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Tuition fee rates (Pre)Master'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 Master’s degree programmes. General information about the payment of your tuition fees can be found here.

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 Master’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 Master’s programme after their first funded Master’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 Master’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 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 (31 January for study programmes starting on 1 February 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.
  • Premaster(assessment) fees 2022-2023

    There are specific rules for premaster students, because they do not pay the regular tuition fees, but a premaster fee.

    Take a look at the overview of premaster programme fees 2022-2023.

    Additional information

    • For a premaster programme that includes more than 30 EC, you pay additional fees of € 36,80 for each credit point above 30 EC.
    • If, in addition to your premaster, you follow a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme at the statutory tuition fee rate, you pay only the statutory tuition fees for both programmes. Students are exempted from paying the premaster fees if they pay the statutory tuition fees at VU Amsterdam or any other (funded) institution.
    • The costs for the part-time premaster programme Accounting & Control differ from the standard premaster rates. For more information, please see the programme page.
    • As a premaster student it is possible to apply for a proof of paid tuition fees (also known as Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld or BBC), even though you pay premaster fees instead of the regular tuition fees.
    • Note: As a premaster student you will not receive a refund of the premaster fees when you decide to quit the programme.

    Costs of the premaster assessment

    In some cases you have to take a premaster assessment to be able to start the premaster programme. The costs for the premaster assessment are € 58. These costs will not be refunded, even if you later decide not to take part in the assessment or if it turns out that you are not eligible for admission to the premaster. Be sure to check this yourself in advance.

  • Transitional arrangements and exceptions

    Transitional arrangements

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

    Exceptions

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

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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