This checklist has been created as a short version of the things you will need to move to the Netherlands as an international student. Be sure to read the full information via the links provided and be well informed about every step necessary. Good luck!
Once you've decided to come to the Netherlands, start getting all the documents you need in order for your application.
The general requirements for most applications are:
Copies of grades and diplomas from previous educational instutions.
Letters of reference and motivation
Proof of language proficiency
CV/resume and copies of identification documents
You must apply for these well before arriving to the Netherlands in order for the application to be completed by the time you wish to move here. Make sure to inform yourself about what exceptions to these regulations apply and what your specific situation is.
You will require the following documents to apply:
Copy of passport.
Proof of enrollment at your university in the Netherlands.
Proof of financial means.
Nuffic certificate for Chinese students.
Start looking for accommodation in your new city. Whether you do this through your university or independently, try to get everything arranged before you arrive in order to have a relatively stress-free move.
Within the first few days of your arrival, you need to register with your municipality and complete the enrollment process at your university. Inform yourself of what you still need to do in order to be a legal resident in the Netherlands and a fully-enrolled student at your university.
For the municipality registration, you will require the following documents:
A valid passport or ID card
Proof of address (in the form of a rental agreement usually)
You should also apply for DigiD once you get your BSN after registration with your municipality.
Once you've arrived and settled in, it might be useful to open a Dutch bank account. This will be useful if you want to apply for study finance from the Dutch government, as well as for your day-to-day affairs.
In order to open an account with most banks, you will need the following documents:
A copy of your passport or ID
Proof of enrollment from your university
You may also want to apply for a job while studying to help with the expenses while you're here. If so, you may be eligible for government aid as well. Please read what the conditions are for government aid, and check out the employment page to help you find a job!
You may also need insurance advice as you are required to have health insurance while residing in the Netherlands.