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Accreditation is the key to the Netherlands' Higher Education success. Independent accreditation bodies individually assess the quality of all study programs that lead to an official bachelor or master degree. This ensures that study programs meet the highest international standards. The Higher Education and Research Act stipulates that all study programs offered by research universities and universities of applied sciences be assessed on the basis of a specific set of criteria. Bachelor and master programs that meet these criteria are accredited and may carry the "NVAO accredited" stamp.

Diploma Verification

International students who have completed an NVAO accredited study program in the Netherlands can have their diploma verified by the Dutch Ministry of Education. This verification process is called legalization. Legalization is a method to ensure that foreign authorities accept the legitimate status of a diploma obtained in the Netherlands. Employers in a lot of countries around the world demand that a diploma is legalized.

For more information about diploma assessments and legalization please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education

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Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is a charter signed by all universities in the Netherlands. This Code sets out standards for universities in their relation with international students. The Code of Conduct ensures that universities guarantee the quality of their studies programs and that they use fair and transparent means of student recruitment. Only institutions that have signed the Code are allowed to recruit international students. This measure ensures that international students who wish to study in the Netherlands get the best study information.

The Code of Conduct also requires universities to provide timely, reliable and easily accessible information to international students. This includes information about accreditation status and admission requirements. The information provided must be in English (if study program is taught in English), or in the native language of the international student. In addition, the university must make clear what services it provides to international students. These services may include: help with obtaining a visa and/or a residence permit, housing and student counseling services. In case these services need to be paid for separately, this must be specified clearly in the information materials.

Read more about the Code of Conduct.

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