Scholarships and grants in the Netherlands
Scholarships are available at all major Dutch universities. Most often, they are designed for talented and motivated students — for example, the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship from the University of Amsterdam is offered to master’s students from non-EU countries. It covers 26,199 USD of tuition and living costs per year. Similar scholarships are offered by:
- Utrecht University — tuition coverage and 11,528 USD for yearly living expenses
- Maastricht University — 13,623 USD for tuition, 744 USD for insurance, and 12,942 USD for other yearly expenses
- University of Delft — tuition coverage for master's programs, reimbursement of living expenses, as well as access to additional courses and workshops on personal development
There are also many government scholarship programs. All of them are listed on the Study Holland website. It lists current opportunities by country, degree, and area of study. Of these, there are two popular grants — Orange Tulip Scholarship and Holland Scholarship.
One-time grant from 5,240 USD
|The university must be a participant in the scholarship program. The application is submitted directly to the university.|
|Orange Tulip Scholarship||Depending on the university, from 25% to 100% of the study costs||You can only apply after enrolling at a university. The university must be a participant in the scholarship program|
You can apply for both grants at the same time.
Dutch student visa
To enter the country, you will need a long-term MVV (Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf) visa. A residence permit for study (VVR) is simultaneously issued. The visa application is carried out jointly with the university:
- After enrollment, the university will contact you and provide instructions on the visa procedures
- Then, you will need to prepare and email the necessary documents to the university
- The university will submit documents on your behalf to the Dutch Immigration Department (IND)
- The IND will take 2-4 weeks to approve the request
- Finally, go to the visa center to receive the long-awaited visa
The entire process does not usually take more than a month, but may be delayed in case of an error with the documents. The cost of obtaining a visa is about 231 USD.
- Completed MVV application form
- Passport, the validity of which covers the entire stay in the Netherlands with a margin of 3 months
- Proof of financial solvency — this may be a grant or scholarship certificate, a sponsorship letter, or a bank account statement with at least 10,480 USD
- Two 35x45 mm photographs, made in accordance with ICAO requirements
- Tuition payment receipt for the first academic year
- Housing reservation for the first 10 months
- Written consent to be tested for tuberculosis upon arrival, or a medical examination certificate obtained from any public clinic within 30 days
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