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Overview of Egyptian diplomas

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

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Basic Education Certificate

  • Comparable to: approximately 2 years HAVO (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to upper general secondary education or to vocational secondary education at a technical secondary school.

Secondary School Technical Diploma

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to subsequent postsecondary study at a Intermediate (Technical) Institute or to further study of the 1st cycles in higher professional education, if the diploma has been obtained with a score of at least 70%.

Diploma of Advanced Technical Studies

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further education of the 1st cycle in higher professional education, if the diploma has been obtained with a score of at least 75%.

General Secondary Education Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Technical Institute Diploma

  • Comparable to: an MBO qualification level 4 diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: postsecondary education (vocational secondary education or higher professional education).
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the first cycle in higher education, if the diploma is obtained with a score of at least 75%.

Higher Diploma of Technology

  • Comparable to: 3 years HBO (higher technical education) (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor's degree (Higher Institutes)

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

Bachelor's degree (University)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Master or Diploma of Higher Studies).

Diploma of Higher Studies (1 year)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree or HBO master’s degree (NLQF 6-7/EQF 6-7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Diploma of Higher Studies (2 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Master's degree

  • Comparable to: a 1-year WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.