are my chances of getting admission for a specific course?

    You can find all information about the admission criteria on our website: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/study-overview/.
    Please check the specific web page of the course you would like to apply for.

    On forehand we can’t give you any information about admission. Your complete application file shall be reviewed by the selection committee of the course you have applied for. Within 4 weeks you will receive a response.

  • How to apply?

    You can find all information about our courses and the application procedure on our website: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/study-overview/

    When you’d like to apply, we kindly request you to register for this particular course via our online application system. On the webpage of the course you would like to apply for, you will find a red button ‘apply online now’. Click on that button and proceed your application.

    We only accept a complete application via our online registration system. You need to upload required documents as a digital copy of your motivation letter, cv, diploma and transcripts (for the master courses a TOEFL/IELTS test is required, please check the admission criteria on the specific course page for more info).

    Your complete application file shall be reviewed by the selection committee of the course you have applied for. Within 4 weeks you will receive a response.

    We would like to inform you that we do not handle a registration fee.

  • Do I need to send certified copies of diplomas and transcripts?

    Since we have switched to the online application system you don’t need to send hard copies of your true certified documents anymore. You can upload these copies online. It is the own responsibility of the applicant to upload these documents.

  • What is the difference between the Master of Public Health (MPH/ICHD) and the Master in International Health (MIH)?

    We have two different Master courses:

    The Master in International Health (MIH) receives mainly people with medical or paramedical background education (doctors, nurses, midwifes, pharmacists, etc.). In some cases exceptions can be made if there is relevant professional experience and if the applicant is fully aware of the challenges he/she will face while following a course with a strong clinical focus. Please be aware that the MIH programme is intense and demanding. Some experience in reading and writing academic papers is highly recommended.

    The ICHD program (Master of Public Health-International Course in Health Development ) – on the other hand – accepts professionals with and without medical background education. This master in public health program basically aims for applicants with substantial professional experience in the health sector. This is a 1-year fulltime program.

    Download: Info difference MIH and MPH-ICHD  for an explanation about the difference between MIH and MPH/ICHD.

  • Is there a different fee for national and international students?

    There are no different fees. The course fee is the same for all applicants.

    Please check our website for more information about our Master courses.
    You can find all information about our courses and the application procedure on our website: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/study-overview/

  • What is the fee for non-EU and non-EUA students?

    The fee for non-EU and non-EUA students is the same as for all other applicants.

    Please check our website for more information about our Master courses.
    You can find all information about our courses and the application procedure on our website: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/study-overview/

  • When do I need to return a signed Financial Statement?

    Practical issues like visa, accommodation, insurance and arrangements for travelling are time consuming, therefore we kindly request to send  the Financial Statement at the latest 2 months before the start of the course to courses@kit.nl 

  • Why do I need to sign a Financial Statement

    The Financial Statement is a contract between you (or your sponsor) and KIT. The undersigned agrees to be responsible for the financial obligations and that you (or your sponsor) agree(s) with the conditions as outlined in the Financial Statement.

  • Why does KIT needs to receive a signed Financial Statement from the course participant?

    If you have arranged financial support for your participation in the course please send us a signed copy of the Financial Statement to finalise your registration and to guarantee a place in the course. We need a signed copy so our financial department can continue the administrative process (e.g. invoice).

  • Only for NFP application: where can I find information on government statement?

    For further information about Government Statements; please check the study in Holland/Nuffic Link:

    http://www.studyinholland.nl/documentation/requirements-of-statement-of-government-authority.pdf

  • Why do I need to write a motivation letter?

    A motivation letter is one of our admission criteria. In a one-page letter you need to describe why you want to participate in a specific course.

    Please be aware that you need to upload a separate motivation letter for each course application!

  • Does KIT offer PhD programmes or positions?

    Unfortunately we do not offer PhD positions. Maybe with other institutions in the network or with other universities in The Netherlands, but not at KIT.

  • Does KIT offer scholarships?

    The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships yet. Some candidates are sponsored by their own governments, universities or employers while others apply for fellowships offered through the United Nations and its specialized agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, WB, UNDP or through other international programmes, such as those of OECD or OAS. For more options on funding look at: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/fellowships/

  • How can I apply for a scholarship?

    The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships yet. For more options on funding look at: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/fellowships/

    Some of the KIT Masters and short courses are eligible for NFP scholarship. For more information follow this link: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/netherlands-fellowship-programme/

    First you will have to register in the KIT online application system and after admission to the course you have applied for, you can apply for a NFP scholarship. Please check our website for more information about how to apply: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/netherlands-fellowship-programme/

  • I applied for the Master in International Health (MIH), can I get a NFP scholarship for this course?

    Unfortunately there are no NFP scholarships available for the MIH course. See information in the MIH course brochure: http://www.kit.nl/health/trainings/master-international-health/#practicalinformation

    For the list of KIT Masters and short courses that are eligible for NFP, and more information follow this link: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/netherlands-fellowship-programme/

    For more options on funding look at: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/fellowships/

  • Where can I find more information about the NFP scholarship?

