Are you planning to start your studies in February? Good idea! There are many benefits to starting in February. Find out all you need to know about the February start - from student experiences to practical matters such as scholarships and application procedures.
Why choose for a February intake at HAN University?
Starting a degree program in February instead of September has several advantages:
- The February intake allows for a longer break after your graduation
More and more students decide to go for a winter intake so they can travel and/or volunteer before they start a new chapter in their lives studying abroad.
- More time to prepare yourself to study in the Netherlands
Moving abroad requires a lot of preparation. When you start in September, there's little time between your graduation and the start of the academic year in August. Why not take your time so that you don't feel rushed?
Kelvin Ebere is a first-year Communication student from Nigeria. ''There are a few reasons why I choose to start my studies in February. First, it gave me a lot more time to prepare for my registrations and travels. Since I chose for the winter intake, I paid the tuition fee for the remaining 5 months of the academic year instead of the whole year. When I started, I genuinely thought it would be a different experience from the September start, but it wasn’t. The modules were practically the same and easy to catch up on. I have not encountered any difficulties since I started out in February contrary to September. It feels the same and you definitely will not feel left out in any way.''
Oleksandra is a first-year Communication student from Ukraine. ''I started studying at HAN last February. I wanted to begin in September, but I was still a student at another university and needed a bit more time to arrange everything. So, when I saw that HAN had a February intake, I enrolled right away. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I would love it to continue that way. Since I started in February, I have even been given some extra opportunities (extra retakes, for instance). I didn't experience anything different in a bad way from those who started in September at all. Now that the February semester is about to end, I can finally enjoy the nice Dutch summer!''
Find all the essential information you need to plan your studies at HAN. Discover key dates, important deadlines, national holidays and upcoming events throughout the academic year.
Starting your studies in February 2024? Join the HAN Intro for February starters. Join fun events and activities that help you settle into your studies, meet fellow students, and get acquainted with the university.
Cost of Living
Planning to pursue the study of your dreams at HAN? Awesome! Check out our page about the cost of living for international students in Arnhem and Nijmegen so you can make a financial plan to cover your costs.
Frequently asked questions
If you start studying in February, you'll graduate 4 years after - in February. Likewise, September starters will graduate in September.
In the 2023-2024 academic year, the second semester runs from 29 January 2024 to 12 July 2024.
For EU/EE students, the application deadline is 15 January. For non-EU/EEA students, the application deadline is 1 November.
Finding student housing in Arnhem or Nijmegen is difficult. That's because there’s currently a housing shortage in the Netherlands. So, start searching for a room early. We recommend 6 months in advance. Are you from outside the EU/EEA? Then HAN Housing will arrange accommodation for you for your 1st semester. After that, you have to find your own accommodation.
Just like September starters, you can apply for a HAN scholarship. Keep in mind that it takes time for the scholarship committee to evaluate your diplomas and certificates. Make sure you're accepted by your program before 1 October. Find out more about Scholarships.
You receive your scholarship once a year in February.
EU/EEA: It’s best to pay your tuition fees or organize a digital payment authorization before 1 January. Officially you can pay up to 31 January. Please note: you are only fully enrolled as a student once you have organized the payment of your tuition fees. Being fully enrolled gives you access to HAN facilities, both online or on campus. Read more about tuition fees here.
Non-EU/EE: You should pay the financial guarantee (includes tuition fees) no later than 1 November. Read more about the financial guarantee here.
No. September starters and February starters are in separate groups. That way classes stay small and tailored to your needs.
The Dutch academic year starts on September 1st. The September intake is the standard for all Dutch universities. Some Dutch universities offer a February intake, but not all of them. There are two intakes per year at HAN University of Applied Sciences: the February intake and the September intake.
These programs offer a February intake
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