I want to study

You want to use your knowledge and experience in the Netherlands. We will help you on your way during and before your study. Because education in the Netherlands is different from what you are used to in your country of origin. 

We always have a conversation with you first to determine what you want to achieve, what you need for this and how we can best support you. We will then look at which modules are suitable for this. You can do multiple modules at the same time or one after another. Below you can see which modules we offer if you want to study.


If you want to start a study, you must speak the Dutch language. We advise you on the right language support.

  • Dutch, English, professional language, preparation for state exam
  • Language school adivce
  • Support with registration language school
  • Point of contact for questions during the language course

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Study choice

Choose the study that fits your previous education and ambitions.

  • Help with study choice
  • Step-by-step plan How do I choose a study?
  • Study choice guidance
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Study preparation

You want to continue studying in the Netherlands and you already have an idea of ​​which course you want to follow. 

  • Help with catching up
  • Help with your study start
  • What are the fees?
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Transition year

Prepare yourself optimally for a study in higher education with a preparatory year.

  • Dutch and English language lessons
  • Study skills
  • Get used to the education system

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Get the right support during your study.

  • Point of contact for questions or problems
  • Assistance with arranging financial matters for your studies
  • Contact with your municipality

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Learning and working

Get to work quickly and get a diploma? A work-study program might be something for you.

  • Mbo- In hbo-level
  • Various sectors
  • Part-time education and work
  • Diploma and often job guarantee

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A student or professional helps you during your studies and shares his or her experience and network with you.

  • Study choice and study start
  • Search for an internship
  • Medical assessments and internship

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UAF Academy


Are you still in your asylum procedure or are you waiting for the start of integration? Don't you want to wait and do something? Then you can use the UAF Academy.

  • Language courses 
  • Information about study and work 
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What are the registration conditions for UAF study support?

Depending on the support you receive from us, there are additional conditions. Would you like to know exactly how we can support you and what conditions apply? Then look at the modules above vfor more information.  

You must at least meet these conditions:

  • You have a Dutch residence permit on the basis of asylum*.
  • You received your residence permit no longer than 5 years ago (date of decision).
  • You have started a Dutch language course at B1 level. Haven't you started yet with language level B1? Then read our page language advice what you can do yourself.
  • You have followed a previous education in your country of origin. This one is similar
    to Dutch HAVO 5 level or 12 years of pre-education. Are you interested in a training or work-study program at MBO level? Then 10 or 11 years of pre-school education or HAVO 3 level may also be sufficient. 

Additional conditions

Depending on the support you receive from us, there are additional conditions. Do you want to know exactly how we can support you and what conditions apply? Go to the page how can we help you? . 

For only financial support from the UAF, you must have proof of enrollment and proof of admission to a study programme. If you have already been a UAF client before, we will check whether you already have a loan from the UAF.

For asylum seekers in proceedings different conditions apply:

  • You have applied for asylum in the Netherlands and an asylum procedure is ongoing.
  • You are in your first asylum procedure.
  • You have had the second interview/further hearing with the IND and you are still waiting for a decision from the IND
    After a negative decision from the IND, you received a positive decision from the court. (Your first procedure is again being processed by the IND.) If there is a repeat asylum application (HASA) or an appeal pending, you cannot register.
  • You have a valid W document
  • You speak English or Dutch at an advanced level.
  • You have followed a previous education in your country of origin comparable to the Dutch havo 5 level or 12 years of pre-education.
  • If there are developments in your asylum procedure during your registration at the UAF, this may have consequences for the support that the UAF can offer.

    Note: You cannot receive support from the UAF to start work immediately without a residence permit.

More information about support for asylum seekers in procedure.

Sign up & advice

Do you have a question for us? Fill in the contact form. We will contact you within four working days.

Please note: complete the form in Dutch or English. 

Before we register you at the UAF, we will first contact you to discuss your request for help and how we can support you exactly.

Prefer to talk to someone on the phone? Please call: 030 – 252 08 35.