Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS)

The Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) is a national honours program intended for undergraduate second- and third-year students who are fluent in Dutch and aim to experience China. The program consists of a consultancy project and a summer school, and provides students with knowledge on China, in terms of academics, business, and culture. It starts in March and ends in September. During this period students are expected to work about 10 hours per week on their NAHSS consultancy project and NAHSS-related activities. 

For the academic part, the NAHSS provides interactive lectures from China experts, and students study several case studies related to Sino-Dutch relations. Regarding the business aspect, students execute a consultancy project for a Chinese or Dutch company (e.g., Huawei or ING) or ministry (e.g., Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management). Students also participate in inhouse days, in which they will visit various organizations. Finally, the NAHSS organizes a Chinese language and culture course at beginners level, and related cultural activities. 

In 2023 the programme also brought students to Singapore an Malaysia when China was not open to tourists.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a certificate at the closing ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague. UCU will then grant 5EC. The 5EC cannot be used towards the 180EC needed for graduation but counts as a curriculum enrichment option. 

How to register

If you want this off-campus course on your UCU transcript, you must request it as an off-campus course with the Exam Board.
From the 2024 edition onwards, the NAHSS will be open for non-Dutch speaking students studying at a Dutch university. More information about the selection and application of the NAHSS can be found on the following website:

University College Utrecht student Vivian was part of the 2019 cohort of the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). Read Vivian's experience below. 

For further questions, please contact the China Studies fellow, Dr. Meiyi Bao.

Read Vivian's experience
Contact Dr. Meiyi Bao