Tuition fees for non-EU/EEA Nationals and those who obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands before


Dutch higher education is not-for profit and for the largest part, financed by public funding (the Dutch Ministery of Education). Tuition fees constitute around one quarter of the totality of the incoming funds.  

At the DAI we are committed to work with emerging artists, researchers and curators from a true variety of cultural, economic and geopolitical backgrounds. We strongly believe that education is a human right and should be free for all, but since this, under the current national-capitalist predicament, is not considered possible, we feel that at least students of all nationalities should be treated equally. We therefore deeply regret – but cannot change – the fact that since 2008 tuition fees for non-EU & non-EEA nationals have been increased considerably. In that year, unfortunately, the Dutch government decided to cease its funding of Dutch educational institutes for the placements of non-EU/EEA students. From that moment onward  boards of universities have begun raising the tuition fees for non-Europeans (as well as for those who had already obtained an MA in the Netherlands before). Recently the governing board of the ArtEZ University of the Arts has claimed that a new, substantial raise of the institutional fees on a cost-recovery basis was necessary: the actual costs made by the DAI per student (EU/EER and non EU/EER) amount to more then €10.700 annually. Although we think this reasoning is not as valid as it sounds (there are many strong arguments to counter its Eurocentric undertones), all of us will now have to face the reality of these high fees for some of or most valued prospective students. These are the regulations:   

Tuition Fees 2020 - 2021

For NON-EU/EEA nationals studying in the Netherlands, the tuition fees at ArtEZ amount to 

Tuition fee: € 10,700 per academic year  

You are eligible for lower tuition fees when you are a family member (see Directive 2004/38/EG) of a citizen with Dutch nationality and you both live in the Netherlands or if you have a regular permanent residence permit (type II), or an asylum residence permit (type III or IV), or if the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF,  pays your tuition fees.

Registration in the Netherlands: no.

Students who pay the high tuition fees are not bound to register as a resident in the Netherlands as long as they manage to attend the monthly DAI-week while traveling with a legal document. Read more here.

Registration in the Netherlands: yes. 

As a non-EU student wishing to register in the Netherlands, you must transfer a financial guarantee. Read more here.