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.
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.
› A computer
› Study materials such as specialised software or equipment.
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.
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.
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.
For professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia to do a short course in the Netherlands.
For professionals in 51 countries to complete training and education in the Netherlands. This scholarship prioritises female applicants and applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.
For students from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico and Russia.
For Brazilian university students.
For Indonesian professionals to study a Master’s, short course or training programme in the Netherlands.
For talented Chinese students to study or do research in the Netherlands.
Don’t forget to investigate grants and scholarships within your home country to help you study abroad!