On this page you can read about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on education and on our services.

General information

All our events in the Netherlands and abroad will be suspended until 31 August. We are keeping an eye on the current situation and will pass on any changes through this page. If you are unsure whether an event will go ahead, please contact the organisers.

Our office in The Hague is closed until further notice. We follow the advice of the Dutch government. You can contact us through our contact form or by telephone.

Our employees are ready to help you. At this moment, our employees are not travelling abroad. We follow the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Useful websites

For general questions and information about the coronavirus and education we refer to the website of the Government of the Netherlands (only in Dutch).

You can also find general information about the coronavirus on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

We advise you to follow the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (only in Dutch).

Primary and secondary education


You can find all the latest information about the coronavirus and the Erasmus+ programme on the website of Erasmus+ (only in Dutch).


Many exchange programmes have been postponed. eTwinning enables you to carry on with your project in an online format. Read more on the eTwinning website.

Distance teaching

There will be no regular teaching at schools until after the school holidays in May, except for children of people in vital professions. There are also special care options for vulnerable children. Primary schools and schools for special education will open up on 11 May, with some restrictions. You can get more information from your school, or on the government website (in Dutch).

Secondary (special needs) schools are preparing to resume on-site teaching as of 2 June. Contact your school for more information or visit the government website (in Dutch).

Most schools are providing distance teaching. Would you like to continue focusing on early foreign language education, global citizenship and multilingualism in your class? Check out our tips on distance learning in primary education and distance learning in secondary education (in Dutch).

Quality inspections bilingual education (tto)

Many (language) tests and exchanges have been put on hold. As this is force majeure, we will take a more lenient approach once we resume our inspections.

For example, we will not penalise your school for not offering the Cambridge Checkpoint test, or for cancelling an exchange visit or international internship. It is important, however, that your school is able to show that such activities are part of your bilingual education programme.

If you have any questions, please email us via

Higher education and vocational education

Until 15 June VET colleges will offer distance learning. They will only be open for exams and to support vulnerable students. If the virus is kept under control, they will gradually reopen as of 15 June.

The government is looking into lifting the restrictions on higher education institutions. For the time being, they will not offer on-site teaching. The extent to which buildings are open for other activities varies per institution. For more information, visit the website of your institution.

For more information, visit the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

Dutch students abroad

Students in risk areas must adhere to local measures and they may not be allowed to travel, including back to the Netherlands.

Students allowed to travel need to decide for themselves whether to go home. They may want to coordinate this with their education institution. For more information, visit the website of the Government of the Netherlands (only in Dutch).

Student support

If you are a Dutch student abroad, you should first contact your travel insurance company. In addition, you can use the following channels:

  • the Dutch embassies abroad, available 24/7 by phone at +31 247 247. From there you will be directed to the right embassy.
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via WhatsApp on +31 6 82 38 77 96.
  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via Twitter at @24/7BZ.

International students and academic staff in the Netherlands

Right of residence

The coronavirus may have consequences for the right of residence of international students in the Netherlands. Do you work at a higher education institution and do you have questions about individual cases? Please contact the IND directly.

The IND is keeping in touch with all relevant stakeholders about this rapidly evolving situation. Please follow the updates on the IND website and note that their response times are slower than usual.

View the answers to frequently asked questions to the IND.

If you have any concerns about right of residence issues, please contact our Mobility Obstacles network

Are you an international student or researcher and do you have a question about your residence permit? We advise you to contact your hosting education institution.


Whether students from risk areas are allowed to go to the Netherlands to study or do an internship, depends on local measures. A travel ban may be in place. This is a decision for education institutions and employers to make, in consultation with the local authorities and taking into account the local medical and safety situation.

You may want to contact your regional GGD health centre. If students or interns from risk areas were to travel to the Netherlands, it is important to seek good advice. For more information, visit the RIVM website.

Health and safety

If you have any questions about the health and safety situation in the Netherlands, please contact your Dutch education institution.

Most institutions have a designated desk, service or contact person for international students with questions related to the coronavirus. In addition, keep an eye on the information from the embassy of your country of origin.

Delayed visa applications

In some countries exams and English language tests are being postponed because of the coronavirus. Students may receive their results too late to submit a (regular) visa application. Unfortunately, we do not know how this will impact these students.

We are aware of the issue and the relevant government organisations are working on possible solutions. We are engaged in these discussions via the Mobstacles network.

Mobility obstacles for students and academic staff

The coronavirus has far-reaching consequences for the international mobility of students and scientific staff. Together with umbrella organisations in the education sector and government agencies, we are looking for solutions to these problems. Both for Dutch people going abroad and for foreign students in the Netherlands. Currently it is unclear what the consequences will be for incoming mobility for the 2020-2021 academic year. It is also not clear whether changes in secondary school exams in other countries will affect admission to Dutch higher education.

You can email questions about mobility to:


You can find all the latest information about the Erasmus+ programme on the website of Erasmus+ (only in Dutch).

Expiring visas

Are you a student, researcher, scientist or staff member in a risk area and unable to go home, with your visa expiring shortly? Please contact your own institution and your embassy’s consular department in the country you’re in. They will give you further advice.

Diploma evaluation

We are working from home. This means we cannot process any documents that were sent by regular post. We do process documents received online of through email. This can take longer than usual. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we are grateful for your understanding.

