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Overview of Nepalese diplomas

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

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School Leaving Certificate (SLC)

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years (grades 9-10).
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: possibly access to upper general and vocational secondary education (HSEB (Migration) Certificate). And/or access to upper secondary vocational education (Diploma/Certificate/I.Sc.Ag).

Proficiency Certificate (CTVET)

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

HSEB (Migration) Certificate (Humanities/Sciences)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years (grades 11-12).
  • Type of education: general upper secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

HSEB (Migration) Certificate (Management/Education)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4 EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 jaar (grades 11-12).
  • Type of education: general upper secondary and vocational education..
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Bachelor (3 years)

  • Comparable to: 3 years HBO (NLQF 6 / EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to master programmes.

Bachelor (4 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to master programmes.

Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5-5½ years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university masters.