Tuition fees

Rates and how to pay

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

You can pay the tuition fee in four ways:
1. By direct debit authorization: you can pay in one or five instalments that are automatically deducted from your account. Under Pay tuition fees in Studielink, please select 'Digital authorization'.
2. By bank transfer: you have to pay the whole amount of tuition fees at once. Under Pay tuition fees in Studielink, please select 'Other method of payment'.
3. By debit card (PIN) at the Student Desk (no credit cards): you have to pay the whole amount of tuition fees at once. Under Pay tuition fees in Studielink, please select ‘Other method of payment’.
4. By Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld (BBC): a declaration of another educational institute which states that you have already paid your tuition fee there. Under Pay tuition fees in Studielink, please select 'Other method of payment'.

Important when paying the tuition fee

  • As of 8 May you can pay the tuition fee.
  • You must pay the tuition fee before 31 August in order to complete your enrolment.
  • If you cancel your enrolment before the starting date, then you do not have to pay the tuition fee. Any existing direct debit authorization will be cancelled automatically and overpaid amounts will be refunded.
  • Whether you can change your payment details after you have filled these in on Studielink depends on the status of your payment. If it is not possible to change your payment details anymore in Studielink, please contact the Student Desk.
  • If you are from a country from outside the SEPA area, please select the country of your bank in Studielink. You will find additional information beneath the heading 'Information from the educational institution' on how to complete your payment of tuition fees.
  • If you are from a country inside the SEPA area, please select the country of your bank in Studielink. Select your payment method and whether you pay yourself or someone else is paying (if possible). Payment in instalments is only possible when choosing Digital authorization as a payment method; when choosing this payment method you also are required to fill in your payment details. Enter these details and select Confirm. If you do not want to fill in your payment details and you are paying by transfer or with a scholarship, you do not have to fill in these details. In this case just ignore the action ‘Enter your payment details’ in your To do list.
  • Is someone else paying your tuition fee through pin or by transfer? Then you need to give consent by using this consent form. Please hand in the signed form via studentdesk@vu.nl or come to the desk in the main building (central hall, ground floor).

You can give direct debit authorization for payment in one lump sum or in five instalments. The tuition fee will then be automatically withdrawn from your bank account. The deadline for giving direct debit authorization is 31 August (if you want to start your education on 1 September). If we have not received payment by 31 August then your enrolment will not be completed on time and you cannot start your education as of 1 September. So make sure you pay the tuition fee on time!

If you decide to cancel your enrolment application before 1 September, then you do not have to pay the tuition fee. If you have already given direct debit authorization, this will be cancelled automatically. If you are not yet admitted to the study programme, then you can already give direct debit authorization for the tuition fee: this is cancelled automatically if you do not finish your enrolment application or it is rejected before 1 September.

The authorization is only complete when you receive an e-mail stating that the direct debit authorization has been confirmed. If you have made a mistake in filling in your payment details, then you can no longer correct this yourself. In this case please contact the Student Desk.

PLEASE NOTE:You need a bank account from a bank in the SEPA area for direct debit authorization.
You can only pay by direct debit authorization if you (or the person who is going to pay) have a bank account from a bank in the SEPA area. If someone else is paying, then he/she is not able to confirm the authorization in Studielink when he/she doen't have a DigiD (you can only get a DigiD when you are registered in the Netherlands and have a Dutch social security number). Use the form which you can find further on the page in this situation.

If you give direct debit authorization for the tuition fee from a bank in England, this can only be done based on IBAN and BIC code. If the British bank also needs an intermediary code, it is not possible to pay by direct debit authorization from this bank. In this case please pay from a different bank, preferably a Dutch bank.

If one of these conditions is not met, then you cannot pay by direct debit authorization. In that case you (or the person who is going to pay) must transfer the whole amount of tuition fee in one lump sum to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on 31 August at the latest.

Please note: after arrival in the Netherlands the International Office can help you open a Dutch bank account on the arrival days. After opening a Dutch bank account you can fill in a paper form for payment by direct debit authorization in 1 or 5 instalments.

  • Apply for DigiD (a Dutch home address and a BSN number are required)
  • Pay the tuition fee by bank transfer
  • Contact the Student Desk

Do you wish to pay by direct debit authorization in one single instalment? 
The whole amount of tuition fee will be collected from your account in the end of September.

