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When to apply for a Neso Certificate - 03 September 2007

You can apply for your "Nuffic Certificate" at any time throughout the year. The average processing time is four weeks, but in special cases it may take up to two months. Please bear in mind that winter/summer holiday periods and national holidays may extend the processing time. New applications for a Nuffic Certificate must be submitted through our online application system. All supplementary documents must also be submitted online. Thus, if you are due to start your studies at September 1, you are recommended to apply for your "Nuffic Certificate" before May 1 of the same year. In case you do not yet have an IELTS TRF, you must also allow for enough time to take the IELTS test and receive the TRF prior to application to Nuffic.

Your application to a Dutch university or school
Please note that the application for a Nuffic Certificate does not influence the regular admission procedures of Dutch higher education institutions.

To apply for any international study programme in the Netherlands, you need to follow the regular application procedures and comply with the criteria as specified by the Dutch institution. Every institution has its own admission procedures and deadlines; you are advised to pay close attention to the specific procedures of the institution you seek admission to.

Nuffic Hague provides information about Dutch higher education and study opportunities in the Netherlands free of charge, but it does not provide study abroad recruitment services to Chinese students who wish to study in the Netherlands. You can contact Dutch schools directly for recruitment details or ask a recruiting agency to help you for this issue.

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