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Overview of Bulgarian diplomas

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

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Diploma za sredno obrazovanie - Диплома за средно образование with a professional qualification (квалификация) (vocational stream)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma for the general education part (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general and secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (konkursen).

Diploma za sredno obrazovanie - Диплома за средно образование (academic stream)

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

Diploma za zavarsheno poluvisshe obrazovanie - Диплома за Завършено Полувисше Образование with the degree of Specialist

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor's degree at most (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to further study in higher education (Diploma za visshe obrazovanie - Magister).

Diplom za visshe obrazovanie na obrazovatelno kvalifikatsionna stepen (Profesionalen) Bakalavr - Диплома за висше образование на образователно-квалификационна степен бакалавр

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to further study in higher education (Diploma za visshe obrazovanie - Magister).

Diploma za visshe obrazovanie na obrazovatelno kvalifikatsionna stepen Magister - Диплома за висше образование на образователно-квалификационна степен магистер

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 or 2 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to doctorate programmes.