Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS)

Important details

  • You are a second or third year bachelor student at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)*;
  • You have time off from the end of June until half August;
  • You are planning to study in Asia for several months during the summer;
  • You are able to demonstrate a B2 level of the English language (both written and oral);
  • You are able to demonstrate a NT2 level of the Dutch language (both written and oral);
  • You have an affinity with China;
  • You are ambitious, social, active, open minded and enterprising;
  • You are an excellent student and meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • You are an honours student;
    • You have above average grades (> 8/10);
    • You take part in distinctive extracurricular activities.
During the preparatory period in the Netherlands, we expect the participants to work for at least 5-10 hours per week on projects and NAHSS related activities. Additionally, all the elements of the NAHSS programme in both the Netherlands and Asia are mandatory with no exceptions. During the summer NAHSS expects fulltime commitment of the participants.

* Fourth year bachelor students can only apply for the NAHSS programme if they can substantiate a legitimate reason for their study delay.

  • All nationalities
Participating faculty
  • All faculties
Level of study
  • Bachelor
Scholarship / Grant in €


The NAHSS programme covers:

  • Preparatory period in the Netherlands;
  • Flight to and from Asia;
  • Accommodation in Asia;
  • Participation in the summer schools;
  • Buddy programme;
  • Company visits;
  • Coaching and guidance during the projects;
  • Acceptance to the exclusive NAHSS network.

A personal contribution of € 1.150 is expected. Additional costs for visa, vaccinations and local expenses in Asia, such as costs for food and drinks, will be for your account as well. 


Open: 1 December 2019. Closes 8 January 2020.

More details & contact

Website: Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) (in Dutch)

Application - Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS)

The application procedure for the NAHSS programme differs per year. Visit the NAHSS website for more details on the procedure and the required documents.

Deadline for registering: 8 January 2020, registration opens 1 December 2019.

Background information

The Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) was initiated by Utrecht University, Delft University, McKinsey & Company and AkzoNobel in 2012. Nowadays, the initiative is supported by all Dutch research universities, four Dutch ministries, and many leading Dutch and Asian multinational companies.

The NAHSS actively focuses on carrying out the importance of Asia-related knowledge and experiences. Educating and motivating students, exchange of knowledge, improving the relations between Asia and the Netherlands and creating awareness of the (future) importance of the continent are among the goals of the NAHSS. 

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