Extra visa expenses for industrial internships
A Chinese student who is following the European Masters Degree Programme in Food Studies was unexpectedly confronted with this new law when she wanted to do a thesis on an industrial company. Henk van den Broek, coordinator of the European Masters programme, had to ask the involved company to keep the student under contract for an extra two months. This way she will only have to pay the 258 euros once in order to be able to finish her programme in Wageningen.
According to Van den Broek the new law does not take into account the special position of international students who need to do a work placement at an industrial company, as is the case for students doing the European Masters programme. Van den Broek: "The police in Wageningen even admitted that the new law overlooks exceptions like these."
The example of the Chinese student shows that solutions can be found, but according to Van den Broek this means a lot of work for the programme coordinators and the Dean's Office. "Luckily the number of European Masters students that need a visa is getting smaller." | L.M.