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

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Diploma PRK level EQF level Comparable to NLQF level EQF level
Dyplom zawodowy (vocational diploma) at PRK level III new system III 3 an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 2 or 3 2 or 3
Dyplom zawodowy (vocational diploma) at PRK level IV new system IV 4 an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Dyplom ‎potwierdzający kwalifikacje zawodowe (diploma of confirmed vocational qualification) – old system IV 4 an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Świadectwo ‎ukończenia technikum (certificate of completion of the technikum) IV 4 a HAVO diploma for the general education part 4 4
Świadectwo ukończenia liceum ogólnokształcącego (certificate of completion of the general lyceum) IV 4 a HAVO diploma 4 4
Świadectwo dojrzałości (maturiteitscertificaat) IV 4 a VWO diploma 4+ 4
Dyplom ukończenia kolegium (diploma of completion of a college) V 5 3 years of higher professional education (HBO) 5 5
Dyplom inżynier VI 6 an HBO or a WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Dyplom licencjat VI 6 an HBO or a WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Dyplom magister VII 7 an HBO or a WO master's degree 7 7
Dyplom magister inżynier VII 7 an HBO or a WO master's degree 7 7
Dyplom ukonczenia jednolitych studiów magisterskich (diploma of completion of an integrated master's programme) VII 7 an HBO or a WO master's degree 7 7

Dyplom lekarz/ lekarz dentysta/ lekarz weterynarii (diploma doctor/ dentist/veterinarian)

VII 7 a WO master's degree 7 7

Please note:

  • PRK = Polska Rama Kwalificacji, Polish Qualifications Framework.
  • 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 diplomas 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.