About Holland

The Netherlands has a proud maritime history. At present the Dutch Maritime Cluster consists of a flourishing merchant marine and a number of world leading subsectors such as specialised shipbuilding, dredging, offshore, ports and logistics, inland waterways and yachting. The Dutch Maritime Cluster contributes nearly 3% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The 12,000 companies employ directly and indirectly 185,000 persons with a turnover of € 25 billion and value added of €14,6 billion.

For more information about the Netherlands please visit www.holland.com. More information about living in The Netherlands in general, can be found on the Nuffic website.


Dutch law requires everyone living in the Netherlands to be covered by health insurance. NMU will apply on your behalf for a health insurance certificate which is valid for one year and covers medical expenses, travel accidents, additional costs and emergency assistance, liability and personal possessions.

Immigration requirements

To enter the Netherlands for study purposes, inhabitants from most countries need a visa. It must be applied for well in advance. If you will be staying for longer than three months, you need an ‘authorisation for temporary stay’ (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf or MVV). This requirement does not apply to citizens of the EU/EEA, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Switzerland or Monaco. The regular application procedure for an MVV may take two months. NMU will apply for an MVV on your behalf using a fast-track procedure. Upon arrival in the Netherlands, all foreigners must register with the municipality of Rotterdam. NMU will apply for your residence permit (VVR) which is valid for the duration of one year. Throughout the whole application procedure NMU will assist you in arranging your stay with local authorities. For more information visit www.nuffic.nl

Staying in The Netherlands after your NMU-graduation? 
Knowledge and talent is welcome in the Netherlands to strengthen our competitive position and knowledge-based economy. Therefore, the Dutch government decided to improve the already existing orientation year scheme, also known as Search Year. For more information please watch this video or visit the Holland Alumni website.



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