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Overview of Finnish diplomas

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

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Ammatillinen perustutkinto/Yrkesinriktad grundexamen

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of matriculation examinations.

Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamenbevis/Matriculation Examination Certificate

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

Kandidaatti/Kandidat/Bachelor

  • 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 further study of the 2nd cycle within higher education.

Ammattikorkeakoulututkinto/Yrkehögskoleexamen/Bachelor

  • 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 at universities (Maisteri/Magister/Master) and, upon completion of 3 years of work experience, to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher professional education (Ylempi ammattikorkeakoulututkinto/Högre yrkeshögskoleexamen/Master).

Maisteri/Magister/Master

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

Ylempi ammattikorkeakoulututkinto/Högre yrkeshögskoleexamen/Master

  • Comparable to: an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 1.5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university post-master education (Lisensiaatti).