Tuition fees and scholarships in the Netherlands

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If you are planning to study in the Netherlands, the first two things you want to know about it are certainly tuition fees and scholarships. Then, you need to read this!

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fees for a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at approximately 1,950 for EU students. The costs of programmes and courses for non-EU students are generally higher. The average tuition fee for them for Bachelor programmes lies between 6,000 and 15,000, whereas the costs for a Master is between 8,000 and 20,000.

If you want to check the exact amount for each specific course, you may want to check this website:

Most Dutch universities offer students two ways of paying fees. You can either pay the full fees up front or in monthly instalments of around €200 each.

Consider the costs of living

According to some estimates, students living and studying in Holland for one year spend between €800 and €1,100 a month.

However, ss a student you can get discounts in many bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas.


There are a number of ways you can finance your studies in the Netherlands other than applying for studiefinanciering offered from the Dutch Ministry of Education (DUO). In fact, this one mostly applies to Dutch citizens, people who have lived at least five years in the Netherlands or for people who work in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month. 

Depending on your country of origin, you have different options. In addition, there are scholarships for different education levels and for different study fields. 

EU/EEA-country or Switzerland


Erasmus +

A new EU program for Education, Training, Youth and Sport that runs from 2014 to 2020. Erasmus+ purpose is to encourage the mobility among international students by offering scholarships for studying and training. During a student academic cycle in a higher education institution you can spend up to 12 months your education abroad.

Academic scholarships

Most Dutch universities have a Scholarship page on their website. If you navigate to this page, you will find a list and short summary of all types scholarships you may receive as a student at this particular university. You can find a complete overview of all scholarships on the Study in Holland Grantfinder page.

Your country

Many European countries offer scholarships for their citizens to study abroad. Check your government’s website or the website of the region you come from.


Hard to believe, but there are even more scholarships’ options for students from outside the European Union. Here are some of those offered.

Erasmus Mundus

A program founded by the European Commission. Erasmus Mundus encourages the cooperation with non-EU countries. It aims for an easier and more successful transition into master’s degree programs offered by institutions in EU member states. Erasmus Mundus aims to improve the quality of higher education in the EU and to attract both EU and non-EU students to apply to EU universities.

MENA Scholarship Program (MSP)

Targets non-EU professionals under forty-five years. A total of 140 MENA Scholarships are offered yearly applicable for professionals from Algeria , Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia. The scholarship can be applied for selected short courses in the Netherlands with a duration between two and twelve weeks.

Netherland Fellowship Programs

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.  The NFP offers fellowships for Master studies, PhD studies, or short courses at Dutch Universities or academic institutions.

Holland Scholarships

The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree at participating Universities in Holland.  The scholarship amounts to € 5,000 which you will receive this in the first year of your studies.

Orange Tulip Scholarship Program

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (OTS) gives talented students in several Neso countries the opportunity to study in the Netherlands. It is offered by higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutions. It was firstly launched in China in 2008. Now it is available for Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico and Russia.

Science without Borders Holland Program

Targets 200 Brazilians who would like to study in the Netherlands. It offers either one semester or an entire academic year at an undergraduate level in one of the key areas in the Netherlands. Perhaps, as this program is part of the general Science without Borders Program, the priority areas are selected by its governing body.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Program

Also known as China Program. And not by accident – the scholarships aims to award 25 Chinese candidates who aspire to study or research in the Netherlands. The program focuses on Chinese third-year bachelor, master or PhD students who in addition to their motivation and hard work also have exemplary academic results.

StuNed Scholarships

Aimed to fund Indonesian professionals’ master studies, short courses and customized training programs. The candidates must have at least two years of work experience in a development-related organisation.

Non-Academic Scholarships

You can also apply for a number of non-academic scholarships. Our partners Uniplaces offers one of these scholarships. Other scholarships include sport scholarships, music scholarships, art scholarships. Please refer to your university of interest for further in formation on these types of scholarships.

How to apply?

If you have doubts, questions or you want someone to help you fill in your application, then Study Financing Netherlands is what you need.

In fact, we offer services to help students find financing and scholarships’ opportunities. Besides, we can help you  fill in your application and get in contact with the university you are interested in.

Visit our page to know more! What are you waiting for?