Accreditation is a ‘formal and independent decision, indicating that an institution or programme meet certain predefined quality standards', the quality which in international perspective can be reasonably expected of a bachelor or master higher education programme.
In Flanders the NVAO database and the Higher Education Register lists recognised higher education institutions and accredited programmes. Only degrees awarded by the programmes published on these websites are recognised by all the authorities in Flanders.
In the Netherlands the NVAO database and the Central Register for Higher Education Programmes (CROHO) lists recognised higher education institutions and accredited programmes. Only degrees awarded by the programmes published on these websites are recognised by all the authorities in the Netherlands.
To protect the interests of foreign students in the Netherlands, the Dutch universities and other institutions of higher education have drawn up the Code of Conduct International Student Higher Education.
This code regulates various subjects related to international students studying in the Netherlands. Institutions must for example provide international students with a clear and unambiguous picture of the Dutch university system and their place in this system, and of the details of the services they are offering.
When you are of the opinion that an institution is not acting in accordance with the Code of Conduct, you can file a complaint with the National Commision. In the brochure and on the website you can find more information on filing a complaint with the National Commission.