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Overview of French diplomas

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

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Baccalauréat Professionnel

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education (mostly to short-track, specialised higher professional education programmes).

Baccalauréat Technologique

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma, or sometimes a HAVO diploma with vocational subjects (NLQF 4+/4 /EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, sometimes after successful completion of entrance examinations.

Baccalauréat Général

  • 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, sometimes after successful completion of entrance examinations.

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: prepares students for the labour market, but also grants admission to further education in higher education.

Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to other forms of higher education, like the Licence Professionelle.

Licence Professionnelle

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters (professionel/de recherche).

Licence

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters (professionel/de recherche).

Master de Recherche

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

Master Professionnel

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree, sometimes an HBO 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.

Diplôme de Grande École

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree, sometimes an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.