Pre departure information for students coming to study at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

​Pre departure information for

Before departure

  1. Complete your enrolment
    Please check the letter/email you received from the Student Administration Office with the steps required to complete your registration as a student at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).
  2. Arrange housing
    You are required to arrange your own accommodation. Please note that the KABK does not have a campus or housing facilities. Under Housing you can find a selection of third-party links that offer various accommodation options.
  3. Arrange Insurance
    Health
    All students in the Netherlands must be properly insured. International students who are privately insured in their own country should bring along a statement (in English) detailing their health insurance. Once in the Netherlands you should have an insurance that covers all basic health costs. You are requested to hand in a copy of your health insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.

    Liability
    All students are required to be insured for any damage caused to school property as well as any damage caused to a third person’s property outside the school (for example, in case you hit a car with your bicycle and break the side mirror). You are expected to hand in a copy of your liability insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.
  4. Make sure to bring the following documents with you:
    - Your passport, which must be valid for the duration of your stay + six months (including an extra copy)
    - Letter of admission email
  5. Plan your arrival
    We advise planning your arrival at least one week before the start of the introduction week. In this way, you can get acquainted with the city and settle into your new home.

 After arrival

  1. Visit the Student Administration/International Office at the KABK
    For all questions on practical matters and settling in arrangements.
  2. Attend the international students’ meeting
    At the beginning of the academic year we organise a meeting for all international students. We will cover all the information you might need and discuss the intercultural issues you might face when living in the Netherlands.
  3. Register at the IND (if applicable) and the GBA
    We will arrange a registration day for all students living in The Hague. You will receive more information about this during the introduction week.
  4. Open a Dutch bank account
    We advise opening a Dutch bank account. Contact one of the larger banks (ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, SNS) and they will be happy to help you. Request opening a student account, as you will not require a BSN (Burger Service Number: all residents in the Netherlands have a so-called civilian service number) to open one. You will be asked to provide your passport, your rental agreement to verify your address, and proof of admission at the KABK (either your student card or letter of admission).

Before departure

  1. Complete your enrolment Please check the letter/email you received from the Student Administration Office with the steps required to complete your registration as a student at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).
  2. Arrange housing You are required to arrange your own accommodation. Please note that the KABK does not have a campus or housing facilities. Under Housing you can find a selection of third-party links that offer various accommodation options.
  3. Arrange Insurance
    Health
    All students in the Netherlands must be properly insured. International students who are privately insured in their own country should bring along a statement (in English) detailing their health insurance. Once in the Netherlands you should have an insurance that covers all basic health costs. You are requested to hand in a copy of your health insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.

    Liability
    All students are required to be insured for any damage caused to school property as well as any damage caused to a third person’s property outside the school (for example, in case you hit a car with your bicycle and break the side mirror). You are expected to hand in a copy of your liability insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.
  4. Arrange and pick up your visa/MVV (if required)
    The Student Administration Office takes care of application procedures for the entrance visa (MVV) and stay permit (VVR).
    All students (except those coming from the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea Switzerland or the USA) need a Provisional Residence Permit (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf or MVV). This is a visa required to travel to the Netherlands. The MVV is a sticker in your passport. If a student enters the Netherlands without this sticker, she/he cannot enter the Netherlands or apply for a stay permit (VVR) for study purposes.

    All non-EU/EEA students who will stay in the Netherlands for a period longer than three months will need a temporary residence permit (Vergunning tot Verblijf Regulier = VRR) for study purposes, which is valid for the whole study period.
  5. Make sure to bring the following documents with you:
    - Your passport, which must be valid for the duration of your stay + six months (including an extra copy)
    - Letter of admission email
  6. Plan your arrival
    We advise planning your arrival at least one week before the start of the introduction week. In this way, you can get acquainted with the city and settle into your new home.

After arrival

  1. Visit the Student Administration/International Office at the KABK
    For all questions on practical matters and settling in arrangements.
  2. Attend the international students’ meeting
    At the beginning of the academic year we organise a meeting for all international students. We will cover all the information you might need and discuss the intercultural issues you might face when living in the Netherlands.
  3. Register at the IND (if applicable) and the GBA
    We will arrange a registration day for all students living in The Hague. You will receive more information about this during the introduction week.
  4. Open a Dutch bank account
    We advise opening a Dutch bank account. Contact one of the larger banks (ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, SNS) and they will be happy to help you. Request opening a student account, as you will not require a BSN (Burger Service Number: all residents in the Netherlands have a so-called civilian service number) to open one. You will be asked to provide your passport, your rental agreement to verify your address, and proof of admission at the KABK (either your student card or letter of admission).

