Registration

Before the start of your studies, you need to complete your formal registration at TU Delft and as a citizen of the Netherlands. There might also be a few practical things you need to arrange like opening a bank account and having your insurance checked.

Steps to complete:

  1. Finalise your enrolment as a student of TU Delft
    Before you start your studies, your enrolment as a student at TU Delft should be finalised. You will be officially enrolled after TU Delft has verified the authenticity of the diploma’s and certificates on which your admission was based.
  2. Register as a resident in your Dutch municipality
    Everybody who will live in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months has to register in the Personal Records Database of the municipality of residence.
  3. Open a SEPA bank account (mandatory for students without a SEPA bank account)
    In collaboration with TU Delft, ABN AMRO bank provides international students the opportunity to open a SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) bank account. The charges for this bank account are €1.55 per month. (The fee will be € 0,-- as of October)
  4. Make sure you are sufficiently insured for healthcare and liability
    International Insurances, on behalf of TU Delft, offers you the opportunity to have your insurance policies checked to ensure they are sufficient for the Netherlands. They also offer an insurance deal for international students. The university recommends this insurance plan as it is affordable, meets the IND requirements (if you need a residence permit), provides sufficient medical coverage, and includes personal liability insurance among other insurances.

Finalise your enrolment as a student of TU Delft

To finalise your enrolment as a student at TU Delft, you must have your diplomas and transcripts checked by TU Delft. End of July you will receive an email with further instructions on the registration procedure for finalising your enrolment. Please read the information below about what documents to bring with you

BSc students: Finalise your enrolment as a student at TU Delft

 

Documents to bring

It is very important have the necessary documents in your possession, whether coming to the Netherlands or starting your studies online. As you might be required to hand in your documents it is preferred to have a certified copy of each of your documents in addition to the originals.
Note that it will be difficult to obtain certified copies during your initial days in the Netherlands. Please plan accordingly and make sure to possess of the following documents:

  • Your valid passport (all students) or identity card (EU/EFTA students only);
  • Your original diploma and certificates if applicable, or a certified copy* of each of these documents. If you have not yet received your diploma, please bring a provisional diploma or a statement issued by your educational institution stating that you have graduated.
  • Final transcripts clearly indicating that you have successfully completed all requirements to obtain your diploma and certificates if applicable.
  • Certified translation(s) of the aforementioned documents if the original is NOT already in English, French, German or Dutch**;
MSc students: Finalise your enrolment as a student at TU Delft

 

Documents to bring

It is very important have the necessary documents in your possession, whether coming to the Netherlands or starting your studies online. As you might be required to hand in your documents it is preferred to have a certified copy of each of your documents in addition to the originals.
Note that it will be difficult to obtain certified copies during your initial days in the Netherlands. Please plan accordingly and make sure to possess of the following documents:

  • Your valid passport (all students) or identity card (EU/EFTA students only);
  • Your original academic degree or a certified copy* of your original academic degree. If you have not yet received your bachelor’s, please bring a provisional degree certificate or a statement issued by your university stating that you have successfully completed all requirements for your BSc programme. Final transcripts clearly indicating that you have finished and obtained your bachelor’s degree (e.g. Italian undergraduate degree) will also be sufficient.
  • Certified translation(s) of the aforementioned documents if the original is NOT already in English, French, German or Dutch**;
* A certified copy is a copy with an official stamp verifying the copy to be true to the original. This official stamp may be from either a solicitor/notary, the educational institution from where you obtained the degree(s), an embassy or the local council/local authority/local government office. If you only have an original, bring this original and a photocopy to your registration appointment at TU Delft. We will sign and stamp the copy as a true copy for our files. You will keep the original.
** Certified translations bear the original logo and the original stamp of the sworn translator who made the translation.

Register as a resident at your Dutch municipality

Since you are moving to the Netherlands, you will need to register as a resident in the Netherlands at the municipality of the city you will live in. In order to do so, you need to have an official address and a rental contract. If you do not yet have that, you cannot register as a resident and we advise you to read the information on the Housing page carefully.

After registration in the municipality of residence, you will receive a BSN (Burger Service Number (social security number)), that you need for various services in the Netherlands, such as opening a Dutch bank account.

