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Overview of Iranian diplomas

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

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Certificate of General Education

  • Comparable to: approximately 2 years HAVO (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary education.

Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (technical/vocational programme)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to associate degrees at a postsecondary technical institute, or to pre-university courses.

Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (theoretical programme)

  • Comparable to: approximately 4 years HAVO.
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years (since early 1990s).
  • Type of education: upper secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to a pre-university course.

Pre-University Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Associate Degree (post-secondary institution)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: post-secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Associate Degree (university)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: generally grants access to the 3rd year of university bachelor's programmes.

Bachelor

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university master's programmes, if the diploma is obtained with good grades.

Master

  • Comparable to: a 1-year WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctoral programmes, if the diploma is obtained with good grades.