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After successfully conducting research in India, Argentina, Indonesia and Malaysia, Brazil, the Philippines, Chile and China, Spain, and Portugal. The location for Sefa Research Project 2023 will be South Korea!

Sefa Research Project offers tailor-made research to companies with aspirations in emerging economies, all below cost-price! 

In the summer of 2023, a group of 16 highly motivated and ambitious students will fly abroad for four weeks of field research aligned with the needs of the companies. These companies – four in total – are acquired by the students beforehand. When the acquisition is finished, the students carry out desk research in the Netherlands and prepare themselves for field research with both academic and professional support. Highly-placed professors of the UvA will give advice during the preparation and strategy consulting companies, such as BCG and Deloitte, will give training sessions on the implementation of market research.

The Sefa Research Project consists of the organisational committee, 12 student consultants and 2 Sefa supervisors.

The Research Project consists of four consecutive phases:

  • Phase 1: Acquisition (November to May): First we have to look for appropriate companies who are interested in the project. We will get in touch with the company and provide them with information. Company visits will follow and after an agreement, we will write a research proposal for them.
  • Phase 2: Desk Research (May to July): If the research proposal is approved, the desk research starts. We will gather all necessary information about the company and the destination so that the field research in South Korea can be as efficient and concise as possible.
  • Phase 3: Field Research (in July and August): Once in South Korea, we will execute the research for the company. We will work on location 40 hours per week for four weeks to carry out the fieldwork. Meanwhile, we will keep the company informed of significant developments.
  • Phase 4: Reporting (September or October): When we are back in the Netherlands, our team will write a report/presentation. This report will be handed over to the company or the presentation will be given.

What can I learn as a Student Consultant?

As a Student Consultant of the Sefa Research Project, you will learn how to do acquisition, how to conduct a full consultancy project and how to do business in a different culture. You will definitely develop your teamwork skills and get personalised consultancy training from some of the biggest consultants in the Netherlands.


Karin van Egmond – Chairman Sefa Research Project 2017-2018
“After twelve successful editions, we will organize the thirteenth edition of the Sefa Research Project. This year the project focuses on a unique economy: Argentina. In the summer of 2018, sixteen highly motivated students will function as consultants and travel to Argentina to conduct research for Dutch companies. For the students, who will receive training by professional consultants such as Deloitte and Boston Consulting Group, it is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable international consultancy experience and an experience they will never forget! I have learnt how to lead a team of this.”

Any questions? Send an email to hr@sefa.nl!

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