Automatic recognition of associate degrees and PhD degrees with Benelux

This page was last modified on 31-01-2018

The Benelux countries have extended the automatic mutual recognition of higher education diplomas awarded within Benelux for:

  • associate level degrees (short courses such as: higher education certificate, the diploma van gegradueerde, the graad van gedradueerde or the getuigschrift associate degree);
  • doctorates (long cycles with a diploma issued following the defense of a thesis).

If these diplomas are obtained in Belgium or the Netherlands they are automatically recognized as academically equivalent and registered in Luxembourg. There is no procedure that needs to be followed to benefit from this recognition.

The decision is applicable with immediate effect and is added to the automatic recognition already in place for:

  • Bachelor's diplomas;
  • Master's diplomas.