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You want to be well prepared before you start your Mechanical Engineering degree. Find out about housing, visas and permits, insurances and public transport. Also get info on textbooks, laptop specifications as well as important documents like the degree statute and enrollment regulations.
Before you arrive
Before you arrive in the Netherlands, you need to arrange some practical matters. You need to organize your accommodation, for example. And, depending on your nationality, you might need to arrange a visa.
To study Mechanical Engineering at HAN, you need the right visas and permits. Are you from the EU/EEA? Then you don’t need any visas or permits. You just need to register at city hall. Are you from a country outside the EU/EEA? Then you need a residence permit. You might also need an entry visa.
As a Mechanical Engineering student, you need a suitable place to live. A place within easy distance of the campus and where you can feel at home. The HAN Housing Office helps international students like yourself find a room. Are you from outside the EU/EEA? You get priority: a guaranteed room. From the EU/EEA? You can go on the waiting list.
“I got clear instructions about my room through email when I was still in my home country. All steps from reservation to payment can be done online. I’m now living in Helix. It’s very new and only a 10-minute walk to school. An ideal place for 1st-year students.”
Vi Thi Thao Pham, 1st year student from Vietnam
Once you arrive in the Netherlands
Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you need to know about some other practical issues. For example, about working, insurance, public transport and the government.
InsuranceWhen coming to the Netherlands to study, you need to have good insurance. Health insurance is the most important. Are you from the EU/EEA? Your health insurance policy in your home country might cover you. Non-EU/EEA students receive health insurance through the financial guarantee. Other useful insurances are liability insurance, repatriation insurance and household contents insurance.
WorkingThe rules on working depend on your nationality. Are you from the EU/EEA? Then you are free to work in the Netherlands. Are you from outside the EU/EEA? Then you are free to do self-employed work. If you work for an employer, you need a work permit and the hours are restricted. All international students working in the Netherlands must have Dutch public health insurance.
Public transportThe Netherlands has excellent public transport. In the Nijmegen and Arnhem area you can get almost everywhere by train or bus. In the bigger cities, you can also use the tram or metro. To pay for these services you use an OV chip card (OV-chipkaart in Dutch).
GovernmentWhen living in the Netherlands, you need a citizen service number (BSN). This number is important for all your dealings with the government. For example, to open a bank account or to visit a doctor. You get a BSN number after registering at city hall.
HAN Arnhem campusRuitenberglaan 29
6826 CC Arnhem
The HAN campuses have all the facilities you need: modern lecture halls, study and multimedia centers, sports facilities, canteens and cafes. Also important: a reliable wireless network (Eduroam). And you can easily reach the campuses by train, bus or bike.
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Student services and support
International officeAs an international student, there are lots of practical matters you need to arrange. International Office knows about all these issues and can lend you a helping hand. Going abroad for a semester as part of your program? International Office can answer all your questions about this as well.
Studying with special circumstancesDo you have a disability or other special circumstance that will affect your studies? HAN offers support and services to ensure your study environment fits your needs. For example, extra time on exams. Or alternatives to certain parts of the study program.
Study coachingWhen you start studying at HAN you will be assigned a study coach. The study coach guides you during your studies, lends a listening ear and advises you if you fall behind. And if you need more specialized help, they can refer you to the right person. The senior coach, student counselor or psychologist, for example.
Student Support CenterDo you want to work on your study skills? Or perhaps you want to improve your writing skills? Or do you need to see a counselor or psychologist about a personal matter? The Student Support Center provides counseling, training courses, workshops and coaching for all HAN students. The aim? To give you the tools to study successfully.
Anastasia Gnusina from Latvia: International classroom
“It is really nice, because you get to know a lot of different cultures from which you can learn yourself. After a while you find a common language on how to tackle a project or how to come up with new ideas. The lecturers do their best to make international students feel comfortable.”
Timetables, Lecture times and Calendar
Literature and study resources
All literature and study resources for Mechanical Engineering in 2021-2022. Open document in PDF.
Order your textbooks online
You can order your textbooks for Mechanical Engineering online at Studystore. Go to the booklist on Studystore for 2021-2022.
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