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Tuition fee rates Bachelor's programmes

You must pay tuition fees for each year that you study. There are two types of fees; depending on your situation, you will pay either the statutory tuition fees or the institutional tuition fees.

On this page you will find the tuition fees for our Bachelor's degree programmes. General information about the payment of your tuition fee can be found here.

Tuition fee rates academic year 2023-2024

  • Statutory tuition fees 2023-2024

    If you meet all the conditions as stated on the website of DUO, you will pay the statutory tuition fees for academic year 2023-2024.

    Take a look at the overview of statutory tuition fees for Bachelor’s programmes 2023-2024.

  • Institutional tuition fees 2023-2024

    If you are not a national of one of the EU/EEA countries, you will have to pay the institutional fees for a study programme at VU Amsterdam. This also applies to students who are following a second funded Bachelor's programme after their first funded Bachelor’s programme. We also call this 'second degree tuition fees’. More information about these fees and the exceptions can be found here.

    The same fees apply to full-time, part-time and work-study programmes.

    Take a look at the overview of institutional tuition fees for Bachelor’s programmes 2023-2024.

    Institutional fees vs. statutory fees

    Are you paying the institutional tuition fee rate and do you think you are entitled to the statutory tuition fee rate because you have already applied for a residence permit? Then please take the following steps.

    1. Upload your residence permit to your personal dashboard on VU.nl and send a copy (front and back in PDF format) to studentdesk@vu.nl.
    2. Is your residence permit based on residence with a family member? In that case, please also upload the residence permit of the family member in question and send a copy (front and back in PDF format) to studentdesk@vu.nl.
    3. Apply for a direct debit authorisation in Studielink before the final deadline (15 July for numerus fixus study programmes and 31 August for other regular study programmes). You will not be able to enrol without this.

    Please note:

    • If it is decided that you are entitled to the statutory tuition fee rate, this will be adjusted with effect from the first day of the month following the validity date of your residence permit. We will make this adjustment up to and including the end of the academic year (31 August). After the close of the academic year, the fees will no longer be processed retroactively. If we do not receive your document until after 31 August of the current academic year, it is possible that you will have to pay the institutional fees for the first month(s) of classes.
    • Without a valid residence permit, you will not become enrolled. It is possible that you still need to apply for a residence document based on study, please read our visa page carefully to see what applies to you.
  • Transitional arrangements and exceptions

    Transitional arrangements

    All transitional arrangements can be found in the Regulation for Application and Enrolment 2023-2024.

    Exceptions

    • Are you going to start a funded Bachelor’s degree programme in higher education (college/university) for the first time? Then you will receive a one-year € 1.157 discount on the tuition fees. The conditions can be found on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.
    • Are you entering higher education (college/university) for the first time in the Liberal Arts and Sciences joint degree Bachelor’s programme and do you meet all the conditions for statutory tuition fees? Then you will pay the reduced tuition fees of € 3.543 in 2023-2024.
    • Are you entering higher education (college/university) for the first time in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Bachelor’s programme and do you meet all the conditions for the statutory tuition fees? Then you will pay the reduced tuition fees of € 3.193 in 2023-2024.
    • Students following the Universitaire Pabo (a teacher training course) pay half the statutory tuition fees for the first two years. The conditions can be found on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

    For possible exceptions per tuition fee rate, please refer to the Regulation for Application and Enrolment 2023-2024.

Tuition fee rates academic year 2022-2023

  • Statutory tuition fees 2022-2023

    If you meet all the conditions as stated on the website of DUO, you will pay the statutory tuition fees for academic year 2022-2023.

    Take a look at the overview of statutory tuition fees for Bachelor’s programmes 2022-2023.

  • Institutional tuition fees 2022-2023

    If you are not a national of one of the EU/EEA countries, you will have to pay the institutional fees for a study programme at VU Amsterdam. This also applies to students who are following a second funded Bachelor's programme after their first funded Bachelor’s programme. We also call this 'second degree tuition fees’. More information about these fees and the exceptions can be found here.

    The same fees apply to full-time, part-time and work-study programmes.

    Take a look at the overview of institutional tuition fees for Bachelor’s programmes 2022-2023.

