How much does integration cost?

Integration costs money. You can pay for the course and the exam yourself. Often you can also borrow money from DUO for this. But only for approved schools.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of integration courses varies from school to school. Ask the school how much they charge for the course.

How much does the integration exam cost?

The following table gives the prices for the exams.

Exam Cost
Writing € 50.-
Speaking € 60.-
Listening € 50.-
Reading € 50.-
Knowledge of Dutch Society € 40.-
Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market € 40.-
Total € 290.-

Participation statement

The participation statement is free of charge for asylum migrants (refugees). Other people in the integration process have to pay €150 for the participation statement. You pay the money for the participation statement to the municipality (the municipality is the city or town where you live).

Child care

Do your children attend child care? And are you doing a literacy course, integration course or NT2 course at an approved school? Then maybe you can get money back from the Belastingdienst (Tax and Customs Administration). This money is called ‘kinderopvangtoeslag’ (child care allowance). You need to apply for ‘kinderopvangtoeslag’ at the Belastingdienst. You can only claim childcare allowance if you are required by DUO to take a integration course.

After you have applied for childcare allowance, the Belastingdienst will request information about the course you are taking from DUO. In principle, DUO will receive this information from your school. If you want to pass this information on to DUO yourself, you can use this form (in Dutch).

Travel expenses

Did you choose a course outside your home town? Some municipalities will pay for your travel expenses, but not all. Ask the city or town you live in.