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Overview of Surinam diplomas

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

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MULO diploma

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education and to secondary vocational education.

NATIN diploma

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher professional education and to research-oriented higher education, sometimes upon completion of a transition year.

HAVO diploma

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher professional education and to research-oriented higher education, sometimes upon completion of a transition year.

Certificate for the Algemeen Vormende Fase

  • Comparable to: approximately a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: grants access to the vocational phase of the study programme to become a teacher.

VWO diploma

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

Bachelor of Arts (AHKCO)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 year.
  • Type of education: higher art education.

Bachelor of Applied Technology (BTech) (Polytechnic College Suriname)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (higher technical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years (evening programme).
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Getuigschrift Jeugdtandverzorger

  • Comparable to: 3 years HBO (higher health education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).

Akte van bekwaamheid tot het geven van Gewoon lager onderwijs

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (higher pedagogical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.

MO-A Akte

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (higher pedagogical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher pedagogical education.

MO-B Akte

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (higher pedagogical education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (Anton de Kom Universiteit)

  • 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.

5-year (old style) doctoraal in de maatschappijwetenschappen

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented education.