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Overview of Serbian diplomas

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

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Diploma o stečenom srednem obrazovanju or Diploma/Uverenje o položenom maturskom ispitu

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

Diploma o položenom završnom ispitu

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

Diploma of a basic professional study

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to professional specialist education and to the labour market

Diploma of a basic academic study

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 or 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the 2nd cycle in higher education (master or specialist).

Diploma of a master academic study

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 or 2 years (or 5 years when 1st and 2nd cycle are combined).
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Diploma o stečenom akademskom nazivu specijaliste

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.