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Overview of Greek diplomas

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

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School Leaving Certificate of an EPAS (level 3)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the 2nd year of vocational secondary education (EPAL) and to vocational education (Institouto Epaggelmatikis Katartisis).

School Leaving Certificate of an EPAL (level 3)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for the general education part (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (panellinies exetaseis), and admission to vocational education (Institouto Epaggelmatikis Katartisis).

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou with an average mark lower than 10

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (panellinies exetaseis).

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou with an average mark of 10 or higher

  • 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, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (panellinies exetaseis).

Ptychio TEI

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

Ptychio (without final paper)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in research-oriented education.

Diploma from a university (with final paper)

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

Metaptychiako Diploma Eidikefsis

  • 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.