Netherlands Embassy in Tirana, Albania

Frequently asked questions

I have studied in the Netherlands for the last 2 years and I would like to be part of your Alumni network. What should I do?

Please send your study details (name of the University, level/field of study, period), a scanned copy or clear photograph of your diploma as well as your contact details (e-mail, phone number) to the address: tir@minbuza.nl. You will then be part of the Embassy Alumni Network.

Is my Albanian qualification also valid in the Netherlands?

Two bodies evaluate various types of foreign qualification:

  • the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) evaluates qualifications for theoretically-based junior vocational education, general and pre-university secondary education, and higher education; (link)
  • the Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market (SBB) evaluates apprenticeships and senior vocational qualifications. (link)

Certain fees apply for these services.

I have heard that Universities in the Netherlands are ranked amongst best in Europe. How can I go to study there?

If you intend to study at the university level, please refer to the section “Study Without a Scholarship” or “Scholarships”. There are numerous opportunities of English-taught courses depending on your chosen field of study.

I plan to continue my postgraduate studies in the Netherlands, but I can’t afford them. What can I do ?

In this case, you can check whether you are eligible for a scholarship. More information on this can be found here.

I work for a large national commercial organization. Am I eligible to apply for a fellowship?

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme is intended to improve the capacities of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. Therefore, the following organizations are considered not eligible: multinational corporation, large national and/-or commercial organization, bilateral donor organization, multilateral donor organization and international NGO.

Which costs does the NFP fellowship cover?

The fellowship covers the costs of the tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance and thesis research.

What does an NFP Master’s degree programme fellowship application consist of?

-    A completed online application form

-    An employer’s statement nominating the candidate for an NFP fellowship

-    A copy of valid official identity document

-    A motivation letter

-    Plan of action when you return to your employing organization

What is the difference between the academic deadline and fellowship deadline?

Academic deadline refers to the application at the Dutch university/institute (end of the first phase of application). Fellowship deadline refers to the last possible date to apply online for the fellowship end of the second phase.

I am a public administration officer and would be interested to know if the Embassy offers trainings and if yes, in which areas?

Albania is part of the new MATRA Pre-Accession Training Programme - MATRA PATROL, commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aims to strengthen institutional capacity in the Rule of Law – during the period 2012-2015. The Netherlands Government will provide full fellowships to the selected participants. A full list of courses is available at the section “MATRA Trainings Programme”

We need group training for our senior staff which is based on our specific needs, is this possible?

Your request can be addressed to our Tailor-Made-Course programme. It offers to your organization the opportunity to have very specific trainings from Dutch specialized institutions and learn from their relevant experience. More info on Tailor Made Courses on the application criteria, deadlines and procedure can be found here.