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. 


  • Avans University of Applied Sciences is according to Elsevier the best mayor Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands;
  • HZ University of Applied Sciences has ranked in the top three multidisciplinary Universities of Applied Sciences for five years in a row;
  • HAS University of Applied Sciences has ranked on the first place regarding student statifaction (Agricultural Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands);
  • NHL/ Stenden University of Applied Sciences is ranked third in the large universities of applied sciences category (2019 Guide for Higher Education);
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is ranked fifth in the middle universities of applied sciences category (2019 Guide for Higher Education).

The Netherlands and Dutch (YouTube)


Your first impression of the cities where the Living Lab universities are located. Click the link for YouTube videos.

Breda, Noord-Brabant (Avans)

Vlissingen, Zeeland (HZ)

Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant (Avans & HAS)

Leeuwarden, Friesland ( NHL)

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. The Living Lab mediated not only between the student and the projects, but also for living accommodations. Like any other international project, an project via the Living Lab requires also a number of additional steps, and requirements besides the regular steps you from study. All the services of the Living Lab are freeTo 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.   Your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond 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. Minimum overall band score:


5.   You can finance a stay in the Netherlands. Your sholarship/internship fee varies per project (€0 - €550). Please refer to the project description. 

6.    The International Office 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 to one of our study programs 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.

7.    The national fees for the visa/residence permit application are €192. 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.

8.   More information about visa and/or residence permit can be find via this link.


Before you apply for a study program or internship project via Living Lab Biobased Brazil, make sure you have informed yourself about our rules and regulations. Here are the rules and regulations of Avans University of Applied Sciences leading unless otherwise is stated in the project description. Please download and read the most recent version of ouRules and regulations. All procedures, rules and regulations are available from the  overview page on our Studentinfo website. 


Disclaimer: No rights can be derived from the information provided on this webpage.

Required documents

For the application we require some documents. These documents are:

  1. English cover letter option regarding your first option of project;
  2. Resume in English;
  3. Transcript of grades (in English);
  4. A copy of the personal data page of your passport (if you don't have it already, you can still send your application, but keep in mind that we need quickly).

First, second and third option projects

When you apply for a project in the Netherlands, we ask you to submit your projects preferences. This will be done by the application survey, which you can find below. You indicate a preference for projects.


The Dutch professors will first check the applications from students who have given up the project as their first choice. If the professor can not find a good candidate, the professor will contact students who had the particular project as their second choice. When the position is not fulfilled by a student yet, then students who have given up the project as the third choice will be contacted.


All projects at Avans are located in Breda.

1. Isolation of Cardanol from cashew nut shell liquid. 

Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering or Proces Technology (undergraduate and graduate)

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2. Optimization of green extraction of PHA

Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering (undergraduate and graduate)

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3.  Polymeric materials

Chemistry (undergraduate and graduate)

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4. (Concept) Research the Total Organic Carbon (TOC) content of industrial conensate using IX (ion exchange) and adsorption

Water Management, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering (undergraduate and graduate)

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5. (Concept) Towards circular economy in the Dutch agriculture the role of Agroforestry

Agroforestry or Soil Sciences (undergraduate and graduate)

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6.  Electrohydrodynamic Atomization


Applied Physics, Food Technology or Water Technology (undergraduate and graduate)

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7.  Biocomposite

 Life Sciences (undergraduate and graduate)

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8.  PHA

 Life Sciences (undergraduate and graduate)

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9. (Concept) Mild Processing and liquefaction of residues from the Dutch agro-food sector

Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Agricultural Engineering or Biology (undergraduate and graduate)

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10. (Concept) Synthetic organic chemistry on several steroids

Organic Chemistry (undergraduate and graduate)

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Q&A webinar for Brazilian students

We organize a webinar for Brazilian students who are interested to come to The Netherlands. More information about this webinar can be find via this link:


To apply for a project or multiple projects, you need to complete the survey. Applications outside this survey will be not processed. Keep in mind the application deadlines. We need to receive your application before 01/04 or 01/11. If you do not meet the given deadlines we cannot offer you any guarantees. 



Twice a year a call will be opened with Dutch projects for Brazilian students. The schedule below provides an overview of important parts and deadlines regarding the application procedure.


Students went to the Netherlands since September 2016 (20 wks)


Of the students who went to Brazil recommend an internship in Brazil to other students.


General score by students for their time in Brazil.