Tuition Fees in the Netherlands

Standard tuition fees in 2016/17 are EUR 1,984 for most courses. There are some exceptions and private universities will almost always be more expensive. However, these fees are correct for the majority of courses taught in English in the Netherlands. Fees are set by the government and every year they increase in line with inflation.

The University Colleges in the Netherlands charge higher tuition tuition fees. These are never more than double the standard tuition fee and in some cases are only slightly higher - always much less than GBP 9,000 a year.

Tuition fee loans are available for the full amount of the tuition fee. British students who are resident in the Netherlands throughout their studies are entitled to access Dutch tuition fee loans (see information on 'Collegegeldkrediet' on our loans and grants page).

These tuition fees are for all students with EU nationality, irrespective of where they currently live as the cost of education for EU citizens is subsidised by the Dutch government. For students who do not have EU nationality, fees are significantly higher because they are not subsidised.

Most Dutch universities offer students two ways of paying fees. You can either pay the full fees up front or in 10 monthly instalments of around €190 each. This means that you don’t have to worry about having the full fees available at the beginning of your course and you will be eligible for a loan to pay your fees if required. In contrast to the United Kingdom, tuition fee loans are paid to the students who must then be responsible for paying the university.

It will be immediately obvious where your tuition fees are going as Dutch universities have invested heavily in:

  • Up to date teaching materials
  • New buildings and facilities
  • Plentiful computers that actually work
  • Lecturers who know their students personally
  • Room to study individually or in small groups