Do you wish to pay by direct debit authorization in five instalments? 
The tuition fee will be collected from your account in five equal instalments (the total amount of tuition fee you need to pay is divided into five). € 24 administration costs will added to the first instalment. The direct debit authorization cannot be terminated before the running time is finished. The tuition fee will be collected around the following dates:


Academic year 2016-2017
Academic year 2017-2018
Instalment 1
26 September 2016
25 September 2017
Instalment 2
25 November 2016
27 November 2017
Instalment 3
25 January 2017
25 January 2018
Instalment 4
27 March 2017
26 March 2018
Instalment 5
26 May 2017
25 May 2018

How do I give direct debit authorization? 

As of 8 May you can give direct debit authorization in Studielink. First you need to fill in your payment details. Then the amount of tuition fee you need to pay is calculated. This takes a maximum of 24 hours. You can confirm the authorization when you receive an e-mail stating this. This action is then in ‘my to do list’ in Studielink.

There are two possibilities:

  1. You are paying yourself: log in on Studielink with your DigiD and confirm the direct debit authorization.
  2. Someone else is paying: send the e-mail with the activation code you receive in your inbox to the person who is going to pay. This person needs to log in on Studielink with his/her DigiD. In Studielink he/she can edit the account holder’s details (account number, name and address). Subsequently he/she confirms the authorization.  
How do I give direct debit authorization in Studielink?
  • Log in on Studielink and choose ‘Enter your payment details’ in ‘My to do list’. This can only be done after you have send in a request for enrolment in the programme you want to follow, and after you filled in your pre-education.
  • Choose the country of your bank. Indicate you pay through a bank account from a bank in the SEPA area, because you cannot give direct debit authorization when you have a bank account from outside the SEPA area. In that case you can transfer the whole amount of tuition fee at once.
  • As a payment method, choose Digital authorization.
  • Fill in all requested details.
  • Confirm the authorization after you receive an e-mail stating this. This takes a maximum of 24 hours. The action ‘Confirm digital authorization’ will then be in ‘My to do list’.
  • You receive an e-mail with the statement that the authorization is confirmed. Only after you receive this e-mail, the payment is actually done. So make sure to keep an eye on your mailbox.


Studielink step-by-step plans

 

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to confirm the authorization on 31 August at the latest (when starting your study programme on 1 September).

Once you gave direct debit authorization you cannot change the payment details (for example the account number or number of instalments) anymore. After choosing for one or five instalments, the person who is paying your tuition fee cannot change this anymore. In these cases please contact the Student Desk and use the direct debit authorization form for changing your payment details.

If you are paying the tuition fee by transfer you have to pay the whole amount of tuition fee at once. The money needs to be transferred before 31 August.

Transfer the tuition fee from a Dutch bank account
The whole amount of tuition fee can be transferred to:

Account holder:Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
IBAN:NL49DEUT0488004470

Please quote your name and student number!
When asked in Studielink how you want to pay, please choose 'Other method of payment'.

Transfer the tuition fee from a foreign bank account
The whole amount of tuition fee can be transferred to:

Account holder:Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Name of the bank:Deutsche Bank Nederland NV
Address of the bank:De Entree 99-197, 1101 HE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
IBAN:NL49DEUT0488004470
BIC:DEUTNL2N

Please remember to quote your name and student number!

When asked in Studielink which payment method you want to use, please choose ‘Other method of payment’.

When paid from abroad, all banking costs are to be paid by the applicant.

Is someone else paying your tuition fee through PIN or by transfer? Then you need to give consent by using this consent form. Please hand in the signed form via studentdesk@vu.nl or come to the desk in the main building (central hall, ground floor).

A Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld (BBC) is a proof of payment of tuition fees. If you are studying at another institution besides Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you only need to pay tuition fees once. A BBC acts as proof for the other institution that you have paid tuition fees.

Are you already studying at Vrjie Universiteit and are now also starting at another institution?
When paying the regular statutory tuition fee you can apply for a Bewijs Betaald Collegegeld (BBC) at the Student Desk. You can hand in the BBC at the other institution. You will have to check yourself if the BBC is accepted by the other institution. If this is not the case, then please return the BBC to the Student Desk so this can be administered.

