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Joint degree

A joint degree involves a programme provided by a Flemish institution in conjunction with one or more Flemish or foreign higher education institutions, which leads to the conferral of a joint diploma. The collaborating institutions are jointly responsible for the programme and each collaborating Flemish institution provides a substantial part of the programme.


The main documents are presented on the right side of this page.

Submitting applications

  • existing joint degree programmes: no later than 4 months prior to expiry of the validity of the current accreditation or recognition as a new programme / temporary recognition;
  • new joint degree programmes: within 15 calendar days after receipt of a positive macro-efficiency decision from the Commissie Hoger Onderwijs [Higher Education Commission] (new application: within 60 calendar days after receipt of negative assessment report, retaining the positive macro-efficiency decision)
  • via email address (max. 30 Mb);
  • + via regular mail 7 copies of the application dossier.

Your application will be processed after receipt of payment. NVAO may send you a request for payment (please indicate so with your application). Please transfer the amount due, stating the name, degree, and qualification of the new programme, to:
Bank: KBC Bank
Account no.: 733-0292973-63
IBAN: BE40 7330 2929 7363
In the name of: NVAO, Parkstraat 28, 2514 JK The Hague, the Netherlands


The 2018 rate for existing joint degree programme accreditations by NVAO will be EUR 500; for new joint degree programmes, the rate will be EUR 5000. There will be no charge for the assessment of a distinctive quality feature as part of the regular assessment. Separate assessments of distinctive quality features will be charged at a cost-covering rate.

Other rates apply in the event of non-standard procedures. If NVAO declares the application inadmissible, the amount paid will be refunded. If an institution (temporarily) withdraws its application for initial accreditation, part of the amount paid will be refunded, insofar as the panel of experts has not yet embarked on its work. Upon re-submission, the rate will be due once more.

More information

Contact: Dagmar Provijn, policy advisor

See also: European Commission Erasmus Mundus joint master degrees The Story So Far, 2016 (download)