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Overview of Afghan diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Afghan diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Vocational Education Certificate

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.

12 Grade Graduation Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Bachelor of Arts/Science

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university masters.

Bachelor of Engineering/Veterinary Medicine

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university masters.

Masters

  • Comparable to: a 1-year WO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.