Second degree

If you have already been awarded a degree in the Netherlands (except if you are going to take a degree for the first time in the field of health care or a teaching qualification) then you will pay the institutional rate. This does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.

Exceptions:

  • Students who follow a second bachelor's or master's programme in the educational field and who did not already receive a degree in the educational field or in the field of the health sciences and students who follow a second bachelor's or master's programme in the field of health sciences and who did not already receive a degree in the field of health sciences or in the educational field, can pay the statutory tuition fee.*
  • If you are following a second (different) bachelor's programme alongside your first bachelor's programme. If you are enrolled in two bachelor's programmes at the same time and have/will you complete one of them, then you can follow the second parallel bachelor's programme for the statutory tuition fee. This is under the condition that you follow the study programme without interruption.

Please note: specialisations can fall under the same bachelor’s or master’s study programme. In that case, both of the study programmes have the same ISAT code (according to the croho-register) and therefore don’t count as two separate study programmes. If that's the case, when you continue with one of the programmes after finishing the other one, you have to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fee. You can check whether this applies to the programmes you wish to study by comparing the ISAT-codes of the programmes on this website of DUO.

*The field of health sciences consists of, amongst others, the programmes of Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, Movement Sciences, Health and Life Sciences.

Statutory tuition fee or institutional tuition fee?

Example 1
Sarah has the Dutch nationality and is studying towards her bachelor’s degree, which means she has to pay the statutory tuition fee (€ 1951). In July 2016, Sarah follows the last course of her bachelor’s degree programme.  However, Sarah decides to postpone her application for graduation until September 2016. Meanwhile, Sarah applies for a second bachelor’s degree programme and starts in September 2016. Sarah also applies for  graduation for her first bachelor’s  degree in September 2016. After six weeks, the Examination Board approves her application for graduation and determines her graduation date. The graduation date will be the 15th of July 2016. She graduates with retroactive effect based on her last passed course. The Central Student Desk notifies her that the paid tuition fee for her second bachelor’s degree programme is not sufficient as of September 1st 2016. She has to pay the institutional tuition fee. Because Sarah graduates on the 15th of July, she officially holds a bachelor’s degree on September 1st. The law for a second degree applies here and therefore the regulation on parallel studies does not apply for Sarah. 

Example 2
Amar starts studying for a master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam from the 1st of September. Amar does not yet hold a master’s degree. Amar has the Dutch nationality. Amar has to pay statutory tuition fee (€ 1951). Amar decides to combine his studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a master’s degree programme at Utrecht University as of February 1st 2016. He is now following two master’s degree programmes at the same time. In this case, regulation on/for parallel studies does apply, since he is enrolled for both programmes simultaneously for at least one month. Therefore, Amar pays the statutory tuition fee once (he pays tuition fee to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and provides Utrecht University with a proof of payment of tuition fees, e.g. BBC). When Amar obtains his master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, he is allowed to continue paying the statutory tuition fees at Utrecht University, provided he completes both studies without interruption.