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Introduction Days

Welcome to our international students

During the international introduction days we welcome our international students at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The main goal of the programme is to learn more about Rotterdam, the Netherlands, immigration matters, school and each other!


Dutch bank account

Dutch bank account

How to open a bank account

You should have no problem obtaining cash from your overseas account using an ATM or geldautomaat. All are available in the English language and accept a wide range of debit and credit cards. The amount you can withdraw and any extra service charges will depend on what kind of account you have. There should be no charge if you are using a card from one of the 18 Eurozone countries (UK is not one of them).

Cash is still widely used, but the most common method of payment is using a debit card.

Opening a Dutch bank account

If you will be staying in the Netherlands for a number of months or years then we would recommend opening a Dutch bank account.  

A Dutch bank account and debit card will make day-to-day life more convenient and it may also be necessary in the following instances:

  • If you transferred the proof of sufficient funds to our account and we need to refund it back to your Dutch bank account
  • If you want to get a mobile subscription
  • If you want to make use of transport subscriptions and travel products

The three well known banks where you can open a Dutch bank account are ING Bank, Rabobank and ABN Amro. You can also open a Dutch bank account at the online bank Bunq, which is more flexible but higher fees might apply.

In the table below you can find the main differences between Bunq, ING Bank, Rabobank and ABN Amro.


Bunq (online bank)



ABN Amro

Bank website

Click here.

Click here.

Click here

(only in Dutch).

Click here.


Full degree and exchange students.

Full degree and exchange students.

Full degree students only.

Full degree students only.

How to open a bank account

Through the Bunq website or app.

Only by appointment. Schedule an appointment online here. You need to take the following form with you to the appointment.

Schedule an appointment at the bank.

Schedule an appointment by calling or visiting the bank.

BSN* required to open an account

No, but you have to submit it within 3 months after opening the account.

No, but you have to submit it within 30 days after opening the account and need TIN (tax number home country).

No, but you have to submit if within 6 weeks of opening the account.


Documents required

- Passport/ID

- Proof of enrolment

- Dutch address

- TIN (tax number home country)

- for some nationalities they require you to show you have a Dutch residence permit


- Passport/ID

- Proof of enrolment/Letter of acceptance (not conditional)

- TIN (tax number home country)

- Dutch address

All documents must be hard copies (not digital)

- Passport

- Residence permit

-Proof of enrolment/Letter of acceptance (not conditional)

 - A valid phone number

- TIN (tax number home country) if available

- Dutch address

- Passport/ID

- Proof of enrolment

- TIN (tax number home country)


Account activation



Immediately if BSN, otherwise it may take up to 4 weeks.




Bank card

Within 10 working days.

1 week after the account has been activated.

Within 3 to 4 work days.

1 week after the account has been activated.

Age < 18

Permission from a legal guardian who has a Bunq account.

Not possible to open an account.

An underage student can only open an account when there is an adult (parent) with them who shares the responsibility for the account. This adult has to bring the same documents as the student (except for study related documents). 


Permission from a legal guardian.

Please note that the content in the table is subject to change. Please check the linked websites for updated information.

 *BSN is a Citizen Service number which you receive after registering with a Dutch municipality. 


Additional information about opening Dutch bank accounts:

  • Proof of enrolments can be requested from the Student Service Centre. You need to give them your full name and student number. You can either call them at 010 497 4200 or send them an email.

Pre masters, Masters MFA/MCE and exchange students should email and all other programmes should send an email to

  • Make sure that when you are asked for your Dutch address when opening a Dutch bank account that you complete it correctly and in full, otherwise you will not receive your bank card by post.
  • If you do not submit the BSN within the given time frame, then the account will be frozen and you will not have access to the funds in the account.




Registration at a Dutch Municipality

Dutch law requires all students, both EU and non-EU, who are staying longer than 4 months in the Netherlands to register at a Dutch Municipality. During the introduction programme the municipality of Rotterdam will be present at the university to register all international students who have found a room in Rotterdam. Please note that registration can also be done independently by making an appointment at the municipality.

Required documents for municipality registration Rotterdam

  • Passport
  • Rental contract / tenancy agreement
  • If you live in certain neighborhoods in Rotterdam you might need a housing permit (HVV). More information about the housing permit will be provided by email to all accepted international students.

After students have registered with the municipality, they will receive a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer or BSN in Dutch). The Citizen Service Number (BSN) is a unique number which is required in order to be permitted to work, open a bank account, make use of a healthcare institution and any other affairs with Dutch government agencies.

Please note that if you will be living in another Dutch city you might also need a birth certificate for the registration. Please check the website of the municipality that you will be living in for a list of requirements.

Regardless of where you will be living in the Netherlands it is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered with a Dutch municipality.

Residence permit


Students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to attend a (pre) Bachelor’s degree (pre) Master’s degree or an Exchange programme at Rotterdam University of Applied for more than 3 months are obliged to obtain a Residence Permit. 

The Centre of International Affairs will apply for your Visa (MVV) and/or Residence Permit (VVR) on your behalf at the Dutch Immigration Office called IND.

After your arrival in the Netherlands you will receive your VVR. As an extra service to our new international students – and to simplify the procedure - , we will invite the Dutch Immigration Office (IND) to our introduction days as well. In case your VVR is ready for pick-up, you will be able to pick up your VVR at the school instead of at the immigration office. If this is not the case, you will need to visit the IND individually.

Health check


To keep the Residence Permit, some non-European students need to visit the Dutch Public Health Authority (GGD) after they arrived in the Netherlands. They will undergo a medical test for tuberculosis (TB). This is a requirement from the IND (Dutch Immigration Office). 

Do I need to undergo the TB test?

Depending on your nationality, you may have to be examined for the Tuberculosis (TB) test. If your nationality is on this list, you do not have to undergo the TB test.

If your nationality is not on this list, it means that you do have to undergo the TB test. As of the 1st January 2020 charges may apply for the TB test. 

Please note that if you wait more than 3 months to undergo the TB test, you may risk having your Residence Permit withdrawn.

Schedule an appointment

The Centre of International Affairs will schedule a group appointment for all students who need to undergo a TB test. You will receive more information about this during the introduction days. In case you can’t attend the group appointment, you will need to schedule an individual appointment. One of our Student Support staff members is more than happy to assist you. However, please note that it’s your own responsibility to make an appointment and to undergo the TB test.

A member of the Student Support Team will be present at the GGD (only during the group appointment).

Required documents

When you go to the GGD for a tuberculosis check, please make sure to:

  • print and bring your completed Tuberculosis examination referral form with you to your appointment
  • Bring your passport
  • Fill in your address and personal information on the Tuberculosis Examination Referral Form


After taking the test you will receive the completed Tuberculosis Examination Referral form from the GGD staff. The completed form must be sent to the IND.

You can either send the form to the IND yourself (the address can be found on the form) or hand in the form to the Student Support staff-member present at the GGD. We will send it to the IND on your behalf.

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