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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 2,143 for the academic year 2020-2021. 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
  • do not already have a Bachelor's degree at the time of enrolment in a Bachelor's programme, a Master's degree at the time of enrolment in a Master's programme, or an Associate degree, Bachelor's degree or Master's degree at the time of enrolment in an Associate degree programme. This applies to degrees obtained after 31 August 1991 at a Dutch-funded institution.

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
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The transition period is in effect until 31 December 2020. Until then, nothing will change for British students. For the situation in the upcoming academic year (2020/2021) and after, please read the tab ‘British students and Brexit.

On 10 July 2018, the Dutch Senate approved the bill to halve tuition fees for all first-year students who are eligible for the statutory fee. 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. The halving also does not apply to institutional fees.

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

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). Students with an Associate degree, Bachelor's degree of Master's degree who enrol in an Associate degree (Ad) programme also pay the institutional rate. This applies to degrees obtained after 31 August 1991 at a Dutch-funded institution.

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

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). Students with an Associate degree, Bachelor's degree of Master's degree who enrol in an Associate degree (Ad) programme also pay the institutional rate. This applies to degrees obtained after 31 August 1991 at a Dutch-funded institution.Students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree who are enrolling into an Associate degree (Ad) will also have to pay the institutional fee.

Please note: the fees below apply to the academic year 2020-2021.

  • Bachelors Music, Music in Education, Dance, Dance in Education, Theatre, Theatre in Education, Cultural heritage, Film and Television: € 5,200
  • Bachelor Fine Art in Education (full-time and influx programme): € 8,465
  • Master Education in Arts: 5,200
  • Master Music, Choreography, Opera, Theatre, Film: € 5,200
  • Master Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture: € 8,465
  • Associate degree Technical Production: € 5.200
  • Associate degree AEMA (Amsterdam Electronic Music Academy): € 5.200

PLEASE NOTE: the AHK expects a substantial increase of the tuition fees for non-EER students due to a change in the Dutch Law, starting from 1 September 2021. For the Master’s Programmes of the Academy of Architecture (Architecture, Urbanism, Landscape Architecture) and the Bachelor Fine Art in Education (full-time and influx programme), the rise is expected to be less high.

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: € 1,350
  • Sweelinck Academy Percussion Friends: € 1,500
  • Preparatory course National Ballet Academy: € 1,500, non EU students €3.500
  • 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.

The British departure from the European Union (Brexit) on 31 January 2020 causes much uncertainty. At the moment, we are in the transition period. This will remain in effect until 31 December 2020. Within this timeframe, nothing will change for British students that come to study at the AHK. What happens after the end of the transition period, depends on the outcome of currently ongoing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union. We unfortunately cannot make any predictions as to the outcome of these talks. If no agreement is made with regard to tuition fees, it may be that British students will have to pay the institutional fee after this period.

What is the current situation for British students?

British students are entitled to pay the statutory fee for the duration of their program, if they meet the following requirements:

  • They are registered to start in the upcoming academic year for September 1st
  • They reside in the Netherlands by 31 December 2020, AND
  • They are registered with their Dutch municipality before 31 December 2020.

Attention! It is extremely important that you register with the Dutch municipality where you reside. Only then will you remain eligible for the statutory fee. Make sure that you are registered by 31 December 2020 at the very latest, or you waive your entitlement to the statutory fee will and you will have to pay the institutional fees.

What is the situation for British students that will come to live and study in the Netherlands after 31 December 2020?

Unfortunately, it is unclear what regulations will be in place for these students. This depends on what is agreed during the ongoing negotiations between the UK and the EU. If not agreement is reached on education and tuition fees, these students will have to pay the higher instutional fee.

Please keep in mind that the above also goes for students that are entitled to pay the statutory fee but pause their studies after the end of the transition period. If they re-enroll after a break, they will also need to pay the institutional fee, providing no agreement is reached.

For more information, please see the following Dutch government website: https://www.government.nl/topics/brexit/impact-of-brexit-on-higher-education-and-research

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