What does the code mean?

The code sets out standards for the higher education institutions in their dealings with international students. Only institutions that have signed up to the code are allowed to recruit international students.

By signing the Code of Conduct, the institutions commit themselves to providing reliable and easily accessible information to international students about their study programmes. Specifically, this includes information such as accreditation status, quality and admission requirements, as well as many more important rules and procedures for international students.

Furthermore, the information provided on the basis of the Code of Conduct must be in English, in the language used for the study programme, or in the native language of the international student.

Clarity about services

The education institution must also make clear what services it provides to international students, such as help with obtaining a visa and a residence permit, housing, introduction sessions and student counselling. In their information materials, they must specify clearly what the associated costs for the services are.

Students from outside the EU seeking a course at a higher education institution that has not signed the Code of Conduct, will not be able to obtain visas.

More information

You can find the full version of the Code of Conduct on www.internationalstudy.nl. This website also provides a list of the institutions that have signed the code and information on what to do if you feel that your institution is not meeting the terms of the Code of Conduct.

Read a concise and informative brochure about the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is an initiative of the Dutch institutions. It came into effect on 1 May 2006.