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Common diplomas of Bulgaria

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Bulgaria, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

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

  • Dutch comparison: 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)

  • Dutch comparison: 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

  • Dutch comparison: at most an HBO bachelor's degree (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

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or 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

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or 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.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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