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Question:(Last edited: Monday, 13 July 2020, 5:02 PM)
Modules/Curriculum: How to find my Curriculum (list of all modules)?
can find your study programme curriculum in Part 3 of EEG. Please check your programme
EEG on Moodle area.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 9:12 AM)
Money Exchange: Where can I find a money exchange company in Apeldoorn?
Money exchange companies can be easily found in Apeldoorn city or in other cities in the Netherlands. A quick search on 'Google' will definitely be helpful. You may visit some companies like Goudwisselkantoor , GWK etc.
Source: Currency Exchange , GWK
Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 9:35 AM)
MVV Sticker: I have collected my MVV already, however, the access conditions for people who want to travel to the Netherlands have been tightened. Is this restriction also applicable to me if I want to enter the Netherlands with an MVV?
From Thursday 19 March 2020 at 6 p.m., the access conditions for people who want to travel to the Netherlands have been tightened. This means that persons who do not fall under the exception categories will not enter the Netherlands and they will be refused entry. In principle, this measure applies for a period of 30 days. This measure does not apply to:
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 1:24 PM)
MVV: I am a US citizen. Do I need to obtain an MVV visa in advance or am I exempted from it?
You are exempted from the requirement of an MVV visa along with the citizens of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Vatican City, or South Korea. This means that you can enter the Netherlands with just your passport.
However, you are still required to have a study residence permit to study in the Netherlands. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you will be informed on when you can collect your study residence permit from the IND desk.
Please note that as a general rule, your passport should have at least six months of validity when travelling internationally.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:13 PM)
MVV: What is MVV (Regular Provisional Residence Permit)
If you want to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 90 days, you may need a residence permit (Dutch ID card for non Dutch residence). But before you can travel to the Netherlands, you will have to apply for a long-stay visa. This visa is called an authorisation for temporary stay (or the MVV).
The MVV is a special entrance visa. Your nationality defines whether you have to apply for an MVV or not. For some nationalities and in some situations, an exemption applies and you do not need an MVV.
If you want to apply for an MVV, you need a purpose of stay in the Netherlands. This could be stay with a family member, study or work. Each purpose of stay has specific requirements you have to meet. There are also a number of general conditions that apply to everyone, regardless of the purpose of the stay.
Usually it is the sponsor in the Netherlands who applies for the MVV. The sponsor is the person you are going to stay with in the Netherlands (example spouse) or the organisation that arranges your stay (e.g. a university or employer). The sponsor applies for the MVV at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) which is basically the Dutch Immigration Authorities.
For non-EU students, your MVV and residence permit will be applied by the university on your behalf. Once it is approved, you will receive a letter from the university informing you to make an appointment at the Dutch embassy in your country to have your passport stamped with the MVV visa sticker. Once the visa is stamped in your passport, you can travel to the Netherlands. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, the IND will inform the university when your residence permit can be collected. This residence permit is a study residence permit with an expiry date.
For more information on the MVV and the conditions that apply, please visit the IND website at https://ind.nl/en/Pages/mvv.aspx.
Question:(Last edited: Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:56 PM)
MVV: Why is my MVV visa only valid for 90 days?
The MVV is a special entrance visa which is needed by a non EU/EEA resident to enter the Netherlands. It is valid for 90 days and will only be issued in combination with a residence permit.
Once your application for an MVV and residence permit is approved, the IND (Dutch Immigration Authority) will inform the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country. You will then have to arrange an appointment with the Dutch embassy or consulate general to have your passport stamped with the MVV visa and also to provide your biometric information (fingerprints, passport photo and signature) in order for the IND to make your residence permit.
The 90 days cap is to allow time for you to make an appointment at the Dutch embassy (which normally can take more than 2 weeks) and prepare for your departure to the Netherlands. You have to travel to the Netherlands within the 90 days. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you will have to wait for an additional 2 weeks before your residence permit can be collected. It is important that you ensure your MVV has not expired before you receive your residence permit.
Take note that you cannot request for an extension of the 90 days. If your MVV visa has expired (the 90 days is over), your sponsor will have to submit for a new application and you will have to pay for this new application.
COVID-19 situation: In view of the COVID-19 situation, new rules have been set by the IND. You can check for additional information from the IND website at https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 22 June 2020, 3:47 PM)
Networking for Internships: How can I connect with others and look for internships?
Upon completion of the introduction session, please try to register via WittenborgConnect first, which includes current students and alumni as its members. Wittenborg Connect allows you to both re-connect with old classmates as well as utilising the trusted Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences environment for expanding your professional network.
You may visit WittenborgConnect regularly by clicking on the link https://wittenborgconnect.com/, and check for updates on job placements and/or internships.
Question:(Last edited: Thursday, 13 August 2020, 2:20 PM)
New address registration: How long can I wait before registering my new address in the Netherlands?
