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Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 10:54 PM)
Before Arrival: What should I pack before travelling to the Netherlands?
Students should bring the following documents in hand luggage:
The Netherlands is a country with a pleasant, temperate maritime climate. Daytime temperatures vary from 3°C-37°F in the winter and 19°C-66°F in the summer. As a result, you will need to pack an assortment of clothes, such as:
Please bring enough money in cash to cover the first weeks’ expenses, since it may take a few weeks to open a bank account. Foreign currency can be changed to Euro at Grenswisselkantoren. For information and locations, visit https://www.gwktravelex.nl/en.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5:26 PM)
Booking Appointments: How to book an appointment at Wittenborg?
If you wish to speak to any of the Wittenborg staff (for example, your process tutor), please invite them for an appointment using the Microsoft Office Calendar.In the attached document you will find a detailed guide.
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 11:11 PM)
BSN (Social Security Number): Why do I need a BSN? What are the steps for registering for my BSN at the municipality?
The “Burgerservicenummer” (BSN) is a unique personal number that enables reliable and efficient data exchange between residents, the government and various other organizations. In the Netherlands, you need the BSN for opening a bank account, visiting a doctor, getting health insurance, receiving your salary (if you are working part-time while studying), applying for tax benefits and many other administrative processes.
The requirements and process:
Whether you are a Dutch citizen or an international, everyone living in the Netherlands is required to be registered at their home address. You need to register (inschrijven) at the town hall in the municipality (gemeente) where you are living. For foreign students, you can only register after you have collected your residence permit. Being registered allows the Basisregistratie personen (BRP or Municipal Personal Records Database) to better handle emergency situations, to track the size of the Dutch population and to allocate the right municipal taxes to each household.
To register your address and get a BSN from the gemeente, you need to make an appointment. The University Front Desk will make the appointment with the Gemeente (City Hall) on your behalf. For the appointment, students should bring the following documents:
The process of registration will take between 20 to 30 minutes. Once you are registered at the municipality, you will receive a document which states your particulars and your BSN. An official welcome letter will be mailed to you at your home address.
Take note that you cannot open a bank account unless you have your BSN. So ensure that you have sufficient cash with you when you arrive.