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Overview of diplomas from Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES islands

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VSBO-tkl/MAVO-diploma

  • Comparable to: a 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

  • Comparable to: a 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

  • Comparable to: a 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)

  • Comparable to: approximately a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

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

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 4 (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)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • 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)

  • Comparable to: an 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)

  • Comparable to: a 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

  • Comparable to: an 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)

  • Comparable to: an 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)

  • Comparable to: an 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)

  • Comparable to: a 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)

  • Comparable to: an 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)

  • Comparable to: 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)

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: research-oriented education.