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Foreign diploma in the Netherlands

Do you have a foreign diploma and do you want to work in childcare, education or a culture-related profession? If so, you need to have your diploma recognized in the Netherlands. If you received an academic title abroad, you can also apply for a Dutch title.

  1. Working as a teacher
  2. Working as an instructor at senior secondary vocational education (MBO) institutes
  3. Working in childcare
  4. Working in a culture-related profession
  5. Applying for a Dutch title

Applying for a Dutch title

If you received an academic title abroad, you can also apply for a Dutch title. However, this is only possible if you have followed a recognised higher education degree programme. The degree programme must be the equivalent of a similar Dutch degree programme.

Which titles can you apply for?

You can apply for 1 of the following Dutch titles:

  • ingenieur (ing.) = higher professional education in the field of technology, or agriculture and natural environment
  • baccalaureus (bc.) = other higher professional education
  • ingenieur (ir.) = university education in the field of technology, or agriculture and natural environment
  • meester (mr.) = university education in the field of law
  • doctorandus (drs.) = other university education
  • doctor (dr.) = academic research leading to the conferral of a PhD

Apply

  1. Fill in the Application Dutch title form.
  2. Submit the form along with the required documents.

Free

Applying for a Dutch title is free.

Contact

Please contact the Diploma recognition and Legalisation department if you have any questions. You can call us from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on +31 50 599 80 36 or send an email to ks.dw@duo.nl.

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