Are you already studying at another institution and are now also starting at Vrije Universiteit?
You can apply for a BBC at the other institution and hand it in at the Student Desk. The Student Administration determines if the BBC is accepted. If this is not the case, then the BBC will be returned to you.

PLEASE NOTE You cannot pay with a BBC if you have to pay the institutional fee or if you are a premaster's student
If you need to pay the institutional fee at Vrije Universiteit or if you are a premaster's student, a BBC will not be accepted. In these cases you need to pay the total amount to Vrije Universiteit. An exception to this is an enrolment as a secondary course student. In this case, a BBC is accepted.

How do I apply for a BBC atVrije Universiteit?
Contact the Student Desk and apply for a BBC. You can also go to the desk in the main building. In the application, please state your student number and the name of the institution for which you need the BBC. A BBC includes an authentic stamp and autograph so it cannot be sent digitally: you need to pick up the document yourself or it will be mailed by post to your correspondence address.

Cancelling your enrolment at Vrije Universiteit.
If you have received a BBC from Vrije Universiteit and handed this in at the other institution your enrolment will only be cancelled:

  • After you return this BBC to the Student Desk of Vrije Universiteit.
or
  • After you hand in a proof of cancellation of enrolment from the other institution at the Student Desk.

Cancelling your enrolment at the other institution
If you handed in a BBC to Vrije Universiteit and you now want to cancel your enrolment at the other institution, the institution will ask for the BBC back before they can cancel your enrolment. However, we never give the original BBC back because we need a declaration of payment for the enrolment period for accountancy/technical reasons. The procedure is therefore as follows:

  1. You must make a request for cancellation of enrolment in Studielink. We will then cancel your enrolment from the first day of the month following your request. You will get an e-mail stating this. You can use this e-mail to indicate at the other institution that you are no longer studying at Vrije Universiteit.
  2. If this is not enough for them, then we need to receive an adjusted BBC for the time period you were enrolled at Vrije Universiteit. You can then hand the old BBC back in at the other institution.

Are you a secondary course student?
If you a secondary course student at Vrije Universiteit, then you cannot send in a request for cancellation of enrolment via Studielink. In this case, please tell the Student Desk from which date on your enrolment is cancelled at the other institution. We will end your enrolment at Vrije Universiteit at the same date. The email you receive subsequently can be used to indicate at the other institution that you are no longer a student of Vrije Universiteit.

Tuition fee rates 2017-2018

Voor het collegejaar 2017-2018 is het collegegeld voor studenten met de nationaliteit van één van de EER-landen €2006 voor een voltijdopleiding, een deeltijdopleiding of een duale opleiding, zowel voor bachelor als voor master.

Uitzonderingen:

  • EER-studenten die al een masterdiploma hebben en nog een master willen doen (Wet Tweede Graad, zie hiervoor Tarieven Tweede Graad).
  • De deeltijd masterprogramma's Accountancy & Control, Marketing en Business Administration hebben een ander collegegeldtarief.

non-EU/EER-student 2017-2018

Niet-EER-studenten betalen het instellingstarief voor een opleiding aan de VU. 

In sommige gevallen komen niet-EER-studenten in aanmerking voor hetzelfde tarief als EER-studenten. Meer informatie daarover vind je onderaan deze pagina. Studenten moeten een bewijsstuk hiervan naar de Studie- en Studentadministratie sturen.

Lijst EU/EER-landen Instellingstarieven master 2017/2018
Masteropleidingen verzorgd door de Faculteit der:

Gedrags- en Bewegingswetenschappen* (behalve voor lerarenopleidingen);
Theologie;
Rechtsgeleerdheid*;
Social Sciences*;
Humanities*;
School of Business and Economics* (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)
€13,500
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen) and Business in Society*€12,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship*€14,850
Teacher training programmes€5,800
Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Chemistry, Computer Science, Computational Science and Physics and Astronomy)  

Master's degree programme of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
€13,400
Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry;
Computer Science;
Computational Science;
Physics and Astronomy
€13,300
The master's degree programme Medicine€15,200
The master's degree programme Dentistry€20,600

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

*A transitional arrangement applies to students who are enrolled for these study programmes before 1 September 2016: during the nominal study duration plus one year these students pay the institutional rate of the academic year 2015-2016. This is under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption. The transitional arrangement applies to part-time students for twice the nominal duration of the study plus one year.

