Are you a national of a country outside the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA)? If so, you pay an institutional fee for a study programme at VU Amsterdam.
Most students then pay a higher amount than the amount paid by nationals of EU/EEA Member States. In some situations, nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA do qualify for the same fees as EU/EEA students. The fee is the same for full-time degree programmes, part-time degree programmes and work-study degree programmes.
In 2021-2022* students who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA pay tuition fees of:
*The transitional arrangement 2018A is applicable to all non-EU/non-EEA students who were enrolled for the same degree programme on 1 February 2018. They may pay the second degree tuition fees during the nominal duration of the study programme plus one year, provided that their enrolment is uninterrupted. Consequently, in 2021-2022 this relates to the second degree tuition fees in 2021-2022.
** Transitional arrangement 2018 B applies for non-EU / EEA Bachelor's students of Medicine or Theology (joint degree) who are already registered for the same degree program on 1 February 2018. During the nominal study + 1 year (for part-time twice nominal + 1 year) they are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Exceptions (2020-2021 / 2019-2020)
*** Transitional arrangement 2020 applies for non-EU / EEA Bachelor's students of Theology and Dentistry who are already registered for the same degree program on 1 September 2019. During the nominal study + 1 year (for part-time twice nominal + 1 year) they are eligible for the transitional degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transitional degree tariff Bachelor Theology € 5,202 and Bachelor Dentistry € 21,173.
Although Suriname and Switzerland are not EU/EEA countries, students from Suriname and Switzerland pay the EU/EEA tuition fees.
Students who are not nationals of an EEA Member state nevertheless pay the EEA tuition fees when they have:
- a valid Dutch residence permit based on an asylum residency permit for a fixed or indefinite period,
- a valid Dutch regular residence permit for an indefinite period,
- a valid Dutch regular residence permit for a fixed period on the grounds of family reunion, family forming or partnership (only when the family member/partner is an EU citizen living in the Netherlands),
- a valid residence permit for the Netherlands in combination with a valid resident permit for an indefinite period for another EU Member State,
- a residence permit via the special regulation 2007 (‘ general pardon’),
- an EU-citizen residence permit.
This list is not exhaustive, as there also other cases: you can find more information in the Application and Enrolment Regulations, Article 8 and Appendix 1.
A residence permit exclusively for study - 'verblijf voor studie' - or for highly skilled migrants - 'kennismigrant'- does not give an entitlement to the statutory tuition fee.
Students must send proof of their residence status to Study and Student Administration to qualify for the statutory tuition fee. With partnership/family forming/family reunion relating to an EU citizen living in the Netherlands a copy of the ID of the partner/family member will also be required. You can find more information in the Application and Enrolment Regulations.