Your foreign diploma in the Netherlands

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Did you get your diploma abroad and would you like to work or study in the Netherlands? Then there are a few things you need to know.

The guidelines for studying here are different from the ones for working here. Both situations are described below.

Studying in the Netherlands with a foreign diploma

If you would you 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.

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.

Apply for a diploma evaluation

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.

Working in the Netherlands with a foreign diploma

If you would you like to work in the Netherlands you need to check whether your type of job is regulated here.

What is a regulated profession?

If a profession is regulated, there are certain criteria you need to meet to be able to work in that type of job. The Dutch government has laid out the requirements in an Act of Parliament.

For each type of job there is a 'competent authority' that checks whether you meet the requirements.

How do I find out if my type of job is regulated?

Check whether your profession is regulated in the Netherlands in the European Commission's database. Please note that you have to know the Dutch name of your profession.

My type of job is regulated, what do I do?

Click on the Dutch name of the profession in the European database. This will show you all the information on the competent authority that checks the requirements for this type of job. Contact this organisation to ask what you need to do to be able to work here in this job.

My type of job is not regulated, what do I do?

You are free to work in that job in Holland. If you would like to provide a potential employer with information on your foreign diploma, you can check the information in our overview of foreign education systems.

You can also apply for a credential evaluation through the website of the Information centre for credential evaluation (IcDW). Please note that this is not a free service.

Apply for a diploma evaluation

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.

Dutch Assistance Centre

We are the Assistance Centre for professional recognition in the Netherlands. Each EU country has an AC centre, that provides information to people who want to practise their profession in that country.

Brexit

The United Kingdom may leave the EU in 2019. This can affect professionals with a UK qualification who want to work in the Netherlands. Please visit the website of the Dutch government for more information.

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