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How to apply

Step by step

We will guide you through the application process step by step. This way, you don't have to worry about missing something.

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The steps

Step 1

Check Application Requirements and necessary documents 

Find them here!

Step 2

Application Deadlines

September Start

  • EU/EER Applicants: 15 August

  • Non-EU Applicants: 31 May

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

Studie Link

Step 3

Register on Studielink​

  1. Go to the Studielink website. (Do you not know what this is? Watch their video on why you need Studielink)

  2. Is this your first time using Studielink? Click on ‘Create Studielink-account without DigiD'. 

  3. Fill out your personal details, address, contact details, and previous education. You will then be asked to check this information and to agree to the general terms and conditions of Studielink. 

  4. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you filled out. Use this to activate your account. 

  5. Log in without DigiD, using your email address and password.

  6. Add the previous education that provides admission to the study programme that you wish to follow and click 'next'.

  7. Select NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences as the 'Educational institution'. 

  8. All available study programmes will be listed. This programme is: B International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEps)

  9. Select the start date and choose ‘Next’. Choose ‘Next’ on the following page as well. 

  10. Check all the details you filled out. If you need to make any changes, choose ‘Back to previous page’. If all information is correct, check the box to confirm this and then click ‘Confirm’.

  11. You are now on your personal homepage for Studielink. Every time you log in to Studielink, this is where you can check the status of your enrolment application.

Step 4

Confirmation email

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

In the attachment to this email, you will find instructions on how to create a password for the online portal and a list of documents to be submitted.

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 meet 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. 

Step 5

Your NHL-Stenden account

  1. You will receive an email from NHL Stenden with your login details for your new NHL Stenden email account.

  2. Verify your NHL Stenden email account, where further information concerning your application will be directed. 

Step 6

Upload your documents

  1. Procedure to Upload Documents

  2. You will receive an email from NHL Stenden to your private and NHL Stenden email account regarding your NHL Stenden IGO Portal and student number. The following steps will describe the procedure to activate your IGO Portal account where you will upload the required documents: 


  4. Go to   

  5. Please activate your IGO account. 

  6. Create your password. Click on "click to make one" 

  7. Your login name is: <first name>.<last name> An automatically generated password will then be sent to your NHL Stenden email address.

  8. Use generated password sent to your NHL Stenden email to log into portal.

  9. Upload necessary documents under your enrollment in the IGO portal.

Step 7

Study Matching

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Step 8

To-Do List

Check and for any updates on your application procedure and status.

Step 9

Intake Assessment, Taster Day and Shadow Day

Intake assessment

After submitting all the necessary documents, you will be invited for the intake assessment. This includes an interview, group assignments and a mathematics test.  Studying is expensive nowadays and we want to prevent you from making a wrong choice, therefore we developed an extensive intake procedure, which is also part of the entry requirements.


Assessment dates for the upcoming school year: 


Due to the current situation we will update the new assessment days as soon as we know when and how then can take place 


*For students who live abroad and more than 500km from campus, we offer the possibility of an online assessment. These assessments will be organized by during the application process.


Taster Days and Shadow Days

You are recommended to join a Taster Day and/or Shadow Day at NHL Stenden Meppel in order to learn more about the program and the university first hand. 

Step 10

Finalizing application

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 on the Payment tab.

When will the automatic tuition fee payment take place?
When you have issued the digital direct debit authorisation for NHL Stenden to automatically collect the tuition fee from your bank account, it works as follows:

First option: yearly payment

If you pay the tuition fee in its entirety, the automatic transaction will take place around 25 September. You will need to re-issue the direct debit authorisation before the start of each academic year.

Second option: payment in instalments
If you choose to pay in instalments, the tuition fee will be automatically withdrawn from your bank account in 9 instalments. All instalments will take place on or around the 25th of each month, starting in September, May being the last instalment. 

Payment and student visa (non-EU students)
If you are from a non-EU Member State, you must transfer the necessary fees to NHL Stenden; the last page of your Letter of Admission contains the invoice for this purpose.

Once we have received your full payment and have verified that you meet the visa requirements, we will apply for a student visa on your behalf. After approximately three to six weeks, we will notify you by email whether your visa application has been approved. This email will also inform you about collecting your visa from the Dutch 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 €11,000 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 €11,000. 

Watch the video's

EU Application Procedure 

Non- EU Application Procedure 

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