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International prospective students

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 leads to many questions about your studies and what the process at Avans University of Applied Sciences is going to be in the coming months. We encourage all prospective students to continue the application process and submit your documents on time despite the uncertainties.

On this page, we have gathered a list of frequently asked questions that are relevant for international applicants for starting their study in September 2020 at Avans. We will be updating this page regularly with further questions as they arise. If you have any questions that is are not listed below, please contact us.

STUDY CHOICE
1. If I have any questions regarding my application at Avans, what is the best way to contact the institution?
2. I plan to study at Avans but my final exams at secondary school have been or may be cancelled /postponed. Can I still be admitted to a bachelor’s programme?
3. Do the current application deadlines still apply or are they postponed?
4. I cannot meet the English language requirements by submitting an IELTS/TOEFL test due to COVID-19. What can I do?
5. I studied in English at my high school, do I need an IELTS/TOEFL test?
6. I have an intake interview scheduled. Will this interview be rescheduled or are there other alternatives? 
7. Will Avans accept incoming exchange students for autumn 2020?
8. I am not sure if I want to come to Avans now due to the risks. I need more time to think about it, can I decide later on my application?

FINANCE

9. How do I pay tuition fees?

10. Do I need to pay tuition fees if I am provisionally admitted?

11. If the classes are offered temporarily online from September on, will I be charged a lower tuition fee?
12. How will COVID-19 impact students’ part-time jobs?

VISA
13. What happens if I cannot get my visa on time?

START OF STUDIES
14. How will the introduction period be organised?
15. Will there be physical or virtual classes in September?

EVENTS AND OPEN DAYS
16. Will Avans organize online information sessions for prospective students?
17. Will there be more international open days in the future?
18. I cannot find the answer to my question.? Who do I contact?

STUDY CHOICE

1. If I have any questions regarding my application at Avans, what is the best way to contact the institution? 

Our admissions team is currently making every effort to avoid delays as much as possible. Should you wish to receive an update on the status of your application you can contact our student information desk via: studentinfo@avans.nl or by phone: +31(0) 88 525 7550. Exchange students can contact the International Office for updates via: internationaloffice@avans.nl or by phone +31(0) 88 525 8001.

For programme related matters, you can also contact the faculty of the study programme you applied as follows:

International Business Breda: study.ib.breda@avans.nl
International Business Den Bosch: asap.amib@avans.nl
Finance & Control (International): study.fci.breda@avans.nl
Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy Technology:

esset.atgm@avans.nl
Industrial Engineering & Management: Instroom.aei@avans.nl

 

2. I plan to study at Avans but my final exams at secondary school have been or may be cancelled /postponed. Can I still be admitted to a bachelor’s programme?

We recommend all prospective students to apply for their preferred study programme independent of possible cancelled or postponed secondary school exams. Avans is actively monitoring the developments happening around the world. We will be reviewing possible implications/cancellations of final exams that may have an effect on your Avans application. Should the implications affect current applications, those concerned will be contacted individually by Avans.

 

3. Do the current application deadlines still apply or are they postponed?

The deadlines still apply and are not postponed. The regular application deadline will remain as stated on the international website. For international students who resides outside The European Economic Area (EEA) the application deadline is 1 June. For EEA-students the application deadline is 1 August.  
We are doing everything we can to limit the impact of COVID-19 on current applications at Avans for September 2020.

 

4. I cannot meet the English language requirements by submitting an IELTS/TOEFL test due to COVID-19. What can I do?

For those applicants who are unable to submit their proof of English language proficiency via an IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge test due to the closure of the official test centres, an online alternative is now available. The TOEFL iBT special home edition test is now acknowledged as suitable to fulfil the admission requirement related to The English language proficiency. This test is accepted by Avans and is available for residents worldwide with the exceptions of mainland China and Iran.  

 

5. I studied in English at my high school, do I need a IELTS/TOEFL test?

The English language requirement does not apply to the following applicants:

1. Applicants who attended prior education completely taught in English.
2. Applicants who obtain a non-Dutch degree listed on this diploma list.
3. Applicants with one of the following Dutch diplomas HAVO, VWO or MBO-4 level.

 

6. I have an intake interview scheduled. Will this interview be rescheduled or are there other alternatives?

The study choice test, which is a part of the intake interview, will be carried out online. You will receive an invitation to take part in the online intake interview. If you already planned your intake interview it will take place as scheduled, unless you are informed otherwise.

 

7. Will Avans accept incoming exchange students for autumn 2020?

Incoming international students for exchange programmes are welcome at Avans. However, a number of exchange programmes at Avans are cancelled or postponed. Students that applied for these programmes will be informed individually. The application and admission process remains the same.

