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The Pre-Doctoral course at Erasmus Training Centre (ETC) is specifically designed to meet the needs of a Doctoral-level international student. This one week course has been jointly developed by top three Dutch universities: Leiden University, Groningen University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in their desire to support incoming and future Indonesian PhD candidates to have better preparation for their PhD trajectories. The Pre-Doctoral course 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.


Module 1

Academic English Writing:
Development of advanced writing and academic English skills.

Module 2

Academic Competences:
Development of innovative research skills.

Module 3

Soft Skills Training:
Communicating and presenting research in multiple ways and to varied audiences and promoting research for maximum outreach.

Module 4

Dutch Crash Course:
Social and cultural exploration of the Dutch culture and language.


This course has a limited number of places and is aimed at industry professionals and Indonesian students/researchers who are looking to apply for a PhD but who need support in developing their research proposal, and familiarising themselves with the Netherlands doctoral research system.

  1. The course is delivered in English and applicants whose first language is not English should have an English language score equivalent to IELTS 6.5 + (with a 6.5 in writing) or above;
  2. Master degree certificate or similar;
  3. Research proposal draft (up to 800 words, 1 page);
  4. A complete updated CV.

For more information please contact: [email protected]
or WhatsApp +62 811 870 217


  1. Complete all sections of the application form which is available at the ETC office, or download here
  2. Gather the required documents and send to [email protected]
  3. Your application will be screened and we will be in touch within five working days to confirm if you are eligible to attend the course
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