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Bircham International University
Recognition & Accreditation


Bircham International University is accredited, recognized, and is a member of several international bodies. It meets the quality standards of numerous educational organizations in various countries. More info...


Bircham International University ranking may be considered within the top ten in regards to educational quality according to the wide list of references supporting it, and the guarantees granted by its dual legal status, which merge the best of the two leading higher education systems of the world: Europe and the USA. BIU excellency has been recognized by the USDLA Education Quality Certification. More info...

Bircham International University provides much more than a diploma. The graduation set documents provide a comprehensive report of your academic achievements, credits earned and transferred, course descriptions, program textbooks, etc... The Graduation set documents do prove the extent and depth of your program of study at BIU.

These documents are: Diploma, Diploma Supplement, Transcript, Evaluation Reports (Academic Evaluation Control Form), Research Evaluation Form (Thesis or Projects). Additionally BIU provides an Official Diploma Translation (with your picture) and a Transcript Attachment describing all the courses earned at BIU in several languages. Original copies of any of these documents may be issued from Europe or the USA.

BIU distance learning degrees and transcript are signed by a Doctor from a formal traditional university, the President of BIU, and the Registrar official. These documents do not specify distance education. The diploma and other graduation documents will always be issued in English. More info...



Reputation - Bircham International University

Many Bircham International University graduates have gotten jobs or promotions at leading companies worldwide.
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A person's professional reputation depends largely on his achievements and competence. It also relies on the know-how acquired through a good education, which is finally represented by the corresponding diploma. We should not forget that a company hires problem solving skills and not just a degree.

For most companies, completing a distance learning university program is as valid as attending classes at a formal university campus. In fact, completing an distance learning university degree program demonstrates an indisputable level of willpower, responsibility, motivation, and personal organization. These skills are highly appreciated at the workplace and explain why Human Resources executives esteem those employees earning distance degrees. More info...



In 2018, the Ministry of Education in Curaçao granted a recognition to Bircham International University. This endorsement, in the form of an official charter, has been published at the web of the Government of Curaçao (Curaçao is a protectorat from the Netherlands, similar to the situation of Puerto Rico with the USA). This charter is one of the steps towards the global and indisputable recognition of the innovative and efficient distance learning higher education adapted to the needs of the working professional that defines Bircham International University. More info...


EU Adult Education - Grundtvig Program (OAPEE)
EU Curaçao Ministry of Education (Netherlands)
EU ECTS - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
EU EQF - European Qualifications Framework
EU VIP - Validation of Informal Learning
Spain Embassy English (USA)
US-Spain Chamber of Commerce
USA Accreditation References
USA Legal Compliance
USA Non Profit 501c3 Status
USA State of Delaware
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Bircham International University


The best Distance Learning University alternative to campus-based higher education.
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Distance Learning University


BIU degree programs are not accredited by the US CHEA. More info...
Non formal and independent education, leading to degrees exempt from formal recognition by a Ministry of Education. More info...



Accreditation - Education Quality


It is not the degree that makes a man great, it is the man that makes the degree great.
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The process of accreditation is non-governmental and voluntary. A distance education university normally appeals for accreditation to a private, regional, or professional association and submit an application. The accrediting institution performs an overall assessment of the university and grants the accreditation, if deemed satisfactory. Note that each accrediting organization holds its own accreditation criteria. No worldwide accreditation standards are currently available for any distance learning higher education institutions such as Bircham International University.

Higher education is usually regulated by national governments, which can enact policies governing educational institutions, and recognizing accrediting bodies, only within their own territory. However, no country has any authority to regulate a distance learning university which is legalized and issues valid diplomas from another country. As free markets, open frontiers, and individualism spread around the world, many nations are adapting to a more liberal, competitive, and diverse distance learning higher education system. Accreditation is one of the leading factors behind this global trend. Accreditation ensures academic quality through peer review.

In the United States of America (USA), there are no Federal Ministry of Education or a centralized authority to exert unanimous national control over post-secondary educational institutions. As a consequence, the USA educational institutions vary widely in the quality and specifics of their programs. USA Accreditation becomes an important factor when it comes to evaluate and recognize the value of a distance learning degree program.

Bircham International University is accredited, recognized, and is a member of several international bodies. It meets the quality standards of numerous educational organizations in various countries. Nevertheless, none of these international bodies are recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation in the USA (CHEA–USA).

CHEA is a USA non-governmental independent association grouping almost 3,000 degree-granting traditional universities. This council recognizes around 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations that provide voluntary and self-regulation processes to ensure academic quality. In the USA, accreditation by CHEA is important for two main reasons: First, it provides standards to academic quality in a country whose Constitution establishes freedom of education. Second, it distributes US Federal Grants among its members. Distance learning higher education organizations are excluded from accessing these federal grants.

It is important to stress that accreditation is not equivalent to legality or recognition; it is a non-governmental and voluntary quality standardization process. More info...


Accreditation - Education Quality - Bircham International University


AAHEA - American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation
EDUCAUSE - Higher Education Through Information Technology
EQAC - Educational Quality Accrediting Commission
IARC - International Accreditation & Recognition Council
ISTEC - Ibero American Science and Technology Education Consortium
IVU IGO - Ignita Veritas United Inter-Governmental Organization
USDLA - United States Distance Learning Association
WCRDE - World Council for Regular and Distance Education
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Non-Formal Education - Bircham International University

Is BIU an authorized distance learning degree provider?
Yes, but Bircham International University degrees are exempt from recognition by the Spain Ministry of Education. Independent higher education is authorized by the Ministry of Economy, and supervised by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
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Based in the European country of Spain, Bircham International University is licensed by registration with the Ministry of Economy of Spain, authorized for “non-formal” (distance learning) higher education and the resulting diplomas (Section 932.2). By classification as “non-formal” (not campus-based), BIU is exempt from any direct regulation by the Ministry of Education of Spain.

