Educational institutions and study programmes
Nepali educational institutions and study programmes
Below, we explain what types of educational institutions and degree programmes there are in Nepal. 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 | diplomas
In secondary education, you should especially pay attention to whether a student has a recognised diploma. These are the recognised secondary education diplomas:
- lower secondary education: Secondary Education Examination, Grade-10, issued by the National Examinations Board (NEB);
- upper secondary education: Migration Certificate – School Leaving Certificate Examination (Grade XI & XII), issued by the NEB.
Please note: this diploma had a different name before; see Diplomas before 2017.
Higher education | educational institutions
There are 3 types of higher education institutions in Nepal:
- educational institutions for medical and paramedical study programmes.
Universities offer both HBO and WO. A university usually includes several campuses at which students can follow their education.
Checking the recognition of universities
Universities need to be recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). On the UGC website, you can find an overview of recognised universities.
Please note: for engineering programmes, universities need to be recognised by the Nepal Engineering Council (NEC) as well. On the NEC website, you can find an overview of universities recognised by the NEC.
University students often follow their education at an institution that is affiliated to the university. These institutions are collectively called ‘campuses’, but they may be called an institute, academy or college. Because they are affiliated to a university, the university issues the official diplomas and transcripts.
Checking the recognition of campuses
- Go to the UGC website for an overview of recognised campuses.
- Below ‘University’, you can see to which university a campus is affiliated.
Educational institutions for medical and paramedical study programmes
There are educational institutions for medical and paramedical study programmes, such as dental surgery, medicine, midwifery and nursing.
Checking the recognition of educational institutions for medical and paramedical study programmes
There are several overviews of recognised educational institutions for medical and paramedical study programmes:
- educational institutions for dental surgery and medicine
- educational institutions for midwifery and nursing
- educational institutions for other health programmes
Please note: for study programmes in ayurveda, pharmacy and veterinary medicine, there are no overviews of recognised educational institutions. For those programmes, contact the responsible council to check if an educational institution is recognised:
- ayurveda: contact the Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council;
- veterinary medicine: contact the Nepal Veterinary Council;
- pharmacy: contact the Nepal Pharmacy Council.