Tuition fees for master’s programmes

Tuition fees are calculated per academic year (1 September to 31 August), and you will need to pay fees for each month that you are registered at the university. How much you are required to pay depends on your nationality and your study programme.

Dutch nationals

Tuition fees for Dutch nationals are determined and subsidised by the Dutch government. This is known as the ‘statutory tuition fee’ or ‘home fee’. You can find further information on the tuition fees under the programme descriptions.  

Statutory tuition fee:  

2015/2016: € 1,951

  2016/2017: € 1,984
  2017/2018: € 2,006
 

However, please note that if you are following a programme not subsidised by the Dutch government, different tuition fees apply.

EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationals

Thanks to EU regulations, if you are a national of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you are entitled to pay the same, subsidised tuition fees as Dutch students. Surinamese nationals are also entitled to pay this fee. You can find further information on the tuition fees under the the programme descriptions.

Statutory tuition fee:

2015/2016: € 1,951

2016/2017: € 1,984
2017/2018: € 2,006

However, please note that if you are following a programme not subsidised by the Dutch government, different tuition fees apply.

Non-EU/EEA nationals

Students who are nationals of countries outside the EU/EEA, Switzerland or Suriname pay higher fees. This is because the government does not subsidise non-EU students, so universities must determine the tuition fees for these students on the basis of costs. Leiden University determines the fees each year for each programme. 

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018  

Master´s Humanities/Social Sciences

€ 16,000 € 16,400 € 16,600

Master´s Science/Biomedical Sciences

€ 20,100 € 17,800  € 17,800 

Master´s Medicine

€ 23,700 € 24,000  € 24,900

Master´s Teacher Training

€ 1,951 € 1,984 € 2,006
Joint programme with TU Delft:

Master´s Industrial Ecology


€ 13,560
 
€ 15,000
 
€ 17,800 

You can find further information under the programme descriptions

Students following non-government subsidised programmes

Several master’s programmes at Leiden University are not covered by government subsidies. This means that all students pay the same tuition fees, regardless of nationality. Non-government subsidised programmes

Can I be exempted from paying the higher tuition fee?

That depends. Students who are not EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationals are entitled to pay the ‘home fee’ if they hold a residence permit which entitles them to a Dutch student grant (studiefinanciering) from the education agency DUO. List of the relevant residence permits.

Tuition fee 2nd master’s programme

Students taking a second master’s programme do not pay the statutory tuition fee. Instead they pay an institutional fee which is often higher.
Tuition fees for second master’s programme

Paying your tuition fees

How to pay your tuition fees.

Last Modified: 26-10-2016