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International prospective students

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 leads to many questions about your future studies at Avans University of Applied Sciences. We encourage all prospective students to start or continue with 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 planning to start their studies at Avans. We will update this page regularly with further questions and answers as they arise. If you have any questions that 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 the upcoming intake?
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, 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. What does semester 1 of this academic year look like?

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

VACCINATION INFORMATION
18. Can I get vaccinated in the Netherlands?
19. What are the costs of the vaccination?
20. What does the vaccination procedure look like?
21. What vaccines are administered in the Netherlands?

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. 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 for via the e-mail addresses below:

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. If you already know that your secondary school exams will be delayed, please inform Avans while you are still in the application process. You can contact Student Administration directly via studentadministration@avans.nl

 

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 reside outside The European Economic Area (EEA) the application deadline is 1 June. For EEA-students the application deadline is 1 August. Please note that you need to have started your application before the deadline. You can still submit the required documents for your application file after the deadline.
We are doing everything we can to limit the impact of COVID-19 on current applications at Avans.

 

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 alternative 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 exception 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 the upcoming intake?

Incoming international students for exchange programmes are welcome at Avans. However, a number of exchange programmes at Avans moved online. 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. 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 2021 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 provisionally admitted as student for the 2021/2022 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.
 

11. If the classes are offered temporarily online, 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. There has been a bill put forward to provide a statutory reduction of fees of 50% for the academic year 2021/2022. However this bill it not final yet, it needs to be approved by the Dutch government before it becomes effective.
For more financial matters related to studying at Avans, please check our website for more 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. Certain students can 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 how embassies will continue with the process to collect the entry visa applications. Be aware that there is no visa refund once your visa application has been processed by the Dutch Immigration Department (IND).

START OF STUDIES

14. What does semester 1 of this academic year look like?

In this new academic year, we will continue to take into account the social distance regulations and keep 1.5 meter distance to one another. All faculties will adapt their programmes to create a good mix of online and on campus education. You will be informed by your faculty what the programme will look like exactly.

As we consider the connection between new students and lecturers to be of great importance, we will pay extra attention to this when preparing our education. In particular the first year students will receive on campus education to a larger extent.

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

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

Yes, for prospective students who are interested in studying at Avans, we offer orientation webinars, online trial sessions and live Q&A sessions. 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 virtual events take place.
 

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

For the time being the orientation activities for prospective students take place online. As soon as the situation allows for it, orientation days will be organized on campus for prospective students who are interested in studying a bachelor’s degree programme at Avans. Please check the website for the upcoming online events.
 

17. 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.

VACCINATION INFORMATION

18. Can I get vaccinated in the Netherlands?

Everyone living in the Netherlands is eligible for an EMA-certified COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination programme includes residents registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database BRP. Every non-Dutch citizen arriving in the Netherlands for study or work is required to register their presence in the Municipal Personal Records Database BRP. In 2021 everyone aged 18 years and over in the Netherlands will be invited to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Upon your arrival in the Netherlands the International Office will instruct you on how to register with the Municipal Records Database BRP.

 

19. What are the costs of the vaccination?

The vaccination will be administered free of charge. Vaccination is voluntary. Make sure that you are well-informed, so you can make the right choice. You can get the latest update on vaccination figures and the vaccination programme in the Netherlands from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

 

20. What does the vaccination procedure look like?

The vaccination programme is being conducted in phases. When it is time for your population group to be vaccinated, you will receive an invitation, either by post or email. The invitation will provide instructions on what to bring and where to get your vaccination. Persons who have been vaccinated will receive a vaccination certificate and, upon request, a corresponding sticker for their personal vaccination booklet. Make sure that your registration in the Municipal Personal Records Database BRP is up to date.

 

21. What vaccines are administered in the Netherlands?

There are currently 3 vaccines being used in the Netherlands: Moderna, BioNTech/Pfizer and Janssen. All the vaccines prevent people from getting sick from the coronavirus, but the way the vaccines work differs. Not alle vaccines are suitable for every group. The cabinet will ascertain which vaccine to administer to each group. Where possible vaccines will be given to the groups for whom they are most suitable. It is not possible to choose which vaccine you would like to receive.

 

Last updated on 10 June 2021.