Studying in the Netherlands with a foreign diploma
If you would like to study here, it is useful to know whether your foreign diploma meets the general criteria for acceptance into Dutch higher education.
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.
For more general information about studying in the Netherlands and for an overview of all English taught study programmes, please visit the Study in Holland website.
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 with the Information centre for credential evaluation (IcDW). Please note that this is not a free service.
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.
Again, keep in mind that education institutions make their own decision on whether to admit you or not, regardless of the evaluation we provide.
Diploma evaluation for refugees
Did you come to the Netherlands as a refugee? And do you have inburgeringsplicht? Then you can request a diploma evaluation for free. This is also possible if you no longer have official documents from your school or university, such as a diploma or a list of subjects. Please follow the steps on the page Information for refugees about diplomas.