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Sino-Dutch Programme for Chinese students

The Sino-Dutch scholarship programme focuses on excellent Chinese 3rd-year bachelor, master or PhD students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year.

The Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship programme is a Dutch-Chinese scholarship programme. Every year 25 Dutch and 25 Chinese students are offered a scholarship by the ministries of education of the People's Republic of China and the Netherlands.

The Sino-Dutch scholarship programme focuses on excellent Chinese 3rd-year bachelor, master or PhD students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year. Candidates are advised to consult CSC for any additional criteria or conditions.

Terms and conditions

Certain terms and conditions apply to the scholarship. Please read these carefully. 

Level of study

Field of study

Agriculture, forestry and fishery, Architecture and town planning, Arts and Humanities, Business administration and management, Communication, Education and Teacher Training, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Fine and applied arts, Law, Mathematics and computer sciences, Medical and health sciences, Natural sciences, Service, Tourism and Leisure, Social and behavioural sciences, Transport and communication

Scholarship value

  • The scholarship consists of a contribution of € 16,113 per year towards the total costs of a study or research in the Netherlands.
  • Have a look at the overview of the estimated costs of living in the Netherlands (excluding tuition fees)
Bachelor's programmes
Advanced Technology

This uniquely multidisciplinary, 3-year, English-taught Bachelor’s will prepare you for an exciting career as researcher, consultant, engineer or entrepreneur in almost any area of science and tech.

Applied Mathematics

The 3-year English-taught Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics will equip you to bring mathematical clarity to complex societal challenges in mobility, technology, banking, healthcare or the environment.

Applied Physics

The 3-year Dutch-taught Bachelor’s Applied Physics (Technische Natuurkunde) will equip you to develop fundamental knowledge of physics, converting it into working technologies that impact society.

Biomedical Technology

Biomedical Technology is an engineering programme in which you get to design and develop a new healthcare technology. Think rehabilitation robots, artificial organs, medical scans, and prostheses.

Business Information Technology

This three-year English-taught bachelor’s will give you both the business and the IT expertise you need to help companies perform better and more sustainably in our rapidly digitalising society.

Chemical Science & Engineering

This three-year English-taught Bachelor’s programme will equip you to understand, design and develop new, sustainable processes, materials and solutions, using chemistry as your starting point.

Civil Engineering

This three-year English-taught Bachelor’s degree will equip you with both the technical and the non-technical expertise you need to design, construct and manage complex civil engineering challenges.

Communication Science

This 3-year, English-taught Bachelor’s degree deals with communication in the unique context of technology, design and organizations, equipping you to become a 21st-century ‘communication engineer’.

Creative Technology

How can you use cutting-edge technology to create user interaction and contribute to a better future for people and society? This programme will equip you to design and build innovative solutions.

Electrical Engineering

This English-taught programme will equip you to help shape tomorrow’s world by developing and improving high-tech solutions for practical problems in an increasingly broad range of societal domains.

Health Sciences

Do you want to contribute to improvements and renewal in the healthcare sector? Then the Health Sciences programme at the University of Twente is the right choice for you.

Industrial Design Engineering

This three-year English-taught Bachelor’s will equip you to combine creativity with technology and engineering to design or improve products that benefit people, industry and society.

Industrial Engineering & Management

The 3-year, English-taught Industrial Engineering & Management Bachelor’s teaches you to design, manage and improve business processes, helping organizations perform well in our complex society.

International Business Administration

This 3-year, English-taught programme will prepare you for an international business career, giving you a holistic vision that encompasses products, processes, technology, the environment and people.

Management, Society & Technology

This English-taught BSc programme will equip you to couple leadership, public management and policy with the forces of technology, becoming a (re-)designer of tomorrow’s tech-based society.

Mechanical Engineering

This 3-year English-taught Bachelor’s will make you an expert in the technologies society runs on, equipping you to invent, design, improve and maintain devices, machines, constructions and processes.

Psychology

This 3-year English-taught Bachelor’s will equip you as an ‘intervention engineer’ skilled in combining in-depth psychological insight and technological expertise with 21st-century problem solving.

