Frequently Asked Questions

Important!

Please note that we do not request our candidates any payment in advance for awarding a full Dutch scholarship. No full-scholarship recipients will be asked for visa expense payments. Please email us at courseinquiries@ihs.nl if you have any doubts about emails you have received on our behalf. All IHS emails, including those of staff are official emails that follow the structure name[at]ihs[dot]nl.

COVID-19 related questions and updates

Information in this session is valid for 2021 intake and we regularly update the information in response to the latest developments. 

At this moment in time we are still expecting the programme to start as scheduled (23 September 2021). 

Covid-19 has disrupted our usual in-person lectures on campus, resulting in the restructuring of our teaching and learning methods.

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies is developing on-site teaching methods whenever these are considered appropriate and approved by the Dutch government. We at IHS understand that (informal) interaction amongst students, network building and field visits in the Netherlands contribute to the learning environment of the master’s programme, especially because most students see their stay in Rotterdam as added value.

For the 2020 (ongoing) intake, we have already been teaching in a form of hybrid education: small group activities (e.g. tutorials) as much as possible on-campus while large lectures are being offered online.

How will the 2021 classes be organized on-site? 

As long as we are allowed and respecting current social distancing rules, we will deliver eight contact lectures in groups of 25 students, per week. 50% of these will be face to face and the other 50% will be for students who can’t join physically and will join online. Memberships of the face to face groups will be rotated. If no social distancing rules will be in force, we will be able to deliver all our lectures in-person.

We can’t predict what will happen this autumn but we at IHS are trying to keep our students well informed and being completely transparent especially since our master’s attracts mainly international students.

We strongly invite and encourage all (international) students to travel to the Netherlands on time for the start of the academic year. While online education and examination has been a valuable alternative in the past year, it cannot fully replace on campus education and examination. Online classes and exams are less than ideal, especially for students participating from different time zones.

 

IHS understands that making a commitment to study abroad is a big decision, especially in these trying times. You can find our current cancellation policies here to help you prepare your study planning. 

Due to the current situation, many students who are finishing their current study programme are unable to secure their degree copies. If you are struggling to secure your final transcripts or degree copies please contact the Admission Office directly (admission@ihs.nl) for more advice. 

Erasmus University and IHS will continue to follow the Dutch Government advice offered by the RIVM to ensure the safety of our students and staff. 1.5 m distance and all other required government measures for public safety will be implemented across the campus. More updates can be found here:

•             EUR FAQ

•             RIVM FAQ (in English)

Our staff is working hard to ensure that the interactive nature of the programme is preserved in its online version  (if online teaching has to be adopted) as well. We too consider our practical methodologies an extremely important part of the programme and we will, therefore, do our utmost to ensure that they remain part of the teaching methods.

IHS is now accepting the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition as a proof of English language proficiency. In case your appointment has been postponed or you aren't able to take the test in the testing center, you can sign up for the online version of the exam as long as you meet the required criteria. 

Please note that you can always submit your online application without the proof of English language proficiency. In the application form, you can indicate the date of your English test. We will then process your application accordingly and you can send us the results upon receiving them. It is important to sign up for a test that is taking place by 1 July 2021 at the latest. 

In order to ensure the quality and interactivity of classes in the online version of the programme and an overall optimum student experience under the COVID-19 circumstances, a reduction of the fee would not be a viable option. Students are still welcome to make use of the Early Bird tuition waiver of €1000. Candidates who submit their tuition fee before 1 June are eligible for the waiver.

The Dutch Immigration office is still offering student visas to international students. Students who hold such a visa are also exempted from the EU entry ban. As the rules can still change at some point, we will keep the enrolled students well informed in case of any changes. 

We usually start the visa applications for our students as from 15 July. Thus, as long as you have all the required documents ready before 15 July, your visa application will not be affected. 

  • Following the Dutch government's advice, our buildings are currently closed. However, IHS staff members are working remotely following our standard working ours (9:00 -17:00) and we are available for your questions via email. Your questions and applications will be answered and processed without any delays.  

Please send us an email to admission@ihs.nl about your questions. We will get back to you as soon as we can, usually within 3 working day. If necessary we can also call you back for further assistance.

For Prospective Students 

IHS does not offer any scholarships, however you are more than welcome
to apply for fellowships by other funding bodies for which the IHS programmes
are eligible for. You will find a non-exhaustive list on our website.

The MSc degree is issued by Erasmus University Rotterdam and accredited by the Netherlands-
Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

The programme is also an officially recognised Master of
Science degree accredited by the Dutch Ministry of Education. The Dutch Ministry of
Education accredits the course as an academic master programme based on assessment
by Quality Assurance of Netherlands Universities (QANU).

IHS does not have any open days, but you can come and visit us.
We will give you a tour and introduce you to our academic staff and students. Depending
on the date you could even attend a lecture.

Please email courseinquiries@ihs.nl to book an appointment.

If you wish to know more about IHS’ work and activities, contact current students,
alumni and other professionals, get connected with IHS on Facebook.
To meet fellow prospective students on Facebook, please visit our Student page.
You can also asked to be connected with one of our student representatives for more
specific questions. Send us an email at ihs@ihs.nl and we will put you in touch.

Yes, eConfluence is an educational agent who helps IHS recruiting students in certain countries. It is an official representative of IHS. 

For Applicants 

You can check IHS’ requirements on this page. More specific information on our Master programme requirements can be found here by choosing the Master track you are most interested in.

You will get an auto-generated email after submitting your online application within 3 working days.

In the unfortunate case that your application to IHS was not successful, you cannot apply to the same course in the same academic year.

