The Netherlands University Fees
Tuition fees for EU nationals
Standard EU tuition fees in 2021/2022 will be €2,168 for most courses although these are currently halved for the first year of any degree.
There are some exceptions to the standard tuition fees 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 than these.
Tuition fee loans are available for the full amount of the tuition fee. EU students who are resident in the Netherlands throughout their studies are entitled to access Dutch tuition fee loans (see information on ‘Collegegeldkrediet’ on this 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.
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 €200 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 fees for British students from 2021 onwards
British nationals are now treated no differently from other international (ie. non-EU) students in the Netherlands and will now have to pay full international fees. These range from around €8,000 a year for most degrees in business, arts and humanities, to around €12,000 for science subjects, €14,000 for liberal arts programmes and €32,000 a year for medicine. For most subjects this will be similar to UK tuition fees.