Diploma Supplement (in English) is given automatically and free of charge to
every student upon graduation.
Undergraduate Sample Diploma Supplement
Graduate Sample Diploma Supplement
Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document attached to a higher education diploma
aiming at improving international 'transparency' and at facilitating the
academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates
etc.). It is designed to provide a description of the nature, level, context, content
and status of the studies that were successfully completed by the individual named
on the original qualification to which this supplement is appended. It should be
free from any value-judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition.
It is a flexible non-prescriptive tool which is designed to save time, money and
workload. It is capable of adaptation to local needs.
The DS is produced by national institutions according to a template that has been
developed by a Joint European Commission - Council of Europe - UNESCO working party
that tested and refined it.
The DS is composed of eight sections (information identifying the holder of the
qualification, information identifying the qualification, information on the level
of the qualification, information on the contents and results gained, information
on the function of the qualification, additional information, certification of the
Supplement, information on the national higher education system).
Information in all eight sections should be provided. Where information is not provided,
an explanation should give the reason why.
A description of the national higher education system within which the individual
named on the original qualification graduated has to be attached to the DS. This
description is provided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centres
(NARICs) and is available on the website:
- It is not a Curriculum Vitae.
- It is not a substitute for the original qualification or a transcript.
- It is not an automatic system that guarantees recognition.
- A diploma that is more readable and easily comparable abroad.
- A precise description of their academic career and the competencies acquired during
the study period.
- Objective description of their achievements and competencies
- An easier access to opportunities of work or further studies abroad
- It fosters their employability
- It facilitates academic and professional recognition, thus increasing the transparency
- It protects national/institutional autonomy while offering a common frame which
is accepted all over Europe.
- It promotes informed judgements about qualifications that can be understood in another
- It raises the visibility of the institution abroad.
- It promotes the employability of their graduates at national and international level.
- It helps saving time since it provides the answers to a lot of recurrent questions
put to administrative services in institutions about the content and portability
New qualifications proliferate worldwide and countries are constantly changing their
qualification systems and educational structures under the impact of rapid economic,
political and technological change. An increasing number of mobile citizens are
seeking the fair recognition of their qualifications. The non-recognition and poor-evaluation
of qualifications is now a global problem. Since original credentials alone do not
provide sufficient information, it is very difficult to gauge the level and function
of a qualification without detailed appropriate explanation.
- It promotes transparency in higher education.
- It accommodates rapid changes in qualifications.
- It aids mobility, access and lifelong learning.
- It promotes fair and informed judgements about qualifications.