You want to be well prepared before you start your life sciences degree. Find out about housing, visas and permits, insurances and public transport. Also learn out about the HAN’s on: International Welcome Days at the Nijmegen campus.
Before you arrive
Before you arrive in the Netherlands, you need to arrange some practical matters. You need to organize your accommodation, for example. And, depending on your nationality, you might need to arrange a visa.
To study Life Sciences at HAN, you need the right visas and permits. Are you from the EU/EEA? Then you don’t need any visas or permits. You just need to register at city hall. Are you from a country outside the EU/EEA? Then you need a residence permit. You might also need an entry visa.
As a Life Sciences student, you need a suitable place to live. A place within easy distance of the campus and where you can feel at home. The HAN Housing Office helps international students like yourself find a room. Are you from outside the EU/EEA? You get priority: a guaranteed room. From the EU/EEA? You can go on the waiting list.
“I got clear instructions about my room through email when I was still in my home country. All steps from reservation to payment can be done online. I’m now living in Helix. It’s very new and only a 10-minute walk to school. An ideal place for 1st-year students.”
Vi Thi Thao Pham, 1st year student from Vietnam
Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Campus is open
Since the corona outbreak, universities all over the world have switched to distance learning. A great alternative, but not ideal when you're just starting out. The Life Sciences program is therefore offering on-campus classes for 1st-year students starting in September this year. You'll get 1 day on campus each week (7 to 8 hours of classes). And you'll follow about 15 hours of online classes each week. That way you'll get to know your classmates and lecturers in person as well as online. Great for the group spirit. And as soon as government measures are further relaxed, we'll increase the on-campus hours.
Once you arrive in the Netherlands
Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you need to know about some other practical issues. For example, about working, insurance, public transport and the government.
InsuranceWhen coming to the Netherlands to study, you need to have good insurance. Health insurance is the most important. Are you from the EU/EEA? Your health insurance policy in your home country might cover you. Non-EU/EEA students receive health insurance through the financial guarantee. Other useful insurances are liability insurance, repatriation insurance and household contents insurance.
WorkingThe rules on working depend on your nationality. Are you from the EU/EEA? Then you are free to work in the Netherlands. Are you from outside the EU/EEA? Then you are free to do self-employed work. If you work for an employer, you need a work permit and the hours are restricted. All international students working in the Netherlands must have Dutch public health insurance.
Public transportThe Netherlands has excellent public transport. In the Nijmegen and Arnhem area you can get almost everywhere by train or bus. In the bigger cities, you can also use the tram or metro. To pay for these services you use an OV chip card (OV-chipkaart in Dutch).
GovernmentWhen living in the Netherlands, you need a citizen service number (BSN). This number is important for all your dealings with the government. For example, to open a bank account or to visit a doctor. You get a BSN number after registering at city hall.
HAN Nijmegen campusLaan van Scheut 2
6525 EM Nijmegen
The HAN campuses have all the facilities you need: modern lecture halls, study and multimedia centers, sports facilities, canteens and cafes. Also important: a reliable wireless network (Eduroam). And you can easily reach the campuses by train, bus or bike.
Curious to know even more about Life Sciences? Get the inside view at the Online Open Day on 14 November. Due to the corona crisis, we are forced to keep our Open Days online for the time being. You can also sign up for the newsletter. We'll keep you posted on application deadlines, housing availability, visas. And much more.
International officeAs an international student, there are lots of practical matters you need to arrange. International Office knows about all these issues and can lend you a helping hand. Going abroad for a semester as part of your program? International Office can answer all your questions about this as well.
Studying with a disabilityDo you have a functional disability or chronic illness? Need extra facilities to support you in your studies? HAN offers several services to ensure your study environment fits your needs. For example, extra time on exams. Or alternatives to certain parts of the study program.
Study coachingWhen you start studying at HAN you will be assigned a study coach. The study coach guides you during your studies. They lend a listening ear, for example. Or advise you if you fall behind with your studies. And if you need more specialized help, they can refer you to the right person.
Psychological supportStudents sometimes have problems they can’t solve themselves. Problems that affect their studies in a negative way. In such cases, extra psychological support is very welcome. As a HAN student, you can join a course or get private consultations to help you get back on track.
Contact us at the HAN Information Center.
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