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Common diplomas of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

VSBO-tkl/MAVO-diploma

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2)
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to secondary vocational education (SBO).

HAVO-diploma

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education

VWO-diploma

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education

Certificate of Secondary Education (CXC-examen) met ten minste 5 vakken op het niveau van general en met de cijfers 1, 2 of 3 (St. Maarten, Caribbean Examination Council)

  • Dutch comparison: approximately HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

SBO-diploma (niveau 4) van de opleiding tot middenkaderfunctionaris

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 4 diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in higher education.

Associate of Arts (in Business/in General Liberal Arts) (University of St. Martin)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2/3 diploma (NLQF 2 or 3/EQF 2 or 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Bachelors within the same university (University of St. Martin).

Bachelor of Arts in Education (University of St. Martin)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree in education (teaching - lobo) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor of Science (Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to subsequent university Masters.

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor (Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree in engineering (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to subsequent university Masters.

Bachelor of Education (Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree in education (teaching - lovo) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to subsequent university Masters (Master of Education).

Bachelor of Law (Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to subsequent university Masters (Master of Law).

Akte van Bekwaamheid tot volledig bevoegd onderwijzer (Akademia Pedagógico Kòrsou)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree in education (teaching - lobo) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Getuigschrift Operatieassistent (Instituto para Formashon den Enfermaria)

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Master of Law/Meester in de Rechten (Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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