Diplomas from Hong Kong

In the table below you can find the level of Hong Kong diplomas.

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Diploma Comparable to
Diploma of Foundation Studies an MBO diploma level 3
Diploma of Vocational Education an MBO diploma level 3
Diploma Yi Jin/Yi Jin Diploma a HAVO diploma for the general education part
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) obtained from 2024 with a 2, 3, 4, 5*, 5** or "attained" for 5 subjects, including Chinese and English a HAVO diploma

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) obtained from 2024 in 6 subjects with:

  • a 3, 4, 5* or 5** for the subjects Chinese and English;
  • a 2, 3, 4, 5* or 5** for the subject maths and 2 electives; and
  • "attained" for the subject Citizen and Social Development.
at least a HAVO diploma
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) obtained before 2024 with a 2, 3, 4, 5* or 5** for 5 subjects, including Chinese and English a HAVO diploma

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) obtained before 2024 in 6 subjects with:

  • a 3, 4, 5* or 5** for the subjects Chinese and English
  • a 2, 3, 4, 5* or 5** for the subjects Liberal Studies, maths and 2 electives
at least a HAVO diploma
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) with a 3, 4 or 5* or an A, B, C, D or E for 6 subjects a HAVO diploma

The following combination:

  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) with a 3, 4 or 5* or an A, B, C, D or E for 6 subjects; and
  • Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Examinations (HKASLE) with an A, B, C, D or E for the subjects in which students took exams.
at least a HAVO diploma

The following combination:

  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) with a 3, 4 or 5* or an A, B or C, D or E for 6 subjects; and
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) with an A, B, C, D of E for the subjects in which students took exams.
a VWO diploma
Associate Degree an associate degree or 2 years of HBO
Higher Diploma an associate degree or 2 years of HBO

Bachelor's degree, : 4 years

(obtained after 2012)

an HBO bachelor's degree or a WO bachelor's degree

Bachelor's degree, duration: 3 years

(obtained before 2012)

an HBO bachelor's degree or a WO bachelor's degree
Master's degree an HBO master's degree or a WO master's degree
Master of Philosophy a WO master's degree
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • You can only use the MBO comparison if you want to check whether a diploma can give access to Dutch higher education. If you want to check the level of this diploma because you are looking for work, please contact the IDW. The diploma may then be compared to another MBO level.
  • Do you have another question about the Hong Kong education system? Please contact us.