Going to the netherlands

The Netherlands is located in Western Europe. It is bordered to the west by the North Sea, in the south of Belgium and to the east of Germany. The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy. That means that a king/queen is Head of State and that the distribution of power is regulated by the Constitution. The famously open-minded Dutch way of life is just one of the attractions of the Netherlands, which also serves up an abundance of artistic attractions. Dutch society is strongly connected to other cultures, the world and the business community. This means that as a student you will take part in international classes. Holland in fact has more than 80.000 (Nuffic, March 2019) international students. Dutch people want to learn a lot from other cultures too. And that is really useful with foreign countries on the doorstep. This is practical not only for exporting Dutch cheese, flowers and other products but you too will benefit. You can be in another European country in no time. There is plenty to see in Holland, whether you’re strolling through town, making a boat trip on the canals or lakes, laying on the beach or walking in the woods and dunes. Major international music stars regularly play at Dutch stadiums and smaller venues. Musicals and theatre are also very popular and with over 1,000 museums there is a lot to discover. 


Check out what Brazilian students had to say about living in the Netherlands:

Our partners in the Netherlands:


Avans University of Applied Sciences: Breda, Noord-Brabant (Avans)


HZ University of Applied Sciences: Vlissingen, Zeeland (HZ)


HAS University of Applied Sciences: Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant (Avans & HAS)


NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences: Leeuwarden, Friesland ( NHL), Emmen, Drenthe


Zuyd University of Applied Sciences & Maastricht University Maastricht, Limburg (UM & Zuyd UAS)


Living Lab Biobased Brazil offers for free a number of biobased internships and biobased graduation internship projects. These projects take place at partner institutions, such as universities and companies.To participate in the Living Lab project Biobased Brazil you must meet several requirements

1.     You are undergraduate (BSc) or (post)graduate (MSc) student at UFMG, UFV, UFSJ, UFOP or PUC Minas;

2.   You have a passport valid at least 6 months beyond the planned date of departure from the Netherlands or Schengen area;

3.     You must be enrolled at UFMG, UFV, UFSJ, UFOP or PUC Minas during your period in the Netherlands;

4.   We have set minimum language requirements for foreign students. The minimum English language prerequisite is: an academic IELTS test (or equivalent*) with an overall band score of at least 6.0. As a foreign student you must provide evidence of your language competences in the form of an official certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL or via a letter from a professor. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet these requirements. 

5.   You can finance a stay in the Netherlands. Your scholarship/internship fee varies per project (€0 - €550). You will need to submit a proof of funds during your visa/residence permit process. Make sure you meet the requirements. The national fee for the visa procedure is 171,00


If you have any immediate questions, refer to our FAQ section, or contact us by email.


Below you can find the projects available in the Netherlands. If you have any question about the topics, send an email to Margot Verwei (mgp.verwei@avans.nl). Please do not contact the professor yourself.

All projects at Avans are located in Breda.

Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy - Biobased Energy (Avans)

Supervisors: Maurits Dorlandt


1) Life Cycle Analysis for the process of pyrolysis.

-working with GABI modelling software, client contacts, environmental impact assessment.

Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy - Biobased Energy (Avans)

Supervisors: Michiel Michels and Guilherme de Souza Reis


1) Accumulation of PHA bioplastic in microorganisms from secondary sludge.

- Microbiology, bioreactors, analytical chemistry, simulation.

2) Solvent extraction of PHA bioplastic from dry biomass.

- Solvent extraction, laboratory work, analytical chemistry.

Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy - Biobased Energy (Avans)

Supervisors: Qian Zhou


1) Biomass pyrolysis process optimization.

- Reactor; chemical engineering; simulation; laboratory work.

2) Pyrolysis product purification.

- Chemical engineering; simulation; laboratory work.

3) Preparing of biobased thermosets.

- Chemistry; analytical chemistry, laboratory work.

4) Biocarbon based biopolymer composites.

- Polymer processing, polymer characterization.

Material Sciences - Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Supervisor: Gino van Strijdonck


1) Sustainable synthesis and production (flow chemistry, sythesis, biobased).

2) Solar fuels (CO2 valorisation, catalysis, photo reactors).

3) Nanostructured coatings (energy management).

4) Polymer processing (3D printing)

5) Biomedical sciences/technology

No projects available for now.


Sustainable Polymers - NHL Stenden

Supervisors: Corinne van Noordenne and Rudy Folkersma


1) Synthesis of thermoset resins based on biobased building blocks.

2) Pocessing of composites based on natural fibres or synthetic biobased fibres and biobased polymers.

3) Research on the parameters which play a role in the biodegradability of PHA's or PHA related compounds.

No projects available for now.


applications extended until 11/11 by email

Apply for a project - deadline for application: 01/04 (internship in September) or 01/11 (internship in February)

When you apply for a project in the Netherlands, we ask you to send an email to Margot Verwei (mgp.verwei@avans.nl) stating your interest in participating of the program and with the following information:

  • Your name, study program and home university in Brazil;
  • The research, the name of the supervisor and the host university in the Netherlands for which you are applying.

Submit the following three documents attached:


1) English cover letter regarding the research areas you are interested in.

2) Resume in English.

3) Transcript of grades (translated in English).

4) Official certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL or via a letter from a professor.


Keep in mind that a copy of the personal data page of your passport is needed later for the international office of your host university.

After application

After we get your application, the next steps will follow:

  • Your application is sent to the supervisor of the project in the Netherlands.
  • Match between student and assignment.
  • Interview with supervisor.
  • If you are accepted, we will connect you with the International Office of your host institution, which will guide you through the enrollment and visa process.
  • Enrollment to Dutch University (deadline 25/04 or 23/11)
  • The International Office of your host institution must apply for your visa and/or residence permit on your behalf. In order to start this procedure you must have already been formally admitted by the supervisor and:

a. Submit evidence that you have access to sufficient financial funds;

b. Submit a Tuberculosis Declaration and Criminal Record Declaration. You will receive the applicable forms from the International Office.

c. When you only want to do an internship in the Netherlands we have to enroll you for visa reasons in one of the study programs.You can follow classes (when this is agreed by your supervisor), but this is not mandatory.

  • The national fees for the visa/residence permit application are €171,-. The Dutch University of Applied Sciences or University requires you to transfer these fees to the their bank account before they submit the application to the Dutch immigration authorities.
  • More information about visa and/or residence permit can be find via this link.
  • Start your internship February or September.

If you have any immediate questions, refer to our FAQ section, or contact us by email.



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