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Dutch Visitors Programme

The Dutch Visitors Programme for High Potentials is organised 6 times per year. It is a 10-day intensive study visit, consisting of 6 collective days, 2 days off and 2 tailor-made individual days. Delegations consist of 8 persons in total, each person coming from a different country. It encourages exchange and discussion between the participants.

High potentials, aged 27 – 35, are promising young professionals (future leaders) in government, politics, business, civil society, education and science. Candidates are in possession of a Master’s degree, fluent in English and active in a field or discipline relevant to the Netherlands. Candidates for emerging economies are particularly encouraged to participate in the programme.


The Dutch Visitors Programme for High Potentials is a high profile programme for the next generation of leaders. The aim is to increase the knowledge and involvement of the participants in the Netherlands for future cooperation. The emphasis lies on creating a network of ‘Holland Ambassadors’ worldwide. Often, the themes of the programmes have a strong economic diplomacy component.

The programme offers participants the opportunity to experience the Netherlands first hand, obtaining insights into the country’s history, culture, people and society. In addition, gain relevant knowledge and acquire helpful contacts within a focus area in the Netherlands to fulfil both professional and personal needs and interests.


The themes – Democracy & the Rule of Law, Water, Logistics, Human Rights, Food Security and Sustainable Urban Delta - and dates of DVP are determined in The Hague by the steering committee, represented by people from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Subsequently, the Dutch embassies and consulates are informed and they are invited to submit a candidate for the programme.

Overview Dutch Visitors Programme 2018


More information

If you want to find out more about previous programmes and would like to see where the delegations come from around the world? Visit the two links below: