Level of diplomas
In the table below you can find the level of Chinese 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 senior middle school graduation certificate
|an diploma, level 2 or 3
|Senior middle school graduation certificate
|Graduation certificate from a 2-year non-degree programme (zhuanke)
|2 years of
|Graduation certificate fromr a 3-year non-degree programme (zhuanke)
|3 years of HBO
|Bachelor degree certificate
|an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years of
|Bachelor degree certificate from a Project 211 institution (up until August 2021) or First Class University (from September 2021)
|an HBO or WO bachelor's degree
|Master degree certificate
|an HBO or WO master's degree
- 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.
Secondary vocational education (middelbaar beroepsonderwijs, MBO). MBO prepares pupils for the professional practice or further study. This type of education follows on from VMBO; its duration will depend on the chosen qualification. MBO comprises 4 levels (I-IV). Read more on the website of SBB.
Senior general secondary education (hoger algemeen voortgezet onderwijs, HAVO). A HAVO diploma is awarded upon successful completion of a 5-year programme of general secondary education.
Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). Dutch higher education distinguishes between research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) and higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). HBO is more oriented towards professions in specific areas than WO, and has traditionally been offered at universities of applied sciences (hogescholen).
Research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO). Dutch higher education distinguishes between research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) and higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). WO is oriented more towards theory and research than HBO, and has traditionally been offered at research universities (universiteiten).