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How to finance your study abroad

Studying abroad can be more expensive than staying in the Netherlands, but it may also cost less. The costs depend on your destination and on your own spending pattern. Grants and scholarships are available to help you finance your study abroad.

Budgeting your trip

To figure out whether you will need help financing your study abroad, it is important to make a budget plan. How much will your adventure cost and what is your income? Do you have the funds to afford it? Fill out the budget plan and find out!

To fill out your budget plan, consider the following costs:

  • Tuition fee University of Amsterdam. You don't pay tuition fees at the host university.
  • Administrative costs host university (if applicable). The host university may charge administrative fees.
  • Housing. Check out the Digital World Map for an estimation of the housing and living costs at the universities you are interested in.
  • Insurance. You may need supplementary health insurance, travel insurance and liability insurance. In some countries, you could be required to get a local insurance. In that case, you may need to pay for your mandatory Dutch insurance as well.
  • Travel and transportation costs. You will have to purchase tickets to travel to your host country and back, as well as make your way around town once you have arrived.
  • Visa fee (if applicable).
  • Daily living expenses (such as groceries).
  • Social activities and trips.

Grants and Scholarships

Now that you have budgeted everything out, have you come to the conclusion that you are unable to pay for your study abroad yourself? Please know there are several grants and scholarships available for which you can apply to help you finance your study abroad plan.

  • Erasmus+ Grant for studies

    Students participating in an Erasmus+ exchange can apply for an Erasmus+ grant, which can be used to help cover additional living and travel costs during your stay abroad.

  • Dutch Study Finance (studiefinanciering)

    For eligible students, the studiefinanciering continues during their time abroad. You may also be eligible to apply for a public transport reimbursement. Visit the DUO website (in Dutch) for information about the conditions.