Living as a student in Ede
The city of Ede
Ede is located in the area between Arnhem, Barneveld and Wageningen. Ede has almost 110.000 inhabitants living in an area of 32.000 hectares, including large natural areas with moors, forests interspacing small, picturesque agrarian communities. Ede is well known for its natural beauty (national park De Hoge Veluwe), its recent military history (Airborne Museum) and for art (Kröller Müller Museum). In 2001, the ultramodern hospital “De Gelderse Vallei” was instituted in Ede. Please access the website of the Ede community ( https://www.ede.nl/ ) and discover what Ede has to offer you.
In the Netherlands universities have no formal responsibility to house their students. Students’ housing companies and private parties provide rooms for students. So there are different possibilities to find a room in Ede.
CHE cooperates with Idealis, the students’ housing company in Ede. They rent well affordable and nice rooms in the neighbourhood of our university. The costs of the room depend on the size and availability, etc. Prices are between € 300 and € 400 per month in 2016. Furthermore it is possible to choose for options (like renting a set of linen).
You will be directly in touch with Idealis as from the moment that CHE will pass your name to Idealis. CHE is not responsible for the process which follows after CHE has passed your name to Idealis.
A summary of the procedure at Idealis: After you have decided to find a room through Idealis and CHE has passed your name to Idealis you will receive a proposal for a room. Do realise that you cannot choose your own room. It is possible that the offer does not match completely with your planned arrival date; it has to do with the available rooms on that specific moment. It might be possible that you will have to rent your room a (short) period earlier than your actual arrival in the Netherlands. You can take a look on the website of Idealis to get an impression of the type of rooms which Idealis offers.
In the month of June CHE will forward your personal details to Idealis to enable them to get in touch with you. (Earlier is no option as CHE wants to keep the costs as low as possible. The sooner CHE pass the personal details of a future student, the earlier the renting period will start. As soon as you have signed the rent contract there will be an obligation to pay.
A different procedure is applicable for NFP, MSP and StuNed students which according to in the agreements in the concerned fellowship. Information will be available after a fellowship has been granted.
In case you choose for the services of Idealis you are entitled to make use of the so-called arrival and supporting services (for free) of the organisation support2holland. For instance they will pick you up from the railway station and bring you to the rented room and provide you with keys.
Alternatives for Idealis
Another possibility is to find a room through the so-called Students’ associations. CHE nor support2holland will intermediate in this process. You will have to arrange the room directly with one of the associations.
It happens regularly that students’ rooms are temporarily not in use because of an internship or stay abroad. You may contact the following associations:
Ichthus, their e-mailaddress is firstname.lastname@example.org or Navigators , their e-mailaddress is email@example.com.
Of course you are free to arrange a room yourself, however it has proved to be difficult when you live abroad and to arrange this through internet. It might be difficult to recognise the honest offers and the tricksters. Remain critical, always read your contract carefully.
CHE nor support2holland will intermediate in the process described under chapter ‘alternatives for Idealis’. Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment at CHE
All international exchange students can contact the International Office for application forms. Once the website or the application has been approved, the student will receive a Letter of Acceptance. For Erasmus exchange students the additional documents, such as a Learning Agreement and Transcript of Records will be arranged between the home institution and CHE.
The NFP and MSP programmes have three deadlines per year. Per course the deadline is different. These deadlines are 1 November 2015, 30 March 2016 en 6 July 2016. Two months prior to these deadlines ATLAS (registration programme for NFP and MSP) opens. After CHE has granted admission a link to a web application form will be sent to interested candidates
so that they can start with the registration of their NFP or MSP application in Atlas.
EU-residents do not need a special visa or permit to study or work in the Netherlands as long as they have a valid passport, sufficient financial means and medical insurance. Non-EU residents always have to apply for a visa before entering the Netherlands. This can be a tourist visa (for a stay up to 3 months) or a residence permit/visa (TEV). In order to find out which type of visa is required, foreign students have to inquire for this information from Dutch embassies and consulates in their home country. Please also see the website of NUFFIC (www.nuffic.nl) and the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (www.minbuza.nl). The International Office can offer assistance or advice in this area.
Grants and scholarships
For general information about grants and scholarships students can check: www.nuffic.nl. In addition, www.grantfinder.nl is the online search engine that brings together a range of Dutch scholarships for international students who wish to come to the Netherlands. There are several scholarships available:
Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport and runs from 2014 to 2020. Among other things, Erasmus+ aims to promote international student mobility by offering scholarships for study and traineeships. For more information, visit the website of the European Commission.
Netherlands Fellowship Programmes
The NFP is for mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of NFP countries. Candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and members of priority groups and/or marginalized regions are specifically invited to apply
for an NFP fellowship.
MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)
The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals. The scholarships can be used for selected short courses in the Netherlands. They are distributed proportionally among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants. The MENA Scholarship Programme aims to contribute to capacity building within a wide range of governmental, non-governmental and private organisations and institutions in ten selected countries, viz. Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia.
The average student in Ede needs between 575 Euros and 900 Euros per month to cover living costs including meals, transportation and housing:
Living costs (estimation) international students for one month stay :
€ 325 - € 450
€ 100 - € 200
€ 150 - € 250
€ 575 - € 900
The National Health Service in the Netherlands does not offer free insurance for exchange students. Having one’s own health and accident insurance is absolutely necessary.
Other practical Information
Every international student is appointed to a ‘buddy’ as soon as they arrive in Ede. Your buddy is a student who is available to answer your questions concerning student life and your study programme. If necessary, your buddy can refer you to the right contact person in our university.
International students will receive a student charter at the start of their course. This charter provides information on the rights and obligations of the student during his or her stay at the CHE.
For more information about the charter you can contact the International Office ; email@example.com.
There are many churches and religious organisations in Ede. Most share the Christian identity the CHE adheres to. For information on English-spoken services, please contact the International office.
Student associations and activities
Students of the CHE can participate in various activities outside of their study in and around Ede (sports, Bible studies, workshops etc.). There are several student associations en networks which offer a program for foreign students.
For example: Navigators Ede (http://nsede.nl/), Ichthus Ede (www.ichthusede.nl/) and ICF Wageningen (http://www.icfwageningen.org/)