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Education and Science

Finding solutions together

Dutch scientific research ranks among the best in the world and the government is taking measures to keep it at the top. The Dutch government spends more than 4.5 billion on science every year.  It also wants scientific research to address the challenges facing society and industry.

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Educational exchange

Higher education in the Netherlands enjoys a high reputation worldwide. The Netherlands has international students from more than 160 countries. Internationalization and diversification make the Netherlands a place where different ideas, cultures and knowledge blend together. 


Moreover, the Netherlands is the first non-English-speaking country to offer English-taught courses and it is also the non-English-speaking country that offers the most English-taught courses in continental Europe. About 2,000 courses are taught entirely in English. In the academic year 2020-2021, China ranked the third place in origin of international degree students following Germany (#1) and Italy (#2).

Because of the great quality of Dutch education, every year Dutch higher education institutions receive Chinese degree-students, exchange students and phd-students. If you are interested in learning more about the Dutch education system, the institutions, degrees and study programmes, please have look at


NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

For more information on other scholarship opportunities, please visit:

For more information in Chinese, please have a look at the official WeChat account:荷兰驻华使馆

Alumni Network

Whether you continue studying, look for a job, return to your home country, or leave for another country, make sure you stay connected to your fellow students and to the Netherlands. 


The NL alumni network in China, facilitated by the Netherlands Embassy, is a network for Chinese and Dutch students who studied at a Dutch higher education institution, but are currently residing in China.  Through the network you can connect with fellow alumni and students from your scholarship program, your Dutch host institution or your area of expertise. In China, there are four alumni chapters: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Apart from connecting with peers, the network also gives you the opportunity to:

  • Join activities from upcoming alumni events in chapter cities;
  • stay informed about job opportunities;
  • Get to know the news related to the Netherlands in different domains


If you have any questions on education and science in the Netherlands, or want to learn more about the Chinese education sector, feel free to get in touch with us via the contact form.

The Netherlands and China are long-term partners in international research collaboration. The first scientific exchange program was implemented over 30 years ago. Since the early 1990s the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has coordinated the funding programs on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). In 2009, the KNAW and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) developed a joint strategic policy on stimulating science and research collaboration with China. It was aimed at closer cooperation and more efficient coordination of new and existing funding programmes. The China Exchange Program and the Program Strategic Scientific Alliances have witnessed  cooperation in the field of science and research between two countries.