    Institutional fees vs. statutory fees

    Are you paying the institutional tuition fee rate and do you think you are entitled to the statutory tuition fee rate because you have already applied for a residence permit? Then please take the following steps.

    1. Upload your residence permit to your personal dashboard on VU.nl and send a copy (front and back in PDF format) to studentdesk@vu.nl.
    2. Is your residence permit based on residence with a family member? In that case, please also upload the residence permit of the family member in question and send a copy (front and back in PDF format) to studentdesk@vu.nl.
    3. Apply for a direct debit authorisation in Studielink before the final deadline (15 July for numerus fixus study programmes and 31 August for other regular study programmes). You will not be able to enroll without this.

    Please note:

    • If it is decided that you are entitled to the statutory tuition fee rate, this will be adjusted with effect from the first day of the month following the validity date of your residence permit. We will make this adjustment up to and including the end of the academic year (31 August). After the close of the academic year, the fees will no longer be processed retroactively. If we do not receive your document until after 31 August of the current academic year, it is possible that you will have to pay the institutional fees for the first month(s) of classes.
    • Without a valid residence permit, you will not become enrolled. It is possible that you still need to apply for a residence document based on study, please read our visa page carefully to see what applies to you.
  • Transitional arrangements and exceptions

    Transitional arrangements

    All transitional arrangements can be found in the Regulation for Application and Enrolment 2022-2023.

    Exceptions

    • Are you going to start a funded Bachelor’s degree programme in higher education (college/university) for the first time? Then you will receive a one-year € 1.105 discount on the tuition fees. The conditions can be found on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.
    • Are you entering higher education (college/university) for the first time in the Liberal Arts and Sciences joint degree Bachelor’s programme and do you meet all the conditions for statutory tuition fees? Then you will pay the reduced tuition fees of € 3.505 in 2022-2023.
    • Are you entering higher education (college/university) for the first time in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Bachelor’s programme and do you meet all the conditions for the statutory tuition fees? Then you will pay the reduced tuition fees of € 3.165 in 2022-2023.
    • Students following the Universitaire Pabo (a teacher training course) pay half the statutory tuition fees for the first two years. The conditions can be found on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.

    For possible exceptions per tuition fee rate, please refer to the Regulation for Application and Enrolment 2022-2023.

Tuition fee rates bachelors 2021-2022

  • Tuition fee rates for EU/EEA students

    If you meet all the conditions of the statutory tuition fee as stated on the website of the government then the following fees apply for academic year 2021-2022:

    Full-time, part-time or work-study degree€1.084
    B Liberal Arts and Sciences€3.476
    B Philosophy, Politics and Economics€3.136

    The above tuition fee rates are adjusted in accordance with the Application and Registration Regulations 2021-2022 (addendum). More information about the tuition fee compensation for academic year 2021-2022 can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.

    Exceptions:

    • Are you going to start a funded bachelor's program in Higher Education (college or university) for the first time? Then you will receive a one-year €542 compensation on the tuition fee. This compensation also applies to the bachelor programs Liberal Arts and Sciences and Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    • Students following the Universitaire Pabo (combined programme in academic and professional education studies) pay half of the statutory tuition fee for the first two years.

    Conditions for statutory tuition fees

    1. You must be enrolled in a publicly funded programme at a university or college of higher education and;
    2. You are a national of an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or Suriname or you are residing in the Netherlands because you are a first-degree family member of an EU citizen residing in the Netherlands or you have a residence permit entitling you to study funding and;
    3. At the start of the academic year, you have not yet obtained a comparable diploma from a publicly funded study programme. So you do not have a bachelor diploma when you enrol for a bachelor programme.

    Do you not meet all the conditions for paying the statutory tuition fees? Then you must pay the institutional tuition fees. For 2 situations there is an exception:

    • You have already obtained a bachelor's degree, but you are following a program in the field of health care or education for the 1st time.
    • You started a 2nd study program during your 1st study program. You must follow this 2nd study program without interruption.
  • Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students

    Are you a national of a country outside the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA)? If so, you pay an institutional fee for a study programme at VU Amsterdam.

    Most students then pay a higher amount than the amount paid by nationals of EU/EEA Member States. In some situations, nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA do qualify for the same fees as EU/EEA students. The fee is the same for full-time degree programmes, part-time degree programmes and work-study degree programmes.

