If you are thinking about applying to Driestar Christian University, for Teacher Education and are currently exploring financial aid opportunities, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Here you can find some information about the scholarship programmes.  

  This scholarship is available for the following course: Remarks
  • International Class
  • Modules (2 weeks)
For students from partner universities or for professionals (Mobility for teacher training) within the EU/EEA.
Holland Scholarship (HS)
  • Master track Christian Education (full-time degree programme) FROM 2019
For students or professionals (non-EEA).
Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)
  • International Class (Short Course)
  • Modules – 2 weeks (Short Course)
  • Master track Christian Education (full degree programme) FROM 2019
For professionals outside EU/EEA.

Funding your study

At some point, most students in the Netherlands encounter the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, commonly known as DUO. This organisation is mostly known for providing students with student finance and the student travel product. Depending on residency status, course registration and age, international students can also get funding from DUO. You can find all information about the requirements and the amounts on DUO’s website for international students.

Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach.
The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organisations both in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education and in other fields related to the priority themes in the OKP partner countries. 

For whom

A OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the OKP scholarship amount. The scholarships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.

Eligibility criteria 

You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a scholarship.

  • One must be a professional and a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the OKP Country list valid at the time of application; 
  • One must have a current employer’s statement that complies with the formal Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the formal must be endorsed in the statement; 
  • One must not be employed by an organisation which can be expected to have their own funds for staff development, e.g.: a multinational corporation; a large national and/or a large commercial organisation; a bilateral donor organisation; a multilateral donor organisation; an international NGO; 
  • One must have a current employer’s statement which complies with the Nuffic format. All information must be provided and all commitments, which are included in the Nuffic format, must be endorsed in the statement; 
  • One must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable); 
  • One must have an official passport valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form by the candidate.  

How to apply?

Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that you are eligible for a OKP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.  Follow these steps to apply:

1. If you want to apply for a OKP scholarship for a short course or Master’s in the Netherlands. Within Driestar Christian University, for Teacher Education the following courses are available for OKP:  
International Class (Bachelor level) Short course 
Christian education: a practical approach Short course
Religious and moral education Short course
Change, innovation and transformation in education Short course
Social justice, diversity and tolerance in education Short course
Learning and innovation Master's - Christian Education Track (From 2019) Master Course

2. Contact our institution for information on: course content, the application deadline,  the application and selection procedures, the online application form and the supporting documents.

3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents (with your online application, you will be asked to upload a valid passport copy, a current statement from your employer, and depending on your country of employment; a government statement).

4. Submit your online application. For any questions on the application- and selection procedures please contact us. 

Selection procedure: If your application meets all the course admission requirements and the OKP eligibility criteria, you can be nominated by the our institution for a scholarship.
If your application is nominated by our institution; the steps are as follows: 

  • The Dutch institution will submit a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible applications.  
  • The Netherlands Embassy will check the applications on their eligibility, and will assess the applications based on the eligibility criteria and the Embassy country focus areas. 
  • Only eligible applications will be taken in to further consideration. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected. 
  • The selection will be determined by the available deadline budget, the number of applicants and the quality and suitability of the applications.  
  • The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization.  
  • Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the Dutch institution.

More information

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.

For whom

This scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands. Are you ready for the chance of a lifetime?

Apply for the Holland Scholarship!

>> Download the brochure (pdf)


The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of the program (Learning and Innovation Master’s – Christian Education Track’ (from 2019). Please note that this is not a full-tuition scholarship.

Application criteria

  • Your nationality is non-EEA.
  • You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s programme at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions. 
  • You meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice. You can find these on the website of the institution.
  • You do not have a degree from an education institution in the Netherlands.

How to apply?

All international students from non-EEA countries applying to the Master Christian Education program will be included in the selection procedure for the Holland Scholarships.

Applications for the  academic year will open in November 2020.
First deadline: 1 May 2021.

Read more about the Holland scholarship.

Terms and conditions

The Holland Scholarship is made possible by:


The Erasmus+ programme is intended to support activities in education, training, youth and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning (Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools, youth activities etc).
Erasmus+ funding contributes towards course fees, travel costs, accommodation and other living costs

All our international programmes are eligible for EU Erasmus+ funding.

For whom?

The Erasmus+ programme is for:
  • Bachelor/master/PhD students who want to follow part of their studies/research or a traineeship in the Netherlands/Gouda at Driestar Christian University. Your institute needs to have an Inter-Institutional Agreement with our university and determines the specific eligibility criteria and the amount of the grant.  Students from partner universities abroad (with a formal agreement with Driestar Christian University- ERASMUS+) do not need to pay tuition fees.  
  • Professionals, teachers, groups of teachers, educators (sector education and training) who want to follow training courses(short courses) at Driestar Christian University, for Teacher Education.


  1. We recommend you start the process of application with your school/college/institute and then apply for the programme.
  2. Under the KA 1 (Key Action 1) of the Erasmus+ programme, the organisation, school, university or college applies for funding.
  3. From 1 January 2014 only organisations such as your school, college, university can apply for funding (deadline is February).
  4. Your institute will need to submit a plan for one or two years, in line with the EU 2020 Education, Training, Youth and Sport Proposal.
  5. Your school will need to register with the European Commission’s Participant Portal and get a PIC number.
  6. Driestar Christian University, for Teacher Education (Driestar educatief):
    • IC number: 949554729
    • Erasmus code: NLGouda03
  7. If the funding is awarded, you and your institute can then choose which course you would like to participate in.
  8. Contact us after you are sure your school or institute is prepared to support your application.

More essential information

You can find a step-by-step application guide for organisations and other usefull information about Erasmus+ scholarship on the website of Study in Holland.