Find out what arrangements you need to make if you are studying in the Netherlands and are going abroad for a period of study or an internship.
You can keep your student finance if:
- your course or internship abroad is part of your studies in the Netherlands, and
- you will still be enrolled as a full-time student for your course in the Netherlands. It does not matter which country you go to.
You will have to suspend your student travel product as you cannot use it outside the Netherlands. You can do this at any public transport ticket vending machine in the Netherlands. You can find these machines in bus and railway stations and shops.
Instead of a student travel product, you can apply for a public transport allowance. If you are going abroad but want to keep your student travel product, you do not need to apply for a public transport allowance.
You cannot use your student travel product outside the Netherlands. You can suspend your student travel product and get a public transport allowance instead. Apply for your public transport allowance at least 2 months before you go abroad.
Find out more about the public transport allowance (DUO) (information in Dutch)
You must suspend your student travel product from the moment you receive a public transport allowance. Otherwise you will get a fine.
If you are an MBO student who still lives at home, and you are going abroad as part of your Dutch MBO training course, you will be eligible for a higher basic grant. This is because you will not be living at home during your period abroad.
Find out more about applying for a basic grant for MBO students living away from home (DUO) (information in Dutch)
Check your email address in Mijn DUO. If it is no longer correct, enter your new email address so that you will not miss any messages. You can also pass on a change of address in Mijn DUO.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.