Nuffic certificate for Chinese students

Chinese students can often not take an English test, because of travel restrictions and the closure of examination centres. They can still apply for a Nuffic certificate for admission to a study programme in the Netherlands.

Students can submit their application with a language waiver request. We will issue the Nuffic certificate provisionally, so that the registration process can continue. The education institution will need to ask the student to submit the TOEFL or IELTS certificate at a later stage, before the start of the visa application process.

This ensures that we avoid any delays, as soon as the travel restrictions in China are lifted.

You can find more information on the NCAS website.

Nuffic Neso offices

Our Neso offices are closely monitoring the local situation and are in touch with the Dutch embassies and consulates general. If necessary they will adjust their opening hours and accessibility. Follow their social media channels for the latest news or contact the relevant Neso office.

Many countries have additional travel restrictions for citizens returning from abroad, such as a mandatory quarantine period of 1 to 2 weeks. Always check with the government of the country you are travelling to.

Our Neso colleagues are currently working from home and we are in daily contact with them.

Orange Knowledge Programme

In April we were asked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to stop providing grants. This grant stop is now partially lifted.

All remaining calls from Q4 2019 and Q1 2020 - including the individual scholarships Round 1 and the TMT applications - will be granted shortly.

We will now partially continue grants for Q2. Future calls for Q3 and Q4 are still being discussed with the Ministry. Please read the last programme update for details.

Measures for all instruments

On 30 April we sent out a programme update to announce (new) measures, which apply to all OKP and NICHE instruments. Our letter below, which is also available in French, clarifies what extra flexibility you will have during this pandemic and which obligations you will still have to meet.

Letter: Measures related to Corona (pdf, 142 kB)

Lettre: Mesures relatives au coronavirus‌ (152.3 kB) (in French)

Individual scholarships

There are students who are currently studying in the Netherlands with an OKP scholarship. Some of these will need to return home before completing their course, as a result of the corona measures. This is understandable. We still need to work out what this means for the completion of their course and the current scholarship.

Please note that any decision to leave now will NOT affect a student’s chances for any new scholarship application submitted in the future. It will also not negatively impact the proportion of scholarships allocated to any institution.

We encourage development of online alternatives for the affected courses. For courses that take place between now and 1 September 2020, we approve the replacement of face-to-face courses by online courses, as long as the content of the course is similar and the total duration of the course stays the same.

Application round 1 - deadlines

The registration deadline for applicants of round 1 of 2020 will remain the same: 24 March.

Applicants will get 4 extra weeks to arrange a Government Statement, beyond the application deadline of 24 March. We will temporarily accept applications without a Government Statement. Instead of uploading the statement during the application process, we ask applicants to upload a document with their own explanation on why they couldn't obtain a statement. Applicants must send the official signed Government Statement to the education institution before 21 April 2020 16.00 CEST.

We accept Employer Statements that have been signed digitally and/or have not been stamped, provided there are no doubts regarding their authenticity and it meets all other requirements as mentioned on this website.

The nomination deadline for education institutions is postponed from 7 April to 21 April. All other deadlines will remain the same. This means that embassies will now have 4 weeks to assess the OKP scholarship nominations for round 1, from 21 April until 19 May 2020.

The deadlines for application rounds 2 and 3 of 2020 will remain unchanged for now.

Booking change fees

Students may have booked flights and accommodation to start a course in the Netherlands. If they need to amend these bookings, we aim to offer compensation for change fees. We will share the procedures for this as soon as possible.

Please note that students need to contact their education institution about this.

International officers at education institutions can send the details of their request for compensation (individual cases) to their regular contact person at Nuffic via email.

Changes in course dates

We aim to be flexible about changes in course dates. Courses can be postponed, as long as they are finished before Aug 2022 and the final reports are submitted in October 2022.

Institutional collaboration projects & Tailor-Made Training

If you are running a project in an area affected by the corona measures, please check the rules in the grant obligations documents you received when you were allocated the subsidy. There are special cost categories for contingencies.

If your project or your Tailor-Made Training will start later than originally planned, this is not a problem. We do ask you to please contact the responsible Country Programme Manager for your project before cancelling or postponing anything or putting activities on hold. You can send an email to

Reporting deadlines NICHE and OKP

If you are were supposed to submit a report for your project between 12 March 2020 and 6 April 2020, you will get 2 extra weeks. For example, if you were supposed to submit a report on 30 March, your new deadline is 13 April. If you are unsure if your project can benefit from this extension, please contact

Open calls for application

TMT (regular)

The deadline of 19 march will not be changed. We understand it can be a challenge for your organisation. If your proposal is ready content-wise and you have questions regarding form-related or administrative shortcomings of your proposal, please contact

TMT+ & Institutional collaboration

All organisations working on proposals for currently open TMT+ and Institutional calls will receive 3 weeks extra time to work on their proposals. New calls released in March will also receive 3 weeks of extra time. Documents with new deadlines will be published as soon as possible.

Contact persons Orange Knowledge Programme

Staff of education institutions and participating organisations can contact our contact persons. Scholarship holders need to contact their education institution for more information.

More questions

Do you have a question and you can't find the answer on this page? Please contact us.

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