Arrival in the Netherlands

This page gives you practical info about your arrival in the Netherlands. Have any specific questions after reading this? Contact the International Office. They’ll be happy to help you. 


Time of arrival

When you book your flight, make sure you arrive in time for the HAN’s On: International Welcome Days. Also, consider the time of day you’ll arrive. Arriving outside office hours? Then you won’t be able to get into your student room and you’ll need to book a hotel room. 

Money matters

We advise you to bring cash to cover your first few days in the Netherlands. Bring the rest of your money in the form of a credit card or international bank or debit card. This is much safer than carrying cash with you. There are cash machines all over the Netherlands. 

Getting to the campus

Most international students arrive in the Netherlands from Amsterdam Schiphol airport. From there, it’s easiest to take the train to Nijmegen or Arnhem train station. You can buy your ticket at the railway station, which is located just underneath the airport. The journey to Nijmegen or Arnhem takes about 1.5 hours.  Find out more about public transport

Non-EU/EEA student? You can travel to Nijmegen or Arnhem by taxi service (door-to-door service). The cost of this is included in the  financial guarantee. You will be contacted with information regarding use of the taxi service.  

Getting into your room

Do you have a student room through HAN Housing Office? You can only get into your room on workdays from 9.00 to 17.00. Are you arriving on the weekend or on a weekday after 17.00? Then you need to book a hotel room. Consider this when booking your flight. 

Getting settled in

The HAN’s On: International Welcome Days are a great way to get settled in. The program is free of charge. It gives you lots of practical information. About the campus. Opening a bank account. Registering at town hall. It’s also a great way to meet your classmates.

How do I sign up? You'll receive an email with a link. Fill in the online form and you're good to go!