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By signing the Code of Conduct, the institutions of higher education oblige themselves to offer international students education of good quality. The institutions guarantee the quality of the information provision and education to these students. An independent National Commission is appointed to mo…

Complaints

Any party concerned, believing that a higher education institution has not acted in accordance with the Code of Conduct, can lodge a petition with the National Commission in writing. Prior to lodging a petition with the Commission, the petitioner first must submit the complaint to the competent auth…

Application Register

If an institution of higher education wants to bring non-EU students to the Netherlands with a non-EU nationality who are obliged to have a residence permit, several conditions need to be met first. Inclusion in the Register of the Code of Conduct is one of the preconditions for being a recognized s…

Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education

In May 2006 the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education came into effect. The Code of Conduct is a joint initiative of the Dutch government and higher educational institutions. The result is an instrument of self-regulation. The Code of Conduct intends to contribute as a quality tool to the ambitions of the Dutch government and the educational institutions regarding internationalization as a means to turn the Netherlands into an attractive destination for knowledge and development. The Code was an initiative of the umbrella organizations’ of higher education: the VSNU, Vereniging Hogescholen, the NRTO and SAIL. Since 1 March 2013 SAIL no longer exists. The Code of Conduct contains agreements which (the umbrella organizations of) the institutions of higher education have developed to regulate the relationship with international students. The regulations are – for example – about the provision of information to international students and the minimum (language) requirements for admission to an institution of higher education.

According to Dutch immigration law, inclusion of an institution in the Register of the Code of Conduct is a precondition for attracting international students from outside the EU. On this website you can find the institutions that have signed the Code of Conduct, see Register.

The Rules and Regulations, which also can be found on this website, are an integral part of the Code of Conduct. In this document the competences of the National Commission are specified and it also contains provisions for the complaints procedure.

You can find the Code of Conduct and Rules and Regulations here.

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Brochure for international students on the Code of Conduct

This brochure contains important information for international students about the Code of Conduct, such as information on the complaints procedure. Institutions can also use this brochure. They may add the digital version to their website. They may also order a number of printed versions to add to information stands in their libraries or the international offices. Please contact us to order the brochure for free.

Download brochure Code of Conduct