In the table below you can find the level of Syrian 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 Comparable to NLQF level EQF level

Basic Education Certificate

شھادة الدراسة التعلیم الأساسي

2 years of HAVO 2 2

Vocational Secondary Education Certificate

الشھادة الثانویة المھنیة

an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 2 or 3 2 or 3

Technical Diploma Certificate

شھادة دبلوم تقاني

an MBO diploma level 4 4 4

Certificate of Associate Degree

شھادة مساعد المجاز

an MBO diploma level 4 4 4

Certificate of Licensed Assistant

شھادة مساعد المجاز

an MBO diploma level 4 4 4

General Secondary Education Certificate

شھادة الدراسة الثانویة العامة

a HAVO diploma 4 4

Bachelor / الإجازة

(duration: 4 years)

an HBO bachelor's degree or 2 years of WO 6 6

Bachelor / الإجازة

in Architecture, Engineering, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Veterinary Medicine

a WO bachelor's degree 6 6

Bachelor / الإجازة

in Medicine

1 year of a 3-year WO master's degree in medicine 7 7
Master / الماجستیر a 1-year HBO or WO master's degree 7 7

Please note:

  • NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework.
  • EQF = European Qualifications Framework.
  • 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 education system in the Netherlands.
  • The Cooperation Organisation for Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market (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.