Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education

Welcome to the website of the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education. This website consists of a Dutch page and an English page. The Dutch page mainly focusses on (Dutch) institutions whereas the English page aims to address international students.

On this website you will find a lot of information about the Code of Conduct and about the National Commission.

For a number of reasons, the item 'internationalization' or rather 'the foreign student' has been discussed in the media and the Dutch parliament with some regularity. In his letter to the Lower House of Parliament, the State Secretary for Education, Mr Halbe Zijlstra, explained the benefits of internationalization of Dutch higher education once more:

'Internationalization will stimulate the enhancement of the quality of higher education greatly. When educational institutes widen their international outlook, they will provide their students with better opportunities for the labour market as this is becoming more and more international. The presence of foreign students will have positive effects on the results of Dutch students. Internationalization does not only contribute to quality, but demands quality itself: in order to attract talented students from abroad, quality must be delivered.'(...) 'Quality of both educational programmes and students instead of quantity should be the guiding principle when attracting foreign students and when designing international policies.'

The Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education intends to contribute as a quality tool to the ambitions of the government and the educational institutes regarding internationalization as a means to turn the Netherlands into an attractive destination for knowledge and development.