Recognition and equivalence of a foreign diploma or certificate in Flanders
Do you want to work or study in Flanders, but do you have a foreign diploma or certificate? Please note that you might have to get your diploma or certificate recognised or declared equivalent.
You have graduated and are looking for a job
If you are a graduate, you can contact NARIC-Flanders (NARIC-Vlaanderen) for the recognition of the following diplomas and certificates:
- diploma of secondary education
- diploma of higher education
- diploma or certificate of adult education
You can also contact NARIC-Flanders for the professional recognition of a foreign teaching diploma, that you acquired in the European Economic Area or in Switzerland. This free procedure allows you to transfer your teaching competence from an EEA country to Flanders. You will find more information on the recognition procedures and application forms on the NARIC-Flanders website.
The recognition process is different for a diploma or certificate that gives you access to a regulated profession (apart from teaching) and that you acquired in the European Economic Area or in Switzerland. In that case, NARIC will refer you to the competent service.
You have not graduated yet and want to continue your studies
If you have not graduated yet and you would like to further your education in Flanders, you will have to contact the school, college of higher education or university where you would like to enrol as a pupil or student. The education institution itself will evaluate the certificates and diplomas. However, education institutions do not deliver official recognitions of foreign study certificates, but only determine, possibly after a test, at which level you may enrol as a pupil or student.
The education institution will give you further information on the documents you will have to submit. This procedure via the education institution is usually not free of charge.
NARIC-Vlaanderen (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) (NARIC-Flanders)
Koning Albert II-laan 15