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Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 4 June 2020, 12:57 PM)
Orientation Year: Can I use my orientation year after 2 years of finishing education?
Yes, you can still apply for the orientation year within 3 years after finishing your education.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 5:12 PM)
Orientation Year: Can I use my orientation year/search year residence permit to work outside the Netherlands?
No, you can only use your orientation year residence permit to work in the Netherlands.
The Dutch residence permit for the orientation year (oriëntatiejaar or zoekjaar - search year) does not give you the right to work in other countries, even in the Schengen area. If you want to work in another (Schengen member) state, you will have to apply for a residence permit and/or a work permit in that state. Take note that your stay in other Schengen member states is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. If you intend to stay in another Schengen member state longer, you must comply with the immigration regulations of that country. Take note also that if you do not have and keep your main residence in the Netherlands during the orientation year, your residence permit can be revoked. Having main residence in the Netherlands is a key requirement to retain a Dutch residence permit.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:37 AM)
Orientation Year: I am graduating soon. How can I apply for a search year (zoekjaar) visa?
Note: The orientation year or zoekjaar residence permit is only applicable if you have been in the Netherlands on a study visa and you are not an EU/EEA resident.
If you have successfully completed your university studies and you would like to stay in the Netherlands to find a job or start your own company, you have to apply for the orientation (search) year or zoekjar residence permit. Once you have passed your Graduation Assignment (GA) Oral Defence, Wittenborg will start your deregistration process and inform the Dutch Immigration Office (IND) as we are legally bound to do so within 4 weeks of the Oral Defence day. This means that your study visa will be invalid after 4 weeks of your GA Oral Defence. Unfortunately, this period cannot be extended as per the regulations of IND. During this 4-week period, we will prepare and sign your 'Declaration of Study Completion'. You need this document to apply for your orientation year residence permit at IND (alternatively, you can use your Graduation Diploma if you have received it). If you would like this document, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, student number and your current registered address details. We will send you this document within one week after your Oral Defence. Take note that you need to apply for this new residence permit as soon as possible to avoid facing a "residency gap".
Here are some tips on how to apply for the Orientation Year Residence Permit:
1) You can start the online application on the IND website at https://ind.nl/en/work/working_in_the_Netherlands/Pages/Looking-for-a-job-after-study-promotion-or-research.aspx . Click the ‘Apply online’ button. Alternatively you can apply by mail, but this will take a longer processing time.
2) For the online application, you need your DigiD and iDeal
4) You also need to upload some documents together with your application. You can check the list of documents that you need to upload from the same website.
5) After your application has been received, the IND will send a confirmation letter. The letter will state the date the IND has received the application and the period within which the IND makes a decision. As a rule, the IND has to make a decision within a period of 90 days. However, if you apply online and your application is complete, the IND strives to handle your application in 2 weeks.
6) There are certain conditions which you need to satisfy before applying for this residence permit. Please check for more details from the same website.
You can refer to the attached FAQ document from IND if you have any other queries.
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:00 PM)
OV-Chipcard (OV-Chipkaart): What is an OV-chipcard and how can I use it in the Netherlands?
In the Netherlands, the easiest way to take the bus, train, subway, or tramway is to use an OV-Chipcard (PT Smart Card). The costs for the OV-Chipkaart itself is €7,50 and can be bought at https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/purchase-an-ov-chipkaart.htm or at the local NS-service points. There are two different OV cards.
Note: Season tickets can only be loaded on the personalised card.
Further details on 'How to use the OV-chipcard' can be accessed via: https://www.wittenborg-online.com/mod/glossary/showentry.php?eid=221.
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:02 PM)
Ov-Chipkaart Lost: I have lost my OV-Chipkaart. Who should I contact?
If you have lost your OV-Chipkaart or if it is defective, then you will have to cancel the travel product via the OV-Chipkaart Customer Service Department. Contact them by dialling 0900-0980 (normal call charges apply).
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:54 PM)
Part Time Jobs: What kind of jobs can I apply for as a student in the Netherlands?
There are mainly operational jobs available, but it is also depends
on the market situation and your own experience/qualifications.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:56 PM)
Part-Time Jobs: Can I find part-time jobs on WittenborgConnect or HOSCO?
