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Overview of Norwegian diplomas

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

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Svennebrev (Journeyman’s certificate) of Fagbrev (Trade certificate)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final year of general secondary education (supplementary general education).

Vitnemål for Videregående Skole

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

Høgskolekandidat (university college)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO or an associate degree (NLQF 5 / EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the 3rd year of higher education bachelors.

Bachelor’s degree (university, university college or specialised university institution)

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

Master’s degree (university, university college or specialised university institution)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1½ to 2 years or 5 years (integrated programme).
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Candidatus followed by the specialisation

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5½ to 6 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.