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Long queues at the city office

European (EU and EEA) students who live and study in The Netherlands, this year face new rules issued by the ministry of Education. They could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Officially, students must register with the city council before 1 October, the ministry decided in the middle of the Summer. If not, the university can kiss its funding goodbye. The result is long queues at the city office counter. “The peak is much more noticeable than other years,” says city spokesperson Gertjan Bos. “In collaboration with the university, several group sessions are being organised for students to register.” Probably also in Maastricht University’s Visitors Centre.

To meet foreign students halfway, the ministry has recently relaxed the deadline: from 1 October to 1 December.

Rob Frederix, interim manager for students and funding at the UM, points out something else: students must provide the UM with their address within the so-called domicile area (the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg or one of the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony or Bremen) before 1 October. If the UM does not pass on this data to the ministry on time, they won't receive money. Students then also have a problem. Instead of the statutory lecture fee of 1,672 euros, they will have to pay no less than 8,500 euros for a bachelor's study or 12 thousand euros for a master's.



Wendy Degens



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