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Tuition fee, costs of living and other study costs

What are the costs for studying at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences? You can find more information below for an overview of the financial aspect of studying at our institution.

Tuition fee

Being a student of higher education means paying a study fee per academic year. A distinction is made between the statutory tuition fee and the institutional tuition fee.

  2023-2024   2024-2025
Statutory fee € 1,906   € 2,084
Institutional fee € 10,473   € 11,450

Under certain conditions you are eligible for the statutory tuition fee. Please check the rules and rates (information in English available at the end of the page). Some students need to pay the institutional tuition fee. This includes students who already have a master degree and students from non-EEA countries. Please check the rules and rates (information in English available at the end of the page).

EEA (European Economic Area) students

The following countries belong to this category: 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Students from Surinam will be charged the same fees as students from EEA countries.

February intake

Payment and enrolment procedures

If you start with your Master programme in February, you are starting in the middle of the current academic year (the academic year officially runs from 1 September until 31 August).

Please note that you will need to arrange the payment of the tuition fee for your one-year Master programme twice. The procedure is as follows.

Step 1: Payment academic year 2023-2024

  • You pay the tuition fee for the period 1 February - 31 August.

Step 2: Payment and enrolment academic year 2024-2025

  • Re-enrolment (through Studielink) for the academic year 2022 – 2023 is necessary in order to continue with your Master programme and graduation.
  • After arranging your re-enrolment, you must arrange the payment of the tuition fee (through Studielink) for the entire academic year (1 September 2024 - 31 August 2025)*.

Facts about re-enrolment

  • You do not have to pay your tuition fee all at once. You can choose to pay the tuition fee in five instalments. For this payment option you will be charged an administration fee per academic year.
  • Only after you have arranged the re-enrolment and payment, you will be officially enrolled as a student for the next academic year.
  • * After graduation, the finance department will determine whether you are eligible for a refund of any overpaid tuition fees.

Costs of living

What does it cost to study in Rotterdam?

To cover your living expenses, such as housing, food, insurance and transportation you should expect to spend approximately € 1000 - € 1,400 a month, excluding your tuition fee.

The costs are roughly as follows:

  Costs per month
Accommodation € 475 - € 1000 
Food € 250
Going out € 130 - € 150
Telephone € 15 - € 35
Insurance € 60 - € 140 
Sports € 25 - € 50
Public transportation* € 60 - € 100

*€ 4,50 for a 2 hrs ticket

Other study costs

For the purchase of books, readers and other materials you can expect to pay between € 300 and € 750 per year.