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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. Since September 1, 2017 a new version is valid in replacement of earlier versions.

The Code of Conduct is a joint initiative of the Dutch government and higher educational institutions and contains agreements which 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.

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 view the Code of Conduct and the Rules and Regulations here:

Videos on Code of Conduct

In the video below it is explained what the Code of Conduct in general means.

In this video the complaint procedure is explained step by step and who, when and why a complaint can be lodged by the National Commission.