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Visas and Immigration at the Amsterdam Campus



Northumbria University offers a variety of Postgraduate and Undergraduate programmes at the Amsterdam Campus.

The visa and immigration requirements differ depending on your nationality, current immigration status and the programme you choose to study with us.

We have detailed below the information relevant to each programme and provided links to further immigration information you may find useful.

Specific information for UK nationals

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period which ended on 31 December 2020.

Leaving the EU means that UK citizens/nationals are no longer EU nationals and therefore no longer have freedom of movement to live, work and study in the EU.

UK nationals who travel to the Netherlands after the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) will need a visa to live and study in the Netherlands (unless an exemption applies).

The visa and immigration requirements differ depending on your nationality, current immigration status and the programme you chose to study with us.

We have detailed below the information relevant to each programme and provided links to further immigration information you may find useful.

Information for prospective postgraduate students

Information for prospective postgraduate students of the Amsterdam Campus on the following programmes:

  1. MSc Business with International Management
  2. MSc Business with Business Analytics
  3. MSc Project Management
  4. MA Luxury Brand Management
  5. MA International Relations, Conflict and Security

If you are an EU national, you have freedom of movement to live, work and study in other EU countries without a visa. For further information on freedom of movement and residence within the EU/EEA and Switzerland, please see the Government of the Netherlands webpages.

If you are a non-EU national (including UK nationals), you will need a residence permit to live and study in the Netherlands (unless an exemption applies). Northumbria University is unable to provide immigration sponsorship for a residence permit to the Netherlands. We welcome non-EU nationals with their own valid immigration permission to live and study in the Netherlands. Your right to reside in the Netherlands for over 90 days depends on your nationality and the reason for your stay in the Netherlands. If you have a right to reside in the Netherlands based on other purposes, you may not need a separate residence permit for studying. For example, other purposes could include: employment, a spouse, partner or family member. Immigration eligibility of non-EU nationals will be assessed a case by case basis.

Information for prospective joint degree students

Information for prospective joint degree students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Northumbria University on the following programme:

1. MSc Global Sustainable Business Management (joint degree with AUAS)

If you are an EU national, you have freedom of movement to live, work and study in other EU countries without a visa. For further information on freedom of movement and residence within the EU/EEA and Switzerland, please see the Government of the Netherlands webpages.

If you are a non-EU national (including UK nationals), you will need a visa to live and study in the Netherlands (unless an exemption applies). Immigration eligibility of non-EU nationals will be assessed on a case by case basis as part of the course application process. Your immigration application must be handled by AUAS Immigration Affairs if you are eligible for immigration sponsorship, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) will provide advice and guidance on how to make your visa application and any fees that may be required. For further information, please see the AUAS Immigration webpages.  All decisions on immigration applications are made by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).  

Information for prospective undergraduate students

Information for prospective undergraduate students of the Amsterdam Campus studying in the Netherlands for one semester of the following programmes:

  1. Undergraduate Year in International Business
  2. Undergraduate Year in Multidisciplinary Innovation

If you are an EU national, you have freedom of movement to live, work and study in other EU countries without a visa. For further information on freedom of movement and residence within the EU/EEA and Switzerland, please see the Government of the Netherlands webpages.

If you are a non-EU national (including UK nationals), you will need a visa to live and study in the Netherlands (unless an exemption applies).

Courses less than 90 days: If you are a non-EU national and your course is less than 90 days, you may be able to live and study in the Netherlands for up to 90 days under the Schengen visa scheme. You can use the short stay visa as a single- or multiple-entry Schengen visa: either as one consecutive 90 day stay, or as two or more stays spread over the 180 day period. If you stay for 90 days consecutively, you need to stay outside the Netherlands (and the Schengen area) for another 90 days before applying for a visa again. It depends on your nationality whether you need to file an application for a Schengen visa or you can travel under the same conditions, without a visa.

In both situations you must meet (at least) the following conditions:

  1. You have a valid travel document, for example a passport. The travel document must be valid for 3 months after the end of the visa period. It can also not be older than 10 years.
  2. You have a travel purpose in the Netherlands. For example, a hotel reservation or an invitation from a sponsor in the Netherlands.
  3. You have sufficient financial means for your stay in the Netherlands, the transit and/or the return trip. You have at least €55 per person per day for the duration of your stay in the Netherlands.
  4. You have sufficient reasons to return to your country of origin or residence. For example, because you have work, (school-aged) children or your own home there. Having only a return ticket is not enough. Please see further information on the Schengen scheme on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) webpages.

Please see further information on the Schengen scheme on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) webpages.

Courses longer than 90 days: If you are a non-EU national and your course is longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a residence permit through the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Northumbria University will liaise with AUAS on your behalf to provide you with advice and guidance on how to make your residence permit application and any fees that may be required. All decisions on immigration applications are made by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). 


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