Tuition fees

Tuition fees for degree programmes are dependent on the country of which the student is a citizen.

Most international study programmes are financed by the Dutch government. Students from one of the EU/EEA countries or from Suriname or Switzerland pay the regular national tuition fee for their first degree programme at the UvA.

Tuition fees for students from non-EU/EEA countries are considerably higher because their study is not subsidised by the Dutch government.


The UvA has established two scholarship programmes specifically designed to offer talented and motivated non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to pursue a degree at the UvA. One scholarship available to UvA students is the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. In 2014, a new prestigious scholarship programme called the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship will be launched, targeting exceptionally talented Master’s students from outside Europe.

In addition to the scholarships mentioned above, other forms of financial support for studying in the Netherlands are available to exceptional students. Please note that, in some cases, students may make use of the Dutch government’s system of student loans (studiefinanciering).

Living expenses

The amount of money you will need each month largely depends on the lifestyle you are used to at home. You can expect to spend between €850 and €1,400 per month on living expenses. This includes rent but not tuition fees.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

27 January 2015