Under the framework of European Union law, “non-formal” (distance learning) education is assured greater academic freedom, and thus exempt from direct regulation by any Ministry of Education. Note that some positions at certain government agencies as employers, or some professional licensing bodies, may require degrees which are directly regulated by a national Ministry of Education. In this case, Bircham International University distance learning degrees cannot be used for those particular purposes.

In 2012, the European formal higher education systems and universities were merged as agreed in the Bologna Convention. Since then, European countries are considering how to recognize the full range of an individual’s knowledge, skills, and competence, which requires new approaches to validate such learning experiences. The validation of non-formal education is a priority for the European Union.

Since 2006, Bircham International University transcripts follow the directives of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). BIU is member of several institutions that play some advisory role at the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the validation of non-formal (distance) learning. More info...



Consumer Protection


Consumer Protection - Bircham International University

European consumer protection seals, plus membership into other relevant distance learning organizations worldwide, provide a solid international guarantee to all Bircham International University students in Europe, and the rest of the world. More info...

In Spain, Bircham International University is registered as authorized for “non-formal” higher education (Section 932.2) by the Ministry of Economy of Spain, by law granted greater academic freedom, and thus exempt from direct regulation by the Ministry of Education. Nonetheless, BIU is heavily regulated by strict consumer protection laws of both Spain and the European Union.

Bircham International University is directly regulated and supervised by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs of Spain, to ensure the quality of its educational programs and resulting degrees. The applicable law is the Decree on General Education No.84 of 13 May 2004 (Decreto Enseñanza General No.84 / 2004 de 13 de Mayo).

In 2005, the Spain National Institute of Consumer Affairs (Instituto Nacional de Consumo – INC); under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, awarded BIU with the official consumer protection seal. In 2011, BIU was audited and granted an Online Trust seal which demonstrates our high level of ethical commitment and responsibility towards consumers. This seal is also part of Ecommerce Europe. More info...


Online Trust Seal - Sello de Confianza Online
Spain Ministry of Consumer Affairs (INC)
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A Distance Learning University provides more than just a DEGREE.

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Professional Practice


Degree Legalization - Bircham International University

Bircham International University distance learning degrees can be internationally legalized with The Hague Apostille (for Hague signatory countries) or Embassy Legalization (for Hague non-signatory countries).
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Today, many people with all sort of degrees want to work in a different countries and professional sectors. It is important to provide options for a better diploma recognition, because not all educational institutions share exactly the same academic curriculum, and companies may require some verification about the legitimacy of the degree.

Bircham International University is simultaneously registered in the USA (Delaware) and the European Union (Spain). Consequently, all BIU distance learning degrees can be issued and legalized in these countries. More info...



Academic Acceptance - Bircham International University

Diploma recognition options facilitate acceptance by companies and other educational institutions. More info...

It is exceptional that any company or receiving institution will accept a distance learning degree by merely showing the paper diploma and other documents. How can anyone make sure that those papers were not made up? For this reason, companies and organizations all over request different means to make sure about the validity of the degrees presented to them.

Bircham International University offers several validation options from independent third party organizations as well as the standard international legalization procedures, but such options do have a costs and may take some time. Consequently BIU also provides a free web listing for the verification of any student or graduate's good standing status at BIU. This web reference is often enough for many receiving institutions.

Some American institutions may be reluctant to accept transfer credits from a “non-formal” (distance learning) university which is not accredited by a US CHEA recognized body. In some cases, partial transfer credits are accepted. Note that accreditation (including US CHEA) does not automatically provide, nor guarantee, acceptance of any distance learning degree with other educational institutions or hiring employers.

No educational institution can guarantee the acceptance of their degrees. Acceptance of higher education degrees is always entirely at the discretion of each receiving institution or employer. It also differs depending on their own policy, and the country where they are based. More info...


AAOU - Asian Association of Open Universities
ABED - Associação Brasileira de Educação a Distância
BAOL - The British Association for Open Learning
EFQUEL - European Foundation for Quality in eLearning
EFVET - European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
EU Open Education Europa
USDLA - United States Distance Learning Association
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Professional Practice

Joining the proper association is the best way to become an updated professional.
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Each profession develops its own entry requirements. Potential BIU students are advised to check, prior to enrollment, whether a Bircham International University distance learning degree is accepted at the professional practice they are seeking. Requirements for a particular profession vary widely among provinces, states, or countries. Some jobs require degrees recognized solely by a Ministry of Education; while others accept a diploma duly legalized or endorsed by a professional association.

Professional practice depends on a student experience and career and not only on the university degree. In other words, a student may qualify for a particular practice while others may not, despite holding the same degree from the same distance learning university.

Bircham International University graduates may join many professional associations. Membership requirements for each association may vary depending on the degree program, specialization and graduate resume en each occasion. BIU can not guarantee membership in all instances. BIU does not intermediate in these procedures. Bircham International University provides a list of available memberships and professional references from each faculty where some BIU graduates may belong. Contact directly the ones you select. More info...



Companies of today value those who demonstrate the will power, responsibility, motivation and capacity for self-improvement required by studying at a distance learning university.

Don't you deserve this professional recognition?


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