You must inform the municipality of your change of address anywhere between 4 weeks prior to moving and 5 days after moving. The moving date that you provide will be treated as the day on which your address changed. If you inform the municipality more than 5 days after moving, the date on which you inform the municipality will be treated as the moving date. Municipalities can impose a fine of up to €325 if you do not inform them in time of important changes to your personal information.
The following link is the page on the city hall website, which guides you how to change your address online. This link is only for students living in Apeldoorn city.https://iburgerzaken.apeldoorn.nl/gaas-web/server/continue/StartVerhuizing;jsessionid=8C22DB3273EA4687ACA6B5DB4096CB48#burgerzaken
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 13 July 2020, 11:46 AM)
News@Wittenborg: How can I stay in touch with the latest information and news at Wittenborg?
To stay informed at Wittenborg, students will be kept up to date of all news, events
and study information through Wittenborg’s own online information system. All news posts
will be automatically e-mailed to all students and staff who have registered their profiles on
In any modern learning environment, online information plays an important role. At
Wittenborg, students can access course information, modules, web mail, their
account information and many other utilities, through the intranet. www.wittenborg-online.com
Logging in www.wittenborg-online.com
Login is done by using your assigned user name (email@example.com) and password. See Part 4 of the EEG for more technical information. Wittenborg's Intranet can be accessed from school and from
home, or from anywhere in the world where there is internet connection. All you have to do is to log in using your Wittenborg credentials.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 12 August 2022, 3:31 PM)
Nuffic: What is a Nuffic agreement?
It is a document legitimising your internship. It must be signed by you, your company and the university. You are not allowed to start your internship without the signed Nuffic agreement. Any hours worked prior to the signed Nuffic agreement will not count towards the hours necessary to fulfil this work placement module. Working without a Nuffic agreement is considered illegal in the Netherlands and Wittenborg will not be responsible for any legal issues arising in this case.
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 17 January 2022, 3:47 PM)
Online Presentation: I am invited for an online presentation but I get an error message everytime I click to join the online meeting.
When you receive an outlook invitation you might receive the following message:
“A custom mail flow rule created by an admin at wittenborg.eu has blocked your message.”
Any time you receive an invitation in Microsoft Outlook or 365 and accept it, the invitation will be visible from then on in your calendar. Therefore, even if you close the window that pops up while you have accepted the invitation, you can always go to your Outlook calendar and join the communication channel again.
If the problem persists you may contact Helpdesk for further assistance.
Question:(Last edited: Friday, 26 August 2022, 9:16 PM)
Oral Defence: Can students defend/present the Graduation Assignment/Final Project (GA/FP) online?
As all educational activities are now conducted as on-campus activities, we would like to highlight that students must be physically present on campus to defend the Graduation Assignment and Final Project (GA/FP) in addition to the presentations of In-company training and Work Placement modules.
Wittenborg is an experiential institute. At Wittenborg, students sign up for a degree programme with lessons, projects and other educational activities delivered on-campus on a full-time basis. Therefore, all students are expected to be physically present and effectively participate in the classes in order to fulfil all study requirements.
If you have to travel outside the Netherlands for any extended period for mitigating reasons (e.g. medical), please note that you must inform your Process Tutor, Academic Supervisor & the examination department (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least one block in advance of your Graduation Assignment and Final Project modules.
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: Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 10:59 AM)
Orientation Year: I am graduating soon. How can I apply for a search year (zoekjaar) visa?
If you have successfully completed your studies and like to stay in the Netherlands to find a job or start up your own company, you have to apply for the search year (Zoekjaar) visa. Once you have passed your Graduation Assignment (GA) Oral Defence, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) will start your de-registration process and inform the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) as we are legally bound to do so within 4 weeks from the Oral Defence day. The procedure to withdraw the permit will be commenced by IND accordingly.
During this 4-week period, WUAS will prepare and sign your 'Declaration of Study Completion'. You will require this document to apply for your Zoekjaar on the IND site (Alternatively, you can use the copy of your Graduation Diploma if you have received it.) If you would like this Declaration, please fill out Declaration of Study Completion Form and we will send you this document by e-mail within two weeks after your presentation.
IND grants the graduates three months to apply for Zoekjaar after graduation date ( i.e. Oral Defence date for WUAS students). If the Zoekjaar Application is not received by the IND within three months, then you will face a residence gap.
Two exceptions should be considered in this regard to avoid the residence gap:
More information and the application procedures can be found at:
FAQ about the topic on IND’s website can be found at https://ind.nl/en/Documents/FAQ_orientation_year_highly_educated_persons.pdf
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: Monday, 22 March 2021, 5:39 PM)
Part-Time Jobs: Can I find part-time jobs on WittenborgConnect?
No, the option of WittenborgConnect (https://wittenborgconnect.com/) is 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.