Technical Computer Science

This three-year English-taught bachelor’s will equip you to combine computer science with technology and engineering for creating many different solutions for people, businesses and society.

Technical Medicine

As a technical physician you are the linking pin between medicine and technology. You will learn to apply existing technology in innovative ways in order to optimise diagnostics and treatment methods.

University College Twente (ATLAS)

This one-of-a-kind, multidisciplinary, English-taught programme integrates social and technical perspectives in a new approach that educates tomorrow’s engineers at Honours level.

Master's programmes
Applied Mathematics

As an applied mathematician, you occupy a key position in the scientific world. Through mathematical models, you grasp the essence of a problem and see links between seemingly unrelated phenomena.

Applied Physics

Apply yourself to one of the oldest fields of science: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is about the design and development of healthcare technology to improve lives: from rehabilitation robots and artificial organs, to imaging techniques and prosthetics.

Business Administration

Do you want to devise solutions to complex and global business problems? We will teach you how to apply scientific methods in practice and equip you for a successful career in the business world.

Business Information Technology

The Master’s in Business Information Technology makes you an expert in IT-based business innovation, with the skills to devise new services and radically improve the way businesses work.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering encompasses the fields of chemistry, materials science and process engineering. Chemical engineers are also well versed in areas such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

Civil Engineering & Management

If you are eager to focus on both the technical and non-technical aspects of civil engineering projects and systems, then the Master’s in Civil Engineering and Management is the programme for you.

Communication Science

This one-year, English-taught Master’s degree will make become a highly valued communication specialist, equipped to help people and organizations navigate technological advances and societal shifts.

Computer Science

Computer Science is omnipresent in modern society. Latest hardware and software developments are crucial in domains such as social media, security, health, energy, ICT systems, finance and telecom.

Construction Management & Engineering

Complex, innovative and multidisciplinary projects in a dynamic environment require a new breed of engineers who are able to expertly combine engineering knowledge with management skills.

Educational Science & Technology

This one-year English-taught MSc programme combines the science of learning with the role of 21st-century technology, equipping you to help people of all ages and stages of life learn successfully.

Electrical Engineering

This master's challenges you to develop new methods and technologies for high-tech electronics-based systems in nanotechnology, robotics, electronics, telecommunication or biomedical systems.

Embedded Systems

This master’s focuses on the design of embedded systems: the hardware and software that control a device, process or system, e.g. smart phones, pacemakers, chip sets or navigation systems.

Environmental & Energy Management

The one-year, English-taught Environmental & Energy Management Master’s will equip you to lead, manage and govern socio-technological change processes related to energy, water and the environment.

European Studies

Managing Europe is a complex challenge. The Master’s in European Studies gives you the expertise to operate in this fascinating environment where various levels of government come together.

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

This programme takes an application-oriented approach to collecting, processing, analyzing and visualizing spatial data. Graduates are at the forefront of one of today’s fastest growing industries.

Health Sciences

The programme focusses on the use of technology and innovation for improving healthcare.

Industrial Design Engineering

Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. Take the Master’s in IDE and discover the full potential of the interaction between design and engineering.

Industrial Engineering & Management

This 2-year, English-taught Master’s – with tracks in Finance, Healthcare and Production/Logistics – will equip you to design, manage and optimize processes in complex, globally active organizations.

Interaction Technology

Interaction Technology combines principles from electrical engineering and IT with the analysis of human behaviour and storytelling.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers focus on the design, analyses and maintenance of machinery, structures and products. The Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering zooms in on one of these disciplines.

Nanotechnology

The two-year MSc programme in Nanotechnology focuses on the design, creation and study of functional materials, structures, devices and systems by directly controlling matter on the nanometre scale.

Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is the premier Master's programme for learning how to critically analyse and assess the impact of scientific and technological developments on society.

Psychology

What makes people act the way they do? And how can we use psychological expertise to solve real-life problems? You will tackle these questions and more in the Master’s programme in Psychology.

