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Language

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P-NUT brought the item of a language course up at the meeting with the executive board and a Dutch course is now free for all PhDs.

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The Dutch language course is now free but another problem is time, some PhDs have to take holiday time for this.

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The residence permit has to be filled in shortly after arrival in the Netherlands, when you don’t know Dutch yet. Also, you have to fill in tax forms, so you have to bother your Dutch colleagues for help.

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PA&O: the permit is now for 4 years, so you only have to fill it in once. But all correspondence of the migration office is in Dutch.

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Can there be a translation of the forms on the website (University should do this, as it concerns al international students and employees).

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NUFFIC: this is a national problem, IND is making some big changes to become more service orientated. The forms will become available on the internet and a translation of the most used forms will be provided.

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The general knowledge (housing, cultural etc.) is missing with international PhDs. The NUFFIC has a forum where PhDs can share experiences.

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Remark: the 1 week intensive course is too short, it should be about 1 month.