The DS is automatically generated along with the degree certificate and gives a supplementary description of the qualification obtained by the candidate. This is not a substitute for the final diploma, but a supplement to it. The intention is to “secure a fair academic and professional recognition of the qualification across frontiers (“international transparency”)”.
The DS follows a specific format, and is divided into eight sections. Section eight, which describes the system of higher education in the given country, is a fixed common text for all DS issued in the given country. A description of the Norwegian education system is also included.
When applying for jobs in Europe or further studies, you should include copies of both the diploma and diploma supplement for evaluation of your degree. The DS is only valid when used in conjunction with the diploma.
Read more about the Diploma Supplement