Exceptions

In some situations, nationals of non-EU/EEA countries are liable for the same tuition fee as nationals of EU/EEA countries. Students are required to send proof of this to the Student Administration. 

  • Surinamese or Swiss nationals: Suriname an Switzerland are not EU/EEA countries, but students from Suriname and Switzerland can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee.  
  • Non EU/EEA nationals can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee rate if they have (please note: more information can be found in the Regulation for Application and Registration, article 8 and appendix 1):
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on an asylum residency permit for a definite or indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for an indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for a definite period, granted within the context of family reunification, family formation or partnership (with an EU/EEA national who lives in the Netherlands).
    - A valid residence permit for the Netherlands, in combination with a valid residence permit for an indefinite period of time for another EU country.
    - A valid residence permit via the special regulation 2007 ('generaal pardon').
    - A valid residence permit as a EU citizen ('EU-onderdaan'). 
  • A residence permit with the purpose 'verblijf voor studie' or as a 'kennismigrant' does not give entitlement to paying the statutory tuition fee. 

You must send proof to the Student Administration to be eligible for paying the statutory tuition fee (in the case of family reunification, family formation or partnership we also need a copy of the family members/partners ID). More information can be found in the Application and Registration Regulation (English) or in the Regeling Aanmelding en Inschrijving (Dutch).

Second degree tariffs 2017-2018

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) then you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

More information on second degree tariffs and exceptions

Institutional tuition fees for master’s degree programmes

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Behavioural and Movement Sciences* (except for the teacher training programmes);
Theology;
Law*;
Social Sciences*;
Humanities*;
School of Business and Economics* (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)
€13,500
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen) and Business in Society*€12,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship*€14,850
Teacher training programmes€5,800

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Sciences; (except for the joint degree master's programmes Chemistry, Computer Science, Computational Science and Physics and Astronomy)

Master's degree programme of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology

€13,400
Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry;
Computer Science;
Computational Science;
Physics and Astronomy
€13,300
The master's degree programme Medicine€15,200
The master's degree programme Dentistry€20,600

The fees are the same for fulltime, parttime and dual programmes.

Premaster fee 2017-2018

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 ECS, you will have to pay a premaster fee  of € 1.003 if you hold an EEA or non-EEA nationality. If the programme encompasses more than 30 ECS, you will have to pay € 1.003 + an extra fee of € 34 for every EC which comes above the 30 ECS.
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 the premaster fee + tuition fee. Premaster students cannot be exempted from a premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at  Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institute.
The premaster programme of the School of Business and Economics also costs € 1.003.
As a premaster student you will not be provided with a proof of payment tuition fee (BBC), as you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.
In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enroll in a premaster programme.  The premaster assessment costs € 110.

Voor het collegejaar 2017-2018 is het collegegeld voor studenten met de nationaliteit van één van de EER-landen €2006 voor een voltijdopleiding, een deeltijdopleiding of een duale opleiding, zowel voor bachelor als voor master.

Uitzonderingen:

  • EER-studenten die al een masterdiploma hebben en nog een master willen doen (Wet Tweede Graad, zie hiervoor Tarieven Tweede Graad).
  • De deeltijd masterprogramma's Accountancy & Control, Marketing en Business Administration hebben een ander collegegeldtarief.

non-EU/EER-student 2017-2018

Niet-EER-studenten betalen het instellingstarief voor een opleiding aan de VU. 

In sommige gevallen komen niet-EER-studenten in aanmerking voor hetzelfde tarief als EER-studenten. Meer informatie daarover vind je onderaan deze pagina. Studenten moeten een bewijsstuk hiervan naar de Studie- en Studentadministratie sturen.

