Tuition fee rates Bachelor's programmes

Tuition fees for International Bachelor’s programmes vary for both EU/EEA-students and non-EU/EEA students. 

If you have already been awarded a Bachelor's degree in the Netherlands (except if you are going to take a degree for the first time in the field of health care or a teaching qualification) you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

Tuition fees bachelors 2020-2021

  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA students

    Are you a national of one of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA ) Member States? If so, you pay a tuition fee of €2,143 for a Bachelor's degree programme.

    This fee is applicable to full-time degree programmes, part-time degree programmes, and work-study degree programmes. However, there are exceptions: lower or higher tuition fees are charged to some students and for some degree programmes. When, for example, you apply for the first time for a bachelor’s degree programme, you pay half of the statutory tuition fees. 

    When you have Surinamese or Swiss nationality you also pay the EU/EEA fees, even though these countries are not EU/EEA Member States.

    You pay a different amount in 2020-2021 when:

    • you apply for the first time for a higher education (university of applied sciences or research university) Bachelor’s degree programme. You then pay half of the tuition fees, which amounts to: €1,071, during a consecutive period of a maximum of twelve months. More information can be found on government.nl.
    • This is also applicable to students who apply for the first time for a Bachelor’s degree programme for which the higher statutory tuition fees are applicable, i.e. the Amsterdam University College Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme (halved fee amounts to €2,217,50) and for the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree programme (halved fee amounts to €2,073). 
    • Students following the Universitaire Pabo (combined programme in academic and professional education studies) pay a halved fee for the first two years during a consecutive period of a maximum of 24 months. 

    Students who terminate enrolment during the period in which they are entitled to the halved tuition fee lose the halved tuition fee entitlement during those months in the twelve-month period beginning on the first enrolment date in higher education in which they are not enrolled. 

    For example, if you begin your degree programme on 1 September 2020, then you are eligible to pay the halved tuition fee during the period ending on 31 August 2021, irrespective of the number of months in which you are actually enrolled. When you first enrol on 1 February 2020, you are eligible to pay the halved tuition fee during the period ending on 31 January 2021. You can find more information on government.nl.

    You also pay a different amount when:

    • you have already been awarded a Bachelor's degree and wish to follow a further Bachelor's degree. You then, pursuant to the Wet Tweede Graad (second-degree act) pay the second degree tuition fee.
    • you are not beginning a first Bachelor's degree programme and you are going to follow the Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor's degree programme at Amsterdam University College. You then pay the raised statutory tuition fees of €4,435. You can find more information on the Amsterdam University College website
    • you are not beginning a first Bachelor's degree programme and you are going to follow the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Bachelor's degree programme. You then pay the raised statutory tuition fees of €4,146.
  • Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students

    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 2020-2021* students who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA and students with Surinamese or Swiss nationality pay tuition fees of:

    €8.796

    €10.313

    €10.200

    €12.335

    €12.110

    For the fee of the following program please see the website of University of Twente

    *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 2020-2021 this relates to the second degree tuition fees in 2020-2021. 

    Exceptions

    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

  • Second degree tuition fees

    When you are going to follow a second Bachelor's degree programme you will usually pay more than the statutory tuition fee, namely the institutional fee.

    You do not pay the institutional fee when your first Bachelor's degree programme was in a field outside the education and healthcare domains. You may then follow a second Bachelor's degree programme in the education and healthcare fields at the government's expense. You then only pay the statutory tuition fee. If your first Bachelor’s degree programme was in education or healthcare, you may follow a second Bachelor’s programme within these domains and pay the statutory tuition fee.

    You also pay the statutory tuition fee if you are following a second Bachelor's degree programme at the same time as your first Bachelor's degree programme. When you complete your first Bachelor's degree programme before the second Bachelor's degree programme, then you may continue the second for the statutory tuition fee. This regulation is applicable to everyone who was awarded a first Bachelor's degree diploma after 1991.

    This does not extend to specialisations within one Bachelor's degree programme that fall within the same degree programme and have the same ISAT code. You pay the higher institutional fee once you have completed the first degree programme and continue with the second. You can check whether this is also applicable to your degree programmes by surfing to the DUO website, searching for the degree programmes and then comparing the codes.

    Important to know

    Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees are regarded as different degrees. Consequently, your first Master's degree programme after you have been awarded a Bachelor's degree does not count as a second degree.

    The institutional fees depend on your nationality: the fees for EU/EEA students differs from the fees for non-EU/non-EEA students. 

    More information on second degree tuition fees and exceptions

    Second degree tuition fees (institutional fees) for English taught bachelor’s degree programmes 2020-2021 

    €7.785

    €8.613

    €11.324

    For the fee of the following program please see the website of University of Twente

    €12.110

    The fees are the same for full-time, part-time and dual programmes.

