If you are eligible for a scholarship, most of your costs can be covered. Be aware though that some providers may only fund a small part of the study or only the first year.
The easiest and quickest way to find out if you can apply for a scholarship is through the online search engine from Nuffic, called: Studyfinder
The website Studyinholland from Nuffic informs you about scholarship programmes which are provided by the Dutch government and/or other Dutch institutions (OTS, Holland Scholarship, StuNed and OKP) and the government of your home country
Check also on the websites of educational institutions if they have specific scholarships available. Sometimes they have extra funds available for a few international students due to donations they may have received.
Most of the scholarships in the Netherlands are provided for students who want to do a Master study, but there are also a few scholarships available for a Bachelor or PhD study:
* With ‘complete’ is mainly covered: tuition fee, cost of living and travel expenses.
Scholarship application closing dates generally vary between February and April. This means that you need to apply earlier at the university in order to receive the Letter of Admission (LoA) before you can apply for the scholarship of your choice.
Our advice is to start preparing between November and January. Why? You can only apply for a scholarship if you have received a Letter of Admission (LoA) from the participating institution first. One of the admission requirements, especially for Master studies often is a Letter of Recommendation. And this is the reason why you should start preparing between November-January for this document already, because you are depending on the person who will need to write the Letter of Recommendation for you.