Non-EU student scholarships you need to know about

By now, we are all experts on student financing. Or, at least close to being experts. Studying in the Netherlands can be a bit expensive when you factor in your living costs, not to mention tuition fees. There are so many great reasons to study in Holland; why let study costs block your way? The answer lies in scholarships! Scholarships can be one of the great ways to finance your studies, be it a bachelor, masters or even PhD degree. We’ve already compiled a scholarship list for a whole range of students, but what about non-EU student scholarships? At times, the choice can seem so large, you might not even know where to start. But don’t worry: you have lots of options to choose from, and we have them all lined up right here!

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Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship is one of the most popular non-EU student scholarships for those who want to study in the Netherlands. It’s available to all students from outside the EEA who want to study a bachelor or master’s degree in a Dutch institution of higher education. This is not a full tuition scholarship, however, as you would receive €5,000 in your first year only. Requirements can be found on the website of the institution of your choice. Go for it!

Liberation Scholarship

This scholarship is for Canadian nationals who want to study abroad in the Netherlands. You could receive €2,350 euros as a one-off scholarship and even airline return tickets, curtesy of KLM. An all-in-one package if we ever saw one! If you are interested in this scholarship, you need to apply directly with the educational institutions.

MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The MSP scholarship is open to nationals from the MENA countries, like Egypt. This is a unique sort of scholarship because it is intended for professionals under the age of 45. With this, you could receive funding to apply for short courses in the Netherlands. A short course is ideal to further your studies and experience the best of Holland and what it has to offer, especially by bike!

Orange Tulip

Orange Tulip scholarship gives students from NESO countries like Brazil and Korea a chance to study in the Netherlands. It varies by country in regards to the courses offered, the requirements, and the total amount of scholarship offered. Give it a look!

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Sino-Dutch Scholarship

The Netherlands has a special scholarship in partnership with China, allowing a few Chinese students the opportunity to study in a Dutch university. This scholarship is intended for either third year BA students, master’s students, or PhD students. The grant totals to €16,113 euros to conduct research for at least one year. Sounds great, right?

StuNed Scholarship

A dream come true for Indonesian professionals; this scholarship is for either a master’s programme, short courses, or customized training programmes within the Netherlands. To apply for this scholarship, you need at least two years of work experience under your belt.

You can find non-EU student scholarships everywhere!

It is also always worth checking out the website of the university of your choice! There, they have a lot of scholarships specific to the university and even for different courses. For example, they could have broader scholarships like the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship, which is a scholarship geared towards excellent Master’s candidates from outside the EU/EEA. Or, like at Erasmus University of Rotterdam; the Excellence Scholarship is offered to non-EU/EEA students. For most of these scholarships, there are different requirements you’ll need to meet.


And there you have it: non-EU student scholarships for students wishing to study in the Netherlands! Whether you have an itch to study abroad, get your master’s degree, or study short courses in the Netherlands, there are loads of opportunities for you. Now, go out there and apply for some scholarships!

Do you have any experiences with some of these scholarships? Let us know in the comments!




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