Cost of studying in Netherlands for International Students


Cost of studying in Netherlands

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The Netherlands is known as the land of clogs, tall woodcutters, bicycles, windmills, and tulips. When it comes to higher education in Holland, it does not disappoint, being the only non-English-speaking country to offer all types of courses in English. The Netherlands has also been voted the 3rd most coveted option for higher education in all of Europe.

Cost of Studying in Netherlands

Study in Netherlands Cost: 

Netherlands is well known for its technical, scientific, engineering, and research-oriented courses. Indian students can take up graduate, post-graduate, or doctorate-level degree courses. There are 5 Universities in Netherlands that feature among the world's top universities as per the latest QS Rankings:

  1. The Delft University of Technology is Ranked  54th by the QS ranking
  2. The University of Amsterdam is Ranked  58th by the QS ranking
  3. Utrecht University Ranked  109th by the QS ranking
  4. Leiden University -Ranked  109th by QS ranking
  5. Erasmus University, Rotterdam Ranked  147th by the QS ranking

There are around 85 universities in Netherlands which offer top-class infrastructure, an excellent student culture, and highly qualified professors from all over the world. The number of international students has phenomenally risen in the last ten years, thanks to excellent academic programs and a pleasingly tolerant culture that welcomes students coming to study in the Netherlands.

Tuition fees at public universities

There are sixteen public universities that provide good scholarships for international students including the Delft, Utrecht, Leiden, and Amsterdam universities. All Dutch public universities in the ranking teach more than forty different undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in English while some such as the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University teach well over 100 degrees in English.

Tuition fees change depending on whether or not you are from a country within the European Union. For Indian students, the fees they are expected to pay range from Rs 600,000 to 1,60,00,00 as annual tuition.

Tuition fees for private institutes:

There are around sixty private universities in Holland that provide a number of graduate and undergraduate degree programs for Indian students. Naturally, private schools have more tuition fees than publicly funded ones. Tuition fees for private universities range from 1500 EUR/year to 2000 EUR/year. Business schools have tuition fees in the range of 5000-7000 EUR/year.

Name of the University Average Annual Tuition fee Eligibility
HAN University of Applied Sciences(MS - Automotive systems, MS- Control Systems Engineering, MS- Molecular science) Rs 5.8 - 6.5 Lakhs IELTS: 6


GRE: 270

The Delft University of Technology (MSc Computer Science,

MS- Computer Engineering, MS- Electrical Engineering,

MS- Aerospace Engineering, MS- Embedded systems )

Rs 12 Lakhs Eligibility
IELTS: 6.5
GRE: 288
The University Of Groningen (MS- Computing Science, MS- Business Intelligence, MS- Artificial Intelligence, MS- Industrial engineering and management.) Rs 12- 12.5 Lakhs IELTS: 6.5
GRE: 290

Tuition fees at top-ranked universities:

There are thirteen Dutch Universities in the top two-hundred universities in the world according to the QS Ranking. Most offer scholarships, accommodation, and a plethora of undergraduate, Master and doctorate programs in Dutch as well as English.  However, the three most popular are listed below.

University Name Average Annual Tuition Fee
HAN University of Applied Sciences Rs. 12 Lakhs
Delft University of technology Rs. 7 Lakhs
University of Amsterdam Rs. 17 Lakhs

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Scholarships in the Netherlands:

Along with excellent infrastructure and world-class teaching faculty, some best universities in Netherlands also provide scholarships. There are various scholarships for different categories of students such as their countries of origin, economic status, and academic qualifications. Indian students who wish to study abroad in the countries in the EU can opt for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships which include the Netherlands.

List of scholarships:

  1. Holland Scholarships
  2. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Netherlands
  3. Leiden University Excellence Scholarships
  4. University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships
  5. Radboud University Scholarship Program
  6. Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships
  7. Erik Bleumink Scholarships at the University of Groningen
  8. Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)
  9. VU University Amsterdam Fellowship Program
  10. The Hague World Citizen Talent Scholarship

​International Student Loans Netherlands:

There are two kinds of financial aid provided to students apart from scholarships in Netherlands. Grants and Student Loans for foreign students. The grants are provided by the government of Netherlands. The applicant must be under 30 years of age, enrolled in a Dutch University, and have a Dutch bank account. The non-Dutch students must have a legal permit to apply for the grant. A candidate is not provided more than €13000 in a year.

It is easier to get a Student Loan in Netherlands than to get a grant. Studiefinancierung and Collegegeldkrediet are two providers of Student Loans in the Netherlands. Students are provided a set amount of money for the whole duration of their program. Collegegeldkrediet provides loans for master's and research programs and is paid after the completion of studies. There are special grants for research studies, too, and they are more merit-based than others.

Cost of Living in Netherlands

The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€). The expected cost of living for students is roughly €800-1,100 a month, which is Rs. 60,000 - 75,000 in INR.

Student discounts are available on food, leisure activities, and transport (You can buy a discount card for railway travel). It is advised to divide your funds into three parts, food, and sustenance, rent and accommodation, and leisure and study material respectively.

Accommodation in Netherlands:

Most of the students studying abroad live in shared student housing.  The size of such apartments is variable but they can easily accommodate four to five students.  The rent in shared houses typically runs between €300 and €450 a month, depending on three factors, size, location, and furnishing. It may even go up to €800 in Amsterdam and will naturally be lower in the smaller cities.

You may be required to apply for a provisional residence permit, an MVV (Machtiging to Voorlopig Verblijf). Many Dutch universities negotiate with private landlords on behalf of the students. They rent a block of rooms and then sublet them to students thus enabling the students to deal only with the housing office on campus.

The university will probably make the actual application for you, but you are required to supply all the necessary official documents. As well to basic documentation as proof of being enrolled in a course, you will also need to prove that you have €833.22 (~Rs. 63879) a month to support yourself.

Food costs in Netherlands:



Meal for 1

~1,000 Rs



(Milk (regular), (1 liter), Loaf of bread, 500g, White rice, 1kg, Eggs(12), Cheese 500g)

Fruits :

(Apples, bananas, oranges, tomato, potato, onion, leafy vegetables (1kg))

~800 Rs.

~800 Rs.



One-way Ticket Transport)

Monthly pass

~220 Rs

~6,000 Rs

Monthly Utilities:


Electricity, heating/cooling, water, garbage, and maintenance.

~11,000 Rs

Extra Costs and savings:

Although you can save some amount of money using the student discount, you should still be ready to bear any medical expenses that you might incur. This is very important because medical costs in the Netherlands are well above average. Students from non-EU countries cannot access the Dutch Government's health plan and need to carry medical insurance from their home country.  As mentioned earlier, you can save on transportation and food using student discounts and compensate for probable medical expenditures.

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