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National Commission

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…


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

Registration in the Register of the Code of Conduct is one of the preconditions set by the immigration services (IND) for recognized sponsorship, and for being able to recruit international students from outside the european economic area. Furthermore, registration is required if your institution wa…

Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education

Due to the coronavirus measures, the office of the secretariat of the National Commission and of the administrator of the register of the Code of Conduct is closed and cannot be reached by telephone either. We are easily accessible via:

Information about the guideline, which was updated on the 16th of November 2021, is available via recent posts and documents.

In May 2006 the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education came into effect. Since September 1, 2017 a new version is valid in replacement of earlier versions. After an evaluation took place, the umbrella organizations agreed to a new version. At this moment, the Code is being evaluated again.

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.

Below you will find two short videos. In the first video is explained what the Code of Conduct in general means. In the second video the complaint procedure is explained step by step and who, when and why a complaint can be lodged by the National Commission. Educational institutions can place the videos on their websites to inform international students about the Code of Conduct.

The videos are produced by three students of the Hanze Hogeschool Groningen.





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. To download the brochure, please click here.