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Overview of New Zealand diplomas

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

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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NCEA Level 2

Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4) or an MBO diploma level 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
Duration of schooling: 2 years.
Type of education: general secondary education.

NCEA Level 3 (with sufficient credits from general level 3 subjects)

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 education.

Bachelor’s degree

Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
Duration of schooling: 3 years.
Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 1st cycle in higher education (honours year).

Bachelor Honours Degree

Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
Duration of schooling: 1 year (after a bachelor) or 4 years (as an integrated programme).
Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Master’s Degree

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