Preparing for your stay

You have applied to study at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. As an international student you need to arrange quite a few things. If you are from outside the EU/EEA you'll probably need a visa and/or residence permit. You also need to have adequate insurance and funding for your stay. To find out what you need, visit Study in Holland.

For other relevant information, please read here below.

Bachelor and Master students must have sufficient command of both written and spoken English to follow their course at the Royal Conservatoire.

EU/EEA students
Students from EU/EEA countries whose proficiency in English is inadequate are obliged to follow a language course. If it is found during the admission procedure that your command of English is insufficient, you will be required to follow a course and obtain a certificate of proficiency during the first year of the course.

Non-EU/EEA students
If you have been admitted and you are from a country outside the EU (with exception of Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United States of America or South Africa), you must demonstrate – before 1 September 2021 - that your level of English is sufficient to follow the course. You can demonstrate your command of English with your score on any of the following English language proficiency tests: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge English (FCE/CAE/CPE). The test scores are valid for two years and your score must be valid as of 1 September 2021.
The minimum standard is a score of 6.0 in the IELTS test or level 80 in the TOEFL.

Certificates from the Institutional TOEFL test, the TOEFL ITP test or other language proficiency tests will not be accepted.

All international students over the age of 18 who enrol at an institution for higher education in the Netherlands for the first time must prove that they are residing in the country legally, before they may be admitted to the first day of classes. International students who will live and study in the Netherlands for longer than four months also have to report to the Municipal Registry Office of the municipality (gemeente) in which they will be living.

Students of an EU/EEA member state (or Switzerland) do not need a Dutch residence permit. For their enrolment as a student and registration with the municipality, their valid passport/national identity card is sufficient. For more details, please see ‘EU/EEA & Switzerland’, below.

Non-EU/EEA students can only report to the Municipal Registry Office for municipal registration after the International Office of the Royal Conservatoire has applied for their residence permit for study purpose. For more details, please see ‘Non-EU/EEA’, below.

The Royal Conservatoire will provide practical guidelines to all new international students upon their arrival, relating to the residence permit application (for non-EU/EEA students) and to municipal registration.

In order to avoid unnecessary delay in starting their studies, international students are strongly advised to arrive in the Netherlands around two weeks before the start of the academic year, in order to deal with relevant practical matters in due time!

In certain situations, EU/EEA nationals may be required to prove their legal residence in the Netherlands. For this purpose, their valid passport or national identity card is sufficient.

Please note that citizens of an EU/EEA member state (or Switzerland) who wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than three months don’t need a residence permit. If they wish to stay in the Netherlands for more than four months, they should just register in the population records of the municipality in which they will be living (see ‘Registration with the municipality’, below) and as a result, they will receive a Citizen Service Number (burgerservicenummer/BSN; see ‘BSN’).

However, there is one exception: students who are not a national of an EU/EEA member state (or Switzerland), but are a family member of a national of an EU/EEA member state (or Switzerland) should apply to the IND for Verification against EU Community Law and for a residence document (proof of lawful residence). For more details, visit the IND website.
For the application, they have to pay a fee of €57.
You can order here the application form an EU/EEA residence document (proof of lawful residence) and it can also be downloaded:

Application Form IND

Please note: for the purpose of submitting an application for Verification against Community Law, it is not possible to directly go to a nearby IND desk. Students should first make an appointment by phone:

Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst/IND
Department of Public Information
(088) 0430 430 / from abroad +31 88 0430 430 (please ask for: appointment desk)

For more information, please download the online brochure ‘Living (and Working) in the Netherlands for EU citizens’:

Living (and Working) in the Netherlands for EU citizens

Non-EU/EEA students who wish to stay in the Netherlands for a period longer than three months need a temporary residence permit (Vergunning tot Verblijf Regulier/VVR) for study purposes.


