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Credential evaluation

When you have enrolled in Studielink for a programme at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) you will automatically receive an invitation by mail from the Central Student Admissions office (CSA) to submit copies of your diplomas and previous education for evaluation.

When you apply for a degree programme or a preparatory course at the AUAS, with a non-Dutch diploma your credentials will be evaluated by the AUAS International Office of Student Affairs Credential Evaluation Department.

You will automatically receive an invitation by mail from the Central Student Admissions office (CSA) to submit copies of your diplomas and previous education for evaluation. If you would like to start collecting the documents already this is what you will need, certified copies of:

  • ID, Passport or residence permit that is valid at the date the programme you are applying for starts (no drivers license);
  • Diplomas of your previous education with;
  • Transcripts (Grade Lists);
  • Sworn translations of all the above documents if not in Dutch, English, French, Afrikaans, Spanish or German;
  • Diploma Assessments of other institutions, e.g. from the Nuffic, the Colo, International Diploma Assessment (idW) or other educational institutes;
  • Documents to verify your level in English or Dutch depending on the degree programme of your choice.

Additional documents:

  • Chinese diplomas: include NESO/Nuffic-certificate and huikao, gaokao or General Ability Test (GAT) results;
  • American and Canadian diplomas: original official transcript (will be made available by your school at your request). Send to:
    CSA-HvA
    Weesperzijde 190
    1097 DZ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands;
  • West-Africa: a certificate of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) + scratch card with login data for www.waecdirect.org for verification purposes.
  • Spain: if not in possession of your official Título de Bachiller yet; a final grade transcript and payment receipt/request from the ministry for the official diploma. (When applying for a fast track programme also submit your results form the Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad – Selectividad (PAU)/ Evaluación de Bachillerato para el Acceso a la Universidad (EBAU)/Evaluación para el Acceso a la Universidad (EVAU)).

You will automatically receive an invitation by mail from the Central Student Admissions office (CSA) to submit copies of your diplomas and previous education for evaluation. If you would like to start collecting the documents already this is what you will need, certified copies of:

  • ID, Passport or residence permit that is valid at the date the programme you are applying for starts. (no drivers license)
  • If you are currently studying to obtain your degree send the subject/result list of the current and two previous study years;
  • Sworn translation of the aforementioned documents in Dutch, English, French, Afrikaans, Spanish or German, if the original documents are not written in one of these languages;
  • Certified declaration from your institution with the following information:
    • title of the diploma/ degree you will obtain;
    • Expected graduation date/ date you will obtain the diploma;
    • list of subjects which will be part of your final examination;
    • predicted grades.
  • Documents to verify your level in English or Dutch depending on the degree programme of your choice.

Additional documents needed:

  • American and Canadian diplomas: original official transcript (will be made available by your school at your request) send to CSA-HvA, weesperzijde 190, 1097 DZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB-Diploma) follow instructions for result release notification as explained by the IB org to make sure your results can be processed in a timely manner for enrollment and visa purposes https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/requesting-transcripts/
  • Spain: if not in possession of your official Título de Bachiller yet; a final grade transcript and payment receipt/request from the ministry for the official diploma. (when applying for a fast track programme also submit your results form the Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad – Selectividad (PAU)/ Evaluación de Bachillerato para el Acceso a la Universidad (EBAU)/Evaluación para el Acceso a la Universidad (EVAU)).

After the first evaluation, you could receive a provisional acceptance until your results and diploma, and if applicable additional documents, are re-evaluated for final acceptance and enrollment. (Note: you do need to hand in a copy of your official diploma and transcript upon final release.)

  1. Your credentials are equivalent to at least the Dutch havo/mbo-4, vwo or bachelor level depending on the entrance conditions of the programme, and your subjects match the profile requirements for the programme of your choice.
  2. You demonstrate the level of your Dutch language skills by one of these options:
  • The NT2-II Certificate from the State Exam Dutch as a Second Language, programme 2 (all four parts of NT2-II). The AUAS offers candidates who need to learn Dutch a preparatory year to prepare them for the State Exam Dutch as a Second Language. (This exam is also available at a number of embassy’s abroad. Check if the Dutch embassy near you provides this possibility.)
  • The Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language, of either the Language Proficiency for Higher Education Profile or the Academic Language Proficiency Profile.

 The language tests accepted by higher education in the Netherlands to prove your proficiency in English are determined in the Code of Conduct International Students.

  1. Your credentials are equivalent to at least the Dutch havo/mbo-4, vwo or bachelor level depending on the entrance conditions of the programme, and your subjects match the profile requirements for the programme of your choice.
  2. You will need to meet the programme requirements regarding the level of your English language skills. These requirements you can find on the website of the programme itself.
  3. Language tests can be certificates from IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Advanced English.

Information on admission requirements.  

The deadline to supply your documents for evaluation depends on the degree programme of your choice. Read the instructions on the website of the degree programme for final registration and take in account it might take four to six weeks to evaluate your credentials. If possible send the documents as soon as you have received the invitation for evaluation from the Central Student Admissions office.

If the credentials are not complete we cannot process your evaluation request.

Possible deadlines September degree programme

15 January Selection Programmes

1 May Regular degree full time programmes

February degree programme

The deadline depends on the degree programme of your choice. Read the instructions on the website of the degree programme for final registration and take in account it could take four to six weeks to evaluate your credentials.

  1. The level of your education will be compared to Dutch equivalencies.
  2. The documents themselves will be checked for security features.
  3. The additional subjects for your chosen programme and language requirements will be evaluated.

It might be necessary to ask advice from the Nuffic, an organization that supports all higher educational institutes in the Netherlands with the evaluation of foreign diplomas.

For an indication about your credentials compared to Dutch diplomas you can look at the website of Nuffic. Note: this is a shortlist and just an indication of the equivalency for the level of education. Diplomas will be evaluated individually for the specified programme and your grades and subjects could influence the final evaluation results.

Besides the Nuffic it could be possible that we contact the organisations or institutions where you obtained the documents you submitted for verification.

If you do not meet the language requirements or if you have not taken the correct subjects to match the profile requirements or you are still in the process of graduating, you will receive a provisional acceptance with an advice on how to meet these requirements. This could mean you need to take a language test or you need to take extra subjects to meet the requirements. If you have not completed your current education you may receive a provisional acceptance, pending the re-evaluation of your finished education and final results and diploma.

NOTE**we advise you to provide AUAS with the results, diplomas and language certificates for re-evaluation as soon as possible due to the fact that your final enrolment and visa application depends on finalizing all administrative procedures.

Do to summer schedules please ask your educational institute to send results/transcripts upon release in advance for you might not be able to do so in summer time.

If you receive an evaluation or enrolment rejection you do not agree with, you are advised to contact the Central Student Admissions office. You can receive more detailed information on the reason(s) for the decision csa@hva.nl.

Published by  Student Affairs 12 December 2018