Educational institutions and study programmes
Aruban educational institutions and study programmes
Below, we explain what types of educational institutions and study programmes there are in Aruba. We also explain how we check whether these are recognised. We check the
to make sure that the quality is sufficient. We give the necessary information per educational sector.
The government of a country grants an official status to an educational institution and/or study programme. Usually, if the government recognises an educational institution, all its study programmes are also recognised. However recognition may also be arranged at the programme level. This means that the government must recognise not only the educational institution, but also its study programmes. We only evaluate diplomas from recognised institutions and recognised study programmes. Read more about recognition in the EAR manual.
Secondary education | schools
There are 2 types of secondary schools in Aruba:
- public schools; and
- private schools.
Public schools offer secondary education (EPB, MAVO, HAVO and VWO) in Aruba:
- EPB schools (Scol pa Educacion Profesional Basico) offer EPB (Diploma Educacion Profesional Basico).
- MAVO schools (Scol pa MAVO) offer MAVO (Diploma Middelbaar Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs).
- HAVO and VWO schools (Scol pa HAVO-VWO) offer HAVO and VWO (Diploma Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs/Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs).
There are 2 private schools in Aruba:
- De Schakel Aruba;
- International School of Aruba (ISA).
De Schakel offers education for a Dutch secondary education diploma, and International School of Aruba offers education for an American high school diploma.
Checking recognition of schools
On the Department of Education Aruba website, you can check whether a school is recognised for EPB, MAVO, HAVO or VWO:
- Go to: Scolnan na Aruba (schools of Aruba).
- For an overview of EPB schools, you have to click on ‘Scol pa Educacion Profesional Basico (EPB) y Intermedio (EPI)’ and then on ‘EPB’.
- For an overview of MAVO schools, you have to click on ‘Scol pa MAVO’.
- For an overview of schools for HAVO and VWO, you have to click on ‘Scol pa HAVO-VWO’.
Please note: the 2 private schools are not included in these overviews, because these schools offer education for a Dutch diploma or an American high school diploma.
Higher education | educational institutions
There are 2 higher education institutions in Aruba:
- the University of Aruba (UA) offers profession-oriented and research-oriented programmes in various fields of study.
- the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano (IPA) offers teacher-training programmes.
Please note: there are also private higher education institutions in Aruba. You can find more information about higher education institutions on the Department of Education Aruba website.
Checking the recognition of higher education institutions
Only the UA and the IPA are officially recognised in Aruba. Only these higher education institutions receive subsidies from the government.
Please note: for this reason, private higher education institutions are not recognised in Aruba. If the website of a private institution states that it is recognised in another country, please check whether the institution meets that country's requirements. For the United States, for example, there are requirements for institutions as well as for study programmes, please see:
Higher education | study programmes
On our Aruban higher education webpage, we describe the various study programmes offered by the UA and the IPA. We do not describe study programmes offered by private institutions, as these institutions are not recognised in Aruba (and as a result, neither are their study programmes).
Checking the quality of higher education programmes
Aruba has no organisation for . The UA and the IPA can ask the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) to issue advice about the quality of their programmes. Please note that this is only advice from the NVAO, not an accreditation.
You can find more information on the NVAO website:
An organisation checks and assesses the quality of education. Usually the accreditation is valid for a certain period. In some countries, accreditation is compulsory, in others it is voluntary. The government of a country often appoints one or more organisations responsible for accrediting institutions and/or study programmes. In addition, there are also private accreditation organisations. We only mention and (in the case of diploma evaluations) consult accreditation organisations appointed by the government of that country. Read more about accreditation in the EAR manual.