Public Administration

In this one-year, English-taught Master’s, you will combine public administration with 21st-century skills and cross-disciplinary, technology-oriented research in a societal domain you care about.

Science Education and Communication

During this two-year, Dutch-taught Master’s programme you learn to creatively use your passion for mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science or design to help students, schools and society.

Spatial Engineering

The Master’s programme Spatial Engineering prepares you to address major multi-level spatial problems with a combination of technical and socio-economic knowledge.

Sustainable Energy Technology

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) enables you to become an engineer with in-depth knowledge on renewable energy technologies.

Systems & Control

This two-year master’s programme teaches you how to control the behaviour of dynamic phenomena and systems in interaction with their environment.

Water Technology

Solving global water problems requires a multidisciplinary approach of knowledge and skills. That is why the Wetsus Insitute and three Dutch universities offer a joint degree in Water Technology.

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • China

Application deadline

  • 3 April 2021

Application requirements

The study or research programme you apply for needs to last an entire academic year (12 months). The same applies to programmes with a duration of more than one academic year: each subsequent year has to last a complete academic year as well.

An academic year usually starts around 1 September. Enrollment later in the academic year is possible, however, not after 1 January 2022.

  • You are between 18 and 35 years old at the start of the study in the Netherlands (BA/MA candidates); the age limit for PhD candidates and visiting scholars is 50.
  • You have the Chinese nationality and you are a permanent resident of China (living/working/studying in China) at the time of scholarship application.
  • You are (conditionally) admitted to the programme for which you request the scholarship (MA/BA students).
  • You are invited to do research or a complete PhD trajectory (PhD students/visiting scholars).
  • Your BA/MA programme / research starts in academic year 2021-2022, but not later than 1 January 2022.
  • The study/research for which you request the scholarship is a BA programme (final 2 years), an MA programme, a PhD trajectory (degree) or PhD level (visiting scholar).
  • The BA/MA programme is registered in CROHO (BA/MA candidates).
  • The Dutch institution has signed the Code of Conduct.
  • The BA/MA programme or PhD trajectory is at least one (academic) year (12 months) and subsequent (if applicable) years must consist of whole years as well.
  • The study programme or research for which you would like to receive the scholarship has a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • You are nominated by CSC for the Sino-Dutch scholarship.

For more information please visit the China Scholarship Council website.

Application procdure

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is responsible for the pre-selection of candidates. Nuffic administrates the scholarship programme and is responsible for the final selection of the candidates. Nuffic will also inform the candidates concerning the definite selection.

You have to submit your application both to the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and to Nuffic. Please note there is little time to submit your CSC application. Instructions on how to apply at CSC can be found on their website.

How to submit your Nuffic application

  1. apply at the Dutch institution
  2. read the application instructions carefully
  3. collect all required documents and information
  4. apply online

Please note: applications can be rejected if they are not complete (if not all the required information or documents are submitted) or if documents are not as requested.

All applications are assessed on the information in the application, such as Curriculum Vitae, obtained grades or motivation. The assessment places the application in a category. The applications in the highest category (or categories, if applicable) are selected until the maximum number of scholarships available for that specific year is reached. Also, five reserve applications will be selected.

The selection procedure

Candidates are preselected by CSC. Nuffic is responsible for the final selection of the candidates. Each year 25 scholarships are available. A number of these are reserved for scholarship holders whose scholarship will continue into the next academic year.

The applications of nominated candidates are assessed on the information provided in the application, such as Curriculum Vitae, obtained grades and motivation. This assessment will result in a ranking of applicants. The candidates are then selected starting from the highest ranking person until the maximum number of available scholarships is reached. Next, a number of reserve candidates will be selected.

After the selection 

Nuffic will inform all nominated candidates of the final selection in the form of a formal grant letter. The selected scholarship holders can then inform the Dutch institution they are selected and, if needed, ask for advice on practical matters such as visa application and housing.

The scholarship amount will be paid by Nuffic directly to the scholarship holders. It will be paid in 3 instalments, spread over the year. Consult the scholarship conditions for more information.

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