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International students have a 'scholarship breakfast' in the Netherlands

This week the Dutch Minister for Education awarded scholarships to international students to study in Holland


International students in the Netherlands joined Dutch students this week to accept scholarships and have a special breakfast with the Dutch Minister of Education.


Minister Bussemaker joined the group of 40 students at Schiphol Airport for the event, which was organised by EP-Nuffic.

The Netherlands currently offers the largest amount of English-taught courses in Europe, with more than 2,100 international study courses. 

“It's fantastic to see how driven the students are to make something of their time studying,” said Minister Bussemaker. “Thanks to the cooperation with the education institutions, the Holland Scholarship has become a truly international scholarship programme.”

Mexican student Rita González Ortega, who will be studying Creative Industries at Radboud University, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for a new phase in my life. I have noticed that Dutch people speak English well and that they are open and friendly. I am really looking forward to the time ahead.”


Dutch Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker chats to students over breakfast


What is the Holland Scholarship?

  • Around 1,500 scholarships are provided each academic year, split evenly between Dutch and international students.
  • The purpose is to encourage Dutch students to pursue opportunities abroad and to attract international talent to Dutch higher education institutions.
  • The scholarships can include degrees, internships or research.
  • The scholarships are made available by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and 48 Dutch higher education institutions.


The scholarships are split evenly between Dutch and international students
Are you interested in studying in the Netherlands? Here are some useful links:

Find a scholarship to study in the Netherlands
Tuition fees in the Netherlands explained

Dutch universities you might be interested in:

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences
Utrecht University
University of Groningen

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Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).