Frequently Asked Questions
> APPLICATION PROCEDURE
How do I apply for a place at The Twente Pathway College?
Apply by visiting www.twentepathway.nl/apply. Before you submit your application, please make sure that:
- You know which programme you want to study
- You know which date you want to start
- Have electronic copies of passport, academic documents and evidence of English (if you are yet to receive these documents, then you can still upload your application and send them later)
How quickly will I receive my offer?
If your qualification is listed in the country table on the website, you will in most cases receive an offer within 48 hours of completing the online application. If your qualification is not listed you will receive an offer within 2 weeks of applying.
How do I accept my offer?
You can accept your offer by following the instructions in your letter of offer. If you are waiting for your secondary school results, you can accept and provisionally enrol in the College. Simply complete the acceptance form and return along with proof of your deposit payment. Send these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and quote your student ID.
> FINANCIAL MATTERS
What deposit amount do I pay to secure my place on the course?
To secure your place you must pay 50% of your course fee as indicated in your offer letter. You will then pay the remainder of your course fee before the start of your visa application.
By Dutch law, the Immigration Service (IND) also charges a € 171 administration fee (2019 visa fee, subject to annual change) for the visa procedure. As Dutch health and liability insurance is a visa requirement, Twente Pathway College will make insurance arrangements and charge the insurance fee prior to the visa process.
How can I pay my deposit?
You can pay your course fee deposit by bank transfer. Payment details are also specified on your offer letter.
Bank – CITIBANK EUROPE PLC, NL BRANCH, Netherlands, Amsterdam
Swift Code – CITINL2X
IBAN – NL11CITI2032288370
Account Number 2032288370
Account Name – Navitas Netherlands BV
Is there a payment deadline?
Yes, we can only accept payments up to 1st July 2019. This is due to the visa process outlined below. You can pay on a conditional offer, even with specific documents outstanding. Check your offer letter for further information.
How do I prove financial means?
You must provide a bank statement that is not older than 3 months. This must show that you can cover your student living costs of €11,000. The bank statement must be in your name or a parent/guardian. If you are a sponsored student, you will be asked for your scholarship award letter to prove financial means.
When do I pay the rest of my fees?
Deadline for paying fees and uploading financial means: 1st July 2019
Do I need a visa to study at The Twente Pathway College?
Most non-EU/EEA students require a visa to enter the Netherlands and all non-EU/EEA students require a residence permit after arrival. Please refer to the table below to see if you require a visa and/or residence permit. As determined by Dutch law, the University is responsible for arranging a student visa and students cannot apply for a visa themselves.
Do I need an entry visa and/or residence permit?
|Entry Visa||Residence Permit|
|Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea or USA||No||Yes, for stays of 90 days or more|
|All others||Yes, for stays of 90 days or more||Yes, for stays of 90 days or more|
When can I apply for my visa?
You can apply for your visa up to 5 months before the start of your degree. The exact date is determined by the University and mentioned in the visa pack. The University starts with providing visa information to all applicants from the 1 April 2019 onwards.
How do I arrange for my visa?
Once you have accepted your offer and paid your deposit, we will send you a Visa Pack with further information and the visa application documents. Provided you supply all necessary documents in time, application procedures at the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) will take approximately 4 - 6 weeks. Applicants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Nepal and Pakistan will have to take into account that their application may take 3-6 months to arrange. For this reason, applicants from these countries have an earlier application and visa deadline. Remember that you do not start the visa process yourself – you must wait for information from Twente Pathway College. After submitting your documents to TPC, college and the University of Twente jointly launch the application process.
Who issues my visa?
The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) will issue your visa. It is run by the Ministry of Security and Justice and is the official national organization that handles all visa and residence permit applications in the Netherlands. If your application is approved, you will be asked to contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Passport, Visas & Consular Affairs) in your country. The embassy will let you know where to pick up your approved visa. NB if you live in a different country for a long time you can go to an embassy which is not in your country of origin.
What does my visa look like?
You will firstly get a visa sticker in your passport to enter the Netherlands and it is valid for 90 days. After arrival in The Netherlands, you will be given instructions of how to pick up your residence permit – this is a card you will receive after you have arrived and will be valid during your study.
What amount of money do I need show in my bank account when I apply for a visa?
Non-EU students are required to provide proof of sufficient financial means of € 11,000 to support the visa application. Please note that in addition to this the tuition fee has to be paid in full before the start of the visa process.
If there are any outstanding amounts (or if the bank statement is from an earlier date than the date you transferred the last tuition fee deposit), the amount due in tuition fees should be added in the minimum amount shown on your bank statement.
Will I get support to apply for a visa for family members?
No, Dutch study visa do not allow to bring family members. Also we are not able to support a (tourist) visa application for any family members.
When is the deadline for applying for visa?
Deadline for uploading all documents for the visa application: 15th July 2019
> PRACTICAL MATTERS
Do I require insurance?
All residents of the Netherlands are obliged by Dutch law to have health insurance and personal liability insurance. Additional insurance to cover the costs of repatriation is strongly recommended. Twente Pathway College uses the services of the AON insurance company and more details will be provided in the Visa Pack and on the website.
Do I require a TB test?
As an international student, you might be required by Dutch Immigration Law to have an X-ray scan of your lungs performed to check for tuberculosis at a local GGD office (Dutch Public Health Service, Gemeenschappelijke GezondheidsDienst). Failure to have this test performed may endanger your immigration status to the Netherlands. More details about the test in relation to the visa application procedure will be in the Visa Pack you receive after accepting your offer letter and paying your deposit payment.
> ACCOMMODATION & WORK IN THE NETHERLANDS
Will I be supported to find accommodation?
Yes, as an international student we will fully support you with accommodation information and help you through the booking process. Navitas works closely together with the University of Twente and two local housing providers to offer all first-year students furnished housing. Please note that we do our very best to provide accommodation to all students, however area unable to guarantee you a room if you apply late. More information about our accommodation offer is available on www.twentepathway.nl/accommodation.
Once I am studying in the Netherlands, can I work part-time?
As an international student looking for a job you will have to take into account certain practical restrictions, such as language. Students with a lack of Dutch fluency often find it harder to find a part-time job. However, you can work 16 hours a week under your Dutch residence permit, or full time in June, July and August.
Is it mandatory to learn Dutch if I want to work in the Netherlands?
It's not mandatory to learn Dutch, but it will greatly improve your chances of finding a job during or after your studies. Some employers won't hire you if you're unable to understand and/or speak the Dutch language at a fair level. Jobs where English is the main working language are in the minority. However, the great thing: it is very easy to live and study in the Netherlands without being able to speak Dutch. Pretty much all Dutch people speak English as a second language.
What minimum salary should I get for my job?
The minimum wage depends on your age.