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Tuition fee amounts

The amount of tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors. These are your nationality, your study programme and whether you have already obtained a Dutch higher education diploma.

Your nationality, study programme and previous Dutch higher education qualifications determine the amount of tuition fee you have to pay.

Tuition fees can vary from programme to programme and within tuition fee categories. There is also a special fee structure for Pre-master or conversion programmes as detailed below. 

Statutory tuition fee

Statutory tuition fee applies if you will follow a government-subsidised study programme, which is not a second degree programme, and you are are a national of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom

Statutory tuition fee applies whether you study full time or part time. The statutory tuition fee is:

 2017/2018    2018/2019
 2,006 euro  2,060 euro


Students following the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) pay an additional institutional tuition fee of:

2017/2018: 2,135 euro
2018/2019: 2,185 euro

Non-government subsidised study programmes

Some programmes are not subsidised by the Dutch government. For programmes of this type an institutional tuition fee applies. The amount varies from programme to programme.
Non-government subsidised study programmes

Students who are not nationals of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland

If you are not a national of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland you must generally pay an institutional tuition fee. However if, on the basis of your Dutch residence permit, you are eligible for student finance from the Dutch education agency (DUO) you are entitled to pay statutory tuition fee. Information on qualifying residence permits can be found in the DUO nationality chart.

If you do not qualify for Dutch student finance and you are not a national of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland you can find the amount of tuition fee you are required to pay for your study programme here below. These tariffs apply for both full and part-time study. 

Second Dutch degree programme

If you will follow a second Dutch Bachelor’s or Master’s programme, you will generally have to pay an institutional tuition fee that is higher than the statutory tuition fee.

Explanation – institutional tuition fee for second degree programmes

For their first Dutch degree programme, certain students are entitled to pay statutory tuition fee. For these students the university also receives a government subsidy (rijksbijdrage), to cover the cost of their education. For a second degree programme the university does not receive any subsidy. Therefore for your second degree programme you must pay institutional tuition fee: equivalent to the statutory tuition fee plus the government subsidy. As the amount of government subsidy varies per study programme, the institutional tuition fee is not the same for all programmes. A detailed explanation of institutional tuition fees for second degree programmes can be read here (in Dutch).   

If you obtained a Dutch Bachelor’s, doctoraal, ingenieurs or HBO (Bachelor’s in professional education) diploma  after 1991, and you are a national of an EEA country (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), Suriname or Switzerland, the following institutional tuition fees apply.

Pre-master or conversion programmes

Less than 45 EC

If you will follow a pre-master or conversion programme, after completing a Bachelor’s programme, you must pay per study credit (EC) if the programme is less than 45 ECs.

2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
33 euro per EC 33 euro per EC 33 euro per EC

 

45 EC or more

For programmes of more than 45 ECs you must pay statutory tuition fee. If the pre-master or conversion programme is more than 60 ECs – and therefore longer than one year - or if you will follow courses that are not  part of your conversion programme, you must pay the institutional tuition fee for the programme in question (see second study programme). These fees apply to students of all nationalities.