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IQR is an evidence-based peer review of higher education institutions outside of the UK.

During IQR we analyse institutions' quality assurance approaches and benchmark against the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

International Quality Review (IQR), offered by QAA to overseas providers, is established as a well-documented and demanding process, fully in line with the ESG.

ENQA, 2018

Watch this video for a brief overview of IQR:

You can also read our introduction to International Quality Review for more information.

An Introduction to International Quality Review

Publication Date: 06 Apr 2017

Who is it for?

IQR is ideal for institutions who want to attract more students, strengthen their global positioning or begin to form long-lasting partnerships with UK institutions.

What are the benefits?

IQR enables higher education institutions outside of the UK to demonstrate that their own approaches to quality assurance are effective and comparable with international best practice.

The application process

To apply, complete the Application Form using the Terms and Conditions for guidance.

If your application is successful, we conduct a scoping visit. This allows us to assess if you are eligible for IQR and enables you to learn more about the process and requirements.

If eligible, we then arrange and conduct the review.


For further information about IQR, please contact our Innovation and Enterprise team who will be in touch as soon as possible.

Review handbook

International Quality Review Handbook July 2016

Publication Date: 31 Mar 2016

Published IQR Reports



International Quality Review of Kuwait International Law School

Publication Date: 30 Nov 2017



International Quality Review of Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao

Publication Date: 27 Feb 2017

International Subject Review of Macao Polytechnic Institute - Subject: Nursing

Publication Date: 06 Mar 2017