Admission and applying

Admission and application

Please read the following information carefully before starting the application procedure. Should you have any questions, we are happy to help you! 

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If you wish to study as an exchange student at NHL Stenden, please apply via the exchange page instead.

Application Deadlines

September Start
EU/EER Applicants: 15 August
Non-EU Applicants: 31 May

February 2019 start (these study programmes only)
EU/EER Applicants: 15 January 2019
Non-EU Applicants: 1 November 2018

Please note: The visa process for Bangladeshi, Nepalese or Pakistani nationals takes three months which extends the total length of the application procedure to five months. Consequently, the application deadlines for these students differ from the regular deadline:

  • September intake deadline: 31 March
  • February 2019 intake deadline: 31 August 2018

Ready to apply?

Follow the steps as mentioned below and your application will soon be on its way. The Central Student Administration ( at NHL Stenden will guide you through the process and make sure your application is processed as soon as possible. 

Application procedure

Do you hold the required diploma and do you meet the other requirements for the study programme of your choice before the start date? Some study programmes require you to participate in an entrance examination or attend an admission interview as part of the application process. Be sure to check the information about your preferred course so you know what to expect.

Admission requirements

You can apply through Studielink, the application and enrolment portal provided by the Netherlands Ministry of Education. Complete the following steps:

  1. Go to Studielink.
  2. Log in to your account or create an account if you currently do not have one. You will have access to your own personal Studielink page.
  3. Click on 'Add previous education' (if you have not already done that) and add the previous education that provides admission to the study programme that you wish to follow.
  4. Click on 'Add new enrolment' or 'Enrolment application'.
  5. Select your preferred course and confirm your choice. Select:
    MA & MSc – dual degree, or the MA – single degree
  6. Enter the starting month in which you would like to start your programme.
  7. Next, confirm your starting date.
  8. Answer the study programme-specific questions.
  9. Tick the confirmation box and confirm your application.
  10. Enter your payment details for payment of the tuition fees, and confirm again. If you prefer, you can enter this information at a later date, provided you do so before enrolment.
  11. You can track the status of your application on your personal Studielink page.

Once NHL Stenden has received your application, you will receive a message from Studielink confirming the following information:

  • The NHL Stenden course(s) for which you have applied.
  • The admission interview or selection process (if applicable).
  • Any other information you may be required to provide.


Submit application documents 

A few days after you submit your application, you will receive an email request from the Central Student Administration to submit your application documents via an online portal.

In this email, you will find the login data for the online portal and a list of documents to be submitted.

Graduation statement

Did you graduate, but will you not receive your actual diploma before the application deadline? Then you may submit a graduation statement instead, accompanied by your most recent grade sheet. Once you have graduated, you will still have to send in a certified copy of your diploma if you were admitted based on a certified graduation statement. 

If applicable to your situation, please fill in the document and have your high school or university sign and stamp it. Then, upload a copy or scan of this document to the online portal. Comparable documents issued by your high school or university are also accepted. 

Admission requirements check

Once we have received all the required documents from you, we will verify that you meet all the admission requirements. We will notify you if we find that you still need to take an English-language proficiency test or send any additional documents. You can trace the application status via the online portal.

Letter of Admission

Once you have sent us all the required document and we have established that you satisfy all the admission requirements, we will send you a formal letter of admission confirming that you have been accepted as a student at our institution. Along with this admission letter, you will receive practical information about accommodation and tuition fees.

Study Matching

Because of new Dutch legislation, this is now a mandatory part of the application process. In the Study Matching Questionnaire, you are asked to review the reasons for choosing your preferred study programme.

Based on your answers, you will receive non-binding study advice: either positive or conditionally positive. A positive study advice confirms that you have considered your choice well.

Please note: if you have applied to more than one study programme, you will be asked to participate in a Study Matching questionnaire for each one of them.

Payment (EU students)

If you are from an EU/EEA Member State:

  • Check that your bank is able to process international (SEPA) payments.
  • Go to your personal Studielink page and follow the instructions provided.
  • Have you set up a direct debit mandate and confirmed your payment details? Congratulations! Your enrolment is now complete and you are all set to start your course.

Payment and student visa (non-EU students)

If you are from a non-EU Member State, you must transfer the course fees to NHL Stenden; you should have received an invoice for this purpose.

Once we have received your payment and have verified that you meet the visa requirements, we will apply for a student visa on your behalf. After approximately four weeks, you will receive a notification that you can collect your visa from the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate in your country. For additional information about applying for a student visa, please visit the website of the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic).

Proof of sufficient financial means (non-EU students)

As a student from outside the European Union, you are obliged to provide NHL Stenden with proof that you will be able to finance your stay in the Netherlands. You may do so in one of the following two ways:

  • A money transfer of €10,750 to NHL Stenden's bank account, which will be refunded upon your arrival after you have opened a Dutch bank account.
  • Proof of a scholarship amounting to at least €10,750.

Application video guide

Check out the videos below for a step-by-step guide on how to apply.




Get help applying

NHL Stenden maintains a network of education agents and representatives around the globe. They offer a range of services to help you with your application process. You are free to choose whether you use the services of an NHL Stenden agent or to apply directly to NHL Stenden yourself. 

Please note that they may charge you for their services. The costs depend on the services offered and differ by country. Should you wish to get help with applying, please contact the representative or agent of your choice for more information. 

Additional information

Information about your course
When does your course start? Where do you need to report? What books do you need? You will find answers to all these questions in the course information, which you will receive two months before study start.