RA qualifications for foreign (prospective) accountants

If you have qualifications on secondary or higher education level and you would like to study Accountancy in the Netherlands, your first step is to contact the university where you would like to register. In order to determine admission and possible exemptions you can ask for an evaluation of your certificate(s).

It is also possible to study Accountancy at First degree level at a university of applied sciences ('hogescholen / HBO').

Make sure that, before you arrive in the Netherlands, you have all the documents needed to enter and stay in the country.

Please note that students with EEA (EU plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) nationality do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students who plan to stay in the Netherlands for a period of three months or longer, have to apply for a residence permit at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service to legally stay in the Netherlands. First check with your university whether they make the necessary arrangements for you, or if you have to do it yourself .

Diploma recognition and evaluation of foreign diplomas: Nuffic

Nuffic is one of the largest and prominent knowledge centers in Europe in the field of international recognition of diplomas. Nuffic has been designated by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as the Dutch recognition information center for two European networks: NARIC and ENIC.

Nuffic offers the following services and products in the field of credential evaluation:

  • Evaluation of foreign diploma
  • Evaluation of Dutch diploma
  • Credential evaluation courses
  • Consultancy and projects

Where possible, a foreign diploma is equated with a Dutch diploma. If the foreign study was too specific, Nuffic will at least try to indicate a comparable level. It'll take into account the individual courses or modules that were taken, the study load and the academic level of the programme. Nuffic evaluates credentials or provides telephone advice on request.

For more information, please visit Nuffic's website.