No, the options of WittenborgConnect and HOSCO are only for internships. For part-time jobs you can go through www.indeed.nl or you can build your network connection with fellow students or companies via LinkedIn.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:55 PM)
Part-Time Jobs: Do I need to inform the university for a work permit if I get a part-time job?
No, if it is a part-time job, and not an internship, the student need not inform Wittenborg. The employer will apply for the work permit for you.
Question:(Last edited: Saturday, 11 July 2020, 10:07 AM)
Part-time/Online Job: Can I find an online part-time job in the Netherlands? Due to COVID-19, I am not able to travel to the Netherlands.
Most of the part-time jobs in NL require you to be physically in NL, so it is nearly impossible to find an online part-time job.
Suggestion: It is highly unlikely that you will be able to find an online part-time job in the Netherlands. Most jobs require you to be physically present in the Netherlands. Furthermore, to be able to work in the Netherlands, you need a residence permit and/or a work permit (TWV). If you are a new student from a non-EU country, you would not have your resident permit card, and BSN (Social Security No.) yet until you arrive in the Netherlands. These two are prerequisites for being employed in the Netherlands. You can find more details from the IND website: https://ind.nl/en/work
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 4:58 PM)
PDP Registrations: Do I need to register for PDP?
PDP consists of three main sections: Academic English, Seminars and Portfolio.
You are required to register for Academic English.
Find more detailed information
in PDP AE module guide in the online area. Module
Guides for All Programmes.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:00 PM)
Personal Support: How can I seek personal support while in the Netherlands?
Student Support is organised through the Front Desk. Staff are able to manage all general questions regarding the university and living in the Netherlands. Front Desk staff also assist students in the submission and collection of documents, including all aspects of registration and residence permits.
Student Support assists with the following:
We are here to help, just ask!!
The Student Services Desk is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 27 August 2020, 9:36 AM)
Pick Up service; Will there be a pick service when I arrive at Schiphol airport?
Yes. You will be received by one of our current student volunteers at Schiphol on your arrival and bring you to your room by train. You should have filled in the arrival notification form which you have already received earlier in order for us to make the arrangements.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:10 AM)
Pre-Master Curriculum: Which Pre-Master's curriculum should I follow in the timetable?
You should select the relevant Pre-Master's programme in your timetable depending on the Master's Programme you are planning to undertake once you complete the Pre-Master's programme.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:07 PM)
Pre-Master's: Is there an internship requirement for pre-master's students?
No, pre-master's is considered part of the master's programme; therefore, it is not a compulsory module. However, master's or pre-master's students can only do their internships during the last semester of their study programmes.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:10 PM)
Printer Facilities: Where can I print documents?
For any printing needs, students can avail of the multiple printers in the Aventus building. For the exact locations at Aventus, as well as registering for this service, please click the link https://aventus.mijnnieuweprinten.nl/Login/Login.
Wittenborg also recommends students to visit Postmasters for making copies of required documents. The location of Postmasters can be found easily with a Google search.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:11 PM)
Profile Picture: How to change your profile picture.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:15 AM)
Programmes: Will programmes at Wittenborg start as scheduled (6 starting dates)?
Yes all programmes are running as planned, online. Immediately after the announcement from the Dutch government that schools and universities must close, Wittenborg launched its education online. From Block 6 (30 March) until at least 17 May (Block 7) all studies and teaching are carried out through our developed Moodle on Wittenborg Online and Office365 Groups and Teams system. Timetables are running as planned. Please check http://timetable.wittenborg.eu/ for
the up-to-date info”.
Prospective students are still welcome to apply for all upcoming starting dates. A full overview of our starting dates can be found here: https://www.wittenborg.eu/entry-dates-application-deadlines.htm.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 3:25 PM)
Project Week: Will project week affect my grade or is the final examination grade solely important for passing the block?
Project weeks are part of the curriculum and it will affect your ECs and ultimately the progress of your studies.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:12 PM)
Project Week: Do I need to complete all Project Weeks?
you are required to attend and pass all Project Weeks in the given academic