Diploma Comparable to
Basic Education Certificate 2 years of HAVO
West African Senior School Certificate with a C6 or higher for at least 6 subjects a HAVO diploma
Certificate I an MBO diploma level 2
Certificate II usually an MBO diploma level 3, sometimes an MBO diploma level 4
Higher National Diploma an associate degree or 2 years of HBO
Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) 3 years of HBO
Bachelor of Technology an HBO bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree ( : 4 years) an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years of WO
Bachelor's degree (duration: 5 years) an HBO bachelor's degree or a WO bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1 year of a 3-year WO master's programme in medicine
Master of Technology an HBO master's degree
Taught master's degree (duration: 1 year) an HBO master's degree or a WO bachelor's degree
Taught master's degree (duration: 2 years) an HBO master's degree or a (1-year) WO master's degree
Master of Philosophy a WO master's degree
  • You can find information about the Dutch diplomas on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • SBB evaluates foreign diplomas 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.