- Enrolment at CHE
- Erasmus+ exchange students
- OKP, MSP applicants
- The ECTS Grading Table
- Visa and Residence Permit
- Living costs
- Medical services & health insurance
- Student Health Services
- Public transport card with discount for international students
- Your first train ticket in the Netherlands
Enrolment at CHE
All international students can download the application form from the website. Once the application has been approved, the student will receive a Letter of Acceptance. if you are a student from a CHE partner institution, your instutition can nominate you to CHE, after which you are welcome to apply as an (Erasmus+) exchange student.
Erasmus+ exchange students
The CHE has signed the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, which states the rights of Erasmus+ students.
The application deadline for Erasmus+ students is May 1st.
If you are a student from a CHE partner institution, your instutition can nominate you to CHE, after which you are welcome to apply as an (Erasmus+) exchange student.
OKP, MSP applicants
The OKP and MSP programmes have several deadlines per year. But for all CHE international programmes the academic deadline is 10 March, in case you wish to apply for an OKP or MSP fellowship. Two months prior to this deadline DELTA (registration programme for OKP 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 OKP or MSP application in Atlas.
Students who would like to apply for a StuNed Scholarship (only for Indonesian professionals with at least two years’ work experience in a development-related organisation) have to apply for an academic admission at CHE first. If the candidate is eligible a letter of admission will be sent, which is necessary to start an application for a StuNed scholarship at Nuffic NESO Indonesia.
It is also possible to join our international programmes if you are not an Eramus+ student or someone with a scholarship. It is possible to pay for the course yourself, and join us for one or two consecutive courses.
The deadline for applying is May 1st.
The ECTS Grading Table
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The scale of the grading system in the Netherlands runs from 1 (very bad/fail) to 10 (excellent). The grades 1 to 3 are hardly used and the grades 9 and 10 are only given to the most excellent students. A minimum score of the grade of 6 is required to pass a course.
Visa and 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 might need a visa before entering the Netherlands. This depends on your nationality.
Nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea do not need an entry visa. They can stay in the Netherlands for 90 days. If they want to stay for more than 90 days, they need a residence permit.
Students from countries that are not mentioned above need an entry visa. When they want to stay for more than 90 days, they also need a residence permit.
For a stay longer than 90 days, the International Office will apply for a residence permit (+ entry visa) for study for the student.
When students needs a visa and stays for less than 90 days, the students have to apply for a (tourist) themselves. They can inquire for 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).
In the Netherlands universities have no formal responsibility to house their students. Students’ housing companies and private parties provide rooms for students.
International students can contact the International office for assistance in finding accommodation. The availabilty of accommodation may vary, so students are advised to send in their application as soon as possible.
CHE works together with Idealis, the students’ housing company in Ede. As soon as you have applied for and have been admitted to one of our international programs we will send you the explanation and procedure “how to find a room”. In most cases a room can be found at a reasonable distance from the university.
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 € 450 - € 500
- Transport € 100 - € 200
- Other € 150 - € 250
Total € 575 - € 900
Medical services & health insurance
Everyone in The Netherlands is obligated to have a health care 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.
Student Health Services
Whether you feel stressed, overwhelmed or experience troubles with your course or health; you are very welcome to use our health services as a CHE student.
You can contact the Student Health Services if you need to talk to a:
- Student Dean
- Student Pastor
- Student Psychologist
Any questions or do you need more information? Please contact the center via email@example.com or +31 0318 696 300.
Public transport card with discount for international students
CHE and ISIC have arranged a special public transport card with discount for international students.
In the Netherlands you need an OV-chipkaart to travel around with the train, bus, metro and tram. There are two possibilities:
- An anonymous card without any discount
- A personal card, where you need a Dutch debit card and the buying process is written in Dutch
Both options are not ideal for international students. That is why ISIC created the ISIC/OV-chipkaart, a custom-made card for international students. Buy the basic card for €15,- (including the ISIC card) and sign-up (optional) for services and discount created for international students for a small monthly fee:
- 15% discount during off-peak hours on national railway (NS)
- A digital ISIC card, with the best discounts in the Netherlands and the rest of the world
- Customized application process for international students
- Automatic top-up option (no more topping op of balance)
- Travel data, customer service etc in ISIC mobility app
- Public transport bike (OV-fiets) and storage
Your first train ticket in the Netherlands
What to do when you arrive at Schiphol? Unfortunately you don’t have your OV-chipkaart yet, that is why ISIC offers you your first train ticket in the Netherlands for only €11,- (off peak hours) or €16,50 (peak hours).
Specially for ISIC cardholders! With this ticket you can get on board at any station in the Netherlands and decide which station you want to go to.
ISIC members or ISIC/OV-chipkaart holder can order the following tickets:
- Train ticket during off-peak hours for €11 (normal price €16,20) = depart after 9 am on weekdays and the entire weekend.
- Train ticket during peak hours for €16,50 (normal price €16,20) = only applicable for travel before 9 am on weekdays!