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Question:(Last edited: Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5:25 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: 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: Monday, 10 August 2020, 9:40 AM)
BSN (Social Security Number): What are the steps for registering for my BSN at the municipality?
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.
The University Front Desk can make an appointment with the Gemeente (City Hall) for registration of the newly arrived students from abroad in Apeldoorn. For the appointment, students should bring the following documents:
Citizen Service Number (BSN)
Once you register at the municipality, you will receive your BSN number (personal public service number). 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.
For new students, you will go through this process:
1) Arrive at your accommodation and sign the accommodation contract. Get a copy of the contract from the housing agent or owner
2) Front desk will inform you the date on which you can collect your residence permit from the IND (Dutch immigration office)
3) Once you've collected your residence permit, inform Front desk and they will call the municipality to make an appointment for you.
4) Go for your appointment at the municipality and they will register you in the system. You will then get your BSN on the spot. An official welcome letter will be mailed to you at your home address.
5) If you want to open a bank account at a bank of your choice, you must bring the original copy of the BSN letter, residence permit and passport. (Because it will take you between 2 - 3 weeks before you can open a bank account, make sure you have sufficient cash with you to live through the 2- 3 weeks)
Question:(Last edited: Monday, 10 August 2020, 9:50 AM)
BSN Requirements: Why do I need a BSN?
Having a BSN is a requirement, whether you are a Dutch citizen or an international. You need to register (inschrijven) at the town hall in the municipality (gemeente) where you are living. 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.
You need your BSN for many important reasons such as opening a bank account, visiting a doctor, getting health insurance, receiving your salary or applying for benefits. Also, every time you need to apply for something, say a bank account or allowance, your details can simply be drawn up from the database.