• Anda Soroiu

Anda Soroiu

International student

 
  • Antoni Andras

Antoni Andras

International Student

 
  • Sorin Soare

Sorin Soare

International student

 

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.

Accommodation 
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. 

The easiest way to rent a room is to make use of the services of Idealis. CHE cooperates with Idealis, the students’ housing company in Ede who rent the student housing next to CHE. The costs of the room depend on the size and availability, etc. Prices are between € 300 and € 400 per month in 2017. When you choose to rent a room at the campus, it is mandatory to pay for your linen (€35) and curtains must be rent (€5 per month). 

You can take a look on the website of Idealis to get an impression of the type of rooms which Idealis offers. If you want to rent a room via Idealis, you must register on the website: www.idealis.nl  Subscribe. You will be directly in touch with Idealis as from the moment you register. Idealis will contact you about your subscription. 
If you are selected to receive an NFP fellowship for your short course, the CHE will pass your name to Idealis.
As soon as you have signed the rent contract there will be an obligation to pay.

A summary of the procedure at Idealis: After you have decided to find a room through Idealis and you have signed up with Idealis, you will receive a proposal for a room. Do realize that you cannot choose your own room. It is very likely  that the offer does not match completely with your planned arrival date; it has to do with the available rooms on that specific moment and the limited availability of rooms in the Netherlands. Therefore it might be possible that you will have to rent and pay for your room a period earlier than your actual arrival in the Netherlands. This may take up to one month extra rent.

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. 

support2holland 
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 organization support2holland. For instance they will pick you up from the railway station and bring you to the rented room and provide you with keys. However this service is only available one week before the starting date of your programme.

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 herus@ichthusede.nl or Navigators, their e-mailaddress is foreignstudents@nsede.nl.  
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 recognize 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 internationaloffice@che.nl.   

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 29 March 2017 and 1 June 2017. 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.

Residence Permit
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+
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.

Living costs
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 :

 

 

Rent

 

€ 325 - € 450

 

Transport

 

€ 100 - € 200

 

Other

 

€ 150 - € 250

 

Total

 

€ 575 - € 900

Insurance
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
Buddy
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. 

Student Charter
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 ; internationaloffice@che.nl.  


Churches
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/)