Diplomas from Malaysia

In the table below you can find the level of Malaysian diplomas.

Working in the Netherlands

Do you want to know if you can work in the Netherlands with a certain Malaysian diploma? Go to Working in the Netherlands with a foreign diploma.

Studying in the Netherlands

Do you want to know if you can study in the Netherlands with your Malaysian diploma? Go to Studying in the Netherlands with a foreign diploma.

Diploma Comparable to
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Vokasional an MBO diploma level 1 or 2
Diploma obtained at a community college an MBO diploma level 3 or 4
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia a HAVO diploma
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia / Matriculation Certificate a VWO diploma

Unified Examination Certificate

  • with an average score of less than 75%

at least a HAVO diploma

Unified Examination Certificate

  • with an average score of 75% or higher
a VWO diploma
Polytechnic/MARA Certificate 2 years of HBO
Polytechnic/MARA Diploma 3 years of HBO
Bachelor an HBO bachelor's degree or a WO bachelor's degree
Master an HBO master's degree or 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 Malaysian education system? Please contact us.