Studying in Holland with a foreign diploma

Does your foreign diploma grant access to Dutch higher education?

Have you received a diploma abroad and would you like to study in Holland? Then it is useful to know whether your diploma meets the general criteria for acceptance into Dutch higher education.

We have made an overview of common diplomas from many different countries and how they compare to Dutch diplomas. You can use this to help you estimate your level.

Check the comparison of your diploma 

Do you know your level?

Have you determined that your diploma is generally acceptable for access to Dutch higher education? Then you could apply for a study programme at a specific education institution straight away. The education institution can ask us for advice about the value of your diploma.

Please note that the institution decides whether to admit you or not. Also keep in mind that institutions may set additional requirements, such as a language test.

Are you not sure yet?

Do you not know the level of your diploma yet? Or are you not sure which programme you would like to follow at which institution? Then you can also apply for a diploma evaluation yourself. 

You can find details of the procedure and costs at

Again, keep in mind that education institutions make their own decision on whether to admit you or not, regardless of the evaluation we provide. 

last modified May 18, 2018 02:25 PM