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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 be cheaper! 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're 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’ve arrived;
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Daily living expenses (such as groceries)
  • Social activities and trips

Grants and Scholarships

Having budgeted everything out, have you come to the conclusion that you are unable to pay for your study abroad yourself? No worries, there are several grants and scholarships available to help you out.

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. For a semester exchange. 

AUF inividual Travel Grant

Students of the University of Amsterdam can apply for a grant for making an individual study trip abroad. Individual travel grants are not intended to cover all your costs; rather, they are a supplementary contribution. For a semester exchange Summer School. Minimum period of study abroad for Bachelors: a month. Minimum period of study abroad for Masters: also for less than a month. 

Grant for Summer Schools

Other grants and scholarships

For a more extensive overview of available grants and scholarships, see the Beursopener on wilweg.nl (available in Dutch only). A short summary of this website is available in English.

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 for information about the conditions.