Tuition fees, funding & scholarships in the Netherlands

Higher education in the Netherlands is not free, however it is subsidised by the Dutch government making it affordable for Dutch students and also fairly accessible for international students.

Tuition fees for international students in the Netherlands

Tuition fees at Dutch Universities are relatively low compared with most English-language speaking countries. Fees for EU students in the Netherlands depend on the degree and the institution - it's best to check university websites to have a clearer idea.

Tuition fees for non-EU students are higher and also depend entirely on the institution and programme. Master’s degrees are usually higher again. Check the Studyfinder for more information on the tuition fees of specific courses.

Additional costs while studying

When studying in the Netherlands extra costs that need to be taken into consideration include:

Visa and residence permit fees.
Travel costs to arrive in the Netherlands.

Accommodation in the Netherlands such as room rental, apartment rental or student housing.

Dutch health insurance depending where you are from and how long you are staying.

Study materials such as textbooks or equipment.

Daily travel costs such as shopping, public transport and leisure activities.

Students are often eligible for discounts at many bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas.

Study costs are tax deductible

If you are working while studying in the Netherlands you can deduct study costs on your annual income tax return.

Deductible study costs include:

Programmes and degrees such as an MBA, Master’s, Bachelor’s, MBO or certain personal development courses.

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Study materials such as specialised software or equipment.

Language courses, travel costs and accommodation are not deductible. For more information on tax deductible study costs see this article.

Scholarships in the Netherlands

There are literally dozens and dozens of scholarships available for international students to study in the Netherlands. There are scholarships for different education levels, for different study fields and for students from almost every country in the world!

Too numerous to list on this page, you can find a complete overview of all scholarships on the Study in Holland Grantfinder page.

The Holland Scholarship for non-European students

In 2015 the Dutch government introduced the Holland Scholarship to attract more international students to the Netherlands.

The scholarship is for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who plan to do a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the Netherlands. The scholarships have a value of 5.000 euros each and will be awarded to students in their first year to cover study costs.

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Holland scholarships have an emphasis on talent and are awarded to several hundred international students per year (768 in 2015). The specific scholarship selection criteria depends on the Dutch institution where the student is applying, as it is the institutions that make the selection.

Scholarships administered by EP-Nuffic

Several major scholarships are administered by EP-Nuffic , a service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education. These include:


The new Erasmus programme is in effect from 2014 to 2020 and assists EU students to study or do a work placement in other EU countries for a period of between 3 and 12 months.

Liberation Scholarship for Canadian students in 2015/2016

In recognition of Canada’s role in liberating the Netherlands during WWII, the Dutch government and other institutions are offering 70 scholarships in 2015 and 2016 to Canadian students wishing to study in the Netherlands.

The Liberation Scholarship is a one-off grant intended to cover international travel and setup costs for students coming to the Netherlands. Additionally the scholarship includes tuition fee exemption and (visa, housing etc.) support from the Dutch host university.

MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

For professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia to do a short course in the Netherlands.

NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Programme)

For professionals in 51 countries to complete training and education in the Netherlands. This scholarship prioritises female applicants and applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme

For students from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico and Russia.

Science without Borders Holland

For Brazilian university students.


For Indonesian professionals to study a Master’s, short course or training programme in the Netherlands.

Sino-DutchBilaretal Exchange Scholarship

For talented Chinese students to study or do research in the Netherlands.

Additional scholarships

Don’t forget to investigate grants and scholarships within your home country to help you study abroad!

The NN Future Matters Scholarship 2017

NN group, one of the largest insurance companies in the Netherlands, has announced a new scholarship; The NN Future Matters Scholarship for

Studying in the Netherlands and residence options after graduation

Many expats come to the Netherlands as students and continue their stay after graduation. This guide gives an overview of residency options for students and new graduates.

International graduates in the Netherlands contribute over 1,57 billion euros to the Dutch economy

A study by EP Nuffic shows that international students who stay in the Netherlands to work, contribute billions of euros to the Dutch economy.

Holland Scholarship open to foreign students for 2017-2018

The latest round of Holland Scholarship has opened. This scholarship offers 5.000 euros to hundreds of non-EEA students to study in the Netherlands.

Applications for Holland Scholarship open

Applications have opened for the new Dutch scholarship programme, which offers 5.000 euros to non-EU students who want to study in the Netherlands.

Deducting study costs in your Dutch tax return

Did you know that many work-related study courses and materials are tax deductible? Learn about the possible tax benefits of declaring your study costs.

More scholarships to attract foreign students

The Ministry of Education is launching 1.000 scholarships per year for foreign students to study in the Netherlands and Dutch students to study abroad.

Dutch university association calls for more scholarships for international students

The Dutch university association is asking the government for more international scholarships, arguing the Netherlands needs more foreign students.

Dutch government allowing higher fees for honour programmes

The government is allowing some universities to experiment with charging higher fees for honours programmes.

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