Fees and costs


You need to budget for two main categories of costs if you come to study at AUC:

  • Your tuition fee
  • Your personal and daily living expenses, such as accommodation, insurance, meals, books, etc.

The overview below gives you an estimate of the cost of studying at AUC. The actual costs will vary (apart from the set fees), depending on your personal lifestyle.

All in euro, per year


Dutch & EU/EEA1


non EU/EEA

Tuition fee


Accommodation (approximate)2 4560 4560
Insurance (approximate)3 460 460
Books (rough estimate) 350 350
Visa/residence permit (approximate) -- 340
Living expenses (including food - rough estimate) 4320 4320
Total (estimate) 14077 22008

1"Dutch and EU/EEA" refers to those students who pay the statutory tuition fee. See also the link to the left (Who pays the statutory tuition fee level?). Students not eligible to pay the statutory tuition fee pay the "non-EU/EEA" tuition fee.
2 Adding together rent, service costs, costs for internet/tv connection, and including rent benefit ('huurtoeslag').  These costs are based on the most expensive (single) rooms.
3For non-Dutch students. The exact amount will vary according to your individual circumstances (see, for example, links under 'Insurance').

AUC tuition fees

For the 2019-2020 academic year: 

  • The statutory tuition fee for the AUC programme is EUR 4387
  • For students not eligible to pay the statutory tuition fee, the tuition fee is EUR 11978

The fees are used to support AUC as an intensive and small-scale study programme that offers students an enhanced learning experience and personal tutoring, to support the diversity of AUC's international and residential campus community including AUC's scholarship programme, and to provide a high service level with respect to (international) career development. AUC has been awarded the "Distinctive feature of small-scale and intensive education" by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Council (NVAO) (see the link to the left).

New law reducing first-year tuition fees

On 10 July 2018, the Upper House of Dutch parliament approved a bill that would reduce university tuition fees for students in their first year. All first-year students enrolling in higher education for the first time in or after 1 September 2018 will now pay a reduced rate during their first year if they are eligible for the statutory fee. You can find more information on the website of the Dutch government.

Amsterdam University College Student Residences


AUC guarantees accommodation for all its students. This is certainly a big benefit, as finding accomodation in Amsterdam can be very difficult. All AUC students live together in the residences on the AUC campus in Science Park for the duration of their AUC studies. Please follow the link below for more information.


You will need health insurance, and it is highly recommended that you also take out appropriate general third-party insurance (liability insurance). So don't forget to budget for these costs as well.

Books, meals, travel, etc ...

You will need to buy essential books for your studies, cover the costs of your meals and drinks, pay your mobile phone bill, etc. Also, you should include the costs of buying a bike and/or public transport in your estimation, as these will be necessary to get around the city.

You should also budget some money for unexpected expenses (if your bike gets stolen, or your laptop needs repairing or replacing, for example).

Visas and permits

If you are not Dutch, you may need an entry visa and/or residence permit to study in the Netherlands. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) provides immigration services to international AUC students for student residency; for more information please follow the link below to the “Visas and permits” webpage of the UvA. You may also qualify for a different type of residence permit than student residency, but the UvA can only assist with permits and visa for study purposes.

For more general information on coming to the Netherlands to study, you may like to visit the Study in Holland website (an initiative of the Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education), and/or the immigration websites of the Dutch government and Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Published by  Amsterdam University College

29 July 2019