UAF: Foundation For Refugee Students

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The Foundation for Refugee Students UAF provides financial and other support to refugees and asylum seekers who plan to study in the Netherlands.

This is a scholarship by

University of Twente (UT)

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To qualify for this support, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You have a Dutch residence permit because you applied for ayslum
  • Your received your residence permit less than five years ago (date of decision),
  • Or you have applied for asylum in the Netherlands and an asylum procedure is ongoing
  • Your preparatory training is sufficient to study in higher education: University or University of Applied Sciences (hbo/hogeschool). You must provide a certificate of enrolment and a certificate of admission to a programme.
  • You speak English or Dutch at an intermediate or high level, or you are following a Dutch language course (level B1)
  • You attended school in your country of origin. Your level of education is comparable to the Dutch Havo 5 level or 12 years or preliminary education, or you have completed prior education in your country of origin comparable to the Dutch Havo 5 level or 12 years of previous education
  • You have not yet graduated at a Dutch University or University of Applied Sciences.
  • You are willing to refund part of the payments you received to finance your studies.

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The UAF does not grant scholarships. The UAF supports its clients in the preparation for and during their studies at Dutch educational institutions. The support usually consists of advisory, intermediary and counselling services; under certain circumstances the UAF also provides financial support for study costs such as tuition fees, books and travel expenses.


This programme has no deadline for application. You can apply all-year-long.

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