Diploma Supplement

Diploma Supplement (general information)

Nowadays an increasing number of students of different educational establishments are looking for recognition of their qualifications outside their home country. Since original credentials alone do not provide sufficient information, it is very difficult to estimate the level and function of a qualification without detailed explanations.

These explanations are provided by a special legal document named the Diploma Supplement (DS) which accompanies a national higher education diploma, providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.

The Diploma Supplement is developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO aimed at aiding mobility and access to lifelong learning opportunities. It promotes transparency in higher education and fair and informed judgements about qualifications obtained in other countries.

The Diploma Supplement is based on a special evaluation system – ECTS – the European Credit Transfer System which states that by completing a course, seminar, module etc. a student gets awarded with ECTS-credit points. Every ECTS credit point stands for a certain amount of work load. Typically, one year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits.

The Diploma Supplement has eight sections of information: 1) information identifying the holder of the qualification; 2) information identifying the qualification; 3) information on the level of the qualification; 4) information on the contents and results gained; 5) information on the function of the qualification; 6) additional information; 7) certification of the supplement; 8) information on the national higher education system.

National higher education institutions produce the supplement strictly according to a template jointly developed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.


For students, the Diploma Supplement offers:

  • an addition to the national diploma that is more readable and easily comparable abroad;
  • a precise description of student’s academic career and competencies acquired during the study period;
  • an objective description of student’s achievements and competencies;
  • easier access to opportunities of work or further studies abroad;
  • raise of student’s mobility and employability

If you are interested in further information on getting the Diploma Supplement at TSUAB, please contact Department of International Education Programs, Room 302a, Building 1