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Inbound students

Foreign students enrolled on full-time, government-financed programmes: Estimated at 21,363 (2003-04) Main source countries of foreign students:

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Main specialities of foreign students:

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    Business and administration

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    Engineering and engineering trades

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Dutch government spending on scholarships for foreign students: 5.2 million euro a year (source: Ministry of Education, 2004-05)

Outbound students

Dutch students going abroad (full time, regular HE): Estimated at 12,000 Scholarship recipients: Some 6,200 students go abroad with a scholarship from one of the main Dutch Government or EU programmes (2003-04) Free movers: Some 25,000 credit-mobile students a year pay their own way or have a scholarship from an unknown source Regions to which the scholarship recipients go: Europe (94%), other regions (6%). Dutch government spending on scholarships for outgoing Dutch students: 2.6 million euro a year (source: Ministry of Education, 2004-05)

28 Study in Holland

Exchange programmes

The easiest and cheapest way to study in the Netherlands is through an exchange programme. Many Dutch higher education institutions have exchange agreements with partner institutions in countries throughout the world. Exchange programmes and agreements are often limited to specific fields or disciplines. Ask at your own university or college about the possibilities.


There are several possibilities for obtaining funding. These are described here in brief. More information can be found at www.grantfinder.nl, an online search engine which brings together a range of Dutch scholarships for international students who wish to come to the Netherlands.


Huygens Scholarship Programme

The Huygens Scholarship Programme (HSP) is open to students from all countries of the world. It is aimed at excellent students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor’s studies or during their master’s studies. PhD applications can only be accepted from students from Croatia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made four million euros available for international students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens programme. The minister has reserved part of the total budget for students following programmes in Dutch studies. Applications for HSP for the 2007-2008 academic year must be received by Nuffic by 1 February 2007 at the latest. More information about the application procedure and requirements can be found at www.nuffic.nl/hsp/.

Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus is a programme of the European Commission. Its aim is to improve the quality of European higher education and to encourage cooperation with countries outside the EU. It does this through joint master’s degree programmes offered by partner institutions in the member states. The programmes are based on a joint curriculum that is taught by cooperating institutions in at least three European countries. Students both from inside and outside the EU can apply to follow these programmes. Students coming from outside the EU can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. A second Erasmus scholarship can be requested by EU students. For further information, see also http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ programmes/mundus/index_en.html.


The Tempus programme enables universities in a number of countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region to establish partnerships in the European Union that help them restructure their higher education systems. The programme allows universities to offer scholarships for student exchanges only

within those partnerships. For information about existing partnerships (and related scholarships) please contact your own university. For more detailed information please visit http://europa.eu.int/tempus.


Y.C. Lo Scholarship Programme Taiwan

This programme for postgraduate studies supports promising Taiwanese graduates and young professionals intending to pursue postgraduate degree programmes at Dutch universities. Participants include a range of Dutch companies and institutions. More information about the Y.C. Lo Scholarship is available at the Netherlands Education Support Office in Taiwan or from www.neso-taipei.org.tw.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization. For more information contact NEC Indonesia www.necindonesia.com.

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