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Tuition fee rates Master's programmes

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

If you have already been awarded a Master'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.

The tuition fee rates for Master's programmes can be found below. General information about the payment of your tuition fee can be found here.

Tuition fees Master's 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 Masters'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 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 for:

    You also pay a different amount when:

    • You are a EU/EEA students who has already obtained a Master's degree in the Netherlands and wants to study another Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. See the Second Degree Tariffs exceptions.
  • 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 pay tuition fees of:

    degree programmetuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes and the research master)

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 years master)

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme and the research master)

    Humanities (except for the teacher training programme and the research)

    School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship) 

    €14,762 

    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    Theology*

    Social Sciences

    Humanities 

    €14,600
    Master's degree programmes Theology (3 years)*€14,600
    Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)**€15,600
    Master's degree programmes Entrepreneurship (jd)**€15,500
    Teacher training programmes;
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences
    €6,976
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:
    Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €14,661

    Joint degree Master's programmes of:

    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €14,792
    The Master's degree programme Medicine**€22,042
    The Master's degree programme Dentistry***€24,310

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

    * Transitional arrangement 2018A applies for non-EU/EEA students who are enrolled on 1 February 2018 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Second-degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    ** Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    *** Transitional arrangement 2020 applies for non-EU/EEA Master's students Dentistry who are enrolled on 1 September 2019 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff Dentistry € 22,851 

    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 Masters's degree programme you will usually pay more than the statutory tuition fee, namely the institutional fee.

    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 master’s degree programmes 2020-2021 

    degree programmetuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes and the research master)

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 years master)

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme and the research master)

    Humanities (except for the teacher training programme and the research)

    School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship) 

    €13,751 

    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    Theology*

    Social Sciences

    Humanities 

    €11,103
    Master's degree programmes Theology (3 years)*€9,644
    Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)**€15,600
    Master's degree programmes Entrepreneurship (jd)**€14,200
    Teacher training programmes;
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences
    €5,965
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:
    Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €13,650

    Joint degree master's programmes of:
    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €13,447
    The master's degree programme Medicine**€21,030
    The master's degree programme Dentistry***€22,100

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

    * Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes) for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    ** Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    *** Transitional arrangement 2020 applies for non-EU/EEA master students Dentistry who are enrolled on 1 September 2019 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff Dentistry € 20.829

    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.

  • Premaster tuition fees

    There are specific rules for premaster students, as they do not pay the regular tuition fee, but instead a premaster fee:

    • For a premaster programme that encompasses no more than 30 EC, you will have to pay a premaster fee of €1,071.50 (for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students). If the programme encompasses more than 30 EC, you will have to pay €1,071.50 + an extra fee of €35.70 for every EC which comes above the 30 EC.
    • If you follow a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme as a regular student for which you pay a tuition fee next to your premaster, you pay only the statutory tuition fee. Students will be exempted from paying the premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institution.
    • The costs of premaster programmes of the School of Business and Economics are equal to the other premaster programmes.
    • As a premaster student you can receive a proof of paid tuition fee (BBC), even though you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
    • As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.
    • In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enrol in a premaster programme. The premaster assessment costs € 110.

Tuition fees Master's 2021-2022

  • 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 €2.168 for a Masters'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 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 2021-2022 for:

    You also pay a different amount when:

    • You are a EU/EEA students who has already obtained a Master's degree in the Netherlands and wants to study another Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. See the Second Degree Tariffs exceptions.
  • 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 pay tuition fees of:

    degree programmetuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences**** (except for the teacher training programmes, educational masters and the research masters)

    Theology**** (except for the 2 and 3 years master)

    Law****

    Social Sciences**** (except for the teacher training programme and the research master)

    Humanities**** (except for the teacher training programme and the research)

    School of Business and Economics**** (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society, Business Data Science and Entrepreneurship) 

    €16.630

    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    Theology*

    Social Sciences

    Humanities 

    €12.690
    Research Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health.€15.420
    Master's degree programme Theology (3 years)*€10.780

    Master's degree programme MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)**

    Master's degree programme Business Data Science (jd)

    €15.700
    Master's degree Business in Society €12.690
    Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship (jd)**/*****€17.090
    Teacher training programmes*****€8.620
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences€7.410
    1 year Master's degree programmes of the Faculty of Sciences*****€16.530
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:
    Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €15.320

    Joint degree Master's programmes of:

    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €15.110

    Master's degree programme Archeology (ACASA)****

    Master's degree programme Ancient Civilizations (ACASA)****

    €16.060
    Research Master's programme in Ancient Civilizations€11.440
    Master's degree programme Medicine**€22.500
    Master's degree programme Dentistry***€25.080

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

    * Transitional arrangement 2018A applies for non-EU/EEA students who are enrolled on 1 February 2018 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Second-degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    ** Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    *** Transitional arrangement 2020 applies for non-EU/EEA Master's students Dentistry who are enrolled on 1 September 2019 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff Dentistry €23.514 

    **** Transitional arrangement 2021 applies for non-EU/EEA Master's students who are enrolled on 1 September 2020 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff for these programmes is €15.190

    ***** Transitional arrangement 2021 applies for non-EU/EEA Master's students who are enrolled on 1 September 2020 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff for the programmes of the Faculty of Sciences is €15.0865. Transition degree tariff for the Teaching training programmes is €7.178. Transition degree tariff for the Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship is €15.950.

    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 Masters's degree programme you will usually pay more than the statutory tuition fee, namely the institutional fee.

    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 master’s degree programmes 2020-2021 

    degree programmetuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes and the 2 year research masters)

    Research Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health.

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 years master)

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme and the research master)

    Humanities (except for the teacher training programme, ACASA and the research masters)

    School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society, Business Data Science and Entrepreneurship) 

    €14.150

    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    Theology*

    Social Sciences

    Humanities (except ACASA)

    €11.420
    Master's degree programmes Theology (3 years)*€9.920

    Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)**

    Master's degree programme Business Data Science (jd)

    €15.700
    Master's degree programme Business in Society (jd)€11.420
    Master's degree programmes Entrepreneurship (jd)**€14.600
    Teacher training programmes;
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences
    €6.140
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:
    Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €14.050

    Joint degree master's programmes of:
    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €13.840

    Master's degree programme Archeology****

    Master's degree programme Ancient Civilizations****

    €14.600
    Research Master's programme in Ancient Civilizations€10.400
    The master's degree programme Medicine**€21.640
    The master's degree programme Dentistry***€22.800

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

    * Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes) for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    ** Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

    *** Transitional arrangement 2020 applies for non-EU/EEA master students Dentistry who are enrolled on 1 September 2019 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff Dentistry € 21.433

    **** Transitional arrangement 2021 applies for non-EU/EEA master students  who are enrolled on 1 September 2020 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Transition degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption). Transition degree tariff for these programmes is €14.150

  • Premaster tuition fees

    There are specific rules for premaster students, as they do not pay the regular tuition fee, but instead a premaster fee:

    • For a premaster programme that encompasses no more than 30 EC, you will have to pay a premaster fee of (for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students). If the programme encompasses more than 30 EC, you will have to pay an extra fee of for every EC which comes above the 30 EC. The fees for our premaster programmes will be announced here shortly.
    • If you follow a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme as a regular student for which you pay a tuition fee next to your premaster, you pay only the statutory tuition fee. Students will be exempted from paying the premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institution.
    • The costs of premaster programmes of the School of Business and Economics are equal to the other premaster programmes.
    • As a premaster student you can receive a proof of paid tuition fee (BBC), even though you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
    • As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.
    • In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enrol in a premaster programme. The premaster assessment costs will be announced here shortly.

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