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Overview of Latvian diplomas

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Atestāts par arodizglītību

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 1 or 2 (NLQF 1-2/EQF 1-2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper vocational secondary education

Apliecība par profesionālo pamaztizglītību

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2-3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper vocational secondary education.

Diploms par profesionālo vidējo izglītību

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: upper vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher ecucation.

Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher ecucation.

Diploms par pirmā līmeņa profesionālo augstāko izglītbu

  • Comparable to: 2 to 3 years of HBO.
  • Duration of schooling: 2-3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bakalaura Diploms (Universitāte, Akadēmija, Augstskola or Institūts)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3-4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education

Mağistra Diploms (Universitāte, Akadēmija, Augstskola or Institūts)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: grants access to doctorate programmes.

Profesionālā Bakalaura Diploms

  • 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 further study of the 2nd cycle in higher professional education

Profesionāla Maģistra Diploms

  • Comparable to: an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.