    More information about the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP):

    NFP fellowships are designed to meet the need for further training and capacity-building in developing countries. Applicants from NFP countries (*) can apply for a wide range of KIT Master’s programmes and short courses offered by KIT.

    (* follow link for list of 50 countries: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes/nfp-country-list

    For the list of KIT Masters and short courses that are eligible for NFP, and more information follow this link: http://www.kit.nl/health/study/netherlands-fellowship-programme/

    More information about NFP: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic

  • Can I upload my TOEFL/IELTS test result later?

    Only when your application is completed with the TOEFL/IELTS test results, we can proceed your application. If you don’t have done a test yet, you can upload the results later but your application will be wait listed.

  • Who need to provide a TOEFL/IELTS test report?

    KIT and VU University Amsterdam require all applicants for the Master programmes to enclose proof of English language proficiency in the form of the internationally recognised TOEFL or IELTS tests.

    This is required for applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, or who have not obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.

    A minimum TOEFL score of 5.5 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required. Please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one.

    • IELTS overall band 6.0
    • TOEFL paper based 5.5
    • TOEFL computer based 213
    • TOEFL internet based 80

    For more details about TOEFL or IELTS, please check the website below:

    http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about

    http://www.ielts.org/

    Please note:
    We only accept official TOEFL or IELTS test results which are not older than 3 years!

  • I'm a TropEd student at another institute and I would like to apply for a course at KIT Amsterdam. How can I apply?

    KIT works with an online application system. Therefore we would like to ask you to register and apply online. Because you are already registered at another TropEd home institute, it is not required to upload all your transcripts and reference letters in our online application system.

    We kindly request you to register online, fill in the application form of the specific course you would like to apply for and upload only your CV and a short motivation letter in which you mention that you are a MIH/TropEd student and the name of your home institute.

    The online application system will only register your application as 100% complete when all required documents are attached. Therefore we would like to ask you to send us a separate e-mail after your registration/application. We will than consider your incomplete application as complete and send it to the admission board.

    For any further correspondence please refer to your personal application file number.

  • Please can you explain what TropEd is all about?

    KIT is a member of TropEd, an international network of European institutions for higher education in international health. TropEd provides postgraduate opportunities for study contributing to sustainable development, and helps to establish a common standard in education.

  • Application student visa (residence permit)

    Do you want to study in the Netherlands? For a stay of over 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit unless you come from a country that belongs to the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

    KIT will apply for the residence permit for you. You cannot apply for a residence permit yourself.

    For more information about student visa (residence permit), please check the information brochure of the IND: IND Info brochure study visa

  • Important information about student visa / residence permit

    We would like to inform you about some important issues concerning visa application for The Netherlands:

    We can only apply for a student visa/residence permit if you are a fulltime(!) student.

    Payment of the invoice for the course fee, thesis and programme advice should reach KIT not later than 2 months before the start of the course, otherwise we will not be able to arrange your visa in time.

    It will take the IND about 2-4 weeks time to process the visa application. It is also important that you make an appointment at the the Dutch embassy in time, because there might be a waiting list. And please take into account that at some embassies it can take 2 weeks time to process the visa document!

    The rules and regulations of the IND (immigration service) became more strict and as an international student you need to proof that you have sufficient financial means to fund your studies and to live in The Netherlands during your studies. That means that you must have sufficient income to cover the period that they stay in The Netherlands. For example: you will stay in the Netherlands for 12 months. You must then have an income for these 12 months. The amount you need is the standard amount for students living away from home as set out in the Student Finance Act 2000. This standard amount is excluding school and tuition fees, student insurance and fees for the visa application procedure.

    The income requirement for ‘Higher professional education and university education’ is € 862.50 per month. You may merge income from various sources to meet the income requirement. The incomes must, however, all be independent and long-term. For more information, please check the website of the IND: https://www.ind.nl/EN/Documents/3087.pdf

    Before we can start the visa application procedure KIT, as educational institution, will have to check if you have sufficient funds. There are various ways to prove that you have sufficient financial means to study and live in the Netherlands:

    • Money in your own bank account
    • Scholarship
    • Deposit money on the account of your educational institution
    • Financier abroad
    • Financier in The Netherlands
    • You receive funds from a company

    You demonstrate this on the basis of documents. For more information and to find out which documents you need, please check ‘how do I demonstrate that I have sufficient financial means’ on the website of the IND: https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Sufficient-means-of-support-as-a-student.aspx

    So before we can apply for your visa, you need to pay the full course fee, visa costs and insurance and you also need to send KIT a bank statement (not older than 3 months) that you – and/or your sponsor – have enough money to cover this period. You may merge income from various sources to meet the income requirement. The incomes must, however, all be independent and long-term.

    KIT will and can only start and submit your visa application after all documents are in place and payment of the main course fee, visa fee and insurance is done.