Pre-Doctoral Programme 2022

Online course, for China 4 July - 15 July

Pre-Doctoral Course

The Pre-doctoral programme is a joint initiative by three top Dutch universities: Leiden University, University of Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The training is specifically designed to meet the needs of Doctoral-level Chinese students. The ambition is to support incoming Chinese PhD students with a better preparation for their PhD trajectories at a Dutch university. The Pre-doctoral training is the perfect stepping-stone to a prestigious Dutch Doctoral degree.


Over the years, we have witnessed an increasing need of PhD candidates to develop research skills and competences, reinforce academic writing skills in English, and boost presentation skills in order to successfully commence their PhD trajectory.

With this intensive programme we aim to prepare PhD candidates for the start of their PhD trajectories in the Netherlands, by equipping them with necessary research, academic writing and soft skills to face upfront PhD research challenges. The programme is suitable for PhD candidates who intend to do a PhD in the Netherlands in the near future, but also for PhDs who already have been accepted to Dutch universities and are going to come to the Netherlands to commence their training and research.

The programme is well balanced with a module on life in the Netherlands, Dutch culture in general and the Dutch academic system. This makes the move and transition to the Netherlands easier and faster.

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