Studying in the Netherlands - Tuition Fees and Funding

Are you considering studying abroad, to expand your horizons, explore a new country or encounter a new culture? Then the Netherlands might be your perfect international study destination. Get a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in an internationally acclaimed environment, where teaching is open and informal, based on sharing debates for new insights.

But how much will a degree cost in the Netherlands?

1. University tuition fees in the Netherlands

As all around most of Europe, Dutch universities have implemented tuition fees for EU/EEA students. The annual tuition fees for a degree programme or course at a Dutch university start at approximately 1,900 EUR/year for EU students.

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When it comes to tuition fees, you will find on some university websites 2 type of tuitions: Statutory and Institutional. The difference between them is:

  • Statutory tuition fee: usually applies to international students from the EU/EEA, or to those who have already studied in Netherlands, or have a certain type of residence permit (like the one if you're a family member of an EU/EEA national, if you have an unlimited residence permit or an asylum permit, 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.

As a general rule of thumb, the institutional fee is higher than the statutory fee, because the government offers higher education institutions money to subside the statutory fee. I know, it's a lot of bureaucracy behind this, so never take these tuition fees personal.

Average tuition fees EU/EEA students

  • Bachelor's programmes: between 700 and 1,950 EUR/year
  • Master's programmes: between 2,000 and 5,000 EUR/year

Average tuition fees non-EU/EEA students

  • Bachelor's programmes: between 6,000 and 12,000 EUR/year
  • Master's programmes: between 8,000 and 20,000 EUR/year

Maximum costs for a degree in the Netherlands

  • Bachelor's programmes: 18,000 EUR/year
  • Master's programmes: 35,000 EUR/year

You're more likely to encounter higher costs at private Dutch universities.

Good news! If you are from an EU/EEA country or Suriname and you start studying a Bachelor’s at a public university in the Netherlands in 2018-2019, you will only pay half of the tuition fee in the first year. This means that for the first year of studies your fee will only be 1,030 EUR.

A main condition to be eligible is to not have studied in Holland before.

The fee discount also applies to Master’s degrees in Initial Teacher Education, provided that you start a Bachelor’s in Education in 2018-2019.

Most affordable Dutch universities

Check examples of Dutch universities with affordable tuition fees for international students:

Tuition fees at top-ranked Dutch universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Dutch universities:

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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 abroad experience in the Netherlands.

Search through over 100 scholarships offered in the Netherlands.

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Pay close attention to the Dutch students visa requirements if you are not from the EU/EEA which costs 317 EUR. Here is some visa info based on your country of origin: 

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