    If you want to follow a Dutch taught bachelor’s degree programme, you can find the correct tuition fee rates on Tarieven collegegeld bacheloropleidingen. You need a certain level of knowledge of the Dutch language to be admitted to a Dutch taught bachelor’s degree programme.

Tuition fee rates bachelors 2019-2020

  • Tuition fee rates for EU/EEA students

    Are you a national of one of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) Member States? If so, you pay a tuition fee of €2,083 for a Bachelor's degree programme in the 2019-2020 academic year. 

    This fee is applicable to full-time degree programmes, part-time degree programmes, and work-study degree programmes. However, there are exceptions: lower or higher tuition fees are charged to some students and for some degree programmes. When, for example, you apply for the first time for a bachelor’s degree programme, you pay half of the statutory tuition fees. 

    When you have Surinamese or Swiss nationality you also pay the EU/EEA fees, even though these countries are not EU/EEA Member States.

    You pay a different amount in 2019-2020 when:

    • you apply for the first time for a higher education (university of applied sciences or research university) Bachelor’s degree programme. You then pay half of the tuition fees, which amounts to: €1,041.50, during a consecutive period of a maximum of twelve months. More information can be found on government.nl.
    • This is also applicable to students who apply for the first time for a Bachelor’s degree programme for which the higher statutory tuition fees are applicable, i.e. the Amsterdam University College Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme (halved fee amounts to €2,193.50) and for the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree programme (halved fee amounts to €2,050). 
    • Students following the Universitaire Pabo (combined programme in academic and professional education studies) pay a halved fee for the first two years during a consecutive period of a maximum of 24 months. 

    Students who terminate enrolment during the period in which they are entitled to the halved tuition fee lose the halved tuition fee entitlement during those months in the twelve-month period beginning on the first enrolment date in higher education in which they are not enrolled. 

    For example, if you begin your degree programme on 1 September 2019, then you are eligible to pay the halved tuition fee during the period ending on 31 August 2020, irrespective of the number of months in which you are actually enrolled. When you first enrol on 1 February 2019, you are eligible to pay the halved tuition fee during the period ending on 31 January 2020. You can find more information on government.nl.

    You also pay a different amount when:

    • you have already been awarded a Bachelor's degree and wish to follow a further Bachelor's degree. You then, pursuant to the Wet Tweede Graad (second-degree [tuition fee] act) pay the second degree tuition fee.
    • you are not beginning a first Bachelor's degree programme and you are going to follow the Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor's degree programme at Amsterdam University College. You then pay the raised statutory tuition fees of €4,387. You can find more information on the Amsterdam University College website
    • you are not beginning a first Bachelor's degree programme and you are going to follow the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Bachelor's degree programme. You then pay the raised statutory tuition fees of €4,100. 
  • Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students

    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 2019-2020* students who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA and students with Surinamese or Swiss nationality pay tuition fees of:

    €8.700

    €10.200

    €12.200

    €11.978

    *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 2019-2020 this relates to the second degree tuition fees in 2019-2020.

    Exceptions

    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

  • Second degree tuition fees

    When you are going to follow a second Bachelor's degree programme you will usually pay more than the statutory tuition fee, namely the institutional fee.

    You do not pay the institutional fee when your first Bachelor's degree programme was in a field outside the education and healthcare domains. You may then follow a second Bachelor's degree programme in the education and healthcare fields at the government's expense. You then only pay the statutory tuition fee. If your first Bachelor’s degree programme was in education or healthcare, you may follow a second Bachelor’s programme within these domains and pay the statutory tuition fee.

    You also pay the statutory tuition fee if you are following a second Bachelor's degree programme at the same time as your first Bachelor's degree programme. When you complete your first Bachelor's degree programme before the second Bachelor's degree programme, then you may continue the second for the statutory tuition fee. This regulation is applicable to everyone who was awarded a first Bachelor's degree diploma after 1991.

    This does not extend to specialisations within one Bachelor's degree programme that fall within the same degree programme and have the same ISAT code. You pay the higher institutional fee once you have completed the first degree programme and continue with the second. You can check whether this is also applicable to your degree programmes by surfing to the DUO website, searching for the degree programmes and then comparing the codes.

    Important to know

    Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees are regarded as different degrees. Consequently, your first Master's degree programme after you have been awarded a Bachelor's degree does not count as a second degree.

    The institutional fees depend on your nationality: the fees for EU/EEA students differs from the fees for non-EU/non-EEA students.

    Second-degree tuition fees (institutional fees) for English taught bachelor’s degree programmes 2019-2020

    €7.700

    €9.200

    €11.200

    €11.978

    The fees are the same for full-time, part-time and dual programmes.

    If you want to follow a Dutch taught bachelor’s degree programme, you can find the correct tuition fee rates on Tarieven collegegeld bacheloropleidingen. You need a certain level of knowledge of the Dutch language to be admitted to a Dutch taught bachelor’s degree programme.

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