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:
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.
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.