    The below tuition fee rates are adjusted in accordance with the Application and Registration Regulations 2021-2022 (addendum). More information about the tuition fee compensation for academic year 2021-2022 can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.

    In 2021-2022 students who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA pay tuition fees of:

    Degree programmeTuition fee

    Faculty of Humanities (exemption for Archeology and Ancient studies)

    Faculty of Religion and Theology

    School of Business and Economics (exemption for International Business Administration)

    Faculty of Law (exemption for Law in Society)

    Faculty of Social Sciences
    Psychology 

    €7.786

    Bachelor Archeology 

    Bachelor Ancient studies 

    €8.046
    Law in Society

    International Business Administration
    €8.636

    Faculty of Sciences 

    Bachelor Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    €11.426
    Liberal Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam University College)€11.376

    Transitional arrangements

    All transitional arrangements can be found in the Application and Registration Regulations 2021-2022 (article 6, page 10). Please note that this document is currently only available in Dutch, an English version will be published in the future.

    Exceptions

    Although Suriname and Switzerland are not EU/EEA countries, students from Suriname and Switzerland pay the EU/EEA tuition fees.

    Students who are not nationals of an EEA Member state nevertheless pay the EEA tuition fees when they have:

    • a valid Dutch residence permit based on an asylum residency permit for a fixed or indefinite period,
    • a valid Dutch regular residence permit for an indefinite period,
    • a valid Dutch regular residence permit for a fixed period on the grounds of family reunion, family forming or partnership (only when the family member/partner is an EU citizen living in the Netherlands),
    • a valid residence permit for the Netherlands in combination with a valid resident permit for an indefinite period for another EU Member State,
    • a residence permit via the special regulation 2007 (‘ general pardon’),
    • an EU-citizen residence permit.

    This list is not exhaustive, as there also other cases: you can find more information in the Application and Enrolment Regulations. Please note that this document is currently only available in Dutch.

    A residence permit exclusively for study - 'verblijf voor studie' - or for highly skilled migrants - 'kennismigrant'- does not give an entitlement to the statutory tuition fee.

    Students must send proof of their residence status to Study and Student Administration to qualify for the statutory tuition fee. With partnership/family forming/family reunion relating to an EU citizen living in the Netherlands a copy of the ID of the partner/family member will also be required. You can find more information in the Application and Enrolment Regulations

  • Second degree tuition fees

    When you are going to follow a second Bachelor's degree programme you will usually pay more than the statutory tuition fee, namely the institutional fee.

    Important to know

    Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees are regarded as different degrees. Consequently, your first Master's degree programme after you have been awarded a Bachelor's degree does not count as a second degree. The institutional fees depend on your nationality: the fees for EU/EEA students differs from the fees for non-EU/non-EEA students. The fee is the same for full-time degree programmes, part-time degree programmes and work-study degree programmes.

    The below tuition fee rates are adjusted in accordance with the Application and Registration Regulations 2021-2022 (addendum). More information about the tuition fee compensation for academic year 2021-2022 can be found on the website of the Dutch Government.

    Second-degree tuition fees (institutional fees) for English taught bachelor’s degree programmes 2021-2022:

    Degree programmeTuition fee

    Faculty of Humanities (exemption for Archeology and Ancient studies)

    Faculty of Religion and Theology

    School of Business and Economics (exemption for International Business Administration)

    Faculty of Law (exemption for Law in Society)

    Faculty of Social Sciences
    Psychology

    €6.926

    Bachelor Archeology

    Bachelor Ancient studies

    €7.216
    International Business Administration

    Law in Society
    €7.776

    Faculty of Sciences 

    Bachelor Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    €10.566
    Liberal Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam University College)€11.376

    Transitional arrangements

    All transitional arrangements can be found in the Application and Registration Regulations 2021-2022 (article 6, page 10). Please note that this document is currently only available in Dutch, an English version will be published in the future.

    If you want to follow a Dutch taught bachelor’s degree programme, you can find the correct tuition fee rates on Tarieven collegegeld bacheloropleidingen. You need a certain level of knowledge of the Dutch language to be admitted to a Dutch taught bachelor’s degree programme.

Contact

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