Universiteit Maastricht

School of Business and Economics

Visa/Residence permit and Healtcare Insurance

Visa and Residence permit

If applicable we, at the IRO, will forward your details to our visa office after processing your online exchange application; UM’s Visa Office will get back to you in due time. As soon as you hear from them, we do urge you to react immediately and provide them with the necessary documents otherwise you risk a delay in your visa application. This could potentially endanger your semester abroad as you may not receive your visa in time in order to travel to The Netherlands for the start of your semester. Please note that we do not tolerate late arrivals due to visa delay since all our courses require a 100% attendance.


If the visa office has not contacted you three months before the start of your SBE exchange semester please contact the IRO office via iro-incoming-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl (please mention your name, student number and home university).


Please note that we do not tolerate late arrivals since all our courses require a 100% attendance.



If the visa office has not contacted you three months before the start of your SBE exchange semester please contact the IRO office via iro-incoming-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl (please mention your name, student number and home university).

For more information regarding immigration requirements and procedures, please visit the Student Service Centre Visa and Residence permit pages .


Nuffic - Students with Chinese nationality


If you are a Chinese national (even if you are currently living outside China) you have to get a Nuffic Certificate, to be eligible for a Dutch entry visa. This does not apply to Hong Kong (SAR), Macau (SAR) and Taiwan (ROC) nationals.


Students with the Chinese nationality (excluding British National Overseas) are required to submit a Nuffic Certificate. This is a document issued by Nuffic (Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education) that provides an assessment of a student’s English language proficiency and of the validity of the diplomas and degrees. Chinese students who wish to enrol in an English-taught programme at a Dutch higher education institution are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate.

Please note that the registration for a "Nuffic Certificate" does NOT replace the regular application procedures of the Dutch universities and institutions of higher education.

The entire application procedure for the Nuffic Certificate is available on the Nuffic webpage via: http://www.nuffic.nl/international-students


We strongly recommend students to register for the Nuffic Certificate at least four months prior to their intended departure for the Netherlands.



Healthcare and Liability Insurance

Medical costs can be very high in the Netherlands, especially if specialized help from a hospital is required. Therefore it is important to be properly insured.


International students in the Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health and third party liability insurance. We strongly recommend you to take out travel insurance as well, especially if you plan to travel during your stay.


You are responsible for taking out insurance; Maastricht University will NOT do this for you. Please check if your insurance policy in your home country covers your stay in The Netherlands, otherwise you will have to take out private insurance. You are free to find your own, but it is always your responsibility to check whether coverage is sufficient.


Health and liability insurances that do not meet the requirements are the student’s own responsibility. Maastricht University cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur during your stay in Maastricht.  For more information about insurance, please check the Netherlands Organisation for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) website and certainly check the information section of our Visa Office concerning Health Insurance .


If you decide to take out private insurance, Maastricht University advises AON, which is also advised by the Nuffic.