If you are coming from abroad to study at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) and you want to pay the tuition fees via direct debit, it is important that you have a European (preferably Dutch) bank account. Without a European bank account number, you cannot issue authorisation for a direct debit. And without authorisation (or payment of the entire tuition fees before 1 September), your enrolment will not be complete.

Please ensure, therefore, that you have opened a bank account no later than 31 August. Submit this number in Studielink by that date. There does not have to be any money on the account at that time. The (first) direct debit collection will take place on 6 September. If you transfer the amount to the AHK yourself in one go, you will not need a Dutch bank account.
 
Before opening a bank account, you will need to have a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN). Everyone who registers his/her address at the city hall will receive a BSN. However, it is often not possible to register before 1 September, because there is a waiting list. That is why we have made it possible for you to open a bank account without a BSN. Please note that you will have to pass on your BSN to the bank later, so you still need to register at the city hall.

Where can you open a bank account?

1. The Rabobank
The Amsterdam University of the Arts has an arrangement with this bank enabling international students to open a bank account in their branch at Dam Square (Dam 16, Amsterdam).

What do you need to bring:
- The letter/email stating that you have been accepted to the study programme
- Your passport
- Students from non-EU countries need to bring a residence permit or a letter from Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) stating the approval of the application for the residence permit
- Students need to pass on their BSN to the bank when receiving it

2. The ING bank
The AHK has no special arrangements with this bank, but various international students have been able to open an account at the branch at Rokin 90, Amsterdam.

What do you need to bring:
- BSN (You may still open an account without a BSN, provided that you pass it on within 90 days)
- The letter/email stating that you have been accepted to the study programme
- Your passport
- Your Dutch address

3. Bunq
This bank is solely online, so you can open an account online. You only need to have a smartphone. All communication is in English. Communication in another language is also possible in some cases.

What do you need:
- A smartphone
- Your passport/ ID card
- A European address:
- in the case of a non-Dutch address, you will have to provide a Tax Identification Number
- in the case of a Dutch address, you will need to provide a rental contract or an acceptance letter from the University and a BSN*. (You may still open an account without a BSN, provided that you pass it on within 90 days)
 

 

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