EU Resettlement Network

Videos - Refugees & higher education in the Netherlands

Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF) have produced  2 short films about refugees, universities and higher education in the Netherlands, available to view below.  For more information about UAF and their work with resettled refugees, please visit their website at

VU University in Amsterdam is the only Dutch university offering a complete preparatory programme for people with qualifications from overseas, taught by the Department of Dutch as a Second Language (NT2). The preparatory year for International Students at VU (VASVU) begun in 1980, and now has more than 25 years experience of preparing refugees and other international students for the university's admission examinations. In addition to preparation for the admission examinations, classes cover aspects of studying at a Dutch university and include meetings with former students, educational excursions and information days at the university.

‘Students that Matter’ is a joint programme of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) and the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF). Every year, around 75 refugees study at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.  The aim of the programme is to make these refugees feel welcome at the university and provide them with support during their studies. The programme also aims to increase the understanding of refugee issues among students and staff, and promotes respect for differences and good citizenship for all students living in an urban space such as Amsterdam