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Overview of Aruban diplomas

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

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MAVO-diploma

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to secondary vocational education.

MBO-diploma (EPB)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 1-4 (NLQF 1-4/EQF 1-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in vocational secondary education (EPI).

MBO-diploma (EPI, niveau 4)

  • Comparable to: MBO diploma level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in higher education.

HAVO-diploma

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

VWO-diploma

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education

Graad van Volledig Bevoegd Leerkracht (IPA)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree in education (lobo) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to part-time refresher courses in higher professional education.

Akte van bekwaamheid van de tweede graad tot het geven van voortgezet onderwijs (IPA)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor's degree in education (lovo) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to part-time refresher courses in higher professional education.

Getuigschrift van het met goed gevolg afgelegd eindexamen bedrijfseconomie (Universiteit van Aruba)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Graad van bachelor in de rechten/Bachelor of Laws (Universiteit van Aruba)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the university Master of Laws (LLM).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Universiteit van Aruba)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the university Master.

Master of Business Administration (Universiteit van Aruba)

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

Graad meester in de rechten/Master of Laws (LLM) (Universiteit van Aruba)

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