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Tuition fee rates Master's programmes

Tuition fees for International Master’s programmes vary for both EU/EEA-students and non-EU/EEA students.

If you have already been awarded a Master's degree in the Netherlands (except if you are going to take a degree for the first time in the field of health care or a teaching qualification) you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

The tuition fee rates for Master's programmes can be found below. General information about the payment of your tuition fee can be found here.

Tuition fees Master's 2022-2023

  • Tuition fees 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 2022-2023:

    Full-time, part-time or work-study degree€ 2.209

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    Conditions for statutory tuition fees (source: Rijksoverheid)

    1. You have an enrollment in a funded program at a university or college 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 relative of an EU citizen residing in the Netherlands or you have a residence permit that entitles 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 programme. So no Dutch master's degree when you register for a master's study programme.

    -

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

    • You have already obtained a master'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. 

    -

    You pay a different amount in 2022-2023 for:

  • Tuition fees 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.

    In 2022-2023 students who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA pay:

    Degree programmeTuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes, educational masters and the research masters)

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 year masters)

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the research master)

    Humanities (except for Archaeology, Ancient Civilizations and the research masters)

    School of Business and Economics (except for Research in Economic Theory (Tinbergen Master), Business in Society, Business Data Science and Entrepreneurship) 

    €16.830

    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the research master Human Movement Sciences)

    Theology

    Social Sciences

    Humanities (except for the research master Ancient Civilizations)

    €12.840
    Research Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health€15.610
    Master's degree programme Theology (3 years)€10.910

    Master's degree programme Research in Economic Theory (Tinbergen Master)

    Master's degree programme Business Data Science (jd)

    €15.900
    Master's degree Business in Society €12.840
    Master's degree programmes Entrepreneurship (jd)€17.750
    Teacher training programmes€8.720
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences€7.500
    Master's degree programme (1 year) offered by the Faculty of Science€16.730
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Sciences (2 year) (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €15.500

    Joint degree Master's programmes of:

    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €15.290

    Master's degree programme Archeology (ACASA)

    Master's degree programme Ancient Civilizations (ACASA)

    €16.060
    Research Master's programme in Ancient Civilizations€11.440
    The Master's degree programme Medicine€22.770
    The Master's degree programme Dentistry€25.080

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

    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 Registration Regulations.

    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 Registration Regulations

  • Second degree tuition fees

    If you have already been awarded a Master's degree in the Netherlands (except if you are going to take a degree for the first time in the field of health care or a teaching qualification) you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

    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 fees are the same for full-time, part-time and dual programmes.

    Second degree tuition fees (institutional fees) for English taught master’s degree programmes in 2022-2023: 

    Degree programmeTuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes, educational masters and the research masters)

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 year masters)

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the research master)

    Humanities (except for Archaeology, Ancient Civilizations and the research masters)

    School of Business and Economics (except for Research in Economic Theory (Tinbergen Master), Business in Society, Business Data Science and Entrepreneurship) 

    €14.320

    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the research master Human Movement Sciences)

    Theology

    Social Sciences

    Humanities (except for the research master Ancient Civilizations)

    €11.560
    Research Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health.€ 14.320
    Master's degree programme Theology (3 years)€10.040

    Master's degree programme Research in Economic Theory (Tinbergen Master)

    Master's degree programme Business Data Science (jd)

    15.900
    Master's degree Business in Society €11.560
    Master's degree programmes Entrepreneurship (jd)€14.780

    Teacher training programmes

    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    €6.210
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Sciences (1 and 2 year) (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €14.220

    Joint degree Master's programmes of:

    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €14.010

    Master's degree programme Archeology (ACASA)

    Master's degree programme Ancient Civilizations (ACASA)

    €14.600
    Research Master's programme in Ancient Civilizations€10.400
    The master's degree programme Medicine€21.900
    The master's degree programme Dentistry€22.800

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

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    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.

  • Premaster tuition fees

    There are specific rules for premaster students, as they do not pay the regular tuition fee, but instead a premaster fee:

    • For a premaster programme that encompasses no more than 30 EC, you will have to pay a premaster fee of €1.105 (for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students). If the programme encompasses more than 30 EC, you will have to pay €1.105 + an extra fee of €36,80 for every EC which comes above the 30 EC.
    • If you follow a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme as a regular student for which you pay a tuition fee next to your premaster, you pay only the statutory tuition fee. Students will be exempted from paying the premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institution.
    • The costs of premaster programmes of the School of Business and Economics are equal to the other premaster programmes.
    • As a premaster student you can receive a proof of paid tuition fee (BBC), even though you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
    • In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enrol in a premaster programme. The premaster assessment costs € 110.
    • Please note: As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.

