Netherlands Passport & Visa
Obtaining a passport
All students must have a valid passport to travel outside the United States. If you have not yet applied for your passport, you must do so immediately. Obtaining a passport can take quite a bit of time and can delay the visa process and flight reservations. U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest local authorized passport acceptance facility (such as a post office) or through Department of State Passport Agency. The U.S. Department of State provides instructions on where and how to obtain a passport. Passports are mailed to the applicant four to six weeks after the application is received, and are valid for ten years.
Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay abroad. If your current passport will expire within six months of the end of the program, it must be renewed at this time. Otherwise, it might be difficult to enter the country, you may be unable to apply for any necessary visas, and you may have to briefly surrender the passport while abroad, during which freedom to travel may be restricted. Most students need to have their passports 3-6 months prior to departure in order to apply for student visas.
Obtaining a Student Visa
A visa is official/legal permission to enter a country for a stated purpose and specified period of time and is granted by the government of that country. Requirements and procedures for student visas vary by country
If you plan to study abroad in a country that requires a student visa, you will be guided through the application process by the OSA staff. While the Office of Study Abroad will assist participants about procedures and requirements, securing a visa is an individual responsibility, and not one that OSA or Webster University can or will assume. Visa requirements vary by country and by jurisdiction; some consulates allow students to mail in student visa applications while others require students to apply in person. Please note that these are regulations imposed by the government of the host country, not Webster University.
Staff from the Admissions Office and Student Services at Webster-Leiden will also help you with the residence permit process during your on-site orientation.Before you depart, the Office of Study Abroad will need to retrieve certain documents ahead of time so that Webster-Leiden may begin the visa application process. Please take a look at the document below that explains what OSA will need to send to Webster-Leiden before your arrival.
ALL non‐European Union undergraduate and graduate students who are nationals of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and USA who are planning to stay longer than 90 days in the Netherlands must apply for a residence permit (VVR) upon arrival in Leiden.
You will need both an entry visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR) if you are going to stay in the Netherlands for the purpose of study at bachelor's or master's level for a period exceeding 90 days and you are not a national of one of the following countries: EU/EER, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, and the USA.
If you need further information prior to arrival and after arrival, the Admissions Office and Student Services at Webster-Leiden are available directly for questions and assistance:
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Student Services Coordinator
The following are visa services that may assist you with obtaining your visa for an additional fee. Please note that these services are not endorsed by or affiliated with Webster University.
Updated Flight Regulations
To obtain the latest information about what can and cannot be brought aboard a plane when traveling internationally, please visit the Transportation Security Administration.