Students from all non-EU/EEA countries are OBLIGED to apply for a residence permit through the International Office of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie to study in the full-time bachelor program. They cannot study in our part-time program, unless they already have a valid residence permit for the Netherlands which allows for studying.

Non-EU/EEA students applying for 2020-2021 have to have a provable amount of at least €17,167 on their bank account to apply for their residence permit! For more information, read here

How can a residence permit be obtained?

Students cannot apply for a residence permit themselves, only the academy can. Therefore students need to provide the academy on time with all required data, documents and payments by closely following the steps below.

Step 1

After you have been admitted to the academy you will receive an invitation from the International Office of the academy to start your application for a residence permit. The International Office will provide you with a login code with which you can start the application online and activate your workflow.

Step 2

All required documents have to be scanned and uploaded, so the International Office can check them and approve them. Some of the required documents:

  • Valid passport;

  • Valid proof of sufficient financial means to show that you can support yourself in the Netherlands for a year and can pay the tuition fees. NOTE: for the year 2020-2021, non-EU/EEA bachelor students have to prove that they have at least €17,167 on their bank account (the tuition fees + 12 times the minimum standard monthly amount for residence and study of €898 ). NOTE: For non-EU/EEA Prep Year students this total amount is €12,787;

  • Proof of payment of the application fee for the residence permit (€174.00);

  • Proof of health insurance with sufficient coverage and validity in the Netherlands;

  • If you are a Chinese national (even if you are currently living outside China) you have to get a Nuffic Certificate, to be eligible for a Dutch entry visa. This does not apply to Hong Kong (SAR), Macau (SAR) and Taiwan (ROC) nationals.

Step 3

When all documents are in order and complete, you are requested to send all hard copies to the International Office of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Only after receiving the hard copies your application can be sent in to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

Step 4

On arriving in the Netherlands, come to the International Office as soon as you can to collect your residence permit letter. You need this letter to pick up your residence permit card at the IND office. For some students a tuberculosis test is mandatory, in that case you will receive your TB test form from the International Office.

Do you have any remaining questions? Then please contact international[at]