Exchange programmes

Before you start searching for scholarships check if your institution has an exchange programme with a Dutch institution. This is the easiest and cheapest way to study in Holland.

As an exchange student from an EU country, you may be eligible to receive financial support from your home country, either directly (in the form of a monthly grant or loan) or indirectly, through tax benefits for your parents.

Contact the international office of your university to check which options are available to you.

Contact your Dutch institution

Many Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences offer scholarships to international students. These come in different forms and sizes, from university-wide to programme-specific funding. You can find out more about your options by looking up your programme or directly contacting the institution.

Dutch student finance system

The Dutch government has set up a funding system to pay for study costs, tuition fees, health insurance and costs of living. Students who are under 30 and enrolled in full-time or dual education are eligible.

You must either have the Dutch nationality or a nationality or residence permit that provides the same rights as Dutch nationals. Government service DUO provides more information about the Dutch student finance system.

Working while studying

You can also work alongside your studies, to earn some extra money. This option is available for both EU and non-EU students, but different rules apply.