Study in Netherlands | The Netherlands is a great destination for international students looking for quality education in Europe. The Dutch environment and people are very friendly towards foreign students and there are many English-taught programmes available. On our portals alone, you can find over 400 Bachelor’s and 1,400 Master’s degrees in the Netherlands.
The low tuition fees and affordable living costs are the most important benefits for students. Keep on reading as we’ll offer more information about them to help you decide if studying in the Netherlands matches your personal and academic goals.
1. University tuition fees in the Netherlands
Public Dutch universities charge tuition fees to all international students regardless of their country of origin. However, students coming from the EU/EEA, Switzerland and Surinam often pay lower tuition fees than non-EU/EEA students.
On our portals, we use the terms “EU/EEA” and “International” (non-EU/EEA citizens) to make the difference between tuition costs. If you visit individual university websites, you might encounter different terms: Statutory and Institutional. The difference between them is:
- Statutory tuition fee: usually applies to international students from the EU/EEA, or to graduates who have already studied in the Netherlands, or have a certain type of residence permit (like the one you receive if you’re a family member of an EU/EEA national, if you have an unlimited residence permit or an asylum permit, if you have a “long-term resident-EC” residence permit, and so on).
- Institutional tuition fee: usually, if you don’t meet the statutory tuition fee criteria, you are automatically required to pay this type of fee. It applies for most non-EU/EEA students.
As a general rule of thumb, institutional fees are higher than statutory fees because the government offers higher education institutions money to subsidize the statutory fee. I know, it’s a lot of bureaucracy behind this, so never take these tuition fees personal.
Average tuition fees for EU/EEA students
- Bachelor’s programmes: between 1,040 and 2,083 EUR/year
- Master’s programmes: between 1,070 and 2,083 EUR/year
Average tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students
- Bachelor’s programmes: between 6,000 and 15,000 EUR/year
- Master’s programmes: between 8,000 and 20,000 EUR/year
Maximum costs for a degree in the Netherlands
- Bachelor’s programmes: 19,400 EUR/year
- Master’s programmes: 52,000 EUR/year
The most expensive degrees are offered in disciplines like Business Management or Communication. You’re also more likely to encounter higher costs at private Dutch universities.
Most affordable Dutch universities
Check examples of Dutch universities with affordable tuition fees for international students:
- Radboud University – average tuition fees 2,143 EUR/year
- University of Twente (UT) – average tuition fees 2,083 EUR/year
- Utrecht University – average tuition fees 2,143 EUR/year
- HAN University of Applied Sciences – average tuition fees 2,083 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked Dutch universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Dutch universities:
- Delft University of Technology – average tuition fees 2,143 EUR/year
- University of Amsterdam – average tuition fees 2,083 EUR/year
- Wageningen University and Research – average tuition fees 2,083 EUR/year
- Erasmus University Rotterdam – average tuition fees between 2,083 – 52,000 EUR/year. The highest tuition fees are charged for Business Administration, Medicine, Sustainable Development, and Law degrees.
2. Scholarships and funding options in the Netherlands
You can find scholarships, grants, student loans as well as rent subsidies and support for your health insurance and costs of living during your study experience in the Netherlands.
- Tuition fee loans apply to EU/EEA students who are not eligible for Dutch study finance
- Various scholarships and grants offered by Dutch universities and organisations
You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.
Search through over 500 scholarships offered in the Netherlands.
Ready to study in the Netherlands?
Here’s more helpful information like:
- The best universities in the Netherlands
- Applying for the Dutch student visa
- Enrolling in a Dutch university
If you are not from the EU/EEA, learn what requirements you need to meet to receive the Dutch student visa, which costs 171 EUR. Here is some visa info based on your country of origin:
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Job opportunities for graduates
One stereotype about Dutch people is that they have negotiation in their blood. The Netherlands with its seafaring history has long since been an important nation for international trade. It was here that the concept of a joint stock company was invented.
Some of the world’s largest companies are Dutch, and many global groups have their European headquarters in the Netherlands. Paired with the country’s international mindset, you find a workforce that is highly proficient in English and very welcoming towards foreign employees. Those are pristine conditions for international students. If you graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a Dutch university, you will stand a good chance at also finding a job and staying for a longer time.
Getting there and around
The country’s most important airport by far is Amsterdam-Schiphol; as one of Europe’s busiest hubs, you can reach it easily from almost anywhere in the world.
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The Netherlands is a relatively small, but densely populated country. With numerous connections it is fairly easy to explore other cities and the countryside. If the weather allows, you might even consider an extended bike tour. After all, like virtually everyone else who studies in Holland, you should acquire a bike soon after arrival.
If you want to go further, you can easily take short trips to neighbouring Germany or Belgium. And via train or plane, the rest of Europe is also within reach if you feel like exploring.