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Before your studies

Before your studies

What do I need to arrange before I start studying?

Before you start studying, there are a number of things you need to arrange, such as choosing your preferred course of study or applying for student grants. This website from the Dutch government provideds more information.

Do you want more information on money matters before you start studying? Then visit the website of Wijzer in Geldzaken (guide in money matters).

What requirements do I need to fulfil before I can be admitted?

Once you have chosen a study programme, you should check what admission requirements apply to that programme. For some studies (e.g. studies with a numerus fixus) you will have to participate in a selection procedure. For these studies, you will also have to apply earlier. You can find this information on the website of the university of applied sciences or university.

Where can I register for my study?

You can register for the course of your choice via Studielink. Please note that you will need a DigiD to do this! If registering via Studielink does not work, you can contact the institution to solve the problem. Studielink itself does not have a customer service department.

You will be able to register for a maximum of four study programmes: one draw programme and a maximum of three other programmes.

What is the deadline for registration?

You must register for regular studies without selection by 1 May at the latest. If you apply after 1 May, your right of admission will lapse. This means that the programme may reject you. Depending on the programme, it may be possible to enrol later.

For studies with a selection procedure or numerus fixus, the deadline is earlier, 15 January.

You will be able to enrol for a maximum of four programmes: one programme drawn from the lottery and a maximum of three other programmes.

What is a study choice check (matching)?

After you have applied for a study programme, you will usually be invited for a study choice check (matching). This check is part of your enrolment and is often made compulsory by the institution. If you fail to do this despite being obliged to do so, your right of admission may be withdrawn. The programme may then refuse you.

The study choice check is a final check to see whether the study really suits you. Once you have completed the study choice check, you will receive a study choice recommendation from the programme. This advice may be positive or negative, but is in no way binding. This means that you can simply start the programme, even if your recommendation is negative. Of course, it is important to listen carefully to the advice. What the study choice check looks like differs per institution. More information can be found on the website of your institution and/or study programme.

Is the answer to your question not listed here? Please contact us, or use one of the tools below. 

For many practical and specific questions, it is best to contact your educational institution or study advisor. 

For information on study financing and the loan system, you can often contact DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs)

For legal questions or complaints, contact the Student Legal Clinic (LSR)

For questions about the accessibility of higher education and studying with a request for support, visit the website Hoger Onderwijs Toegankelijk (Accessible Higher Education).