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Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (OTS) China

Dutch higher education institutions and companies

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Application deadline: April, (some scholarships finish on 1 February)
Benefits summary: Value of the grant varies per grant provider.

Last update: 30 July 2013

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The OTS Online application system for academic year 2014-2015 will be launched at the beginning of December 2013.

Candidates must meet following requirements to apply for the OTS:

  • Candidates must be citizens of China and be residing in China
  • Candidates must have obtained a degree or diploma from a non Dutch university, and intend to pursue a Bachelor or Master’s degree in a Dutch university
  • Candidates are currently not studying or working in the Netherlands
  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English (Minimum 6.0 in IELTS, 80 in TOEFL-iBT)
  • Candidates must be currently engaged in an admission procedure or already admitted to a Dutch higher education institution
  • Candidates much have an average mark in his or her previous study programme of 75 or higher

Note: Satisfying the aforementioned requirements does not mean immediately that a student is qualified to apply for a particular scholarship. The OTS scholarship programme covers a selected number of study programmes offered by the sponsors, and for each specific programme additional requirements may apply.


Value of the grant varies per grant provider. For the academic year 2010-2011, the overall value of the OTS was around 500,000 Euros. 50 excellent Chinese students can benefit from the OTS and obtain a bachelor or master´s degree in Dutch universities, financed by OTS sponsors.

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme (OTS) was launched by the Netherlands Education Support Office (Neso) China in 2008. The success of the programme relies on the support from not only the Dutch academic sector, but also the Dutch business sector in China. The purpose of this initiative is to offer valuable study opportunities for Chinese young talents to study in the Netherlands through joint contributions from the Dutch higher education institutions and China-based Dutch companies.

In order to improve the competitive position of the Netherlands in the Chinese overseas education market, and promote the Netherlands as an ideal studying and working destination, Neso China intends to further expand the Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme in the coming years by involving more sponsors and increasing the number of study programmes. Dutch Higher Education institutions and companies are encouraged to provide contributions to this programme, as it will increase the opportunity to attract top Chinese students and future employees.

Application information

General Application Checklist

In order to apply for the OTS programme, applicants must prepare the following documents and upload them through the OTS Online application System.

  • Completed filled in OTS application form
  • The most recent Curriculum Vitae in English
  • Certified copies of the highest original diploma’s, with certified English translation
  • Certified copies of the highest original transcript/grade list, with certified English translation
  • Sufficient English proficiency: copy of original IELTS or TOEFL iBT score sheet
  • Copy of original GRE or GMAT score sheet (applies to certain Master programmes only)
  • One Motivation letter in English (Why you apply for the scholarship and what you would like to achieve with your studies)
  • Two recommendation letters in English with the signature of the writer
  • Photocopy of your valid passport (page with your personal information)
  • Admission Letter from the Dutch higher education institution applied (if applicable)

Note: This is a general list, for each specific programme additional requirements may apply. Please refer to the scholarship overview for details.

This listing is made possible as part of our cooperation with Nuffic. The information about this scholarship originates from Grantfinder.nl or Beursopener.nl.