FAQ - Preparations
Questions about financing, visas and permits.
- Do I need a visa to study in Holland?
- How much does it cost to study in Holland?
- Can I get a scholarship to finance my study in Holland?
- Can I work while I study in Holland?
Whether or not you need a visa depends on your nationality and on how long you will stay. Nationals from most countries need an entry visa. Once in the Netherlands, a residence permit is often required. In some cases a work permit is also required. In the Visa Wizard you can find out which requirements apply to you and how you go about arranging things.
In comparison to most Anglo-Saxon countries, tuition fees and living costs in Holland are reasonable. For EU students, the annual tuition fees for enrolment in a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at around € 1,700. In general, tuition fees are higher for non-EU students, ranging from € 5,000 to € 15,000 depending on the programme.
Although costs of living may vary a little per city, generally students spend between € 800 to € 1,100 per month.
You can look at the list of scholarships administered by Nuffic or use Grantfinder to look for another type of scholarship or grant.
Information about scholarships in general is also provided by:
- The Dutch Embassy or Consulate. Visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find the contact details of the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in your country.
- The international office of your home institution.
- The Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office (Nuffic Neso) or Netherlands Education Information Office if your country has one.
- The Dutch higher education institution to which you are applying, if you have already decided where to go.
International students who would like to take paid work alongside their studies are allowed to do so. However, depending on your nationality you can only do this for a limited amount of hours per week and only if the employer has applied for a work permit for you. Read more about working alongside your studies.