Since 1 June 2013, the Modern Migration Law (MoMi) has come into effect in the Netherlands. Some important consequences of this law are:

· Only higher education institutions can apply for entree visas and residence permits for their students, including renewals and changes. When applying for an entree visa (for more details, please read MVV), the following residence permit application will be included.

· In principle, students will get a study residence permit for the relevant total duration of their study programme; possible options: one for a preparatory year + Bachelor studies (1+4=5 years), or one for Bachelor studies (4 years), one for Pre-Master + Master studies (1+2=3 years), one for Master studies (2 years), one for Artist’s Certificate studies (1 year) or one for the Sonology Course (1 year). It means that yearly renewals within the same study programme won’t be necessary.

· After completion of every study year, higher education institutions are required to monitor that students with a Dutch study residence permit have made sufficient study progress (at least 50% of the required ECTS amount per study year) and that they still meet the formal conditions (for instance, financial) for a Dutch study residence permit. If not, higher education institutions will have to report this to the IND and consequently, the IND may cancel the study residence permit!

Students with a residence permit as issued by another EU member state have the possibility to follow part of their studies in the Netherlands in the framework of a European student mobility programme. More information

Please note that the applicant should not apply for an MVV in order to visit the Netherlands for a few days, for example, for a live audition: for some applicants, only a valid passport might be required for this. For applicants from other countries, a short stay visa (visum kort verblijf), type C might be required for any visit of up to 3 months. Students should apply for this visa to the Dutch embassy or consulate in their country of origin or permanent residence. For information on Dutch diplomatic missions abroad, please click here.

With their visa application, students will have to enclose some documents, such as an invitation letter, as issued by the Royal Conservatoire, confirming the day and time of their live audition.

For a complete list of visa required countries and for more information on the application procedure, please click here to go to the IND website.

For more information on residence permits for study, entree visas and related matters: Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) website

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IND information brochure ‘Coming to study in the Netherlands’

Study in Holland website

Students not coming from the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland or the USA first need a Provisional Residence Permit (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf/MVV). This is an entree visa, required for travel to the Netherlands if a student plans to stay longer than three months. The combined MVV/VVR application procedure is called Entry and Residence (Toegang en Verblijf/TEV) procedure. During the application procedure for an MVV it will be determined whether the student meets all the requirements for a Dutch residence permit (VVR) in the Netherlands, before arrival in the country.

An MVV is a sticker that is placed in the passport and it allows the student to cross the border into the Netherlands.

Please note: if students need an MVV and they come to the Netherlands without one, they will have to go back to their country to get an MVV first!

The MVV allows students to enter and leave the Netherlands within a period of 90 days, even outside the Schengen countries, starting from the date of issue of the visa. For information on the Schengen countries: Schengen countries

Newly accepted students from relevant countries (as above) will receive information and instructions about the MVV application in the framework of their registration. For the application, students should submit all the relevant documents by uploading these to their online registration with Osiris Online Application.

The Royal Conservatoire will try to submit the combined MVV/VVR application several weeks before the planned arrival of the student in the Netherlands.

To contact the International Students Adviser in the Royal Conservatoire: international@koncon.nl

Students will have to pay the MVV/VVR handling fee of €174 to the Royal Conservatoire in advance.

Please note: based on the Benelux Treaty, citizens of San Marino and Israel are exempt from paying MVV fee.

For more details on the MVV/VVR handling fees and income requirements for study purpose click here.

If the student has met all the requirements and the application is approved, he/she can collect the MVV at the Dutch embassy or consulate.

For the residence permit, the embassy/consulate will also register the biometric information of the student.
For information on available Dutch diplomatic missions abroad, please check the following website pages of the Dutch government: Dutch diplomatic missions abroad

The requirements and necessary documents for a Dutch study residence permit are:

· Scanned copies of a valid national passport (all pages, except empty pages) in one file.

· Biometric information (passport photo, fingerprints and signature) of the student, to be arranged at a nearby IND desk during regular opening hours upon the arrival of the student in the Netherlands.

