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Overview of Romanian diplomas

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

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Certificat de Competente Profesionale/Certificat de Calificare (Profesională) obtained in post-secondary education

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: post-secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Diploma de Bacalaureat

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diploma de Bacalaureat (obtained before 2005)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diploma de Licenţă (Ciclul I) (3 to 4 years)

  • 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.

Diploma de Inginer (Ciclul I) (4 years)

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

Diploma de Licenţă (Cilcul I and II) (5 to 6 years in regulated professions)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or as research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admision to doctorate programmes.

Diploma de Master (Ciclul II) (1 to 2 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.