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In the table below you can find the level of Pakistani 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 Pakistani 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 Pakistani diploma? Go to Studying in the Netherlands with a foreign diploma.

Diplomas secondary education

Diploma PQF level Comparable to NLQF level EQF level
Secondary School Certificate 3 a VMBO-T diploma 2 2
Matriculation Certificate 3 a VMBO-T diploma 2 2
Diploma in Commerce 4 an MBO diploma level 2 2 2
Diploma of Associate Engineer 4 an MBO diploma level 3 of 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Higher Secondary School Certificate with grade D or E as final result 4 at least a VMBO-T diploma 2 2
Intermediate School Certificate with grade D or E as final result 4 at least a VMBO-T diploma 2 2
Higher Secondary School Certificate with grade A1, A, B or C as final result 4 a HAVO diploma 4 4
Intermediate School Certificate with grade A1, A, B or C as final result 4 a HAVO diploma 4 4

Diplomas higher education

Diploma PQF level Comparable to NLQF level EQF level

Bachelor of Arts (Pass)

5 a VWO diploma 4+ of 5 4+ of 5
Bachelor of Science (Pass) 5 a VWO diploma 4+ or 5 4+ or 5
Bachelor of Commerce (Pass) 5 2 years of HBO or an associate degree 5 5
Bachelor of Business Administration (Pass) 5 2 years of HBO or an associate degree 5 5
Bachelor of Technology (Pass) 5 2 years of HBO or an associate degree 5 5
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 6 3 years of HBO or 1 year of WO 6 6
Bachelor of Science (Honours) 6 3 years of HBO or 1 year of WO 6 6
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), duration: 3 years 6 3 years of HBO 6 6
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), duration: 4 years 6 an HBO bachelor’s degree 6 6
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours), duration: 3 years 6 3 years of HBO 6 6
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours), duration: 4 years 6 an HBO bachelor’s degree 6 6
Professional bachelor, duration: 4 years 6 an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO 6 6
Professional bachelor, duration: 5 years 6 a WO bachelor’s degree 6 6
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) 6 a WO bachelor’s degree 6 6
Master 7 Please contact us for a diploma evaluation 6 or 7 6 or 7
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) 7 a 1-year WO master’s degree 7 7

Please note:

  • PQF = National Qualifications Framework of Pakistan
  • NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
  • EQF = European Qualifications Framework
  • 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.
  • The Cooperation Organisation for Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market (SBB) evaluates statements on foreign qualifications 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.