· Scanned copy of an original completed & signed

IND Antecedents Certificate

(confirming that the student does not have a criminal record)

· Scanned copy of an original completed & signed

Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test

Once students have arrived in the Netherlands, they have to undergo a tuberculosis examination. Some nationaliteis are an exemption from TB test requirement:

List of nationalities

· For Chinese students only: a Nuffic Certificate. For information on how to apply for one

· Sufficient financial means to pay for the cost of study and living: at least €897.56 per month/€10,770.72 per year (situation as of 1 January 2020), excluding tuition fees, so to cover study and living costs only!

N.B. For a preparatory year, or those on a student exchange programme (such as Erasmus+ or ConNext), the same amounts apply. For more details, see ‘Dutch study residence permit: financial documentation’, below.

There are several ways to prove sufficient financial means to pay for the cost of study and living, depending on the financial situation of the student. Students are strongly advised to use option a and to choose another option (b-g) only if option a is impossible:

a. The Royal Conservatoire has received an amount of money in its bank account, covering sufficient financial means to pay for the student’s cost of study and living for at least one academic year: €10,770.72 or more (preferably: €10,800). In that case, a recent account specification as issued by the Royal Conservatoire’s bank will confirm receipt of the amount of money. Upon their arrival in the Netherlands, the Royal Conservatoire will transfer the amount of money intended to cover his/her cost of study and living to the student’s bank account in the Netherlands, on condition that the student can show proof of his/her own bank account in the Netherlands. In case of cancellation of study, the Royal Conservatoire will transfer back the amount of money in due time.

b. The student has sufficient financial means in his/her own bank account. In this case, a scanned copy of a recent original bank statement (not older than three months) is required, mentioning the following important details:

  • Date of issue
  • The student’s name (at least surname and initials)
  • Bank account number
  • Current balance (could be mentioned in another currency than Euro), which should be freely available to the account holder
  • Contact details of the bank (branch name, address, telephone number, e-mail and/or website)

As an alternative to an original bank statement, the student can provide a scanned copy of a recent account specification from the bank (not older than three months), mentioning recent transactions and the following details:

  • Date of issue
  • The student’s name (at least surname and initials)
  • Bank account number
  • Current balance (could be mentioned in another currency than Euro), which should be freely available to the account holder
  • Contact details of the bank (branch name, address, telephone number, e-mail and/or website)

As another alternative to an original bank statement, the student could also provide a scanned copy of a recent internet account balance print (not older than three months), mentioning at least the following details:

  • Date of issue
  • The student’s name (at least surname and initials)
  • The student’s address details (if possible)
  • Bank account number
  • Current balance (could be mentioned in another currency than Euro), which should be freely available to the account holder
  • Original signature and stamp of the bank branch

In case of an internet account balance print of a foreign bank, a scanned copy of a recent original bank statement (not older than three months) should be added.

Please note that a Certificate of Deposit can’t be accepted, unless it clearly confirms that the amount of money is freely available to the certificate holder.

c. The student has been awarded a grant or scholarship. In this case, a photocopy of an official scholarship statement is required, mentioning the following important details:

⦁ Date of issue

⦁ Name of the scholarship awarding organisation

⦁ The student’s name (at least surname and initials; preferably also: date of birth)

⦁ Start and end date of the scholarship

⦁ Amount of money the student will receive per month

⦁ If relevant: name of the scholarship programme

d. A private person outside the Netherlands will provide sufficient financial means for the student. This person has to prove that he/she has sufficient financial means for the student. The following documents from that person are required:

⦁ A recent original completed financial statement of support for private persons (not older than three months), mentioning the monthly amount of money to be transferred to the student and during which period; download the form here

⦁ A photocopy of his/her valid passport (or national identity card)

⦁ A recent original bank statement, or a photocopy of a recent account specification from the bank, or a recent internet account balance print; for required details, please see option 3b (above)

e. A private person employed in the Netherlands will provide sufficient financial means for the student. This person has to prove that he/she has sufficient financial means for both himself/herself (including own family, if relevant), and the student. Following documents from that person in the Netherlands are required:

