Neso Brazil focuses on the following activities: 

  • coordinating partnerships between education institutions; 
  • initiating a lively dialogue between the education sectors in both countries; 
  • promoting Dutch higher education and increasing student and staff mobility between Brazil and the Netherlands. 

You can read more about these activities below.

Knowledge collaboration

Living Labs 

Nuffic has developed an instrument for international collaboration called Living Labs. Each Living Lab is a bilateral initiative between universities, businesses and governments targeting a specific sector. 

Living Labs stimulate innovation by developing competencies of people and applied research through the execution of real-life practical assignments. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals working in a specific sector come together in a Living Lab.  

Living Labs Biobased Brazil 

In 2014, Dutch and Brazilian partners joined forces in the Living Lab Biobased Brazil. The agreement was renewed in 2019.

This triple helix collaboration aims to contribute to the changing human capital agenda, and, apart from the regular student mobility programme, the project includes developments such as curriculum building, development of minor programmes, special education programmes, such as Biobased Battle (in collaboration with government and companies’ partners), and Biobased MOOC (online education).

Knowledge events

To support the Dutch knowledge sector, we closely collaborate with the Dutch diplomatic network in Brazil to strengthen scientific and academic cooperation between the two countries, based on the defined Dutch-Brazilian priority areas. In order to introduce the latest developments within these areas, we have organised a number of knowledge events including Orange Talks, Holanda Conecta and Make it Happen.  

These open events are intended for the academic community, start-ups and businesses and also a broader audience.

Brazil–Netherlands virtual education & research round table meeting 

An example to connect organisations in the education field of both Brazil and the Netherlands on specific themes in education and research, like biobased economy, healthy ageing, high-tech systems and materials (HTSM). This is an initiative of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Netherlands Innovation Attaché Network in Brazil and Nuffic. 

Orange talks

Launched in 2016, Orange Talks is an annual event combining creativity, technology, science, and innovation. The main goal is to forecast future trends, set people in motion and foster connections. The format consists of 3 panels combining alumni, Dutch/Brazilian companies, Brazilian/Dutch universities/researchers and influencers as speakers.

The first 5 editions received more than 700 participants and involved 7 Dutch universities, 5 Brazilian universities, 10 Brazilian companies and 8 Dutch companies.

Holanda Conecta

Created in 2015, Holanda Conecta is a bi-monthly informal event with the goal to share knowledge on a specific study area.

The format consists of a presentation by a Dutch specialist , an NL alumnus or, occasionally, by Dutch or Brazilian companies, NGOs and other partners. After the presentation, an open debate is held with strong participation of the participants.

Study in Holland

Neso Brazil organises and hosts various activities to support Brazilian students who want to study in the Netherlands. 

  • Neso Brazil is the primary point of contact for topics related to education impacting Brazilian higher education institutions, Brazilian government agencies and Dutch higher education institutions and Dutch government agencies.
  • Concerted efforts are made to assist Dutch and Brazilian students in learning from each other thereby connecting to bigger community of academics. This is achieved through counselling sessions, pre-departure briefings, and participation in fairs and other educational events.  

Pre-departure briefings 

To prepare Brazilian students physically as well as mentally for their journey and for student life in the Netherlands, Neso Brazil organises pre-departure briefings. During the briefing we share knowledge to help students overcome any difficulties they might encounter in the adaption to a different culture, study methods and society in the Netherlands. 

The pre-departure briefings are regarded as an extra service for Dutch institutions. Well-prepared students know what to expect in Holland and this will contribute to a smoother procedure at the Dutch institutions. University representatives in Brazil are invited to the briefings to meet their new students.

Study in Holland presentations

Nuffic Neso Brazil offers (online) sessions to present information about studying in Holland, including step by step instructions on how to find a study programme, scholarship opportunities and other details.


Neso Brazil provides support for a scholarship specifically for Brazilian students: the Orange Tulip Scholarship. 

The Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) is a partial scholarship offered by Dutch higher education institutions, government institutions, or the private sector to provide talented Brazilian students with the opportunity to study in the Netherlands.

This programme can be used as a promotional tool for studying in Holland. We have been managing and promoting this programme since 2012, while the education institutions select the grantees.

Yearly, around 80 Brazilians travel to study in the Netherlands with this scholarship.

For more information visit

NL alumni network Brazil

The Nl alumni network is a platform for international alumni, students, and interns, as well as Dutch education institutions, embassies and organisations. Through the network they can exchange knowledge, information, and contacts. 

We maintain a database and organise events in line with The Netherlands' innovative top sectors: Connection of Study-in-Holland with Career-in-Holland where there are shortages on the Dutch labour market and in growing economic sectors. To create awareness and build a sense of belonging among alumni, we organise activities that focus on strengthening the network and support professional development.

Through partnerships with Dutch companies, internship and job opportunities are available to alumni, as well as many training opportunities. 

Do you work at a higher education institution or at a Dutch embassy? Then you can keep in touch with your alumni through the network in your own community or via the global network.

For more info, please visit the website of the NL alumni network

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As part of our incoming mobility efforts, we:

  • support Dutch students to find study opportunities in Brazil and provide information on visa, housing and other issues,
  • support Dutch students studying in Brazil,
  • provide information on internship opportunities in Brazil,
  • support Dutch education institutions in finding partnerships in Brazil for student outbound mobility. 

Contact details

Nuffic Neso Brazil is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (open to visitors by appointment) Email: 

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