Cost of Studying in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands is home to world-ranking universities and is a popular destination for international students to pursue their higher education. Education in the Netherlands is fairly affordable and most of the courses are taught in English. While planning your higher education journey in the Netherlands, it is also essential to consider the varied types of costs and expenses. Let’s explore the cost of studying in the Netherlands, from the tuition fees to living costs, visa expenses, among others.

Cost of Studying in the Netherlands 

Students from EU/EEA, Switzerland, or Surinam have to pay lower tuition fees as compared to other international students. The cost of studying varies according to course, level of study (undergraduate/postgraduate) and the university (public/private) chosen. Here is a general idea of tuition fees for international students in the Netherlands:

Level of Study  Tuition Fees
Bachelor’s degree 6,000 – 15,000 EUR/year (INR 514872 – 1287180) 
Master’s degree 8,000 – 20,000 EUR/year (INR 686496 – 1716240) 

Private universities cost higher as compared to public universities. For some study programmes, you can expect to pay as much as 30,000 EUR/year (INR 2574360).

Cost of Living in the Netherlands

The cost of living in the Netherlands is comparatively lower than in other European locations. Here is the list of costs of living in the major cities in the Netherlands:

City Average Cost of living
Enschede 650 – 920 EUR/month (INR 55777-78947)
Eindhoven 850 – 1,350 EUR/month (INR 72940-115846)
Amsterdam 1,000 – 1,500 EUR/month (INR 85812-128718)
Delft 780 – 1,200 EUR/month (INR 66933-102974)
Rotterdam 760 – 1,250 EUR/month (INR 65217-107265)

Renting a room in the Netherlands can cost between 300 – 600 EUR/month. Universities also offer on-campus accommodation to their students. Average costs depending on the accommodation type:

  • Renting a single apartment (studio): 500 – 1,000 EUR/month (INR 42906-85812)
  • Sharing a rented apartment: 400 – 700 EUR/month (INR 34324-60068)
  • Student houses: 350 – 600 EUR/month (INR 30034-51487)

Student Visa Costs

The visa cost for adults is EUR80 (INR6864) and for children between 6-12 years is EUR40 (INR3432). The applicants from EU/EEA or Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the US, and the Vatican City do not need either a residence permit or a student visa. Applicants from other countries need to apply for a Schengen visa if they plan to stay for less than 90 days. Students who plan to stay for more than 90 days require an entry visa (MVV) and a residence permit (VVR). The following documents are required while applying:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Biometric information
  • Birth certificate
  • Complete study plan – explaining why you are interested in studying the chosen subject area and how and why it is related to your prior studies
  • Completed visa application form
  • Financial proof for the entire period of study
  • Official letter from the academic institution in the Netherlands
  • Photocopies of all the original documents
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Tuberculosis test (required for citizens from some countries)
  • Two photographs
  • Valid passport

Most Affordable Universities to Study in the Netherlands 

Here are a few most affordable universities in the Netherlands:

  • Radboud University – average annual  tuition fees €2,143 (INR183895)
  • University of Twente (UT) – average annual tuition fees €2,083 (INR178746) 
  • Utrecht University – average annual tuition fees €2,143 (INR183895) 
  • HAN University of Applied Sciences – average annual tuition fees €2,083 (INR178746)
  • University of Amsterdam – average annual tuition fees €5,000 (INR429060)
  • University of Groningen – average annual tuition fees €8,000 (INR686496)
  • Eindhoven Institute of Technology – average annual tuition fees €10,000 (INR858120)
  • Delft University of Technology – average annual fees €10,000 (INR858120)

Top Universities to Study in the Netherlands 

University Location
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam
Delft University of Technology Delft
Utrecht University Utrecht
Leiden University Leiden
Wageningen University & Research Wageningen
Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven
University of Groningen Groningen
Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam
University of Twente Enschede
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam
Radboud University Nijmegen
Maastricht University Maastricht
Tilburg University Tilburg

Also Read: Netherlands Work Visa For International Students

Scholarships for Studying in the Netherlands 

The Netherlands provides a bunch of scholarships to international students to help them with any financial problems they might have regarding studying in the Netherlands. Here are some of the popular scholarships in the Netherlands: 

  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Knowledge Programme
  • Radboud University Scholarship Programme
  • University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships
  • Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships 
  • TU Delft Excellence Scholarships
  • Leiden University Excellence Scholarships
  • Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen
  • University of Twente Scholarships

Check more details about the scholarships to Study in the Netherlands.

Are you planning to study in the Netherlands but not sure where to start from? Contact our Leverage Edu experts for end-to-end guidance from application to Visa process. Call us at 1800 57 2000 to book your FREE 30-minutes counselling session today.

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