Education and diplomas Colombia

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Common diplomas of Colombia

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

Técnico Profesional

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2-4 diploma (NLQF* 2-4/EQF** 2- 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
    Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the first cycle in higher professional education (Tecnólogo).

Bachiller Académico

  • Dutch comparison: approximately HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (Examen de Estado/ICFES).

Tecnólogo

  • Dutch comparison: at least MBO qualification level 4 diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the first cycle in higher professional education (Tecnólogo especializado) or, after completion of 1 year practical experience, to further study of the first cycle in university education (Licenciado/Título Profesional).

Tecnólogo Especializado

  • Dutch comparison: at most 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Licenciado/Título professional

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 7 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
    Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Magister and Especialista).

Especialista

  • Dutch comparison: at least HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.

Magister

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 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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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.