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This page contains information for international students and the impact that the coronavirus has on international travel. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvements, fill out the corona contact form or send an email to our central information point info@utwente.nl.

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International Mobility

Due to developments in Covid-situations, as well as regulations and travel advice, this information is subject to change. You are advised to check this page regularly for updates.

Mobility outgoing - students, PhD and staff

For International Mobility, UT adheres to the advice of the Dutch government on international travel. All forms of International Mobility of students and staff to a destination with a travel advice code orange or red by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is restricted. In addition, UT does not issue scholarships in case of travel to orange or red destinations.

The current UT international travel restrictions related to Covid are extended until at least 1 July 2021. After this date, travel to green and yellow coded destinations is permitted. This is always subject to any (further) regulations and/or Covid-related travel advice by the Dutch government.

Preparation for International Mobility is possible. However, students and staff should be aware that these preparations (including, but not limited to, academic approval, learning agreements, scholarship applications) do not give the right to International Mobility, or a scholarship. In the end, travel is only allowed subject to the basic conditions above.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Situations, regulations, and travel advice may change due to Covid developments, even at late notice, for example: destinations may change from green/yellow to orange/red.
  • Costs incurred due to preparation for International Mobility that cannot take place, are not covered by UT.

In case of international mobility of staff to a green or yellow destination, she/he must confirm with her/his supervisor whether travel is essential for UT activities. Should this be the case, the costs related to Covid tests and quarantine are covered by the staff member’s own unit.

Mobility incoming – students, PhD and staff

Incoming international mobility to UT is permitted but is subject to national and UT Covid-related regulations and measures.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • When should I go into quarantine?

    More information about quarantine and isolation can be found on the Health and prevention page.

  • How can I travel from the airport to my accommodation to self-quarantine?

    The Student Union offers a pick-up service for prospective students. If you cannot use this service, you may take the train from Schiphol to Enschede. Be sure to avoid rush hour. Note that you must wear a face mask while travelling on public transport.

  • What can I do as an EU student to retain my Dutch study grant, even though I no longer meet the minimum requirement of 56 working hours per month?

    If you can prove that your situation has changed as a result of force majeure, you may be able to retain your Dutch study grant. You need a declaration from your employer stating that you are forced to work fewer hours or not at all as a result of the coronavirus. This declaration must clearly state the period it concerns. This option is also available to EU residents with a zero-hour contract.

  • My exchange programme has ended and I would like to return home, but I am not allowed to enter the country.

    If you have any specific questions, you can contact your faculty/programme. For general questions, contact calamity-offcampus@utwente.nl

  • Will the MoMi scheme be modified in light of COVID-19?

    For more information about MoMi, visit the dedicated MoMi & COVID-19 page.

  • What should I keep in mind as an international student when returning to my home country?

    If you cannot travel as a result of the travel restrictions, contact the embassy of your country of origin to inform them of your desire to leave the Netherlands. Ask them if and how they can offer support. Inform your student adviser about the situation.

  • What should I do if I wish to leave or have left the country as a non-EU student (all BMS, EEMCS, ET or S&T programmes and BSc-ATLAS)?

    If you have left the country and terminated the rental contract for your accommodation, contact the visa office if you have not already done so. Visa office must inform the IND that your departure is temporary and not final. If you neglect to contact the visa office, your residence permit may be revoked.

  • What should I do if I wish to leave or have left the country as a non-EU student (ITC MSc student)?

    For students of the ITC faculty: If you have left the country and terminated the rental contract for your accommodation, contact the visa office if you have not already done so. ITC Student Affairs must inform the IND that your departure is temporary and not final. If you neglect to contact ITC Student Affairs, your residence permit may be revoked.

  • I have left the country. Can I come back, even though the borders have been closed? What if I am not a Dutch citizen?

    If you have a valid residence permit, you can return to the Netherlands. Read more here.
    It is important to check up-to-date travel information and medical restrictions, given that you may face restrictions in the country you are departing from, any transit countries you pass through and when entering the Netherlands.

  • My residence permit has been cancelled and I cannot leave due to the coronavirus; can I stay here longer?

    Consult the website of the IND for the most up-to-date answer to this question. Send a message to student-visa@utwente.nl to inform them about your situation.

  • Study orientation: How can I learn more about a bachelor's or master's programme?

    Fortunately, there are many ways to find the bachelor's or master's programme that is right for you. We have gathered all these tips for you online. For example, you can schedule a Skype call with a student adviser.

  • I cannot take my English test (IELTS/TOEFL), which means I cannot acquire the documentation I need for my registration.

    As an alternative, you can take the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (online test). The UT will accept this test during the February 2021 enrolment period and it is available wherever the TOEFL iBT test is normally available, with the exception of the Chinese and Iranian mainland. Other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etcetera) will not be accepted.

  • What is the registration deadline?

    The usual registration deadlines still apply. You can enrol in master's programmes in February of 2021 or in bachelor's and master's programmes in September of 2021. More information can be found here.

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