Flanders introduced the Diploma Supplement in 1991. It was made compulsory at universities in 1991 and at university colleges in 1994.
The current Diploma Supplement is based on a model developed by the European Commission (EU), the Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES in 1998. It offers independent information on the degree programmes in order to enhance international transparency and fair recognition of diplomas. The Diploma Supplement provides information on the level, orientation, context, content and status of the programme successfully completed by the person mentioned on the diploma and the Diploma Supplement.
The Diploma Supplement is awarded automatically to all students regardless the programme followed.
The Diploma Supplement is free of charge. It is automatically delivered in Dutch and upon a student's request in English.