The Netherlands is well-known as an open society. It is the world’s most internationally connected country and it offers a great education and excellent value for money. The Dutch educational system is of high quality and Dutch universities are acknowledged worldwide for their well-designed, modern courses and facilities.

The teaching style focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy for international students in the Netherlands to meet Dutch people as well as other international students. You’ll acquire and develop valuable skills, such as problem analysis and solving, and creative thinking. Thus, International students from Botswana who are willing to acquire a study visa such as the Netherlands Study Visa can follow these procedures to obtain their visa within a short period of time.

Visa Type

Provisional Residence Permit (MVV): The visa you need to enter the Netherlands to study will depend on your country of nationality. Apart from the Netherlands study visa, most students will need an entry visa called a Provisional Residence Permit, or ‘Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblifj’ (MVV) in Dutch. This MVV will allow you to enter the Netherlands at any point within the following six months. To stay in the country for the duration of your study programme you’ll need a Residence Permit. The MVV is proof of your eligibility as a Dutch resident: when you enter the Netherlands under this permit, you’re seen to do so as a potential resident rather than a tourist.

Your MVV application will take some time to process, and it is recommended that students apply at least three months before their intended arrival date in the Netherlands. Once your application has been lodged, you’ll be unable to apply for any other Schengen visa, or travel to any Schengen country until a decision is reached. In fact, it is required that you are in your home country when the decision on your visa status is made. You can apply for an MVV through your host institution, each of which will set their own application fees. For example, Leiden university charges students €192 to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit.

Required Documents

To qualify for an MVV visa, you’ll need:

  • A valid passport, and at least one photocopy of the passport photo page.
  • Proof you have sufficient financial means to support yourself during the course of your studies, set by the Dutch Ministry of Justice to be at least €850 per month. Bank statement and scholarship letters are accepted.
  • A completed MVV form.
  • Agree to undergo a medical test for tuberculosis within three months of arriving in the Netherlands. Some nationalities are exempt from this.
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of provisional acceptance to study at a recognized institution in the Netherlands. In some cases, you might also need to take a civic integration exam (‘inburgeringsexam’) at your local Dutch embassy or consulate. The exam costs €150 to take.

Application Procedure

The TEV process is automatically initiated when you apply for an MVV. This means that your application for an MVV and Residence Permit will be submitted and considered at the same time. Your host university will instigate the TEV procedure on your behalf.

You are able to submit both applications yourself if you prefer. In this case, you should submit your applications to the visa section of the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country. If there is no Netherlands embassy in your home country, look up contact details for the one in a country closest to you and discuss your options.

Visa Validity

In order for your visa status to remain valid, you will need to make sure you’re awarded at least 50% of your study credits each year. If there is a special circumstance such as illness that has prevented you from doing so, you can contact your host’s student services and see if you’re eligible for special consideration.

Contact Address

  • Netherlands Consulate in Gaborone, Botswana central Square,
  • New CBD Office 1.05
    P.O. Box 457
  • TELEPHONE: (+267) 71 631 563
  • FAX: [email protected]
  • EMAIL:[email protected]
  • Office Hours By appointment only
  • Ruud Jansen, Honorary Consul

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