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Tuition fees in the Netherlands

Our guide to tuition fees in the Netherlands for international students

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Studying in the Netherlands is generally cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. Aside from moderate living costs, Dutch tuition fees are relatively low; considerably so when compared to the UK. Dutch universities are state funded, and play host to over 80,000 international students.


The fees below are a guide; we always recommend checking with the institution or department for the exact fee for the course you’re interested in.


Fees will differ depending whether you’re an EU student or not.


Find out if you are an EU student


I’m an EU student


EU students pay the same tuition fees as local Dutch students, working out to be around €1,906 (US$ 2,597) per year. Private colleges and institutions may charge higher fees. You may be eligible for a credit loan (‘Collegegeldkrediet’) to cover the cost of your tuition if you:

  • Are an EU/ EEA national
  • Do not meet requirements for Dutch student finance
  • Are below 30 for your first loan application
  • Are enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized institution
  • Have a citizen service number in the Netherlands 
  • Have a non-savings bank account


You will need to pay back this loan in instalments once your studies are complete. EU/EEA students are generally exempt from paying application fees, but some institutions will also charge faculty-specific fees on top of basic tuition costs.


Learn more about the Citizen Service Number

Learn more about Collegegeldkrediet



Whilst fees vary across institution and faculty, EU students can expect to pay around €1,700 (US$2,316) per year for a Masters qualification: roughly the same as with their undergraduate studies. To reap the benefits of available financial support from the Dutch government, you need to be an EU citizen, under the age of 30 and be able to commit to employment by a Dutch company for 32 hours each month. You will need to pay national insurance from that wage. Some private institutions and colleges also charge additional fees on top of basic tuition costs, as well as some faculty-specific fees.



I’m not an EU Student


Unfortunately, students outside the EU will need to pay higher tuition fees on top of the statutory €1,906 paid by EU nationals, as well as application fees that can range from €50-€100 (US$680 US$135). Fees vary across institutions and study areas, but for example the Erasmus University of Rotterdam charges non-EU students higher institution fees of €6,900 (US$9,400) for studies in Ecological Sciences and Engineering, and €8,200 (US$11,170) for courses in the Rotterdam School of Management on top of basic tuition costs. There are a number of scholarship options for non-EU students that are administered by Nuffic.



On average, non-EU students will look to pay around €8,000 (US$10,898) per year for their postgraduate studies, and are less likely to receive the same financial benefits as local students. Whilst fees always differ across institutions and study areas, averages paid by non-EU/EEA students for the 2013-2014 academic year by on study area are as follows:

  • Arts and humanities...€10,500 (US$14,304)
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences...€13,000 (US$17,710)
  • Economics and Business...€13,000 (US$17,710)
  • Law...€10,500 (US$14,304)
  • Life Sciences...€13,000 (US$17,710)
  • Sciences and Technology...€13,000 (US$17,710)
  • Spatial Sciences...€10,500 (US$14,304)


Need financial help?

There are a range of institute-specific scholarships and loans available for both EU and non-EU students to fund postgraduate study. Students are advised to consult specific university websites for more information.


If you come across any courses in the Netherlands on our site you’re interested in, you should be able to get an idea of how much it will cost. You can also follow our links and get in touch with the institution directly to answer any questions you might have.


Once more, we always recommend you confirm the fees for a specific course with the institution or department themselves. This information is available on our site or you can contact the institution themselves through us.


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