Before departure

  1. Confirm your attendance by mail
  2. Arrange housing
    You are required to arrange your own accommodation. Please note that the KABK does not have a campus or housing facilities. Under Housing you can find a selection of third-party links that offer various accommodation options.
  3. Arrange Insurance
    Health
    All students in the Netherlands must be properly insured. International students who are privately insured in their own country should bring along a statement (in English) detailing their health insurance. Once in the Netherlands you should have an insurance that covers all basic health costs. You are requested to hand in a copy of your health insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.

    Liability
    All students are required to be insured for any damage caused to school property as well as any damage caused to a third person’s property outside the school (for example, in case you hit a car with your bicycle and break the side mirror). You are expected to hand in a copy of your liability insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.
  4. Make sure to send the learning agreement to exchange@kabk.nl
  5. Plan your arrival
    We advise planning your arrival at least one week before the start of the introduction week. In this way, you can get acquainted with the city and settle into your new home. 

After arrival

  1. Visit the Student Administration/International Office at the KABK
    For all questions on practical matters and settling in arrangements.
  2. Attend the international students’ meeting
    At the beginning of the academic year we organise a meeting for all international students. We will cover all the information you might need and discuss the intercultural issues you might face when living in the Netherlands.

Before departure

  1. Confirm your attendance by mail
  2. Arrange housing
    You are required to arrange your own accommodation. Please note that the KABK does not have a campus or housing facilities. Under Housing you can find a selection of third-party links that offer various accommodation options.
  3. Arrange Insurance
    Health
    All students in the Netherlands must be properly insured. International students who are privately insured in their own country should bring along a statement (in English) detailing their health insurance. Once in the Netherlands you should have an insurance that covers all basic health costs. You are requested to hand in a copy of your health insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.

    Liability
    All students are required to be insured for any damage caused to school property as well as any damage caused to a third person’s property outside the school (for example, in case you hit a car with your bicycle and break the side mirror). You are expected to hand in a copy of your liability insurance at the Student Administration Office. More information is published in the ‘How To Survive The Hague’ guide.
  4. Arrange and pick up your visa/MVV (if required)
    The Student Administration Office takes care of application procedures for the entrance visa (MVV) and stay permit (VVR).

    All students (except those coming from the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea Switzerland or the USA) need a Provisional Residence Permit (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf or MVV). This is a visa required to travel to the Netherlands. The MVV is a sticker in your passport. If a student enters the Netherlands without this sticker, she/he cannot enter the Netherlands or apply for a stay permit (VVR) for study purposes.

    All non-EU/EEA students who will stay in the Netherlands for a period longer than three months will need a temporary residence permit (Vergunning tot Verblijf Regulier = VRR) for study purposes, which is valid for the whole study period.
  5. Make sure to send the learning agreement (if required) to exchange@kabk.nl
  6. Plan your arrival
    We advise planning your arrival at least one week before the start of the introduction week. In this way, you can get acquainted with the city and settle into your new home.

After arrival

  1. Visit the Student Administration/International Office at the KABK
    For all questions on practical matters and settling in arrangements
  2. Attend the international students’ meeting
    At the beginning of the academic year we organise a meeting for all international students. We will cover all the information you might need and discuss the intercultural issues you might face when living in the Netherlands
  3. Register at the IND (if applicable) and the GBA
    We will arrange a registration day for all students living in The Hague. You will receive more information about this during the introduction week.
  4. Open a Dutch bank account
    We advise opening a Dutch bank account. Contact one of the larger banks (ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, SNS) and they will be happy to help you. Request opening a student account, as you will not require a BSN (Burger Service Number: all residents in the Netherlands have a so-called civilian service number) to open one. You will be asked to provide your passport, your rental agreement to verify your address, and proof of admission at the KABK (either your student card or letter of admission).

Questions?

Contact

You can visit the Student Administration Office at the KABK or contact us via e-mail at studentenadministratie@kabk.nl 
and/or international@kabk.nl. Exchange students can contact us at exchange@kabk.nl