Lijst EU/EER-landen Instellingstarieven master 2017/2018
Masteropleidingen verzorgd door de Faculteit der:

Gedrags- en Bewegingswetenschappen* (behalve voor lerarenopleidingen);
Theologie;
Rechtsgeleerdheid*;
Social Sciences*;
Humanities*;
School of Business and Economics* (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)
€13,500
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen) and Business in Society*€12,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship*€14,850
Teacher training programmes€5,800
Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Sciences (except for the joint degree master's programmes Chemistry, Computer Science, Computational Science and Physics and Astronomy)  

Master's degree programme of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology
€13,400
Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry;
Computer Science;
Computational Science;
Physics and Astronomy
€13,300
The master's degree programme Medicine€15,200
The master's degree programme Dentistry€20,600

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

*A transitional arrangement applies to students who are enrolled for these study programmes before 1 September 2016: during the nominal study duration plus one year these students pay the institutional rate of the academic year 2015-2016. This is under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption. The transitional arrangement applies to part-time students for twice the nominal duration of the study plus one year.

Exceptions

In some situations, nationals of non-EU/EEA countries are liable for the same tuition fee as nationals of EU/EEA countries. Students are required to send proof of this to the Student Administration. 

  • Surinamese or Swiss nationals: Suriname an Switzerland are not EU/EEA countries, but students from Suriname and Switzerland can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee.  
  • Non EU/EEA nationals can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee rate if they have (please note: more information can be found in the Regulation for Application and Registration, article 8 and appendix 1):
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on an asylum residency permit for a definite or indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for an indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for a definite period, granted within the context of family reunification, family formation or partnership (with an EU/EEA national who lives in the Netherlands).
    - A valid residence permit for the Netherlands, in combination with a valid residence permit for an indefinite period of time for another EU country.
    - A valid residence permit via the special regulation 2007 ('generaal pardon').
    - A valid residence permit as a EU citizen ('EU-onderdaan'). 
  • A residence permit with the purpose 'verblijf voor studie' or as a 'kennismigrant' does not give entitlement to paying the statutory tuition fee. 

You must send proof to the Student Administration to be eligible for paying the statutory tuition fee (in the case of family reunification, family formation or partnership we also need a copy of the family members/partners ID). More information can be found in the Application and Registration Regulation (English) or in the Regeling Aanmelding en Inschrijving (Dutch).

Second degree tariffs 2017-2018

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) then you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

More information on second degree tariffs and exceptions

Institutional tuition fees for master’s degree programmes

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Behavioural and Movement Sciences* (except for the teacher training programmes);
Theology;
Law*;
Social Sciences*;
Humanities*;
School of Business and Economics* (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)
€13,500
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen) and Business in Society*€12,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship*€14,850
Teacher training programmes€5,800

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Sciences; (except for the joint degree master's programmes Chemistry, Computer Science, Computational Science and Physics and Astronomy)

Master's degree programme of Cardiovascular Research and Oncology

€13,400
Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry;
Computer Science;
Computational Science;
Physics and Astronomy
€13,300
The master's degree programme Medicine€15,200
The master's degree programme Dentistry€20,600

The fees are the same for fulltime, parttime and dual programmes.

Premaster fee 2017-2018

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 ECS, you will have to pay a premaster fee  of € 1.003 if you hold an EEA or non-EEA nationality. If the programme encompasses more than 30 ECS, you will have to pay € 1.003 + an extra fee of € 34 for every EC which comes above the 30 ECS.
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 the premaster fee + tuition fee. Premaster students cannot be exempted from a premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at  Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institute.
The premaster programme of the School of Business and Economics also costs € 1.003.
As a premaster student you will not be provided with a proof of payment tuition fee (BBC), as you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.
In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enroll in a premaster programme.  The premaster assessment costs € 110.

Tuition fee rates 2018-2019

The tuition fee for students of European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries who have not yet been awarded a degree in the Netherlands for the academic year 2018-2019 will amount to €2060 for a full time master’s study programme, part time study programme or dual study programme.

Exceptions:

  • EU/EEA students who already have obtained a master's degree in the Netherlands and want to study another Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. See the Second Degree Tariffs.
  • The part-time Master's programmes Accounting & Control, Marketing and Business Administration have different tuition fee rates.

In some situations, nationals of non-European Union/non-European Economic Area (non-EU/non-EEA) countries are liable for the same tuition fee as nationals of EU/EEA countries. More information can be found at the bottom of this page. Students are required to send proof of this to the Student Administration.

