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Common diplomas of Cyprus

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Cyprus, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

Apolytirion from a School for Technical and Vocational Education (Techniki kai Epaggelmatiki Scholi/Τεχνική και Επαγγελματική Σχολή)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma, qualification level 3 or 4 (NLQF* 3 or 4/EQF** 3 or 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to higher education after passing the entrance exams (Pancyprian examinations).

Apolytirion from the Lykeio/Απολυτήριον Λυκείου with an average final mark lower than 15, or with the specialisation commerce and services, or fine arts

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education after passing the entrance exams (Pancyprian examinations).

Apolytirion from the Lykeio/Απολυτήριον Λυκείου with an average final mark of 15 or higher and with the specialisation classical studies and humanities, or foreign languages and European studies, or economic sciences, or natural sciences/life sciences/information science/technology

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education after passing the entrance exams (Pancyprian examinations).

Bachelor/Πτυχίο from a University

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to master programmes.

Bachelor/Πτυχίο from a Higher Education Institution

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to master programmes.

Master/Μάστερ/Μεταπτυχιακό Δίπλωμα from a University

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7)
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access the labour market and to doctorate programmes.

Master/Μάστερ/Μεταπτυχιακό Δίπλωμα from a Higher Education Institution

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7)
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access the labour market and to doctorate programmes.

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

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