Questions and Answers
Both full-degree and exchange students can complete their studies or exchange here. The possibilities for going on a new exchange are unclear and pending the cabinet decision. The reception of new Russian students and students from Belarus is not formally excluded. Given the sanctions, there are serious restrictions due to the exclusion of some banks from SWIFT and travel restrictions between Russia and other countries. Universities of applied sciences have no formal grounds for refusing Russian students if they have the appropriate prior education and are able to meet their financial obligations.
No, the IND will extend the visas for as long as the conflict is going on. (This falls outside the code of conduct).
The banks are: Bank Otkritie, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, Rossiya Bank, Sovcombank, VNESHECONOMBANK (VEB) and the VTB BANK.
Students and employees are advised to have a Dutch bank account when they stay here for a longer period of time. They are advised to transfer sufficient funds to a Dutch bank account before 12 March 2022 for living expenses and tuition fees. Due to the exclusion of a number of Russian banks from SWIFT, it may be difficult to transfer funds from Russia to this account in the future. As a result, students and employees may have no or limited access to resources, as a result of which they cannot pay their tuition fees or provide for their livelihood.
Students and employees are advised to have a Dutch bank account when they stay here for a longer period of time. Due to the withdrawal limits at Ukrainian banks, it can be difficult to transfer money from Ukraine to the Dutch bank account. As a result, students and employees may have no or limited access to resources, as a result of which they cannot pay their tuition fees or provide for their livelihood.
Ukrainians are not EU citizens and should not be seen as such. Recent developments have not changed this for the time being. However, it is possible to extend the visa for as long as the conflict lasts. Also, a specific status is being developed for Ukrainian refugees whereby they can stay in the Netherlands for a year.
People who wish to apply for asylum are always free to do so. More information can be found on IND.nl. There is no explicit role for the universities of applied sciences here.
The municipality of Rotterdam offers refugees from Ukraine a place to meet each other and talk to each other. Refugees can visit this so-called 'Ukrainian House' at Pleinweg 196A from the 18th of March daily between 10:00 &18:00. More information can be found here.
For now, the normal rules apply: after the visa has expired, students from Russia and Belarus must return or apply for asylum. This also applies to alumni who are reaching the end of their orientation year.
We advise you to contact your embassy.
At the moment, non-EU students are only allowed to work 16 hours per week. ZZP'ers (Freelancers) can work unlimited.
- Refugeehelp.com is a website for Ukrainian refugees in the Netherlands and anyone who wants to volunteer and help. It is a platform initiated by various organisations (government, companies, social organisations and individuals).
- Study in Holland - Situation in Ukraine. This website is from Nuffic and is a source of information for Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian students who are currently studying/ want to study in Higher Education in the Netherlands.
- Ukraine - Rotterdam.nl. On this website, you can find practical information provided by the Rotterdam city hall.