Tuition fees Master's 2021-2022

  • Tuition fees 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

    The above tuition fee rate has been 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.

    Conditions for statutory tuition fees (source: Government)

    1. You have an enrollment in a funded program at a university or college 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 relative of an EU citizen residing in the Netherlands or you have a residence permit that entitles 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 programme. So no master's degree when you register for a master's programme.

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

    • You have already obtained a master'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. 

    You pay a different amount in 2021-2022 for:

  • Tuition fees 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 rate has been 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

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes, educational masters and the research masters)

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 years master)

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme and the research master)

    Humanities (except for the teacher training programme and the research)

    School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society, Business Data Science and Entrepreneurship) 

    €15.546



    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    Theology

    Social Sciences

    Humanities 

    €11.606
    Research Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health.€14.336
    Master's degree programme Theology (3 years)€9.696

    Master's degree programme MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)

    Master's degree programme Business Data Science (jd)

    €14.616
    Master's degree Business in Society €11.606
    Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship (jd)€16.006
    Teacher training programmes€7.536
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences€6.326
    Master's degree programmes of the Faculty of Sciences (1 year)€15.446

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Sciences (2 years). Except for the joint degree master's programmes: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))



    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology

    €14.236

    Joint degree Master's programmes of:

    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €14.026



    Master's degree programme Archeology (ACASA)

    Master's degree programme Ancient Civilizations (ACASA)

    €15.546



    Research Master's programme in Ancient Civilizations€10.356
    Master's degree programme Medicine€21.413
    Master's degree programme Dentistry€23.996

    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, an English version will be published in the future.

    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

    If you have already been awarded a Master's degree in the Netherlands (except if you are going to take a degree for the first time in the field of health care or a teaching qualification) you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

    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.

    You pay the institution fee if you are registered for a second master's program with the same CROHO code. It is not possible to take two exams under one CROHO code. To determine under which CROHO code a master program falls, you can consult the CROHO Register.

    The below tuition fee rate has been 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 master’s degree programmes 2021-2022:

    Degree programmeTuition fee

    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes and the 2 year research masters)

    Research Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health.

    Theology (except for the 2 and 3 years master)

    €12.966 

    Law

    Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme and the research master)

    Humanities (except for the teacher training programme, ACASA and the research masters)

    €13.066
    School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society, Business Data Science and Entrepreneurship) 

    €10.336


    Research Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Behavioural and Movement Sciences

    Theology

    Social Sciences

    Humanities (except ACASA)

    €10.336
    Master's degree programmes Theology (3 years)€8.836

    Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)

    Master's degree programme Business Data Science (jd)

    €14.616
    Master's degree programme Business in Society (jd)€10.336
    Master's degree programmes Entrepreneurship (jd)€13.516
    Teacher training programmes;
    Educational Master's degree programmes Behavioural and Movement Sciences
    €5.056
    Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

    Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (jd)Chemistry (jd)Computer Science (jd)Computational Science (jd) and Physics and Astronomy (jd))

    Master's degree programmes of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
    €12.966

    Joint degree master's programmes of:

    Chemistry (jd)

    Computer Science (jd)

    Computational Science (jd)

    Physics and Astronomy (jd)

    Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

    €12.756

    Master's degree programme Archeology

    Master's degree programme Ancient Civilizations

    €12.966 
    Research Master's programme in Ancient Civilizations€9.316
    The master's degree programme Medicine€20.556
    The master's degree programme Dentistry€21.716

    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.

  • Premaster tuition fees

    There are specific rules for premaster students, as they do not pay the regular tuition fee, but instead a premaster fee. The below tuition fee rate has been 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.

    • For a premaster programme that encompasses no more than 30 EC, you will have to pay a premaster fee of €542. If the programme encompasses more than 30 EC, you will have to pay €542 + an extra fee of €18,07 for every EC which comes above the 30 EC.
    • If you follow a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme as a regular student for which you pay a tuition fee next to your premaster, you pay only the statutory tuition fee. Students will be exempted from paying the premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institution.
    • The costs of premaster programmes of the School of Business and Economics are equal to the other premaster programmes.
    • As a premaster student you can receive a proof of paid tuition fee (BBC), even though you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
    • In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment to enrol in a premaster programme. The premaster assessment costs for academic year 2021-2022 are: €110.
    • Please note: As a premaster student, you will not receive a refund of the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.

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