Every institution we have accredited has been independently inspected and verified by EEQA inspectors. They have assessed across these areas, and you can look at our standards for more detailed information.

Every institution we accredit meets the requirements to operate by law in their country of operation.

Different countries have different laws, regulations, types of institutions and recognition that exist within these frameworks. Even more confusingly for an international student, sometimes reputation, the country of operation, and the model of the provision will provide more recognition internationally than others.

For example, a larger provider operating on an international scale will often be accepted as a legitimate provider worldwide due, in part, to its global reputation. Whereas a smaller institution that operates more locally and is not as well-known will often not be automatically accepted as a recognised provider in all countries - even though it is also legitimately operating and provides a good standard of education.

Points 1 and 2 do not mean that institutions have automatic recognition everywhere - and this is because of point 3. You may also find the answer to the question above helpful.

EEQA Accreditation is recognised and accepted around the world as an international marker of quality. However, just like international trade, travel, or immigration rules - all countries operate in different ways, with their own laws and requirements regarding education. (Just as individual institutions are also able to choose their own entry requirements.)

Sometimes our accreditation will be enough/combined with other recognition for an institution to be accepted.

Sometimes other requirements or conditions need to be met that holding our accreditation alone will not satisfy.

If needed in an application or letter, you can link to your institution's listing on our directory. We hope that this helps you.

We have two distinct roles:

In the USA, we accredit institutions as an approved body on behalf of the third-party certification body (the US government does not provide certification, all certification must be a legal and recognized third-party certification body). You can read more here.

Internationally, we provide a world-class inspection and benchmarking service for institutions interested in improving their international educational offering. Learn more here.

There are other types of accreditation bodies that perform different roles.

EEQA and our Accreditation is recognised around the world in many different ways (depending on local context and laws), including approved regulatory status in some countries and external voluntary status in others, MoUs with governments and Ministries of Education, and memberships and affiliations with other education organisations concerned with international quality assurance.

Sometimes a country will not recognise QA bodies from outside of the country, or we have simply not yet worked in a particular region or area. We are always happy to enter into dialogue with governments and ministries to either explain who we are and what we do or work with them to find a way for us to accredit institutions in the country that works in alignment with local laws, regulations, and requirements. If you need something specific, such as a letter explaining what EEQA Accreditation is, please contact the EEQA Office.

No, we find that this question usually comes from confusion over terminology, different uses of the word accreditation in different contexts, and what our accreditation covers. EEQA Accreditation is an internationally renowned quality standard, and we have independently inspected every institution that carries its EEQA Badge of Accreditation. You might also find the answers to this question about what our accreditation is and this question about whether we accredit courses helpful.

First, you must try to resolve the matter according to the institution's complaints procedure. If you contact us before doing so, we will tell you that we cannot get involved until there is a situation where you have tried to resolve the matter with the institution, and they have not responded satisfactorily.

If you have tried to do the above and believe that the institution has not acted in compliance with their policies and procedures or the EEQA Code of Ethics, then you can contact EEQA:

Please write to us to outline your complaint/grievance and attach all correspondence and evidence that you have concerning the complaint in email or post.

If our assessment of the evidence submitted determines that we need to investigate further, EEQA will contact the institution directly on your behalf. We will keep you informed throughout the process.

Please see more information on complaints in the EEQA Accreditation Handbook.

We only accredit institutions that have been inspected and have successfully completed the process, receiving approval for accreditation from The EEQA Accreditation Committee.

If an institution is accredited, they are listed on the directory.

If an institution is not on our directory, they are not accredited (or are no longer accredited - and this is the same as not accredited).

If an institution is accredited, it only covers the institution we have inspected (you can check the address on the directory) – not any of their partners.

Our accreditation cannot be bought, conferred, transferred, or associated in any way with a non-accredited institution.

The EEQA‘s is a top student destination and global leader in the international education sector. We accredit our institutions here, so you can benefit from the world-class experience that studying in the any country or region will deliver - in a safe and supportive environment.

You can use our directory of institutions to find those that appeal to you - and then approach them about what you need to do to apply to study there.

For example, if you need to study in the UK, Organizations that may be able to help you with questions about studying in the UK:

UKCISA (The UK Council for International Student Affairs)

UK ENIC (The UK national agency for international qualifications and skills)

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration - Part of the UK Government Home Office)

You can also find information about the Short-term study visa and the Standard visitor visa on UKCISA's website.