Last updated: 12 september 2022

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?

Nearly 7 million people have fled the war in Ukraine (source: UNHCR). Almost 65,000 refugees from Ukraine are registered with Dutch municipalities (source: CBS). 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.

A credential evaluation shows which level in the Dutch educational system is comparable to your diploma. This information will help you when applying for a study programme or looking for a job. You can find out more and apply for an international credential evaluation through IDW.

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.

Before the summer it was announced that refugees from Ukraine can pay the statutory tuition fees (as opposed to the higher tuition fees generally applied to students of non-EU nationality) at Dutch Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences for the year 2022-2023.  As of yet it is the government does not have provisions for refugees from Ukraine to help with paying these fees. Discussions about this are still ongoing and the situation may change in the future. We advise you to contact the university of your choice directly about the possibilities as they will be aware of any possible exceptions or funds available.  

 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.  

It is possible to study the Bachelor programme “Medicine” in English at Maastricht University and Groningen University. The Master programmes necessary to qualify in Medicine in the Netherlands are only taught in Dutch, and as such would require that you speak Dutch at B2 – C1 level. During the Bachelor programme in Groningen you are obliged to learn Dutch in order to qualify for the Master.  

It is not certain that you could pick up your studies where you left off. You may need to re-do some, if not all, of the programme. Maastricht University and Groningen University can best advise you about this and about possibilities for receiving exemptions. 

Also with regard to the application deadline, as this has already passed for students who wish to start in September 2022. The applications for September 2023 will be open from 1 October 2022 till 15 January 2023. If you live close to one of these cities, there are possibilities to participate in lectures as a guest-student while awaiting the selection procedure for next year. Click here for more information about:



To be able to
work as a medical professional in the Netherlands you need to have a BIG-registration. The BIG register is a legal, online and public register for Professions in Individual Health Care (Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg). 

BIG registration is obligatory for 12 healthcare professions in the Netherlands: clinical technologist, dentist, doctor, health psychologist, midwife, nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist, physician assistant, psychotherapist, registered dental hygienist (temporary BIG registration) and remedial educationalist. 
Only healthcare professionals who are registered in the BIG register, may use the protected professional title and may independently perform the reserved actions associated with the profession. 

Click here for more information

Obtaining a BIG registration is an intensive procedure with a lot of steps. Here you can read more about the procedure.

Before starting the procedure you would need to speak Dutch at B2/C1 level. This would most likely also be the case for a residency (coschap). 

It may also be useful to check the website of the Association of Foreign Graduate Physicians for more information relevant to your situation. 

With regard to learning Dutch you can enquire about available Dutch courses at the municipality (Gemeente) where you are registered. 

You can also find some tips on our website

You can enquire about available Dutch courses at the municipality (Gemeente) where you are registered. The UAF cannot help you with learning Dutch at this time. Even if you cannot take a standard language course there are many ways in which you can start to learn Dutch.

Click here for some tips & link for practising and learning Dutch.

The UAF can only help refugees with finding work after they have reached B2 level Dutch. For more information about finding work please see Refugee Help

Starting in July we will organise sessions with employers from time to time about applying in The Netherlands or  information about a specific sector in The Netherlands. Keep an eye out on our website for upcoming events. These events are free and open for anyone who is interested.

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.