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Tuition fee amounts

Amount

The amount of tuition fee you have to pay depends on your study programme and your personal situation. 

Explanatory notes

How much tuition fee you pay depends on your study programme, the academic year, your nationality or residence status, and whether you have previously followed a Dutch higher education programme. Find out below how these factors influence the amount you have to pay.

Who does this apply to?

You will pay statutory tuition fee if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You 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 or Switzerland; or you have a different nationality but have a residence permit that meets the eligibility requirements for DUO student finance. Find out on the DUO website whether your residence permit meets the eligibility requirements.
  • You are following a government-subsidised study programme. The majority of study programmes at Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences are subsidised by the Dutch government.
  • Between 1 September 1991 and the start of this your study programme, you have not obtained a similar diploma for a government-subsidised study programme at a Dutch university or university of applied sciences. For example: you have already obtained a bachelor’s diploma and are going to follow a second Bachelor’s programme.

Exceptions

  • If you have not previously been registered at a Dutch higher education institution and you are starting a bachelor’s programme for the first time, you pay half the statutory tuition fee for your first year of study.
  • If you are going to do a teacher training programme* and you started a bachelor’s or associate degree after the academic year 2018-2019, you pay half the statutory tuition fee for your first year of study.
    * Unsure if this applies to your study programme? Look in the Central Register of Higher Education programmes (CROHO) - in Dutch. Click on Details and check which Onderdeel (category) your study programme falls under.

Who does this apply to?

You will pay the Institutional tuition fee for students from outside the EEA, Suriname or Switzerland if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You are not a national of one of the following countries: 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 or Switzerland.
  • You are following a government-subsidised study programme.

Exceptions

  • You have a residence permit that meets the eligibility requirements for DUO student finance. Find out on the DUO website whether your residence permit meets the eligibility requirements.
  • If you are studying at Leiden University within the framework of a cooperation agreement, you will pay the tuition fee stated in the cooperation agreement.
  • Due to the situation in Ukraine, Leiden University has decided that in the academic year 2022-2023, students with Ukrainian nationality will pay an institutional tariff equal in amount to the statutory tuition fee. (That is to say that the amount is the same as the statutory tuition fee but different methods of payment apply).

Who does this apply to?

If you are following a second Bachelor’s or Master’s programme in the Netherlands, you will pay an institutional tuition fee that is higher than the statutory tuition fee.

You will pay the Institutional tuition fee for a second study programme if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You 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 or Switzerland; or you have a different nationality but have a residence permit that meets the DUO student finance eligibility requirements. Find out on the DUO website whether your residence permit meets the eligibility requirements.
  • Between 1 September 1991 and the start of this study programme, you have obtained a diploma for a similar government-subsidised study programme at a Dutch university or university of applied sciences. (For example: you have already obtained a bachelor’s diploma and are going to follow a second Bachelor’s programme).
  • You are following a government-subsidised study programme. The majority of study programmes at Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences are subsidised by the Dutch government.

Exceptions

  • Are you following a bachelor’s programme at Leiden University and will you start your second bachelor’s programme directly after? If so, you will pay an institutional tariff equal in amount to the statutory tuition fee. (That is to say that the amount is the same as the statutory tuition fee but different methods of payment apply). By ‘directly after’ is meant that you will begin your second study programme in the academic year directly following the academic year in which you completed your first study programme.
  • If your second study programme is in the field of healthcare* and you have not previously followed a study programme in the field of healthcare, you will pay an institutional tariff equal in amount to the statutory tuition fee. (That is to say that the amount is the same as the statutory tuition fee but different methods of payment apply).
  • If your second study programme is a teacher training programme*, you will pay an institutional tariff equal in amount to the statutory tuition fee. (That is to say that the amount is the same as the statutory tuition fee but different methods of payment apply).
  • Are you starting a second bachelor’s programme but you have not yet completed your first bachelor’s programme at a different Dutch higher education institution, and will you remain continuously registered as a student, without interruption? If so, you will pay an institutional tariff equal in amount to the statutory tuition fee. (That is to say that the amount is the same as the statutory tuition fee but different methods of payment apply).

* Unsure if this applies to your study programme? Look in the Central Register of Higher Education programmes (CROHO) - in Dutch. Click on Details and check which Onderdeel (category) your study programme falls under.

Why do I pay more for a second study programme?

For your first study programme you pay statutory tuition fee. To cover the cost of your education, the university receives a contribution from the Dutch government. For a second study programme the university does not receive a government contribution. This is the reason why you pay Institutional tuition fee for a second study programme. Want to know more? Read the detailed explanation of institutional tuition fees for second study programmes (in Dutch).

The tuition fee for pre-master or conversion programmes depends on the number of study credits (ECs).

  • Up to 60 EC there is a fixed amount per EC
  • For 60 EC or more you pay the statutory tuition fee

For the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme at Leiden University College The Hague (LUC), you pay an additional institutional fee on top of the tuition fee applicable to you.

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