⦁ A recent original completed Financial statement of support for private persons (not older than three months); download the form here

⦁ Photocopies of his/her current employment contract

⦁ A recent original recent employer's certificate (not older than three months)

⦁ Photocopies of salary specifications (most recent three months)

⦁ A photocopy of his/her valid passport (or identity card)

⦁ A recent original extract from the Personal Records Database/PRD (Basis Registratie Personen/BRP), also confirming the marital state of the guaranty person (not older than three months)

f. A private person, self-employed in the Netherlands, will provide sufficient financial means for the student. This person has to prove that he/she has sufficient financial means for both himself/herself (including own family, if relevant), and the student. Following documents from that person in the Netherlands are required:

⦁ A recent original completed Financial statement for private persons (not older than three months); download form here.

⦁ Photocopy of a recent extract from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)(not older than three months)

⦁ A recent original statement Verklaring omtrent inkomen zelfstandig ondernemer (not older than three months); download form here.

⦁ A photocopy of an income statement (inkomensverklaring) as issued by the Dutch tax office, covering the previous year

⦁ A photocopy of his/her valid passport (or identity card)

⦁ A recent original extract from the Personal Records Database/PRD (Basis Registratie Personen/BRP), also confirming the marital state of the guaranty person (not older than three months)

g. A company (in or outside the Netherlands) will provide sufficient financial means for the student. This company has to prove that it has sufficient financial means for the student. Following documents from that company are required:

⦁ A recent original Financial statement of support for companies (not older than three months), mentioning the monthly amount of money to be transferred to the student and during which period; download form here.

⦁ A recent original bank statement issued on the name of the company (not older than three months); for important details, please see option 3b (above)

A combination of the financial options a-g (as listed above) could also lead to proof of sufficient financial means.

Newly accepted students will receive information and instructions about the application for a residence permit (VVR) for study purpose in the framework of their registration. For the application, students should submit all the relevant documents (as listed above) by uploading these to their Osiris Online Application.

The Royal Conservatoire will submit the VVR application before the arrival of the student in the Netherlands.

To contact the International Students Adviser in the Royal Conservatoire: international@koncon.nl

Students will have to pay the VVR handling fee (administration fee) of €174 to the Royal Conservatoire in advance. Paying the fee does not automatically mean that the application will be granted! The fee must be paid even if the application is turned down. Changing the purpose of stay from a different purpose to study on a residence permit is regarded a new application and it also costs €174.

Renewal of a VVR for study purpose (for instance, from Bachelor to Master studies) also costs €174.

For more details on the VVR handling fees
For more details on the income requirement

As soon as the residence permit application is received by the IND, the Royal Conservatoire will receive a confirmation letter from the IND, as a proof of the application. This letter will serve students as (provisional) proof of their legal stay in the Netherlands. By then, students should go to a nearby IND desk during regular opening hours, in order to have their biometric information registered.

If an applicant meets all the requirements, the IND will grant a VVR, strictly for studying in the Netherlands.
As soon as the residence permit application is approved, the Royal Conservatoire will receive an notification letter for the student from the IND. To receive their residence permit from a nearby IND desk, students have to make an appointment in advance.

Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst/IND
Rijnstraat 8
2515 XP
Den Haag
ind.nl/en/study
+31 88 0430 430

In order to finance their studies at the Royal Conservatoire, some students might wish to take out a student loan from their home country.

For several years, the Royal Conservatoire has participated in the US Federal Family Education Loan Program. However, as of 30 September 2007, the Royal Conservatoire’s participation in this loan program has terminated. For this reason, US students are advised to orientate on alternative loans.

Students from Canada who wish to apply for their student loans should know the Royal Conservatoire’s institution code: QUHV; code assigned by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Science in Québec: H9770A.

Students who need support from the Royal Conservatoire in the framework of their student loan application are advised to contact the International Students Adviser: international@koncon.nl