Academic Selection Committee advises you to better your application to meet IHS’ requirements.
You are then welcome to apply for the next year’s intake.

The duration of assessment varies per academic course. Please check the admission page of the academic course for the accurate information.

Assessment may take longer at certain times of the year (summer and winter vacations, before deadlines…) or if your application is incomplete. You will get an email with the necessary information once you have successfully submitted your online application.

We usually recommend attaching two reference letters to your application, an academic
and a professional one. We do not provide templates for the reference letters. We
recommend uploading all your documents at the same time, however if one of your
referees wishes they can send their letter to admission@ihs.nl. 

For our masters course your motivation essay should follow the template provided. You can download the template here. Your sources should be
referenced and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Applying to IHS is free and no registration fees apply.

You can submit your application if you are missing a document, but in certain fields you will need to upload something in order to move onto the next section.

Our Academic Selection Committee will contact you if we see that your application is missing something so that we can fully assess your application.

You can submit your application without the proof of English language proficiency. Please indicate the date on which you will take you English test while submitting your application. Our Academic Selection Committee will send you an email, please answer to this email by sending your test results once you have received them. Please note that the deadline for sending us you results is 15 July.

IHS does not offer any English classes it is up to you to get the required level of English.

You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but please note that some scholarship programmes specify that candidates can only submit one application per deadline. This means that applicants should not submit several applications to one scholarship for different academic programmes. Please contact the scholarship that you wish to apply for to see the specific rules and requirements.  

For Admitted Students

Fieldwork is an important part of the master programme. Should you choose to complete your fieldwork outside the Netherlands, you are required to cover the additional costs such as travel and accommodation.

To complete your payment you will first need to fill in an Admission Acceptance Form (AAF). You can find the link of this form in your admission letter and in the email sent to you. According to your AAF we will ask our finance department to issue an invoice and communicate our banking details to facilitate the payment.

The AAF is the first step towards accepting your place on an IHS programme. When you
return your AAF you indicate your interest in the programme. You can send back your
AAF and request an invoice later, once you know more about fellowship outcomes. If you are applying for the OKP programme and that is your only source of funding please do not fill in the AAF form just yet as this programme requires a different administrative procedure.

The following deadlines are valid for the 2021 intake:

1 June – Early bird deadline (€1000 discount)
1 July – Deadline for the transfer of the tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA students in order to secure your place in the programme. Please note that the UMD MSc programme is very popular and that we cannot guarantee your spot in the programme until you have transferred the tuition fees.
15 July- Deadline for the transfer of the rest of the fees for non-EU/EEA student with visa application and other arrangements.
1 August – Deadline for the transfer of the tuition fees for EU/EEA students (or applicants who do not require a visa application).

For our post-graduate diploma courses you usually should submit your payment at least 6 weeks before the start of the course if you require a visa.

At the moment, the only way to pay your fees to IHS is via bank transfer. All the information
you need to make the transfer will be on the invoice.

As part of your visa requirements IHS should guarantee you decent living conditions throughout your stay in the Netherlands. To make sure of this, you will need to transfer the totality of the living costs to IHS and they will be entirely given back to you monthly.

The monthly amount is set by the Dutch immigration office and it is usually adjusted annually. This amount is 950 euros per month for the 2021 intake. 

If you are planning to study for our masters course you may be eligible for our early bird discount. To get the early bird discount (€1000), you need to transfer the tuition fees before 1 June. If you make the payment before the deadline, you can deduct €1000 from your
invoice.

Please note if you are planning to get the early bird discount we recommend that you submit your application before 30 April so we can receive and review your application in time.

For the short courses (less than 90 days in the Netherlands), students have to apply for a visa on their own but we will provide an invitation letter to support your visa application.


For master programme and PhD programme candidates (staying more than 90 days in the Netherlands), the IHS Educational Management Office will apply for your visa and residence permit from the Netherlands after you have confirmed your participation by the means of scholarship or payment. Please do not start this procedure on your own.

For master's students, you will receive a one year residency permit, which usually begins three weeks before the start of the course.

You should have an international health insurance which covers your studies in the
Netherlands. We advise you to consult your insurance provider to make sure that your
current one is eligible for your stay in the Netherlands. If your current insurance is
indeed valid, you will be asked to submit it for your visa application.

You can view the details of your insurance policy here. IHS can apply for your insurance on your behalf, the costs for the insurance are EUR 480 per year. Your insurance is valid during the period of the Master course plus a week before and after it.

As you will be coming to IHS with a student visa and a specific Dutch residency permit,
it is only allowed to work 16 hours per week while studying. However we do not recommend it as
the programme is very intensive.

Your family can accompany you to the Netherlands but you will have to make all of the
arrangements (visa, accomodation...) yourself. IHS is only responsible for the students
enrolled in a course.

For students whom received a full scholarship for their studies at IHS, it can be required that IHS provides you with accommodation (depending on the contract between IHS and the scholarship provider).
For other students, IHS will provide you with housing information and try to help you find a room in the Netherlands. In case we have any rooms available on campus we will contact our confirmed students with more information on the reservation.

For some programmes you can indeed request for a deferral. You can find the details about deferral procedure in your admission letter if applicable. 

Applicants who wish to join us later than one academic year from their original application will be required to submit a fresh application when that admission
period opens.

If you have deferred your application from the previous year, your previous admission letter will not be eligible for a new scholarships application.

Depending on the date you request for the refund, different rules and costs may apply. You can find a detailed overview in this document

It's a pity that you have to cancel your participation in the course that you have enrolled. You need to first check the cancellation policy here to see whether you are eligible for the (full) refund. And then you can submit your request via this form

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If you can't find the answer to your question then please contact our admissions office: admission@ihs.nl

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