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Overview of Rwandan diplomas

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

Working in the Netherlands

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Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education

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

Professional Certificate of Secondary Education A2

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Advanced Diploma in Higher Education

  • Comparable to: 3 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 2.5 years.
  • Type of education: 1st cycle higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: prepares students for the labour market, but also grants access to further study in higher educaction.

Bachelor with Honours

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: 1st cycle higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to master programmes, if the bachelor is obtained with Secondary Class Upper Division.

Master

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: 2nd cycle higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.