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Accreditation

Accreditation by the independent Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders [Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie] (NVAO) shows that a study programme or institution satisfies predetermined quality requirements. An accreditation term lasts four (in the case of new study programmes) or six years. In the case of a university, accreditation is a prerequisite for securing government funding for the relevant study programme, so as to be able to issue a certificate stating the degree which is recognised by the public authorities. Accreditation is a prerequisite for students to obtain financial aid.

Until what date is my study programme accredited?

This date is listed in the accreditation decision made by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The accreditation decision for your study programme can be found on the NVAO website.

What is NVAO’s assessment of the quality of my study programme?

When assessing new study programmes, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) has three possible assessments: positive, positive with conditions, and negative. The assessment is listed in the accreditation decision and the accreditation assessment report on your study programme. You can find these on the NVAO website.

Are students involved in the accreditation of study programmes?

The NVAO website describes how students can get involved in programme accreditation, for example as members of assessment committees.

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