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Studying in the Netherlands

Enrolling at school or university

Do you plan to study in the Netherlands, at the level of MBO (secondary vocational education), HBO (higher professional education) or university? In that case, you need to enrol in time.

Enrolling for MBO education

Are you going to study at MBO level? Then contact the school to arrange enrolment. Enrol by 1 April at the latest.

Some programmes set additional requirements before you can be admitted. Contact the programme for more information.

Enrolling for HBO or university education

Are you going to study at HBO or university level? Then go to studielink.nl Link opent externe pagina to enrol for your course of studies. Do this by 1 May at the latest.

Programmes with restricted intake

Some programmes at HBO and university level only have a limited number of places. We call these programmes with restricted intake 'fixusopleiding' in Dutch. If too many students apply for a programme then you will need to take part in a selection process.

Applying for a programme with restricted intake
  • You can no longer apply for a restricted-intake programme in the 2020-2021 academic year. For the 2021-2022 academic year, you need to apply via studielink.nl no later than 15 January 2021.
  • For each year of studies you can apply for a maximum of 2 restricted-intake programmes. This can be the same programme at 2 different educational institutions. But the rule is different for medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and dental hygiene programmes: here you may only select 1 educational institution.
  • If you are selected, you must accept your place within 2 weeks via studielink.nl Link opent externe pagina Otherwise, your place offer will be cancelled.
  • Do you wish to take part in the selection procedure while you are abroad (i.e. not in the Netherlands)? Then contact the educational institution to find out what you need to do.

Tuition fees

When you go to HBO or university, you have to pay tuition fees.

Fees for EU/EEA students

The tuition fees for students from an EEA country, Switzerland or Suriname are € 2,143.00 in 2020-2021.

Fees for non-EU/EEA students

Students with other nationalities pay more: the average tuition fee for bachelor’s programmes is between € 6,000 and € 15,000, and for a master’s programme between € 8,000 and € 20,000. Your school or university determines the exact amount of the tuition fee.

Tuition fee cut in half for new students

As of the study year 2018-2019 the statutory tuition fee for 1st-year students taking a Bachelor or Associate degree course is cut in half. Students starting a Teacher training course will get the discount on their first 2 years. As a non-Dutch student you may also be eligible for the reduced tuition fee. For more information go to rijksoverheid.nl Link opent externe pagina.

Student grants and loans

You might possibly be able to receive a student grant or loan. Even if you are not a Dutch citizen.

Brexit

Are you from the UK? Brexit may affect your studies in the Netherlands. The exact consequences of Brexit depend on the outcome of negotiations between the UK and other European countries. For more information about Brexit, go to government.nl Link opent externe pagina.

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