A residence permit for study purposes is issued for the duration of your study programme plus three months for the administrative completion of the programme, and, if applicable, the preparatory year.
The maximum period of the validity of the residence permit is five years. Before the end date of your residence permit, you may apply for an extension of your stay for the duration of your study programme.
If you change your course during your stay in the Netherlands, the number of years that you have already studied in the Netherlands will be deducted from the maximum duration of your new study programme.
To continue your studies in the Netherlands you are expected to maintain sufficient progress toward a degree. You should earn at least 50% of the credits required per academic year. The educational institution checks this at the end of each academic year. If you do not meet this standard, the residence permit may be withdrawn.
If you have successfully finished your study programme, your permit ends. You will then need to leave the Netherlands, or if you wish to stay, apply to stay for another purpose. As a graduate you may, for example, apply for an orientation year for graduates. This permit allows you to seek employment for one year after your graduation date, for example as a highly educated migrant. You then apply for a residence permit to seek and perform work in employment or otherwise.
Orientation year for graduates