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Arriving in the Netherlands

We are excited that you are considering - or have chosen - to embark on your academic journey in the Netherlands. Before you arrive, there are some important matters to address to ensure a smooth transition. This page will guide you through the essential aspects you need to be aware of: Insurance, housing, and the documents you'll need to bring.

In the Netherlands, it is mandatory to have health insurance. We will provide you with detailed information on how to obtain the necessary insurance and ensure you're well-prepared.


Finding the right place to stay as a student can be tricky in the Netherlands. To make it easier, begin looking for one as soon as you can. This way, you'll have a better chance of finding a place on time.


To start your studies at Fontys, there are certain important papers you'll need. We'll give you a checklist of must-have documents to make your move to Dutch student life as smooth as possible.

Checklist: documents you need to bring