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Overview of Costa Rican diplomas

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

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Técnico de Nivel Medio

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market.

Bachiller en Educación Media (rama académica)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Bachillerato (possibly after PAA/prueba de admisión) and Diplomado.

Bachillerato (4 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: mostly at least 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Licenciatura and the labour market.

Licenciatura

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 1 years, depending on the previous education.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Especialidad Profesional or Maestría and the labour market.

Maestría

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