Practical information

You are about to leave for the Netherlands to study at HZ. This will surely be one of the most exciting and life changing experiences of your life! To assist in your preparations we give you some important practical information.

Practical information

Read carefully what you need to arrange when you decide to study in The Netherlands.

Visa for non-EU students

Whether or not you will need a visa depends on your nationality. All non-European students need to apply for a visa. Note: if you hold the nationality of one of the following countries - Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, South-Korea or Japan- you do not need a visa. Also as a European student you do not need to apply for a visa. 

When you do need a visa, the HZ student office will apply for these documents on your behalf after having completed the application process. Students receive a residence permit for the entire period of their studies (with a maximum of 5 years).


Everyone in the Netherlands must have an insurance for medical expenses. As a foreign student you will need to take out a healthcare insurance and we strongly advise to take out a third-party liability insurance. Also make sure you have a travel insurance.

As a EU-student, you are not required to take out a Dutch public healthcare insurance if you are already insured in your home country. Your insurance company can provide you with the European Health Insurance Card. Before you leave, we would advise you to check with your insurance company whether everything is covered for your study abroad. Note that as soon as you have a part-time job next to your studies or do a paid internship, you have to take out a Dutch public healthcare insurance.

Non-EU student
Non-EU students without a paid internship or job are covered with a private healthcare insurance. Note that as soon as you have a part-time job next to your studies or do a paid internship, you have to take out a Dutch public healthcare insurance.

Possible insurance companies
There are three insurance companies in The Netherlands specialised in insurances for foreign students.

Dutch bank account

If you are not from a country within the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) you can apply for an ING Student Account.  

Students from these (SEPA) countries can use their current bank account(s)  in The Netherlands, but if you are staying at HZ longer than 1 year you also may  apply for an ING Student Account.

Open an ING Student Account here.

Registration with town hall

All foreign students staying in the Netherlands for a period longer than four months have to register with the municipal register (gemeentelijke basisadministratie) of the Dutch town where they are living. 

Year plan

Our year planning is a general planning. The year plan for some programs may slightly differ from this planning. We therefore strongly advise you to always check the year planning with your course coordinator, when you decided to choose for HZ, at your arrival. 

Click here to see the year plan 2017-2018.

How to get to HZ?

By car
The HZ main building is close to the A58 motorway. When you arrive at the traffic lights at the end of the A58 (E312), turn left. Immediately make a right turn, cross the railway tracks and follow the road 'Oude Veerhavenweg'. You will find the entrance of the HZ parking area on your right.

Airport pick-up service Schiphol Airport Amsterdam
HZ provides an airport pick-up service from Schiphol for newly enrolled non-EU students. A student will pick you up, help you buy your train ticket and travel back with you to Vlissingen. For this service €90 will be charged. Email if you would like us to pick you up at the airport.

From Amsterdam by train* 
If you arrive at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, the railway station is located below the airport. You can find a travel planner (English) at The price of a train ticket from Amsterdam to Vlissingen (one-way) is approximately €25. The trip takes approximately 2,5 hours. 

From Rotterdam by train*
If you arrive at Rotterdam Airport you have to take the bus to Rotterdam Cental Station. The busses leave every 10 minutes and it takes about 20 minutes to get to the railway station. From here you can take the train to Vlissingen. You find a travel planner (English) at A train ticket from Rotterdam to Vlissingen (one-way) is €20. The trip takes approximately 1,5 hour.

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