Education and diplomas Bulgaria

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Common diplomas of Bulgaria

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

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanje - Диплома за средна (cпециално) образовагие, with a professional qualification (квалификация) (vocational stream)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for the general education part (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (Konkursen).

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie - Диплома за средна образовагие (academic stream)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (Konkursen).

Diploma za Zavarsheno Poluvisshe Obrazovanie with the degree of Specialist

  • Dutch comparison: at most an HBO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Diploma za visshe obrazovanie - Magister).

Diplom za visshe obrazovanie na obrazovatelno kvalifikatsionna stepen (Profesionalen) Bakalavr - Диплома за висше образоние на образователно-квалификационна степен бакалавр

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor's degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Diploma za visshe obrazovanie- Magister).

Diploma za visshe obrazovanie na obrazovatelno kvalifikatsionna stepen Magister - Диплома за висше образоние на образователно-квалификационна степен магистер

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

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

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