Netherlands Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine

Press, Public Diplomacy, Culture & Education

1. General information

1.1. Staff

Mrs. Astrid Dunselman (Second Secretary)
Mw. Lyudmilla Bilenko (Senior Assistant)

1.2. Contact information

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Press, Public Diplomacy, Culture & Education
Kontraktova Ploshcha 7
01901 Kiev, Ukraine
Tel: +380 44 4908 200
Fax: +380 44 4908 209/267

1.3. Activities

The Netherlands Embassy in Kiev carries out public diplomacy in Ukraine. Public diplomacy means fostering understanding for Dutch views and standpoints by entering into dialogue with non-official contacts, which can influence decision-making in policy areas relevant to the Netherlands. More generally, public diplomacy aims to present a realistic and favorable image of the Netherlands in Ukraine.

Public diplomacy is embedded in a broader framework, which also includes cultural policy (implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and economic diplomacy (implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs).

For this purpose, the Press, Public diplomacy and Education section of the Embassy provides information on the Netherlands, in particular on its values, culture, history and cultural institutions, and answers questions related to education in the Netherlands.

2. Public Diplomacy Fund

The Embassy has restricted funds to financially support Public diplomacy activities in Ukraine. Limited support could be given for projects and events, from one-off lectures, debates, shows and conferences to project weeks, seminar series, sporting activities, games and long-running campaigns. Linking up with or cooperating with partners in Ukraine remains a requirement and an additional requirement is the need of economic relevance or added value of the activity.

Applications should be submitted at least one month before the start of the event and should contain at least the following information:

  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Name of the activity
  • Date of the event
  • Target audience
  • An explanation about the implementation of the event
  • The expected results
  • A detailed budget
  • An overview of all financial support

The Embassy does not cover any costs for salaries, internships, courses, educational programs, or costs for attending conferences. Furthermore, the Embassy does not support the work of Ukrainian artists in the Netherlands.

3. The Dutch Visitors’ Programme

The Dutch Visitors’ Programme (DVP) is a new Ministry of Foreign Affairs programme aimed at increasing knowledge about the Netherlands and involvement with it among the next generation of leaders in Brazil, Russia, India, China, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt and the Gulf States. A characteristic feature of the DVP is that it focuses on emerging markets.

Participants in the DVP are offered a high-quality ten-day programme, carried out in groups with collective and individual components. The collective component offers a broader understanding of the Dutch social context and focuses on the Netherlands’ political, economic, social and cultural life. The context is essential for enabling participants to better understand and follow subsequent developments in the Netherlands. The DVP’s individual component is tailored to participants’ personal interests.

The Embassy uses its own networks for nominating candidates.

4. Press

The Embassy can answers questions from the Ukrainian press related to Dutch activities. The Embassy can also offer support, when necessary, to Dutch journalists in Ukraine or vice versa.

5. Culture

The Ukrainian-Dutch cultural cooperation is part of our joint MATRA and Public Diplomacy activities. The Embassy has access to a wide range of cultural network and has a long-standing cooperation with Ukrainian museum, galleries, theaters and cultural institutes. .

6. Education

Dutch universities and higher professional education institutions (hogescholen) together offer some 1,400 international study programmes and courses, making the Netherlands an attractive destination for students from all over the world. Unfortunately there are no longer any bilateral support programs or specific scholarships open for Ukrainian students. We advise interested students to approach Dutch universities and higher professional education institutions directly to explore the opportunities or to approach the Erasmus Mundus Program of the European Commission.

The website of Nuffic (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) provides information on everything you need to know about studying in the Netherlands.

Find out what requirements you have to meet and what documents you need if you want to study in the Netherlands with the Residence Wizard of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

For more information about this topic, see also the government page on Education or the page on this website: “ You and the Netherlands”.

Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in Holland. The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Are you ready for the chance of a lifetime? Apply for the Holland Scholarship!

Scholarship amount

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies.

Application criteria

  • Your nationality is non-EEA.
  • You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions.
  • You meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice.
  • You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands.

How to apply

You can apply for the Holland scholarship between 16 February and 31 March 2015 at the institution of your choice. You need to apply for a Bachelor’s or Masters at one of these institutions to be considered for the Scholarship. The institution will select those who will be granted the scholarship and communicate directly with you.

Please visit for more information.

7. Useful links related to Dutch culture

Expertise centers

  • Expertise center for arts and cultural education - Cultuurnetwerk

  • Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

  • Centre for international cultural activities – SICA

  • Website with infrastructure on contemporary visual arts and design

Public foundations

  • Performing Arts Fund

  • The Mondriaan Foundation – Visual arts, design and cultural heritage

  • The Netherlands Architecture Fund

  • Cultural Participation Fund

  • Fund for Visual Art and Design

  • The Netherlands Film Fund

  • The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

  • The Dutch Foundation for Literature

  • Kunstfactor – Development and promotion of the amateur arts

  • The Dutch Cultural Media Fund

  • Netherlands Architecture institute

Sector Institutes and other

  • The Netherlands Music Institute

  • Dutch Rock and Pop Institute

  • The Netherlands Institute for Art History

  • The Netherlands Theatre Institute

  • Netherlands Museums Association

  • CODART – international network for curators of art from the Low Countries

  • CODART eZine Magazine

  • Felix Meritis – independence European center for art, culture and science

  • – the most important news facts in the area of arts and cultural policy

  • Museumserver – Overview of museums in the Netherlands

  • Trans Artists – Information center for international artists-in-residence programs

  • Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies

  • Nederlandse Taalunie – Union for the Dutch Language