Frequently Asked Questions
Find here the answers to your questions. If you have another question, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying: I want to apply. Where can I find the application system?
You can find these at our Apply Now page:
Applying: What is the application procedure of RNTC?
You can find our application procedure in our How to Apply section:
Applying: I need help with my application
If you have questions about the application procedure, your best source of advice is someone who has gone through the application him or herself. Visit our facebook fan page. RNTC also has ambassadors in a number of countries. Feel free to ask the help: RNTC’s honorary ambassador. And of course you can contact RNTC’s course secretariat (email@example.com) who are there to handle all your questions.
English: Do I have to show a proof of my level of English?
Since English is the working language of our courses, we need to be sure that your English is good enough. If you come from a country where English is the official/national language or if English was the language in which you took higher education, your spoken and written English will be good enough. In both these cases you don't need to give us any proof of proficiency.
In all other cases we will need a certified statement from a recognized authority establishing your proficiency in spoken and written English. The required level of your command of English should be equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), and 6 for IELTS. In case of doubt we may conduct a telephone/Skype interview.
Fellowships: Can I apply for a fellowship?
Some courses are open for fellowships. You can find more information on admission requirements on the fellowship pages:
- Netherlands Fellowship Programme
- RNTC fellowships
- MENA fellowships
- More fellowships (bottom of the page)
You can also check the individual course page, section fees, costs and fellowships. It is mentioned there, whether there are fellowship opportunities for that particular course.
Fellowships: Nuffic, NFP, SOL, RNTC? Who is who?
There are many parties, programmes and systems involved when applying to RNTC (and NFP). Use the following definitions to find out who is who and what is what:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs = the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds the NFP fellowship programme
- Nuffic = the organisation that manages the NFP fellowship programme
- NFP = Netherlands Fellowship Programme = the name of the NFP fellowship programme
- SOL = Scholarships Online = the online application tool that you need to use to apply for the NFP fellowship programme
- RNTC = the organisation which provides the training and one of a number of Dutch institutions of international education whose courses are open to participants with a Netherlands fellowship
Fellowships: Where do I start my aplication: RNTC or NFP?
If you want to opt for a fellowship to cover the costs of the course, you need to apply both with RNTC (for your course application) and with Nuffic (for a fellowship).
There is no preference where you start, but it’s wise to start with RNTC and to wait for the answer whether or not you are eligible. Should you not be eligible you will have saved yourself a lot of work. Once you’ve received RNTC’s positive reaction, you can start your application with Nuffic.
Fellowships: I need help with my application
There are many ways to find help:
- Nuffic describes the SOL application procedure
- There is a SOL manual
- Also, you can contact RNTC’s honorary ambassador in your country
- Most Dutch embassies have NFP-officers who can assist
- You can also contact Nuffic directly, using their contact form or e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you include:
a detailed description of your problem
your full name and your date of birth
your file number (if available)
Payment: When do I need to pay?
The payment term is 30 days from the date of the invoice, or shorter in case of late applications. The international banking details are provided with the invoice.