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Diploma evaluation in the Netherlands with a residence permit
Last updated: 11/17/2023, 9:15 AM

If you have earned a diploma outside the Netherlands and want to work or study in a profession that fits with your diploma, you can have your diploma evaluated. This will tell you at what level you can study or work in the Netherlands. You can have 1 diploma evaluated free of charge.

What does a diploma evaluation entail?

A diploma evaluation involves comparing your diploma with the Dutch level of education. In the Netherlands, you can study at different levels. For each level you need a certain diploma.

Many jobs in the Netherlands also require a diploma of a certain level. A diploma evaluation compares your foreign diploma with the Dutch education system.

Have your diploma evaluation by this organisation

In the Netherlands, you can have your diploma evaluated by the organisation

International Credential Evaluation (IDW)

International credential evaluation (IDW)
On the website of the international credential evaluation (IDW) organisation, you can request a diploma evaluation. You can also (call IDW via the number +31 (0)79 321 79 30 or email

How much does a diploma evaluation cost?

A diploma evaluation costs €148.83. You can have 1 diploma evaluated free of charge if one of the situations below applies to you:

  • You fled from Ukraine.

  • You started the civic integration process on 1 January 2015 or later.

  • You are becoming a Dutch citizen (naturalising).

  • You have applied for an indefinite residence permit from the

    Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

If none of the above situations apply to you or do you already have a civic integration diploma, it will cost €148.83.

What is on a diploma evaluation?

A diploma evaluation is a document containing:

  • Your name and date of birth.

  • What training you did and how long it lasted.

  • Where and when you took the training.

  • What diploma you earned.

  • With which Dutch education level your diploma is comparable.

The diploma evaluation is in Dutch and is digitally signed.

You can have these diplomas evaluated

The IDW does not compare all diplomas. The IDW does compare the following:

  • Nationally recognised diplomas.

  • Diplomas whose training lasted at least 1,000 hours.

The IDW does not compare:

  • Certificates and diplomas from short training sessions and courses.

  • Diplomas that are not internationally recognised.

  • Dutch diplomas.

If you took a training course but did not finish it, IDW can also conduct a training evaluation. For this, you must have completed at least 1 year of training.

What documents do you need for a degree evaluation?
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