If you are thinking about applying to NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, you may be eligible for a scholarship. We are a proud partner in the Holland Scholarship and Orange Tulip Scholarship programmes. These scholarships award selected international undergraduate students from outside the EU/EEA with a one-time financial contribution.

Holland Scholarship

Holland Scholarship

About the Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship exclusively applies to the Dutch NHL Stenden campuses. Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and various Dutch higher education institutions (including NHL Stenden), the scholarship in the amount of 5,000 euros is awarded to a select number of first-year students from non-EU/EEA countries.

Please bear in mind that the Holland Scholarship only partially covers the cost of the first year of study. Recipients of this scholarship will receive it after their arrival in the Netherlands in the first semester. It is important that you have a full understanding of tuition fees and the costs of living involved in studying in the Netherlands.

Do you qualify?

To qualify as a candidate for the Holland Scholarship you must:

  • be a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country;
  • not have previously attended a Dutch institute of higher education;
  • have received a conditional or unconditional offer from NHL Stenden for a bachelor’s programme of your choice;
  • have a high level of English-language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or higher).

Students from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe are particularly encouraged to apply for the Holland Scholarship.

How to apply

To apply for the Holland Scholarship at NHL Stenden, please fill out the application form and submit it to Please include a cover letter with the following information:

  • Why you are applying for the Holland Scholarship.
  • What makes you an outstanding candidate for this prestigious scholarship.
  • How you will benefit from being selected.

The application window for the academic year 2018/2019 (September intake) is now open. The deadline for your Holland Scholarship application is 1 May 2018. 

If you do not meet the above qualifications, your application will not be considered. 

Download application form

How does NHL Stenden select candidates?

All applicants will be evaluated individually by a committee at NHL Stenden. They will be informed of the outcome personally no later than six weeks after the application deadline. 

Additional information

If you have any questions about the Holland Scholarship, please contact

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Orange Tulip Scholarship

NHL Stenden is proud to participate in the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme. OTS is a joint-effort by Nuffic and various higher education institutions from the Netherlands. The scholarships are administered by Nuffic and its NESO offices globally.

NHL Stenden offers a total of 32 Orange Tulip Scholarships to talented students from Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Mexico or Russia (4 scholarships per nationality). Selected candidates for one of the master programmes (either single or dual-degree) starting in September 2018 at NHL Stenden, will receive a scholarship worth 3,000 euros.

Do you qualify?

To qualify as a candidate for one of the Orange Tulip Scholarships you:

  • are holding a passport from either Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Mexico or Russia;
  • have already started your application for either the master in International Hospitality & Service Management or the master in International Leisure & Tourism Studies (OTS is not available for bachelor courses, please take a look at the Holland Scholarship above);
  • can demonstrate English proficiency at a level of IELTS 6.5 or above;
  • preferably have an education background in hospitality, tourism, events and/or work experience in one of these industries;

How to apply?

  • Follow the steps explained on the application page of our website and apply for the master programme of your choice. 
  • Submit your OTS application separately to the Nuffic NESO office in your country, please select your country in the list below.
  • Make sure to have submitted your OTS application before the deadline of 1 April 2018.

NHL Stenden will ultimately select the candidates who will be granted their OTS and will communicate its decision no later than 10 May 2018.

International NESO offices