How to register and what documents are needed, depends on the municipality of the city you are going to live in:

I am going to live in Delft

Registering at the municipality of Delft is a 2-step process: You can schedule an appointment via this link and use the code 27uiibbx.The appointment will take place at the office of the Delft Municipality (Stationsplein 1, at Delft Central train station). During the appointment you will receive the BSN (Burger Service Number (social security number)) right away.Please schedule the appointment before the end of September. (This is sufficient for this year, to live up to the regulation that you need to register within 5 days)

I am going to live in The Hague (Den Haag)

To register as a residence of The Hague, Municipality of the Hague organised a centralised registration day for TU Delft students on: 

Saturday 5 September

  • 12:00 uur Technische Universiteit Delft

On the following website of the Municipality of The Hague you will find detailed information on what documents to bring. To facilitate the registration procedure, it is important that you have all correct documents with you. The registration form can be downloaded here.

Within two weeks after registering at the municipality you will receive a letter at your address with your BSN. Save this letter carefully.

I am going to live in another city than Delft or the Hague

As every municipality has different procedures, we advise you to contact the municipality of the city you are going to live in to learn more on how to register and what documents you need. TU Delft cannot advise you.

I do not have a rental contract for accommodation yet

You are officially required to register a valid Dutch address within 5 days after arrival in the Netherlands. Registering a valid Dutch address at the local municipality is a legal obligation for all who intend to stay in the Netherlands for 4 months or more, irrespective of nationality or purpose of stay. A valid and registered address allows you to obtain a BSN (Citizen Service Number), which is needed to interact with Dutch authorities. Please read the information on the housing page carefully: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/practical-matters/housing/


Opening a SEPA bank account in the Netherlands

In collaboration with TU Delft, ABN AMRO bank provides international students who will arrive in the Netherlands the opportunity to open a bank account. The charges for this bank account are €1.55 per month (And as of October 2020 for free). Note: do not open a Dutch bank account if you will not be in the Netherlands (yet).

If you already possess an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) from a country that belongs to the SEPA area and it is possible to keep your account, it is not necessary to apply for a Dutch bank account. Though there are some reasons why you might want to consider it after your arrival in the Netherlands:

  • Your current bank may charge you for getting cash out of ATMs or for other transactions made with your international card. Check the conditions of your current bank.
  • For some services in The Netherlands you need to have a Dutch bank account (for example a personal OV-chipkaart for use on public transportation).

 

How to open an ABN AMRO bank account

For opening a bank account you need to have your BSN number, which you will receive after registering at the municipality and therefor only possible after arriving in the Netherlands.

This procedure will be changed. ABN AMRO will allow you to open a bank account online without a BSN at that moment, but you will need your TIN/TIC/FIN*. This new application is planned to go live in the last week of August 2020, and available for all international students.
Note: you will need to inform the bank of your BSN within 6 weeks after opening the account

You can apply for a bank account via the ABN AMRO bank website.

For Students 18+

Opening a bank account at ABN AMRO online after 24 August you will need the following documents:

  • Your valid passport (all students) or identity card (EU/EFTA students only)
  • proof of enrolment of your Dutch University
  • TIN (your Tax Identification Number.) This number is mentioned in different forms and/or documents depending on the country where you are from. Request this at your local government or tax office.
For students just under 18

Students under 18 will need to make an appointment to visit the ABN AMRO and make sure you will provide the bank with the following document, filled in:

  • Two Application forms; one from the student and one from one of the parents
  • All documents mentioned under “for students 18+” 
  • A copy of the Pasport of the parent and the declaration of consent.

A online video call with the parent(s) will have to take place.


Insurance

When studying at TU Delft, you are required to have sufficient healthcare insurance and liability insurance, that needs to start before you leave your home country. It is your own responsibility to make sure you are sufficiently insured and to keep the policy current and paid. Falling behind on your payment would mean your insurance will be suspended. TU Delft is not responsible for lack of insurance. More information on insurance is available here.

Our insurance partner, International Insurances, will answer your questions and give you advice about insurance for free. If you would like to have your current insurance policies checked to ensure they are sufficient for the Netherlands, you are welcome to contact them, preferably by e-mail. You can find the contact details on their webpage with information for TU Delft students.