How to prepare for your study abroad?
To have a good start (to your life) as a student at Driestar Christian University, it may be useful to know a little about the Netherlands (Holland) as well as to know more about a few practical issues concerning visa, accommodation, et cetera.
The Netherlands is a small country and public transport will take you almost anywhere you want to go. We have a dense railway network that offers frequent service and is the quickest way to travel between city centres. Consider buying a rail card (OV-chipkaart).
For public transport travel information, including detailed travel directions, visit the 9292 door-to-door journey planner.
We are located within walking distance of the NS railway station. At Gouda station (Bus and train station), take the 'Bloemendaal' exit and turn left. Follow the cycle path along Burgemeester Jamessingel until you see our building on your right.
Students have set up a student union, Semper Fidelis, with the intention bring students into contact with each other by entertaining and/or inspirational events. This contributes to closer solidarity and a better atmosphere at Driestar Christian University.
Semper Fidelis is formed of enthusiastic students and organises all kind of events, such as:
The library of Driestar Christian University contains a large collection of books, magazines, teaching kits, illustrative teaching materials, etc. The collection consists of more than 50,000 objects. The majority of it can be found in Gouda. All objects have a connection with education at the university or with educational practice at primary, secondary or special needs schools.
A large part of the collection consists of teaching schemes and methodology, with the subsets of Pedagogy and Religious Education featuring strongly. The libraries in the regional offices are primarily focused on pupil care and educational advice. The complete collection is listed in our catalogue.
Whether you feel stressed, overwhelmed or experience troubles with your course or health; you are very welcome to use our health services. Any questions or do you need more information? Please contact our international office (see the information below).
Driestar Christian University wants to provide its students with a safe learning and working environment. Every student therefore has a right to protection from behaviour that is experienced as undesirable. We have facilities for students with (chronic) illness or disability. We will ‘go the extra mile’ to help your study go as smoothly as possible. You can gain more information on this by contacting the international office. You can also have a look at the website of Expertise Centre for inclusive education (ECIO), a Dutch expertise centre for education and disability.Counsellors at Driestar Christian University are available to help students with their study progress, regulations and conflicts, student facilities, or personal problems.
Gouda is an attractive town to study and live in.
According to Keuzegids HBO - a Dutch independent university guide - Gouda is one of the most attractive university cities in the Netherlands!
Read more about student accommodation options here.
|Expenses||What||Costs per month|
|Tuition fee||See Tuition Fee Table for the Master track Christian Education.
See Tuition Fee Programme International Class.
|Study costs||Textbooks, readers, photocopies||€ 50|
|Housing||Rent (incl. Wi-Fi, energy, etc.)||€250 to €600|
|Insurance||Health care and travel insurance||€100 to €120|
|Phone||Prepaid sim cards or a plan||€25 to €30|
|Food and drinks||Meals, drinks, etc.||€150 to €250|
|Additional costs||Clothes, relaxation, sports, etc.||€150|
|VISA costs||Visa application short stay of Residence permit MVV (TEV||€60 / €192|
Every person living in the Netherlands is obliged by law to have insurance for medical expenses. Which type of healthcare insurance you need depends on your personal situation. You need to make sure that you are properly insured during your stay! For more information see the following website.
Study purposes only
You are legally not allowed to take out a Dutch public health insurance if you are in Holland for study purposes only. Make sure you have a health insurance from your home country with enough coverage or take out a private health insurance or health insurance from your home country. If you are from the EU/EEA you may be eligible to receive a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which covers your necessary medical costs during your stay. Please make sure you check this with your health insurer in your home country as this might differ per EU-member state. For more information see the website of Zilveren Kruis.
If you wish to arrange your own insurance in your home country you must make sure your country has a reciprocal agreement with the Netherlands regarding health insurance. Make sure you have a Health Card before you leave for the Netherlands which declares you are insured against medical costs in the Netherlands. Your health insurance must cover the Dutch tariffs, as medical costs are (very) high in the Netherlands.
Aon Student Insurance
If you apply for insurance on this website, you will need the following information:
The institution of registration in the Netherlands is: Driestar educatief, faculty: Education
The address in the Netherlands will be: Burgemeester Jamessingel 2, 2803 PD Gouda.
You or your organization/foundation should pay for this insurance.
Other sites/insurance companies:
With a short stay visa, your stay in the Schengen area is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. This means that once you have been in the Schengen area for 90 days you may not return until another 90 days have passed. An entry visa is also valid for only 90 days and is meant to be followed by a residence permit for a longer period of time. If you will be staying for more than three months, you might need a residence permit.