Information Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine leaves no one untouched and developments are taking place very quickly. There are many questions, uncertainties, expressions of support and actions to help. In this file you can read what the UAF does, which organisations you can contact if you want help and we answer questions about studying or working in the Netherlands.

Note: There are still many uncertainties and therefore, unfortunately, we do not yet have an answer to every question. We will update this information as new information becomes available. Check this website regularly for current information.

What does Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF do?

More than two million people have fled Ukraine. So far, several thousand refugees have come to the Netherlands. These are not only Ukrainians, but also Afghans, Yemenis and people from African countries who studied or worked in Ukraine when the war started.


The UAF focuses on education and work opportunities for refugees. Our services are complementary to existing government provisions. It is currently unclear what provisions the government will make for the tens of thousands of refugees expected to come to our country. Unfortunately, it is therefore too early to provide clarity about the role and added value of the UAF for refugees from Ukraine. We are in contact with umbrella organisations in the education field and will continue to share information about relevant developments.

FAQs

The Dutch government is currently drawing up a policy for temporary protection. We do not yet know what rights this permit will give you, also with regard to study and work. This information may change soon. Check these websites regularly for current information:

As soon as we have more information we will share it on this website.

If you were studying in Ukraine as a foreign student then you would need a residence permit for study and acceptance to a Dutch university to continue your studies in the Netherlands. 

You can find information about study programmes and studying in the Netherlands on studyinholland.nl

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) provides information about residence permits to study in the Netherlands.  

If you were studying in Ukraine as a foreign student and you cannot return safely to your country of origin it may be possible to receive temporary protection or asylum in an EU member state.

If you previously received international protection (refugee status) in Ukraine or you are stateless it may be possible to receive temporary protection in an EU member state.

The Dutch government is currently drawing up a policy for temporary protection. We do not yet know what rights this permit will give you, also with regard to study and work. The information may change soon. Check these websites regularly for current information:

As soon as we have more information we will share it on this website.

If you need assistance at this time we advise you to contact the international office or student counsellor at your university directly.

You may also contact Nuffic (The Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education).

Check the information from The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) regularly for updates.

At the moment the UAF can only help researchers,  who have a residence permit for asylum in the Netherlands and speak Dutch at B1 level, in finding PhD/research/teaching positions in the Netherlands.

As more becomes clear about the type of residence permits that Ukrainian refugees will receive in the Netherlands and the conditions (for work and study) attached to these residence permits we will know more about the type of support which the UAF may be able to offer.
When we know more we will publish this information on this page.

  • More information for researchers will also be shared on the Euraxess website.
  • The organisation Scholars at Risk may be able to help you to find a position at a Dutch University. You can contact them directly about the possibilities.
  • You can also search for available PhD positions at Dutch universities through academictransfer.com. If you find an interesting position, or department  you can contact the University directly to discuss the possibilities.

The Dutch government is currently drawing up a policy for temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine. We do not yet know what rights this permit will give you, also with regard to study and work. The services of the UAF are always complementary to existing government provisions. At the moment we offer information and advice about studying and working. Until it is known which provisions the government will make available we do not know which other help we may be able to offer people coming from Ukraine. 
As soon as we have more information we will share it on this website.