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Overview of Croatian diplomas

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

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Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu (secondary vocational education - 4 years)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Svjedodžba o državnoj maturi (general education)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu (secondary arts education)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education (art education).
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Stručni Pristupnik/Pristupnica (professional short-cycle degree)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 2.5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 1st cycle in higher professional education (Professional Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea).

Professional Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea (Stručni Prvostupnik/Prvostupnica)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6 / EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher professional education (Stručni Specijalist).

University Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea (Sveučilišni Prvostupnik/Prvostupnica)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle within higher education (Magistar/Magistra, Sveučilišni Specijalist or Stručni Specijalist).

Magistar/Magistra (1-2 years)

  • 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: access to doctorate programmes.

Magistar/Magistra (5-6 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Sveučilišni Specijalist

  • 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: access to doctorate programmes.

Stručni Specijalist

  • Comparable to: an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.