What is Studielink?
Studielink is the central application and registration organisation for Dutch universities. Applications to Dutch universities from students with international diplomas should generally be sent directly to the university (check each institution’s policy). Then students must then register via Studielink. Students should always follow the directions given to them by Studielink and the university they are applying to. Students must also be registered with Studielink or they will not be eligible to study when their programme begins each year.
Studielink is not the same as UCAS and it serves a slightly different purpose. You can apply for up to four courses at a time, of which only one can be subject to a lottery (Numerus Fixus). However, you can change the courses you wish to apply for at any time before the enrolment deadline. This gives you the flexibility to ensure you actually end up studying where and what you want.
You can find plenty of information about questions you may have on the Studielink website. If you get completely stuck there is email and telephone support available to you. We have some experience of Studielink and we may be able to help you as a last resort.
How does it work?
Students must go through a number of steps during the enrolment process.
- The student starts by applying for an account.
- Once the student has received your login details, you can proceed with entering their personal details.
- Once the student has entered their personal details into Studielink, they can directly proceed with* entering an enrolment application* (select – new enrolment application). The student needs to get a verification code in order to proceed with the application. For applicants with a registered address in the Netherlands this step is automated. For students who are residents outside the Netherlands, their address cannot be verified in this way (they will not have what is called a “DigiD” until they are a registered Dutch resident which the will only usually become after arrival at university). For this reason the institution of higher education where the student is going to study will have to identify the student. In any case, students should keep a close eye on any email messages from Studielink, as they may contain further instructions.
- When the student fills out the enrolment application, they will be asked to enter information about their previous education. This information will be checked. Depending on your previous education, this can be done via the General Register of Student Numbers (exam data) or the institution for higher education where the student is going to study will ask them to send in copies of their diploma and grade list. The Studielink form does not allow you to list all of the individual GCSEs or A’ levels. You simply enter that you are taking A’ levels. Studielink does not check that you have the grades you submit; students will have to prove this separately.
- If the student has completed all the steps of Studielink, they have finished submitting their application in Studielink. There may, however, be additional steps in the enrolment process, for example if they have selected a study programme with Numerus Fixus (limited places allocated by lottery). Please keep an eye on the Studielink status at all times, and check the informational brochure or the website of the institution for higher education to see if further steps must be taken.
- The student will be asked to enter payment details for how they intend to pay their tuition fees. These fees must be paid before tjhe student can enrol but Studielink itself doesn’t charge the student. It passes this information on to the relevant institution of higher education. Entering payment details into Studielink does NOT set up any standing order / direct debit. The student will have to arrange payment yourself. This also applies for any student grants and loans.
If a student is having trouble understanding what they need to do, or need help, please have them contact their International Programmes Officer in Admissions or their Study Coordinator/Adviser.