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Financial matters

What are the costs involved in studying abroad and how can you finance your stay? Avoid unexpected expenses by researching financial matters thoroughly in advance.

Corona measures

The corona measures may affect your travel plans. Read more on the Studying in times of corona website.


Make an overview of anticipated expenses and sources of income, to make sure you have sufficient funds for your studies abroad. Consider the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Travel expenses (to/from your destination and during your stay)
  • Rent
  • Other living expenses (food & drink, clothing, etc.)
  • Visas and residence permits
  • Vaccinations, medication, health certificates
  • Insurances
  • Telephone costs etc.
  • Student finance
  • Scholarships
  • Language tests
  • Study costs (books etc.)
  • Sports/recreation

Student finance

Under certain circumstances you may be eligible for Dutch student finance and travel subsidy during your stay abroad. You can submit an application via the DUO website (in Dutch).


There are a number of scholarships available for study, research and internships abroad. If you have completed your studies but want to do an additional programme abroad, for example a master’s, there are also scholarship options.

Points to remember

  • Before applying for a scholarship, check carefully that you meet all the criteria.
  • You can apply for multiple scholarships. One scholarship alone is generally not enough to finance your whole stay.
  •  Some scholarships may only be requested once during your academic career. Keep this in mind if you want to go abroad during both your bachelor’s and master’s programmes.
  • Apply on time: many scholarships have early deadlines!

Find a scholarship

On the scholarships page you can find all the scholarships managed by Leiden University. Use the filters to search for scholarships that are relevant for you.

Find a scholarship



Within Europe

European Funding Guide
Scholarshipportal EU


Scholarships in Canada


China Scholarship Council
Schwarzman Scholars


German Academic Exchange Studies (DAAD)


Study in Italy


Study in Japan
Japan Study Support
Japan Student Service Organization


Study in Taiwan
Taiwan Embassy Taiwan

United Kingdom

British Council

United States


There are also sources of private funding available. The student counsellors can provide you with further information, or take a look in the ‘funds book’ which can be found in the University library.

Funding for students with a disability

If you will incur additional costs while studying abroad due to a disability, you can request additional funding. 

  • Are you going to a European country? Request additional funding from the Erasmus+ programme.
  • Are you going to a country outside Europe? Request additional funding via Fenestra Disability Centre.

International Discount Card

With an International Student Identity Card (ISIC card) you can get discount on a range of products and services in more than 130 countries, including flight tickets. Purchase your card from ISIC Netherlands.

Photo: Lana Liem

Scholarships of the LUMC

The LUMC awards several scholarships to students going abroad. If you want to apply, your research has to meet the following requirements. It needs to:

The LUMC awards the following scholarschips:

DOO internationalisation scholarship

The grant varies from €250-650, depending on the duration of the courses or internship (2 weeks up to a year). After finishing your stay abroad, within four weeks, you need to write a report and fill out the report form. Forms:

Eurolife scholarship

In order to promote our Eurolife partners, 3 scholarships of  € 500 each are available for our outgoing LUMC students. A LUMC student who would like to go to an  Eurolife partner for a research internship can apply for this scholarship. When thinking of applying, it is important that you are a good and very motivated student. More information is available at the Coordinator Internationalisering. 

Jo Keur fonds

For research projects during internships and course electives abroad, grants are awarded each year to (bio)medical students. These grants are not meant for conference participation. The application form and guidelines:

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