On 1 May 2006, the Code of Conduct with respect to international students in Dutch higher education came into effect.
This Code sets out standards for Dutch higher education institutions in their dealings with international students. By signing the Code of Conduct, the institutions are offering international students a guarantee of the quality of their programmes, student recruitment, selection and counseling procedures.
Only institutions that have signed up to the Code are allowed to recruit international students from outside the European Union. This Code of Conduct is an initiative of the Dutch institutions and the Dutch government. Students from outside the EU, seeking a course at an institution of higher education that did not sign the Code of Conduct, will not be able to obtain visas.