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Overview of Japanese diplomas

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

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High School Certificate of Graduation (卒業証明書 Sotsugyoshomeisho)

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

Associate degree obtained at a junior college (2 years)

  • Comparable to: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final 2 years of a bachelor in higher education (NIAD-QE), upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Associate degree obtained at a junior college (3 years)

  • Comparable to: 3 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final 2 years of a bachelor in higher education (NIAD-QE), upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Associate (Diploma) obtained at a college of technology (5 years)

  • Comparable to: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the 3rd year of a university bachelor.

Diploma (専門士 senmonshi) obtained at a professional training college

  • Comparable to: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university bachelor.

Advanced Diploma (高度専門士 kodo senmonshi) obtained at a professional training college

  • 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: access to master's degree programmes, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Bachelor’s degree (学士 Gakushi)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master's degree programmes, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Bachelor’s degree conferred by NIAD-QE (学士 Gakushi)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Master’s degree (修士 Shushi)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate progammes, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.