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

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Diploma CNC EQF Comparable to NLQF EQF
Diplôme national du brevet - - at least 3 years of general secondary education - -
Diplôme du baccalauréat général 4 4 a diploma 4+ 4
Diplôme du baccalauréat technologique 4 4 usually a VWO diploma, sometimes a diploma 4+/4 4
Diplôme du baccalauréat professionnel 4 4 an diploma level 4 4 4
Brevet de technicien supérieur 5 5 an asssociate degree or 2 years of 5 5
Diplôme universitaire de technologie 5 5 an associate degree or 2 years of HBO 5 5
Licence 6 6 an HBO bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree 6 6
Licence professionnelle 6 6 an HBO bachelor's degree or a WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Bachelor universitaire de technologie 6 6 an HBO bachelor's degree 6 6
Diplôme de Grande École 7 7 an HBO master's degree or a WO master's degree 7 7
Master 7 7 an HBO master's degree or a WO master's degree 7 7

Please note:

  • The NLQF or EQF level is not so much a reflection of study load or content, but an indication of a person’s knowledge and skills after having completed a certain study programme.
  • You can find information about the Dutch diplomas on our web pages about the Dutch education system.
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • SBB evaluates statements on foreign qualifications and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if the SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.