Tuition fees

Everyone who registers as a student or to take a course at the Amsterdam University of the Arts is obliged to pay tuition or course fees. The tuition fees vary, depending among other things on the programme or course you will be enrolling in, whether or not you are from a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and whether or not you have previously obtained a degree at the same level you are registering for.

The statutory tuition fee, set by the Dutch government, is set at 2,083 for the academic year 2019-2020. You are entitled to the statutory fee if you:

  • have the nationality of a country within the European Economic Area (all EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein); AND
  • have not previously obtained a Bachelor's degree after 31 August 1991 when registering for a Bachelor's programme or a Master's degree when registering for a Master's programme.

The exceptions, who are also eligible for the statutory tuition fee, are students with:

  • Swiss or Surinam nationality;
  • a previously obtained Bachelor's or Master's degree, registering for the first time in a programme in the field of education - provided the previously obtained degree was not in the field of health care or education;
  • a valid asylum residence permit for a fixed or indefinite period;
  • a valid permanent regular residence permit;
  • a valid temporary regular residence permit on the basis of family reunification, family formation, partnership (only provided that the family member/partner is an EU citizen living in the Netherlands);
  • a valid residence permit for the Netherlands in combination with a valid residence permit for an indefinite period from another EU country;
  • a residence permit via the special regulation 2007 (the general pardon);
  • a residence document ‘Permanent residence Citizens of the Union’.

A residence document for the purpose of study or as highly skilled migrant does not qualify to pay the statutory tuition fee.

Students must send a supporting document confirming their residency status to the Central Student Administration in order to be considered for payment of the statutory tuition fee (in the case of partnership/family formation/family reunification with an EU citizen living in the Netherlands, a copy of the ID card of the partner/the family member is also necessary).

Regulation for British students
As a result of the leave of the United Kingdom out of the European Union (commonly knows as Brexit), students with a British nationality will have to pay an institutional fee from 2019-2020. See the 'Institutional fees' tab for more information.

On 10 July 2018, the Senate of the Dutch government approved the bill to halve the tuition fees for all first-year students. The law came into force at the start of the academic year 2018-2019 (September 2018). For students who start with a teacher training, the tuition fees is halved for the first two years.

For this halving students are eligible who start their bachelor's programme or associate degree programme at a university of applied sciences or a university for the first time in academic year 2018-2019 or later. If you have already been enrolled at a university of applied sciences or a university before, then the halving will not apply to you.

All information and conditions regarding the halving of the tuition fees can be found on the page of the Dutch government:

If you are not entitled to the statutory fee, you have to pay the institutional fee. The institutional fees are set annually by the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

The fees apply to part-time study programmes, non-government-funded study programmes to students from outside the EEA and to students who previously obtained a Bachelor's degree (when enrolling in a Bachelor's programme) or a Master's degree (when enrolling in a Master's programme).

Please note: the fees below apply to the academic year 2019-2020.

  • Bachelors Music, Music in Education, Dance, Dance in Education, Theatre, Theatre in Education, Cultural heritage, Film and Television: € 5,095
  • Bachelor Fine Art in Education (full-time and influx programme): € 8,300
  • Master Education in Arts: € 5,095
  • Master Music, Choreography, Opera, Theatre, Film: € 5,095
  • Master Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture: € 8,300
  • Master of Museology: € 10,600

Regulation for British students
As a result of the leave of the United Kingdom out of the European Union (commonly knows as Brexit), the statutory tuition fees will no longer apply to British students from academic year 2019-2020. In January 2019, the Executive Board of the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) has determined that every student with a British nationality who studies at a fully funded course at the AHK, pays an institutional fee equal to the statutory fee, namely € 2,083. British students are not eligible for the halving of tuition fees for first-year students. This decision only concerns the academic year 2019-2020.

The information below concerns the academic year 2018-2019. The rates for the new academic year will be published in April.

Preparatory courses:

  • Preparatory courses Bachelor of Music (classical music and jazz): € 1,350
  • Preparatory course Master of Music: € 3,000
  • Sweelinck Academy and Junior Jazz College: € 1,250
  • Sweelinck Academy Percussion Friends: € 1,500
  • Preparatory course National Ballet Academy: € 1,100
  • Preparatory dance course (Academy of Theatre and Dance): Junior € 600, Teen € 875, Peer € 975
  • Preparatory courses in Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture: € 950

Postgraduate courses:

  • Beroepskunstenaars in de klas: € 2,750
  • Musicians for Music Education: € 3,250

Examination fees:

  • External students: € 900

Since 2010, you don’t pay statutory tuition fees for a second Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, but institutional tuition fees. This also applies for students from outside the EEA. This is specified in article 7.46 of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act. The amount of the institutional tuition fees is determined by the Executive Board and may vary depending on the study programme or group of students. It may not be lower than the statutory rate.


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