The Dutch Art Institute a.k.a. DAI Roaming Academy a.k.a. DAI Art Praxis offers an MA at the intersections of art (as a broad spectrum of practices) and theory, embedded in a critical research culture and with study by means of performance, reading, writing, voicing, making, listening, curating, commoning & conviviality as our modus operandi.

Dutch Universities fall under the responsibility of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The Government has delegated the governance of all degree programs to University boards. DAI is formally affiliated with the ArtEZ University of the Arts. The executive board of ArtEZ decides annually about the sum of the institutional tuition fees across the University as well as the division of budgets among all entities.

The Dutch Ministry of Education is the main funder of public education in the Netherlands. Second stream of income are the tuition fees paid by the students. Other than those two sources of income, universities at large or specific programs can aim for Third Stream Funding to cover special projects, facilities or trajectories. 

Universities are not created for making profit, eventual reserve assets need to be invested in better (conditions for) education. At the ArtEZ University of the Arts, control is exercised by the Supervisory Board, while the Participation Council is invited to give input. Annual reports are made available to the public.

For further reading about DAI's interaction with the larger institutional framework you can visit this page.

How is the DAI funded?

70 - 75% Seed Funding from the Ministry of Education (re-distributed by ArtEZ University of the Arts).

20 - 25% Tuition Fees (installed, collected and re-distributed by ArtEZ University of the Arts).

approx 5% Other Income / Third Stream = DAI's Bread, Bed & Solidarity Student Fund (collected by DAI & fully expended on student's boarding and lodging).


100% annual budget

Please note that 26% of the total sum of the annual Seed Funding + Tuition Fees is structurally used by ArtEZ University of the Arts to cover costs for what has been coined as overriding "services" - all organised and steered by the university at large (learn more here). The remainder of the sum of Seed Funding + Tuition Fees is available for the DAI's annual budget by means of which the program is sustained.  "Other Income / Third Stream" is exempted from this obligatory contribution to ArtEZ and ads in its full capacity to the spendable budget of the DAI in regard to student's boarding, lodging and some (not all) travel costs.

As a student at the DAI what COSTS can I expect? 

Enrolment at the DAI is exclusively possible via the ArtEZ University of the Arts. After being admitted by the Admissions Committee of the DAI you will have to register digitally at the national website Studielink in order to enrol with ArtEZ. This implies that as a student you are bound to pay tuition to the ArtEZ Univerity of the Arts.

IMPORTANT NEWS: discount on tuition in academic year 2021-2022

From the website of The ARTEZ University of the Arts: "Because of the corona crisis, the Dutch government drew up the National Education Programme in order to offer students prospects. One of the measures in this programme is a reduction in the statutory tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year. ArtEZ has decided to give the students who pay the institutional tuition fee a discount as well. This discount applies to the 2021-2022 academic year". 

The discounts are already calculated in the amounts below.

Statutory Tuition Fees:  1.084,- (instead of the initial €2,168) for 2021-2022 

This concerns EU and EEA, Swiss and Surinamese passport holders. 

Institutional Tuition Fees: €  9.616,- (instead of the initial 10,700) for 2021-2022

This concerns non-EU/EEA passport holders as well as those who have previously earned a Master’s degree in the Netherlands (MA's and MFA's obtained outside of the Netherlands are not counted for the tuition).

Financial guarantee, insurance & visa application costs

This concerns non-EU /EEA passport holders wishing to be based in the Netherlands.

Costs of living during DAI WEEKS: boarding and lodging at the Roaming Academy.

This concerns EU /EER passport holders whose costs of living during DAI-WEEK will be covered by the obligatory contributions to the Bread, Bed & Solidarity Student Fund 

Costs of living outside of DAI WEEKS

This concerns your personal costs in between the DAI WEEKS on location.

Funding options

If you have received a (provisional) letter of acceptance for our next incoming class you are welcome to contact Rik Fernhout for advice and letters of recommendation. Accepted students who have to pay the higher, institutional tuition fee will also be brought in contact with Margret Wibmer for advice and suggestions. Please note that DAI, unfortunately, cannot do more for you than that (provide you with advice and suggestions): it is the prospective student's own responsibility to create a reliable financial ground plan for their two years of study at the DAI.

ArtEZ Scholarship for non-EU /EEA passport holding students 

Holland Scholarship for non-EU /EEA passport holding students

Other grants and scholarships

Further Reading

Study within the Dutch system

 DAI's Quick Arrival Guide for International Students


Last updated: 08 September 2021