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Study fees. Cost of education in the Netherlands

Here you find information about the approximate expenses related with study and staying in the Netherlands.

Expenses during study at universities

Foreign student studying in the Netherlands usually spend approximately  €900 per month on various daily expenses. This sum covers health insurance, housing and transport costs and does not include a tuition fee which usually is paid to an university before arrival.

Therefore, evidence that the candidate or his sponsor has the opportunity to show the amount of €840 (in 12 the multiple times) on the bank account or provide university authorities with the appropriate bank statement is a necessary condition for receiving a student visa.

Many educational institutions require transfer to the account of the entire annual sum necessary for payment of education and residing of the student. Payments of habitation and living costs are monthly deducted from this amount.

Depending on the programmes, their level the duration and service offered,fees of preparatory programmes fluctuate from €900 euro till €7,800 a year for both EU*/EEA** and non-EU citizens.

Tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens in 2014-2015:

  • Tuition fees for Bachelor's studies are €1,906 a year.
  • Prices for Master;s programmes start from €1,906 per year.

Tuition fees for non-EU citizens in 2014-2015:

The tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes for non EU-students are usually higher than those for EU citizens.

  • Most of the Bachelor's study programmes cost from €5,800 to €10,000 per year.
  • Several Dutch universities offer Master's programmes for non-EU students for €1906 per year, but education costs for the most of them start from €7,000-€8,000.

In total a study year for citizens outside of Europe can cost between €14,000 and €22,000 (inclusive all living expenses.)

Students from outside the European Union do not qualify for the national grants from the Dutch authorities. However, the Dutch Ministry of Education offers scholarships to nationals from a wide range of countries under the terms of various cultural agreements and other agreements of co-operation. Find more details about tuition fees at Dutch universities in our 'prorgammes' database.

Students from EU/EEA countries or Switzerland can apply for study financial funds, established by Dutch government, which named tuition fee loan.

High (secondary) education expenses

  • in case if pupils staying in a boarding school and attending nearby the school situated in the area the total expenses consist of accommodation fee about €20,000 (current educational year) and tuition fees which varies from €4,000 up to €13,000 depending on type of school and the study programme;
  • there are a few boarding schools where one can stay and follow the study programme on the school territory. In this case, the school charges in total €33,000 on a yearly basis. In case of training in a school - boarding school - about €42,000 a year.

*European Union (EU) members are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

** EEA stands for European Economic Area, which includes the EU countries and Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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20/06/2013, 11:29 # Sandeep Singh

My name is sandeep singh I had completed graduation in arts and after than and recently completed diploma in civil engineering and know I want to study in holland in master degree in tourism and management course.i want to know about total cost of study excluding living cost there and procedure of how to apply?

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20/06/2013, 17:25 # staff

Hi Sandeep,

Here is the link to the selection of programmes in Tourism:

http://www.eurogates.nl/programs/#!/degree=applied_master,academic_master&search=tourism. You can see the prices per programme.

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13/06/2013, 21:42 # mwajuma said

I am an African student also studying in Africa as a bachelor education holder but I want to study master programmes so will I be able to get sponsership on that study?

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16/06/2013, 16:55 # staff

Look here for a programme and select a programme with a note "grants are available".

http://www.eurogates.nl/programs/#!/fos=education&degree=academic_master

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30/04/2013, 16:21 # Maximillian Okere

I am an EU citizen but I studied in Africa. Will my African results be accepted?

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01/05/2013, 22:03 # staff

You need to send your documents to a university and international office evaluates your documents.

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15/08/2013, 10:43 # wilson maingu magesa

I am Tanzania. I studed undergraduate and post graduate diploma in Tanzania. but I want to study masters program so will I be able to get schorship on that study in holand

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18/08/2013, 08:28 # staff

Hi Wilson,
Please select a programme here: www.eurogates.nl/programs/
How to find a scholarship for study in Holland, please read here: http://www.eurogates.nl/en_scholarships_grants_Holland/

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22/08/2013, 09:27 # Gati

Hello, My son was born in the Netherlands, but he studied the primary and secondary school in Tanzania. Could he be given special consideration if he pursues studying at any university in the Netherlands in the future . He really wants to study undergraduate studies in the country where he was born. Please help!.

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22/08/2013, 12:23 # staff

Hi Gati,
Your son can apply for any study programme at Holland. Please find here requirements: http://www.eurogates.nl/can-i-study-in-holland/

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08/10/2013, 10:57 # Abdul Majeed Perhyar

Dear Concerned I am postgraduate in Business Administration HR and Bachelor in Economics and LLB also. Being Government officer in NADRA Pakistan wants to obtain doctoral degree via fully funded scholarship because I belong to poor family and unable to bear expenses of u r country for education. Please help and guide me.

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09/10/2013, 20:14 # staff

Hi Abdul Majeed,
Please read here information about financing of doctoral studies in Holland: http://www.eurogates.nl/phd-programmes-in-netherlands/

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11/11/2013, 02:21 # Shreedhar

I am Nepalese and Now I am pursuing undergraduate bachelor degree in South Korea. Is it possible that I can be transfer from South Korea to Nether land. Is there any scholarship available? I want to continue my bachelor degree in Nether land.

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05/12/2013, 20:04 # staff

Hi, here are Bachelor programmes: http://www.eurogates.nl/programs/#!/degree=applied_bachelor,academic_bachelor

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26/07/2014, 12:12 # Sushma

I'm a post graduate in English literature and bachelor in education.What courses or degrees can you suggest me in Holland and what will be the tuition fee.?I Have already arranged for accommodation with a friend.

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18/08/2014, 12:52 # staff

Here are programmes related with English literature: http://www.eurogates.nl/programs/master/radboud-university-nijmegen/?search=language

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08/09/2014, 16:03 # ajibola

I am ajibola from Nigeria i study library and information studies and i wish to do my masters in any program.how do i go about that. here is my email aoluseje@yahoo.com mail me to me what to do.

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11/09/2014, 19:45 # staff

Hi Ajibola,
Here are Master programmes in Information fields: http://www.eurogates.nl/programs/master/?search=Information

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