 

8. I am not sure if I want to come to Avans now due to the risks. I need more time to think about it, can I decide later on my application?

Yes, you can, but you have to apply before the indicated deadlines. Please check our website for more information.

FINANCE

9. How do I pay tuition fees?

You pay your tuition fees directly to Avans University of Applied Sciences. You can do this via a digital authorisation. You fill in your digital authorisation during your application in the online Studielink environment. You can read the full information about the payment of your tuition fees here. Avans must receive your digital authorisation before 1 September. If you miss the deadline, you will not be enrolled as an Avans student. In connection with the legislation relating to the pan-European direct debit scheme (SEPA) all arrangements must be in place for your enrolment, including the digital authorisation, by 31 August 2020 in order for the financial transactions to be processed correctly. If you are currently living in a non-SEPA country, you will have to pay your tuition fees via a bank transfer. Here you can read step by step how to pay your tuition fees if you are not based in the SEPA-zone.

10. Do I need to pay tuition fees if I am provisionally admitted?

For certain students, it is possible to be admitted as students for the 2020/2021 academic year – under certain conditions – because of national coronavirus measures. If you are eligible for this, then make sure to contact the study programme that you registered for.

Please note: if you are provisionally admitted, you must enter payment details for tuition fees in Studielink to complete your enrolment. Make sure you enter these details on time! If you do not issue a direct debit mandate on time, you will not be enrolled at Avans University of Applied Sciences. You will therefore not be able to follow education at Avans or make use of the university's educational support facilities.

To complete enrolment, intermediate vocational education (mbo) students who are provisionally admitted must enter the payment details in Studielink before 1 September.

We need these details for our records. The first direct debit will be taken 1 month after you have received your mbo diploma.

 

11. If the classes are offered temporarily online from September on, will I be charged a lower tuition fee?

If a temporary move to online teaching becomes a necessity due to the risk of infection, the courses will have equivalent contents and the same learning objectives. Tuition fees will not be reduced.
For more financial related matters when to studying at Avans, please check our website for more detailed information.

 

12. How will COVID-19 impact students’ part-time jobs?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis it might be difficult for students to find part-time jobs to support themselves while living in the Netherlands. It is recommended to have sufficient financial means for living expenses in case finding a job is more difficult than expected. You can always apply for financial support via DUO, bear in mind that it can take up to 3 months to process the application. You can find more information on DUO website.

VISA

13. What happens if I cannot get my visa on time?

We will keep all our students up to date regarding visa applications. We do not know yet how embassies will continue with the process to collect the entry visa applications. Be aware that there is not visa refund once your visa application has been processed by the Dutch Immigration Department (IND).

START OF STUDIES

14. How will the introduction period be organised?

The introduction day for international students will take place online on Tuesday August 25, 2020. In addition to this, some faculties might host an extra introduction for their students. New incoming international students will be informed by the International Office and their faculties about the programme details once we are closer to the start of the academic year.

 

15. Will there be physical or virtual classes in September?

Some faculties are offering the first semester online whereas others will offer a blended form (online and on campus). Please contact your faculty for more details:

International Business Breda: study.ib.breda@avans.nl
International Business Den Bosch: asap.amib@avans.nl
Finance & Control (International): study.fci.breda@avans.nl
Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy Technology: 
esset.atgm@avans.nl
Industrial Engineering & Management: Instroom.aei@avans.nl

EVENTS AND OPEN DAYS

16. Will Avans organize online information sessions for prospective students?

Yes, for prospective students who are interested in studying at Avans, we offer online Q&A sessions hosted by the International Office. During these live chats, staff will answer all your questions regarding study programmes, admission requirements, application procedures and practical matters such as visa, insurance, housing and residence permits. Please check the website to see when the Skype Q&A is taking place.

 

17. Will there be more international open days in the future?

Yes, orientation days are organized for prospective students who are interested in studying a bachelor’s degree programme at Avans. The next orientation days will take place on 18, 19, 20 November, 2020. Please check our website for more information. Prospective students can also contact our International Office for any queries about this event via e-mail: internationaloffice@avans.nl.

 

18. I cannot find the answer to my question. Who do I contact?

Please contact the student administration for all queries related to your application for a bachelor or a master study programme at Avans via studentadministration@avans.nl. You can contact the International Office for questions regarding your application for an exchange programme or practical matters such as housing and visa applications. You can reach the International Office via e-mail at internationaloffice@avans.nl or by phone +31 (0)88 525 8001.

Last updated on 24 July 2020.