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Overview of Spanish diplomas

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

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Título de Técnico

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma 1, 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 1-4/EQF 1-4).
  • Duration of schooling: varies.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education, or to postsecondary education (formación superior no universitaria), upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Título de Técnico Superior

  • Comparable to: at least an MBO diploma level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: post-secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Título de Bachiller

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years (before the introduction of the bachelor’s-master’s degree structure, it was 3 years).
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diplomado/Arquitecto Técnico/Ingeniero Técnico/Título de Maestro

  • 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 further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Licenciado/Ingeniero/Arquitecto), possibly upon completion of a transition programme.

Título Superior de Música/de Danza/en Arte Dramático

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (art education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: higher art education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle within higher education.

Título de Graduado

  • 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 further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education.

Máster Universitario

  • 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.

Licenciado/Ingeniero/Arquitecto

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