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Visa Process

The University of Twente will apply for a student visa on behalf of all non-EER students studying at Twente Pathway College.

Entry visa

Under Dutch law, students cannot apply for a visa themselves. All applications for (entry) visa and residence permits are therefore coordinated by the University of Twente.

If you require an entry visa, you or your agent will be contacted by email to guide you through every step of the visa application process. Once you have accepted your offer, paid the full tuition fee and visa fee, you will receive a visa pack with clear instructions.

Due to the limited validity of the entry visa, we will start sending out visa information packs from around mid-May 2024 onwards. The final visa application deadline for the September 2024 intake is 1 July 2024.

Do you need a visa?

Depending on your country of origin, you may not need a visa. Some students may require a residence permit but not an entry visa.

Residence permit

You do not need to apply for your residence permit separately. The University of Twente will apply for both your residence permit and/or your visa at the same time. You will receive your residence permit shortly after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Required visa documents

  • Completed visa forms (issued between May and 1 July)
  • A copy of all pages of your passport (the passport should be valid for at least 6 months and signed)
  • Full tuition fee paid to Twente Pathway College, prior to visa application
  • A bank statement not older than 3 months showing sufficient funds for cost of living (the cost of living minimum requirement is €15,000 for the full year, subject to regular change)
  • If providing a bank statement is not an option because your documentation does not meet the immigration requirements, we offer the option to transfer the first year’s cost of living to the College. Upon opening a bank account in the Netherlands, the living expenses will be fully refunded to your new Dutch bank account (no administrative charge).
  • Antecedents certificate (form Dutch Immigration department IND)
  • Declaration of intent to undergo a TB test (for students from certain countries only)
  • Declaration of intent to study at University of Twente

Additional requirements for Chinese applicants

Nationals of the People’s Republic of China need to obtain a NUFFIC certificate as a validation of their qualifications, in addition to their English language test score documents. The University of Twente needs your NUFFIC certificate (formally known as ‘NESO certificate’) for your visa application (

Additional requirements for applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Nepal and Pakistan

  • Due to more stringent Dutch visa regulations, the following additional regulations apply in order to help you start your studies at Twente Pathway College in time:
  • Early application deadline of 1 May 2024. Considering the 3-month visa application process for the countries mentioned, we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible.
  • Full payment and visa documentation must have been received by us by 1 May 2024. Please note, students from the countries above may be requested to transfer their full tuition fee and living expenses to the College instead of providing bank statements to prove their financial status.
  • Our team will invite applicants from the above-mentioned countries for an obligatory (telephone or online) interview.

Good to know

  • Your visa will be issued for the entire duration of your studies and includes the opportunity of an additional one-year post-study visa to find a job in Holland
  • Your visa will allow you to travel to other Schengen countries
  • Your visa will allow you to work for 16 hours per week or 3 months full-time during Summer
  • All non-EU nationals need to go through the visa process, also if from a country not requiring an entry visa.
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