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Additional information for non-EU/EEA students

If you are a non-EU/EEA student, additional requirements apply to you when you wish to do an internship in the Netherlands, in addition to the requirements that the UvA has per internship.

These regulations and agreements are established by the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands), IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) and Nuffic (The Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education).

Nuffic Agreement

The University of Amsterdam is obliged to follow the rules for non-EU/EEA students set up by the VSNU, IND and Nuffic. These institutions set the requirement that non-EU/EEA students must use the Nuffic Agreement as internship contract. This is a three-way-contract between you, the internship company and the university.

Use of this internship agreement is not optional: it is compulsory. If participants do not comply with the rules in this respect, you risk losing your study visa and the company will incur a fine of € 15,000.

It is not possible for non-EU/EEA students to do an internship in the Netherlands without a signature of the university. Therefore, you must meet the university’s requirements for doing an internship. We advise you to make sure that you meet these requirements before you start looking for an internship to spare yourself any disappointments.

  • Checklist additional requirements for non-EU/EEA students
    • The internship is part of the study programme (elective or mandatory).
    • You are enrolled as a student for the duration of the agreement.
    • You are an active student, meaning that you are enrolled in at least 1 course. This is required for you to keep your study visa.
    • You need to show sufficient academic development during the year: you are required to obtain at least half of the required ECTS of the academic year (30 ECTS). This is also a requirement for you to keep your student visa.
    • You hold a valid residence permit for study purposes, covering at least the period of the internship.
    • You will receive supervision during the whole internship period.
    • The internship consists of at most 32 hours per week, except for the summer months (June, July and August). During this period you are allowed to do a fulltime internship (40 hours per week). During this period it is also not necessary to be enrolled in a course.
    • The internship company must be able to present this agreement to the Dutch Labour Inspectorate if asked to do so. You meet the requirements of the internship that you wish to do: the Extracurricular Bachelor’s Internship, Curricular Bachelor’s Internship, Extracurricular Master’s Internship or the Post-Master’s Internship. Please look on the respective pages of those internship for the requirements.

If you still have any doubts or questions with regard to signing a Nuffic Agreement, please contact the internship coordinator.