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As a student in the Netherlands you will pay an annual tuition fee.

Which fee you pay depends on your nationality, your degree programme and your mode of study (full-time or part-time). To check which fee you have to pay, you can use our tuition fee calculator, and/or visit our information page about tuition fees.

Additional study costs

Apart from the tuition fee, there are costs for books and other study materials. These costs vary per study programme, and range from approximately €200 to €800 per year.

Living expenses

If you want to study in Amsterdam, expect to spend between €900 and €1,500 per month on living expenses. This includes rent but not tuition fees.


As a non-EU Bachelor’s student, you can apply for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. There are also other sources of financial aid for both Dutch and international students.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

    We aim to attract the world’s brightest students to our international classrooms. Therefore, outstanding students from outside the EU can apply for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. The value of the scholarship is €6,000 per year (a total of €18,000). A limited number of scholarships are available each year for non-EU students.

  • Other sources of financial aid
    • The Dutch Ministry of Education and Sciences offers scholarships covering costs of living expenses within the framework of cultural agreements between the Netherlands and other countries. Information is available from the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country or via Grantfinder and the Nuffic.
    • You can also contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your own country. There may be funds or foundations available for students planning to study abroad. Like the Colfuturo Scholarship for students from Colombia.
  • Student loans for Dutch/EU students

    ​In certain cases it is possible for Dutch/EU students to receive a monthly student loan from the Dutch government (via DUO).