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?
Sarah has the Dutch nationality and is studying towards her bachelor’s degree, which means she has to pay the statutory tuition fee. In July 2019, Sarah follows the last course of her bachelor’s degree programme. However, Sarah decides to postpone her application for graduation until September 2019. Meanwhile, Sarah applies for a second bachelor’s degree programme and starts in September 2019. Sarah also applies for graduation for her first bachelor’s degree in September 2019. 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 2019. 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 2019. 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.
Amar starts studying for a master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam from the 1st of September 2019. Amar does not yet hold a master’s degree. Amar has the Dutch nationality. Amar has to pay statutory tuition fee (€ 2083). Amar decides to combine his studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a master’s degree programme at Utrecht University as of February 1st 2020. 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.