Tuition too high for non-EU students
12 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – The increased tuition fees make it practically impossible for many students from outside the EU to study in the Netherlands, according to the Young Socialists (JS), the youth movement of the Labour PvdA.
12 June 2007
AMSTERDAM – The increased tuition fees make it practically impossible for many students from outside the EU to study in the Netherlands, according to the Young Socialists (JS), the youth movement of the Labour PvdA.
They are urging that students from countries that receive development aid be allowed to pay the same tuition as European students. Currently a distinction is made between EU and non-EU students.
Tuition for the Free University Amsterdam, for instance, costs EUR 1,500 for European students as of 1 September. Non-EU students are required to pay tuition fees of up to EUR 9,000.
This difference is the result of a European covenant in which EU members agree to reimburse each other for students studying outside of their own member state.
"Many non-Europeans who want to study in the Netherlands come from former colonies, like Suriname", says a spokesperson for the JS. "They cannot pay the tuition fees the Netherlands is demanding."
Dutch regulations put even more restrictions on foreign (non-EU) students. They are only allowed to work a limited number of hours each week while studying. Since tuition fees and rent are so high, this means that non-EU students are unable to provide for themselves or forced to work illegally, the JS says.
The JS wants Education Minister Ronald Plasterk (Labour PvdA) to take measures to address this matter by 1 September.
Non-EU students coming from countries that do not receive development aid can usually get by fine. "Most of them come from the US and China," the spokesperson said. "These countries have their own study financing programmes for students who go abroad."
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news