Dutch universities charge tuition fees for higher education programmes. Depending on their country of origin, students will pay somewhere between € 2,000 and € 20,000 for one study year. They can also expect to spend € 10,350 on accommodation, food and health insurance. To reduce expenses when studying in the Netherlands, students can apply for a scholarship or find a part-time job.
Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in 2016-2017
Government-funded Dutch universities have two types of tuition fees, statutory and institutional.
Statutory fees are a fixed amount set by the Dutch government for all universities. Most students from the Netherlands and other EU/EEA countries must pay this type of fee for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. For 2016-2017, the statutory fee is set at €1,984 per year.
Institutional fees are set by the university itself and are applicable to students from outside of the EU/EEA. The amount depends on specialisations and other conditions. On average, the institutional fee for 2016-2017 is between €6,000 and €20,000 per year.
Private university tuition fees are comparable to government-funded university fees. Preparatory courses are usually the same amount for both EU and non-EU students.
|Tuition fee per year, in euro||For EU students||For non-EU students|
|Preparatory courses (1 – 12 months)||6,000 – 12,000||6,000 – 12,000|
|Bachelor's programmes (3 – 4 years)||1,984||6,000 – 10,000|
|Master's programmes (1 – 2 years)||1,984||7,000 – 20,000|
|Tuition fee for MBA programmes can reach € 40,000 – € 50,000|
Please note that tuition fees usually don’t include the cost of study books, uniforms, internships, or other additional expenses. Depending on the programme, these extra fees range from €500 to €2,000 per year.
See a detailed breakdown of tuition fees at Dutch universities in the Eurogates database.
Living expenses in the Netherlands
According to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), student needs €10,350 per year (€862.50 per month) to cover living expenses including accommodation, food, health insurance, and transport costs in the Netherlands. International students who require a visa must have this amount in their bank account in order to start the Entry and Residence Procedure (TEV).
This sum does not cover spending money for trips around Europe, going out to eat at restaurants, or other social activities (movies, drinks, museums, etc.).
To receive a student visa, candidates must prove they have sufficient finances to live in the Netherlands for at least one year (€10,350). In most cases, they must transfer this sum to the university’s bank account prior to completing their visa application. Students will get access to these finances when they arrive in the country.
Students must also pay the tuition fee for the first study year before it begins. Deadlines for making the payment depend on the university. Some institutions allow payment to be made several weeks before courses begin while others require the payment to be made before applying for the student visa. Details regarding the tuition fee payment, including deadlines, can be found on each university’s website.
High-quality higher education is expensive. However, studying in the Netherlands is quite affordable compared to other countries like the UK or US. For example, tuition fees start at €15,000 in the UK, three times more expensive than in the Netherlands. Living costs in the UK are also higher. Student needs to have at least €1,380 per month to apply for a visa (versus €862.50 in the Netherlands).