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Team International Recognition

Kortenaerkade 11, Postbus 29777
2502 LT Den Haag, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 70 426 0260
Fax: +31 70 426 0399
Web Site:
Contact person: Ms. Lucie de Bruin

National education bodies

Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Link(s): English, Dutch

System of education

Education system in the Netherlands

A detailed description of the Dutch education system.

Link(s): English, Dutch
An overview of the Dutch education system
Link(s): English

University education

De Vereniging van Universiteiten (The Association of Universities in the Netherlands)

Information about research universities in the Netherlands.

Link(s): Dutch, English
Vereniging Hogescholen (The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences)

Information about universities of applied sciences.

Link(s): Dutch, English

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Link(s): Dutch, English

Post-secondary non-university education

Centraal Register Beroepsopleidingen (Crebo)

An overview of recognised programmes within the vocational education and training sector (VET).

Link(s): Dutch
MBO raad
An overview of ROCs (VET colleges), AOCs (agricultural VET colleges) and specialised vocational colleges.

Link(s): Dutch, English

Dutch expertise centre on VET.

Link(s): Dutch, English

Recognised higher education institutions

NVAO database
Database of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) with information about all Dutch higher education institutions that offer at least one accredited (by NVAO) bachelor or master programme.
Link(s): English, Dutch

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

Everything you wanted to know about the European directives and procedures regarding recognition of professional qualifications.

Link(s): Dutch, English

What is credential or diploma evaluation?

Link(s): English, Dutch

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Information for refugees
Link(s): English

Qualifications Framework


Dutch national qualifications framework

Link(s): English

Self Evaluation Report

No link is available at this time

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Link: English

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science stipulates that all higher education institutions issue a Diploma Supplement in either the Dutch language or in English to students upon graduation.

Link(s): Dutch
Europass: Diploma Supplement

EU website with information about the Diploma Supplement.

Link(s): Dutch, English

Access to higher education

General admission requirements to higher education.

A short description of the Dutch higher education system with information about general admission requirements to higher education in the Netherlands.

Link(s): Dutch, English

Verification sources