The Netherlands is a great destination for international students looking for quality education in Europe. The Dutch environment and people are very friendly towards foreign students and there are many English-taught programmes available. On our portals alone, you can find over 400 Bachelor’s and 1,400 Master’s degrees in the Netherlands.
The low tuition fees and affordable living costs are the most important benefits for students. Keep on reading as we’ll offer more information about them to help you decide if studying in the Netherlands matches your personal and academic goals.
1. University tuition fees in the Netherlands
Public Dutch universities charge tuition fees to all international students regardless of their country of origin. However, students coming from the EU/EEA, Switzerland and Surinam often pay lower tuition fees than non-EU/EEA students.
On our portals, we use the terms “EU/EEA” and “International” (non-EU/EEA citizens) to make the difference between tuition costs. If you visit individual university websites, you might encounter different terms: Statutory and Institutional. The difference between them is:
- Statutory tuition fee: usually applies to international students from the EU/EEA, or to graduates who have already studied in the Netherlands, or have a certain type of residence permit (like the one you receive if you're a family member of an EU/EEA national, if you have an unlimited residence permit or an asylum permit, if you have a "long-term resident-EC" residence permit, and so on).
- Institutional tuition fee: usually, if you don't meet the statutory tuition fee criteria, you are automatically required to pay this type of fee. It applies for most non-EU/EEA students.
As a general rule of thumb, institutional fees are higher than statutory fees because the government offers higher education institutions money to subsidize the statutory fee. I know, it's a lot of bureaucracy behind this, so never take these tuition fees personal.
Average tuition fees for EU/EEA students
- Bachelor's programmes: between 1,040 and 2,083 EUR/year
- Master's programmes: between 1,070 and 2,083 EUR/year
Average tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students
- Bachelor's programmes: between 6,000 and 15,000 EUR/year
- Master's programmes: between 8,000 and 20,000 EUR/year
Maximum costs for a degree in the Netherlands
- Bachelor's programmes: 19,400 EUR/year
- Master's programmes: 52,000 EUR/year
The most expensive degrees are offered in disciplines like Business Management or Communication. You're also more likely to encounter higher costs at private Dutch universities.
Most affordable Dutch universities
Check examples of Dutch universities with affordable tuition fees for international students:
- Radboud University - average tuition fees 2,143 EUR/year
- University of Twente (UT) - average tuition fees 2,083 EUR/year
- Utrecht University - average tuition fees 2,143 EUR/year
- HAN University of Applied Sciences - average tuition fees 2,083 EUR/year
Universities we recommend in the Netherlands
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Utrecht University
- Radboud University
- Tilburg University
- Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
Check out the best universities in the Netherlands according to global rankings.
2. Scholarships and funding options in the Netherlands
You can find scholarships, grants, student loans as well as rent subsidies and support for your health insurance and costs of living during your study experience in the Netherlands.
- Tuition fee loans apply to EU/EEA students who are not eligible for Dutch study finance
- Various scholarships and grants offered by Dutch universities and organisations
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.
Search through over 500 scholarships offered in the Netherlands.
Ready to study in the Netherlands?
Here's more helpful information like:
- The best universities in the Netherlands
- Applying for the Dutch student visa
- Enrolling in a Dutch university
If you are not from the EU/EEA, learn what requirements you need to meet to receive the Dutch student visa, which costs 171 EUR. Here is some visa info based on your country of origin: