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Common diplomas of the Philippines

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from the Philippines, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

Junior High School Diploma (from 2017)

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary education (senior high school) and secondary vocational education.

High School Diploma (katibayan/katunayan) (until 2017)

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of the diploma: access to secondary vocational education and until 2017 access to (the entrance examination for) higher education.

Associate

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: post-secondary education.
  • Purpose of the diploma: access to the labour market.

Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Bachelor (obtained at a centre of excellence)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Bachelor of Veterinary/Dental Science

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Doctor of Medicine

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programme and to the professional examination.

Juris Doctor

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programme and to the professional examination.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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