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Overview of Eritrean diplomas

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

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Diploma (TVET)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 in most cases (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 2-3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to professions such as mechanic, electrician, whitesmith, etc.

Eritrean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (science and social science, commerce)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years (3 years lower secondary and 4 years upper secondary).
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Diploma

  • Comparable to: 2 or 3 years HBO or a VWO diploma (NLQF 6/4+/EQF 6/4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2-3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or researc- oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: transfer toward a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study (master’s programmes).

Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

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

Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Dentistry

  • Comparable to: at least a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study (master’s programmes).

Master’s Degree

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