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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Diploma Comparable to NLQF level EQF level
Vocational senior middle school graduation certificate an MBO diploma, level 2 or 3 2 or 3 2 or 3
Senior middle school graduation certificate a HAVO diploma 4 4
Graduation certificate obtained after a 2-year zhuanke programme 2 years of HBO 5 5
Graduation certificate obtained after a 3-year zhuanke programme 3 years of HBO 5 5
Bachelor degree certificate an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years of WO 6 6
Bachelor degree certificate obtained at a Project 211 institution or a First Class University
an HBO or WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Master degree certificate an HBO or WO master's degree 7 7

Please note:

  • NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
  • EQF = European Qualifications Framework.
  • The NLQF or EQF level is not so much a reflection of study load or content; rather, it is an indication of a person’s knowledge and skills after having completed a certain programme of study.
  • You can find information about the Dutch diploma's on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
  • The Cooperation Organisation for Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market (SBB) evaluates statements on foreign qualifications and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.