Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences


In the Netherlands you cannot pay with credit cards everywhere. Therefore it is very convenient to open a Dutch bank account.


Are you a citizen from a EU country with the euro as currency? Since the introduction of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), it is possible for Dutch companies to collect money from a foreign bank account. In this case, it might not be necessary to open a Dutch bank account.

You need a Dutch bank account for e.g.:

  • automatic monthly payments of your tuition fee
  • a Dutch phone subscription with automatic payment per month
  • reimbursement of your immigration deposit.

Which bank should I choose?

You can open a bank account with a bank branch of your choice. The three biggest banks are ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank. More information about these banks will follow soon.

Required documents to open most bank accounts:

  • Proof of enrolment at AUAS (or you can show your student ID card)
  • Your passport or ID and a copy of your passport or ID
  • Students from non-EU countries need to bring their resident permit or a letter from the IND or AUAS immigration department stating the confirmation of residence permit application
  • your Dutch Citizen Service number (CSN), which you will receive after registration at the municipality (link)
  • American nationality? Bring your TIN (Tax Identification Number).
Published by  Student Affairs 7 July 2020