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Estimated time required: the completion of this step really depends on the school’s schedule. Average time ranges from one to two weeks.

Schools that successfully complete the Preparation Step can apply for the Eligibility Committee, Step 2 of the application process.



Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Schools that wish to apply for EABHES Accreditation, and after completing step 1, shall submit an Eligibility Application, consisting of:
- Letter of intent
- Presentation of the school (in the Study Plan and Pedagogical Content Form - Part I)
- Presentation of the programme (in the Study Plan and Pedagogical Content Form - Part I)

A submitted letter of intent shall state the motivations of the school to apply for accreditation. It shall also describe the goals and strategy of the school and how they foresee the role of EABHES in supporting the achievement of the school’s mission and vision.

The Eligibility Application will be reviewed by the EABHES Eligibility Committee, that will approve it, or approve it conditionally, or decline it, based on the following criteria:
- School’s potential compatibility with Bologna Process and ECTS standards
- School’s vision and strategy, and its alignment with EABHES Accreditation
- School’s potential to successfully prepare for the audit within the given timeline
- The school’s strong show of a code of ethics through accurate and faithful public contents, inclusiveness and adoption of non-discrimination principles
- School’s commitment to facilitate job market access for its students
- School’s commitment to advance internationalisation and mobility

EABHES holds 3 Eligibility Committee meetings per year, in February, June and November. The Committee Report with its results is issued and sent to the school within 10 days after the Committee meeting. In the case of conditional approval, the school will be provided a timeframe to introduce or develop the EABHES recommendations, that will be detailed in the report.

Schools that obtain approval, can move to Step 3, the Pedagogical Committee.



The Pedagogical Committee reviews the general pedagogical framework of the programme applying for accreditation with the aim of assessing its compatibility with the Bologna Process pedagogical guidelines, the European Qualifications Framework and the ECTS system.

Section 2.4. Programme Design and ECTS Credit Allocation of this handbook and the second online workshop of Step 1- Preparation: “Pedagogical Implementation” serve as a guide for schools in implementing the ECTS system in their study plans and adapting to the EHEA standards. When needed, EABHES will provide the school with further individual assistance and support.

Required documentation to be submitted to EABHES for the Pedagogical Committee:
- Proof of implementation of the recommendations made by the Eligibility Committee, if applicable, and - Programme pedagogical contents (in the Study Plan and Pedagogical Contents Form - Part II).