Postgraduate tuition fees in the Netherlands
Standard tuition fees in 2016-17 for Master's degrees at Research Universities in the Netherlands are EUR 1,984 p.a for most courses. Bear in mind, however, that many Dutch Masters Degrees, particularly in subjects like the sciences or for MSc qualifications, can take two years to complete rather than the one year that is standard in the UK. These fees are set by the government and in 2017 they will increase in line with inflation.
Masters degrees at Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences and at private institutions are more expensive, usually around EUR 8,500- EUR 10,500 a year.
Tuition fee loans are available for study at Research Universities. 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).
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 EUR 180 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. Tuition fee loans are paid directly 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