What is a Nuffic Certificate?

A Nuffic Certificate ensures that you are sufficiently qualified to pursue your studies in Holland and is an assessment of:

  • your English proficiency
  • the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas

What is it for?

The Certificate can only be used for your residence permit application in the Netherlands and is made digitally available to the Dutch higher education institution you selected.

Sumbit early

We recommend you submit your application as early as possible so that you can start your study programme on time.

What it's not

Please note that the Nuffic Certificate is not a credential evaluation and does not automatically grant admission to a study programme either.

How to apply

You can submit your application online in a few steps:

  1. Create an account in the Nuffic Certificate Assessment System (NCAS).
  2. Complete your profile.
  3. Click on 'New Application'.
  4. Complete all sections.
  5. Upload the required documents.
  6. Submit your application.

Do you want to add another application? Return to your homepage and click on 'New Application'.

Required documents

You have to add a number of documents to your application. You cannot change any information or documents once you have submitted the application.
Below is an overview of the documents you need per application type:

Required documents Nuffic Certificate (145.0 kB)

Verification process

After submission we will check if your file is complete and if the scans are clear and legible. If this is not the case, we will email you. We can only start the verification process when your file is complete.

How long does it take?

We typically need between 4 and 5 weeks to assess your application. During the winter/summer holiday period, this may take longer (up to 2 months).

Track the status of your application

You can check the progress of your application in your account in NCAS. When your Nuffic Certificate is ready we will send you and the Dutch higher education institution a confirmation email. Please also check the spam folder of your mailbox.


If you have any questions, first check the FAQ section in NCAS. If your question is not answered in the FAQs, get in touch with us.