Non-EU/ non-EEA tariffs for master’s degree programmes 2018-2019*

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes);
Theology;
Law;
Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme);
Humanities (except for the teacher training programme);
School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)

€14,600
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)** and Business in Society (jd)**€15,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship (jd)**€15,500
Teacher training programmes€6,900
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
€14,500

Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry (jd);
Computer Science (jd);
Computational Science (jd);
Physics and Astronomy (jd);
Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

€14,630
The master's degree programme Medicine** and Dentistry€21,800

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

* Transitional arrangement 2018A applies for non-EU/EEA students who are enrolled on 1 February 2018 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Second degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

** Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

Exceptions

In some situations, nationals of non-EU/EEA countries are liable for the same tuition fee as nationals of EU/EEA countries. Students are required to send proof of this to the Student Administration. 

  • Surinamese or Swiss nationals: Suriname an Switzerland are not EU/EEA countries, but students from Suriname and Switzerland can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee.  
  • Non EU/EEA nationals can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee rate if they have (please note: more information can be found in the Regulation for Application and Registration, article 8 and appendix 1):
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on an asylum residency permit for a definite or indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for an indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for a definite period, granted within the context of family reunification, family formation or partnership (with an EU/EEA national who lives in the Netherlands).
    - A valid residence permit for the Netherlands, in combination with a valid residence permit for an indefinite period of time for another EU country.
    - A valid residence permit via the special regulation 2007 ('generaal pardon').
    - A valid residence permit as a EU citizen ('EU-onderdaan'). 
  • A residence permit with the purpose 'verblijf voor studie' or as a 'kennismigrant' does not give entitlement to paying the statutory tuition fee. 

You must send proof to the Student Administration to be eligible for paying the statutory tuition fee (in the case of family reunification, family formation or partnership we also need a copy of the family members/partners ID) by sending us a copy of the front and back of the residence permit(s) and/or passport. More information can be found in the Application and Registration Regulation (English) or in the Regeling Aanmelding en Inschrijving (Dutch).

If you are an European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA)-student and 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) then you will pay the second degree tariff. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

More information on second degree tariffs and exceptions

Second degree tariffs for Master’s degree programmes 2018-2019

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes);
Theology;
Law;
Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme);
Humanities (except for the teacher training programme);
School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)
€13,600
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)* and Business in Society (jd)*€15,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship (jd)*
€15,500
Teacher training programmes€5,900
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
€13,500
Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry (jd);
Computer Science (jd);
Computational Science (jd);
Physics and Astronomy (jd);
Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)
€13,300
The master's degree programme Medicine* and Dentistry€20,800

The fees are the same for fulltime, parttime and dual programmes.

* Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes) for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

Premaster fee 2018-2019

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 ECS, you will have to pay a premaster fee of €1030 (for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students). If the programme encompasses more than 30 ECS, you will have to pay €1030 + an extra fee of €34.33 for every EC which comes above the 30 ECS.
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 the premaster fee + tuition fee. Students cannot be exempted from a premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at  Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institute.
The premaster programmes of the School of Business and Economics also cost € 1030.
As a premaster student you will not be provided with a proof of payment tuition fee (BBC), as you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.
In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enroll in a premaster programme. The premaster assessment costs € 110.

The tuition fee for students of European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries who have not yet been awarded a degree in the Netherlands for the academic year 2018-2019 will amount to €2060 for a full time master’s study programme, part time study programme or dual study programme.

Exceptions:

  • EU/EEA students who already have obtained a master's degree in the Netherlands and want to study another Master's degree programme in the Netherlands. See the Second Degree Tariffs.
  • The part-time Master's programmes Accounting & Control, Marketing and Business Administration have different tuition fee rates.

In some situations, nationals of non-European Union/non-European Economic Area (non-EU/non-EEA) countries are liable for the same tuition fee as nationals of EU/EEA countries. More information can be found at the bottom of this page. Students are required to send proof of this to the Student Administration.

Non-EU/ non-EEA tariffs for master’s degree programmes 2018-2019*

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes);
Theology;
Law;
Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme);
Humanities (except for the teacher training programme);
School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)

€14,600
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)** and Business in Society (jd)**€15,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship (jd)**€15,500
Teacher training programmes€6,900
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
€14,500

Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry (jd);
Computer Science (jd);
Computational Science (jd);
Physics and Astronomy (jd);
Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)

€14,630
The master's degree programme Medicine** and Dentistry€21,800

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

* Transitional arrangement 2018A applies for non-EU/EEA students who are enrolled on 1 February 2018 for their respective study programme. For the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes), they are eligible for the Second degree tariff (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

** Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

Exceptions

In some situations, nationals of non-EU/EEA countries are liable for the same tuition fee as nationals of EU/EEA countries. Students are required to send proof of this to the Student Administration. 

