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Overview of Estonian diplomas

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

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Põhikooli lõputunnistus

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 9 years.
  • Type of education: primary education and lower secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to upper secondary general education.

Lõputunnistus põhihariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2 or 3 diploma (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2.5 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in secondary vocational education (Lõputunnistus keskhariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta), upon completion of 1 additional year of secondary general education.

Lõputunnistus keskhariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 1st cycle of higher professional education (Rakenduskõrgharidusõppe diplom).

Lõputunnistus kutsekeshariduse omandamise kohta

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.

Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus

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

Bakalaureusekraad (Ülikool)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Magistrikraad at a Ülikool or Rakduskõrgkool).

Magistrikraad (1-2 years, Ülikool)

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

Magistrikraad (5-6 years, Ülikool)

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

Rakenduskõrgharidusõppe diplom (Rakenduskõrgkool)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Magistrikraad at a Ülikool or Rakduskõrgkool).

Magistrikraad (Rakenduskõrgkool)

  • Comparable to: an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.