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Dutch Visitors’ Programme for High Potentials


Do you have a Master's degree? Are you fluent in English and active in a field or discipline relevant to the Netherlands?
We organise 6 programmes for high potentials per year. High potentials are promising young professionals between the age of 27 and 35. Future leaders in government, politics, business, civil society, education and science qualify for this programme. We encourage candidates from emerging economies in particular to join this programme.

The programme

The High Potentials Programme is a 10-day intensive study visit. The programme is for 8 people from different countries and offers:

  • 6 collective days with group activities
  • 2 tailor-made individual days
  • 2 days off.


The High Potentials Programme increases knowledge and involvement in the next generation of leaders.
Another aim is to create a worldwide network of 'Holland Ambassadors'.


The themes are:

  • Democracy and the Law;
  • Food security;
  • Human rights;
  • Logistics;
  • Sustainable energy, and
  • Water.

The themes often have a strong diplomatic component. Participants get the opportunity to experience the Netherlands first-hand. They gain valuable insights into our country's history, culture, people and society. Participants also gain knowledge and get relevant Dutch contacts.

The steering committee in The Hague sets the programme’s dates and themes. Members of the committee are civil servants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Dutch embassies and consulates can also submit candidates for the programme.