In the table below you can find the level of diplomas from the Flemish Community of Belgium. You cannot derive any rights from it.

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Diploma FQF EQF Comparable to NLQF EQF
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs - Beroepssecundair Onderwijs (BSO) 4 4 a HAVO diploma for the general education part, an diploma level 3 for the vocational education part 4 + 3 4 + 3
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs - Kunst Secundair Onderwijs (KSO) 4 4 a diploma, sometimes an diploma with vocational subjects 4+ or 4 4
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs - Technisch Secundair Onderwijs (TSO) 4 4 a VWO diploma, sometimes an HAVO diploma with vocational subjects 4+ or 4 4
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs - Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO) 4 4 a VWO diploma 4+ 4
Diploma van Gegradueerde 5 5 an associate degree 5 5
Bachelor via a professioneel gerichte bacheloropleiding 6 6 an bachelor’s degree 6 6
Bachelor via a bachelor-na-bacheloropleiding 6 6 an HBO bachelor’s degree 6 6
Bachelor via an academisch gerichte bacheloropleiding 6 6 a bachelor’s degree 6 6
Master via a masteropleiding 7 7 a WO master’s degree 7 7
Master via a master-na-masteropleiding 7 7 a WO master's degree 7 7

Please note:

  • The NLQF or EQF level is not so much a reflection of study load or content, but an indication of a person’s knowledge and skills after having completed a certain study programme.
  • You can find information about the Dutch diplomas on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • The SBB evaluates foreign diplomas and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if the SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.