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Overview of Colombian diplomas

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

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Técnico Profesional

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2- 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
    Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 1st cycle in higher professional education (Tecnólogo).

Bachiller Académico

  • Comparable to: approximately a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (Examen de Estado/ICFES).

Tecnólogo

  • Comparable to: at least an MBO diploma level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 1st cycle in higher professional education (Tecnólogo especializado) or, after completion of 1 year practical experience, to further study of the 1st cycle in university education (Licenciado/Título Profesional).

Tecnólogo Especializado

  • Comparable to: at most 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Licenciado/Título professional

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 7 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
    Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Magister and Especialista).

Especialista

  • Comparable to: at least an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Magister

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
    Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.