Students from abroad

Residence permit and visa (Non EU)

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International students coming from European Union countries are officially allowed to hold a job in the Netherlands without obtaining a work permit. Students from non-EU countries are either allowed to work for ten hours a week throughout the year or they may save up these work hours in order to take a seasonal job in June, July and/or August. They are required to obtain a work permit before starting their job. For information about work permits please contact the Office of Foreign Relations at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Financial support  
ACTA does not offer financial support (nor do either of Amsterdam’s universities) except in the case of PhD studies. Academic departments, professional affiliations or research institutes in your own country may be willing to support you in financing your studies at ACTA. American and Canadian students are entitled to apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) or for a deferment of payment on an existing GSL account.

Programmes are conducted in English, unless stated otherwise. Non-native speakers are required to submit proof of proficiency in the English language before enrolling. They should be able to read text books, understand lectures, take part in class discussions, give oral presentations and write papers in English. A good indicator of competence is a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum score of 6.5 on the test of the English Language Testing Service (ELTS).

Expenses and accommodation 
Like most Dutch universities, ACTA does not have a campus and cannot guarantee housing. However, the institute can often mediate to help students find appropriate accommodation. Housing and living expenses in Amsterdam are on a par with other European countries, and low compared to standards in the United States (EUR 600-700 per month). These expenses are not included in the programme fees mentioned.