The International School Groningen aims to provide a top-quality individualised education through internationally recognised curricula to young people between the age of 11 and 18. The school stimulates academic success, supporting its students to become lifelong learners, building on the skills and qualities of the International Baccalaureate programmes.
Foreign Diploma Evaluation
If you have earned a degree in another country and want to work or continue your studies in the Netherlands, you need to understand what your degree, diploma, or certificate is worth in the Dutch system.
You can submit your current degree to one of two institutions to determine what the Dutch equivalent is:
1. Nuffic: Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education
-evaluates qualifications for theoretically-based junior vocational education, general and pre-university secondary education, and higher education;
2. Colo: Cooperation Vocational Education, Training, and the Labour Market
-evaluates apprenticeships and senior vocational qualifications; Certain fees apply for these services.
Both of these centers share a joint information desk, the IDW (Internationaal Diploma Waardering; international credential evaluation), where you can get more information.
There are three scenarios where you would need to determine the Dutch equivalent of your foreign degree:
- You have a foreign diploma, and you want to study
- You have a foreign diploma, and you want to work
- You have a foreign diploma, and you want to know what it is worth
1. You have a foreign diploma and you want to study.
If you would like to pursue higher education (Hoger Onderwijs/HO) in the Netherlands, you need contact the institution you would like to attend.
The most important requirement for admission to a Bachelor program is a secondary-school diploma at the correct level.
In order to enrol in a Master’s degree program, applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. For certain popular programmes, there is a cap on the number of students who can enrol, and restrictions apply.
2. You have a foreign diploma and you want to work.
If you are unemployed and are looking for job openings, you can go to the UWV (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen; Employee Insurance Agency). The UWV will request a diploma evaluation on your behalf and tell you which documents you need to provide.
If you would like to work in the same profession where you worked abroad, you will also need to check if your foreign profession is regulated in the Netherlands. You can start the process by checking this page on the Nuffic website. If it is on the list of regulated professions, you will need permission to practice it and will be directed to the website of the competent authority (where you may have to pay a
If you do not find your profession on the list above, that means it is a non-regulated profession. To apply for a job relating to this non-regulated profession, it may be helpful to have your diploma evaluated. There is a fee associated with this evaluation.
3. You have a foreign diploma and you want to know what it is worth.
If you are registered with the UWV and receive certain benefits from the UWV, you can request a diploma evaluation from the UWV. There is no fee for having your diploma evaluated by the UWV.
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