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Question:

Bank Accounts: What is an IBAN?

(Last edited: Monday, 10 August 2020, 9:10 AM)
Answer:

IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number and is a number attached to all accounts in the EU countries. The IBAN is made up of a code that identifies the country the account belongs to, the account holder's bank and the account number itself. The IBAN makes it easier and faster to process cross-border payments. Since February 2014, the IBAN has replaced the 9-digit account number for banks in the Netherlands. The bank assigns an IBAN to your account. An IBAN will be used when sending interbank transfers or wiring money from one bank to another, especially across international borders.

The IBAN is structured as follows: The country code NL / 2-digit control number / 4 letters that identify the bank / 10 digits, which consist of the current account number supplemented with zeros.

Example of a Dutch IBAN:  NL73 INGB 123 456 78 00



Question:

Before Arrival: What should I pack before travelling to the Netherlands?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5:25 PM)
Answer:

Documents

Students should bring the following documents in hand luggage:

  • Valid passport (with a valid visa for non-EU/EEA students)
  • Medical records and vaccination reports (if relevant)
  • Wittenborg Admission Letter
  • Original birth certificate in English or with a certified legalised English translation
  • Passport-type photos

 Clothes

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:

  • Winter coat and winter accessories, like gloves, scarf, warm headgear
  • Summer clothes
  • Waterproof jacket and shoes (+ umbrella)
  • Business attire for formal occasions, company meetings, presentations, and events

Money

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.

Electrical equipment

  • Computer/laptop/tablet + charger
  • Mobile phone + charger
  • Power adapter if needed. The Netherlands uses Type C&F Euro electricity outlets with 230 V with 50 HZ frequency. Some appliances do not need a converter. If the label states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz' the appliance can be used in all countries in the world and is standard for chargers of tablets/laptops and phones


Question:

Booking Appointments: How to book an appointment at Wittenborg?

(Last edited: Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 5:26 PM)
Answer:

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:

BSN (Social Security Number): What are the steps for registering for my BSN at the municipality?

(Last edited: Monday, 10 August 2020, 9:40 AM)
Answer:

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:

  • Residence permit
  • Passport (original copy)
  • Birth Certificate (with legalised translation in Dutch or English)
  • Accommodation contract
 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:

BSN Requirements: Why do I need a BSN?

(Last edited: Monday, 10 August 2020, 9:50 AM)
Answer:

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.