Higher education in Holland has a worldwide reputation for its high quality. Dutch institutions score high in the main rankings. This quality is guaranteed through a national system of regulation and quality assurance.
Twelve Dutch research universities are among the top 200 universities in the world and thirteen are among the best in Europe. This shows that the academic quality of Dutch institutions is well recognised.
See how the Dutch institutions score in the main rankings:
Degree programmes at higher education institutions in Holland must be evaluated against a specific set of criteria, to assess content and level. This is officially laid down in the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act.
Programmes that meet the criteria are accredited (i.e. officially recognised) by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This system was set up to guarantee that these higher education programmes meet the highest standards.
The fact that a course is not accredited does not mean that it does not meet certain quality criteria.
Institutions may also offer bachelor’s, master’s or other programmes that have been accredited in another country. In these cases, the degree may be recognised in that country, but not necessarily in Holland.
In our Studyfinder database of international programmes and courses a special icon indicates if the programme or course is accredited.
You can find an overview of all NVAO accredited programmes in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO). Please note that this overview is only available in Dutch.