Dutch higher education institutions may provide programmes abroad (transnational education) (Dutch Bulletin of Acts, Orders, and Decrees 2018-152). Following approval, they may confer Dutch degrees upon completion of such programmes abroad.
The point of departure is that the programme abroad is largely equal to an existing programme that has already been accredited in the Netherlands.
The Minister of Education, Culture and Science decides on the (first) application and may solicit advice from NVAO to this end. NVAO has developed a protocol for the quality assessment of programmes abroad, which addresses the (component of the) advice to be provided to the Minister (i.e., NVAO does not take a decision). As a rule, in addition to soliciting advice from NVAO, the Minister will also solicit advice from the Education Inspectorate. Following receipt of the recommendations, the Minister will decide on the application.
Any re-assessment will be incorporated into a regular accreditation procedure for existing programmes, with explicit attention being focused on the annexe abroad.
Information page on the website of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science regarding the provision of programmes abroad.
If the procedure requires a site visit outside the Netherlands, the costs of a first assessment of a transnational programme are comparable to the fee for initial accreditations, i.e., EUR 18,900.
Different rates apply for non-standard procedures. The costs of visits abroad, work performed by external experts, advisory work, or work associated with additional requirements will be invoiced additionally. A residual rate applies if an application for a new programme is withdrawn.
In the Netherlands and Flanders, the board of an institution may appeal a (draft) NVAO decision.