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

Working in the Netherlands

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

Diploma Comparable to NLQF EQF
Basic Education Certificate 3 years of general secondary education - -
National Technical Certificate (NTC) an diploma 2 or 3 2 or 3 2 or 3
National Business Certificate (NBC) an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 2 or 3 2 or 3
Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC) an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Advanced National Business Certificate (ANBC) an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
National Diploma (ND) an MBO diploma level 4 4 4
West African Senior School Certificate from the WAEC including at least 6 subjects with grade C6 or higher. a diploma 4 4
Senior School Certificate from the NECO including at least 6 subjects with grade B3 or higher. a HAVO diploma 4 4
Higher National Diploma (HND) an associate degree or 2 years of 5 5
Bachelor's degree, duration: 4 years an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years of 6 6
Bachelor's degree, duration: 5 years an HBO or a WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) a WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Postgraduate diploma Please contact us for a credential evaluation 6 6
Master's degree Please contact us for a credential evaluation 6 or 7 6 or 7

Please note:

  • The NLQF or EQF level is not so much a reflection of study load or content, but an indication of a person’s knowledge and skills after having completed a certain study programme.
  • You can find information about the Dutch diploma's on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • SBB evaluates foreign diplomas and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if the SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.