In the table below you can find the level of Spanish 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 MECES EQF Comparable to NLQF EQF
Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO) - - Please contact us for a credential evaluation - -
Título de Técnico - - an diploma 1, 2, 3 or 4 1, 2, 3 or 4 1, 2, 3 or 4
Título de Técnico Superior 1 5 at least an MBO diploma level 4 4 4
Título de Bachiller - - at least a diploma 4 4
Título Superior + field of study in art 2 6 an bachelor 6 6
Graduado 2 6 an HBO bachelor or bachelor 6 6
Arquitecto Técnico
(old system)
2 6 an HBO bachelor 6 6

Diplomado
(old system)

- - an HBO bachelor 6 6

Ingeniero Técnico
(old system)

- - an HBO bachelor 6 6

Maestro
(old system)

2 6 an HBO bachelor 6 6

Graduado en Farmacia/ Graduado en Medicin/
Graduado en Odontología/ Graduado en
Veterinaria

2 6 at least a WO bachelor 6 6
Máster Universitario 3 7 an HBO master or WO master 7 7

Arquitecto
(old system)

3 7 an WO master or HBO master 7 7

Ingeniero
(old system)

- - an WO master or HBO master 7 7

Licenciado
(old system)

- - an WO master or HBO master 7 7

Please note:

  • Next to the Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), Spain is also developing a national qualifications framework for lifelong learning: Marco Español de Cualificaciones para el aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida (MECU). See also the MECU website of the Ministry of Education (in Spanish only).
  • 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 Dutch education system.
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • 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.