  • Surinamese or Swiss nationals: Suriname an Switzerland are not EU/EEA countries, but students from Suriname and Switzerland can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee.  
  • Non EU/EEA nationals can pay the EU/EEA tuition fee rate if they have (please note: more information can be found in the Regulation for Application and Registration, article 8 and appendix 1):
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on an asylum residency permit for a definite or indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for an indefinite period of time.
    - A valid Dutch residence permit based on a normal residency permit for a definite period, granted within the context of family reunification, family formation or partnership (with an EU/EEA national who lives in the Netherlands).
    - A valid residence permit for the Netherlands, in combination with a valid residence permit for an indefinite period of time for another EU country.
    - A valid residence permit via the special regulation 2007 ('generaal pardon').
    - A valid residence permit as a EU citizen ('EU-onderdaan'). 
  • A residence permit with the purpose 'verblijf voor studie' or as a 'kennismigrant' does not give entitlement to paying the statutory tuition fee. 

You must send proof to the Student Administration to be eligible for paying the statutory tuition fee (in the case of family reunification, family formation or partnership we also need a copy of the family members/partners ID) by sending us a copy of the front and back of the residence permit(s) and/or passport. More information can be found in the Application and Registration Regulation (English) or in the Regeling Aanmelding en Inschrijving (Dutch).

If you are an European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA)-student and 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) then you will pay the second degree tariff. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

More information on second degree tariffs and exceptions

Second degree tariffs for Master’s degree programmes 2018-2019

Master's degree programmes offered by the Faculty of:

Behavioural and Movement Sciences (except for the teacher training programmes);
Theology;
Law;
Social Sciences (except for the teacher training programme);
Humanities (except for the teacher training programme);
School of Business and Economics (except for Tinbergen, Business in Society and Entrepreneurship)
€13,600
Master's degree programmes MPhil in Economics (Tinbergen)* and Business in Society (jd)*€15,000
Master's degree programme Entrepreneurship (jd)*
€15,500
Teacher training programmes€5,900
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
€13,500
Joint degree master's programmes of:

Chemistry (jd);
Computer Science (jd);
Computational Science (jd);
Physics and Astronomy (jd);
Bioinformatics and systems biology (jd)
€13,300
The master's degree programme Medicine* and Dentistry€20,800

The fees are the same for fulltime, parttime and dual programmes.

* Transitional arrangement 2018B applies for the nominal duration of the study programme + 1 year (twice nominal + 1 year for part-time programmes) for students enrolled on 1 February 2018 to the Master’s programmes Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics, Business in Society (jd), Entrepreneurship (jd) or Medicine. They are eligible for the institutional fee of 2017-2018 (under the condition that the student is enrolled without interruption).

Premaster fee 2018-2019

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 ECS, you will have to pay a premaster fee of €1030 (for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students). If the programme encompasses more than 30 ECS, you will have to pay €1030 + an extra fee of €34.33 for every EC which comes above the 30 ECS.
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 the premaster fee + tuition fee. Students cannot be exempted from a premaster fee based on a regular tuition fee payment at  Vrije Universiteit or at any other educational institute.
The premaster programmes of the School of Business and Economics also cost € 1030.
As a premaster student you will not be provided with a proof of payment tuition fee (BBC), as you pay a premaster fee instead of a regular tuition fee.
As a premaster student, you will not receive restitution on the fee if you decide to terminate your enrolment.
In most cases, you will have to do a premaster assessment, to enroll in a premaster programme. The premaster assessment costs € 110.

Other rates

If you are only interested in one or several courses within a study programme, you can check whether the faculty offers  contract education. You can expect to pay €100 - €200 per EC.
The rate for an enrolment as an extraneus student is  €9.000.

Contact

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Student Administration
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

+31 205985020 (Mon-Fri from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:00)
studentdesk@vu.nl