If you are applying to or studying at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, you may be eligible for a scholarship. NHL Stenden offers 2 different scholarships for NON-EU/EEA bachelor students.

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. These scholarships award selected international undergraduate students from outside the EU/EEA with a one-time financial contribution of € 5000. 

The NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship is a performance-based scholarship. This means that you cannot apply for it before starting your studies. It will be granted to our best-performing NON-EU/EEA bachelor students during their first and second year of being a student at NHL Stenden. 


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 of €5,000 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.

Criteria Holland Scholarship:

  • You are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country
  • You applied for a Bachelor program at NHL Stenden
  • You received a Letter of Acceptance from NHL Stenden
  • You have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or you are an English native speaker  


Application proces

  1. Fill out the online application form by clicking on apply now
  2. In addition to the application form you need to send a Letter of motivation with a maximum of 300 words to io@nhlstenden.com
  3. Complete your Holland Scholarship application for 2022-2023 as from 1 November 2021 and/or before 1st of May 2022.

The selection committee will assess the applications after the application deadline of the 1st of May 2022. End of May you will receive information about the result of your application.

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Excellency Scholarship

About the NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship

The NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship is a performance-based financial award, which is granted to our best-performing non-EU/EEA bachelor students. If you are in the top 40 of non-EU/EEA bachelor students at the end of your first or second year at NHL Stenden, you will be awarded a scholarship of €2,000. This is based on the number of ECTS (study points) you have acquired in the previous year at NHL Stenden. If you do exceptionally well two years in a row, you may be awarded a maximum of €4,000 over the course of your studies at NHL Stenden.

Please note that the Excellency Scholarship is not an entry scholarship.

How do you qualify?

You can apply for the NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship if you are a non-EU/EEA bachelor student who started in or after September 2020 and you earn at least 54 ECTS (study points) during either your first or second year of study at NHL Stenden. The 40 best-performing NHL Stenden non-EU/EEA bachelor students per academic year (only year 1 and/or year 2) will be granted a € 2,000 scholarship. If more than 40 students qualify annually, only those with the highest amount of ECTS (60, 59, 58 and so on) will be selected. The NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship is also available for non-EU/EEA bachelor students starting in February, for students following an NHL Stenden’s pre-bachelor language course, and students who have already earned themselves a Holland Scholarship.

Students selected by NHL Stenden will be informed personally. The amount awarded will be paid to selected students during the first period of the subsequent academic year. The NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship is not awarded as a tuition fee waiver.

Detailed information including application instructions is available to current NHL Stenden students on our intranet (look for Scholarships & Grants)

Additional information

If you have any questions about the NHL Stenden Excellency Scholarship, please contact  io@nhlstenden.com.

Molen kennisplein

Additional Master scholarship; only for NHL Stenden alumni

  • Possibility to apply for a scholarship of €6.000 for the MA degree Master in International Hospitality and Service Management and Master in International Leisure, Tourism & Events Management (non Eu students only) if you meet the criteria.
  • NHL Stenden master programmes are top-rated within the Netherlands.
  • NHL Stenden bachelor graduates get direct admission to the master degree programmes.
  • All current NHL Stenden bachelor students graduating 4th year students are eligible to apply for a scholarship for September 2021.
  • Alumni of the NHL Stenden Tourism, Leisure and Hotel Management bachelor programmes are eligible to apply for a scholarship for September 2021.

Are you considering starting a master study? A smart choice to get more. Not only will you gain in-depth knowledge, broaden your research skills, expand your network and benefit from rewarding opportunities, you will also increase your international career opportunities.

Unique Scholarship

NHL Stenden offers a unique scholarship for current 4th-year bachelor students of NHL Stenden and alumni of IHM, LM, TM to follow the MA degree at NHL Stenden for the price of €5.750 instead of €11.750. 

The number of scholarships is limited. The scholarship can only be granted to:

  • EU/NON-EU students applying for the MA in International Hospitality and Service Management starting September 2021.
  • NON-EU students applying for the MA in International Leisure, Tourism and Events Management (this programme is public funded for EU-students) starting September 2021.

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