Education and diplomas Belgium

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Common diplomas of Flanders


View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Flanders, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, Beroepssecundair Onderwijs (BSO, Secondary Vocational Education)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 4 (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Diploma van secundair onderwijs, Kunst Secundair Onderwijs (KSO, Secondary Art Education)/Technisch Secundair Onderwijs (TSO, Technical Secondary Education)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma or HAVO diploma (NLQF 4+ or 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, richting Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs (ASO, General Secondary Education)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Diploma Academisch gerichte bachelor/Academisch gerichte Bachelor-na-bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters.

Diploma Professioneel gerichte bachelor/Professioneel gerichte Bachelor-na-bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor's degree (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters, upon successful completion of a bridging programme.

Diploma Master/Master-na-master

  • Dutch comparison: WO master's degree, in some cases HBO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

Diploma van Gegradueerde (HBO5)

  • Dutch comparison: Associate's Degree (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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Common diplomas of Wallonia


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Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur, enseignement professionnel

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualifcation level 4 (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 to 7 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur, enseignement artistique/technique

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma or HAVO diploma (NLQF 4+ or 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur, enseignement general

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Grade de Bachelier (university education)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: grants admission to university Masters (Grade académique de Master).

Grade de Bachelier (type long)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters, upon successful completion of a bridging programme.

Bachelier professionalisant (type court) and Bachelier de spécialisation

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters, upon successful completion of a bridging programme.

Grade de Master/Master de spécialisation (national degrees only)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master's degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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Nuffic publishes 6 new descriptions of foreign education systems

24 January 2019
Nuffic has published 6 new descriptions of foreign education systems in recent weeks: Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Tunisia and Venezuela.

Subject-based immersion study visit to Birmingham

1 December 2019 10 a.m. - 6 December 2019 6 p.m.
Birmingham
On this study visit you will experience subject-based immersion in an English school. You will also attend the prestigious SSAT National Conference in Birmingham.