Education and diplomas of Costa Rica

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Common diplomas of Costa Rica

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

Técnico de Nivel Medio

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2-4 (NLQF* 2-4/EQF** 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market.

Bachiller en Educación Media (rama académica)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Bachillerato (possibly after PAA/prueba de admisión) and Diplomado.

Bachillerato (4 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: mostly at least 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Licenciatura and the labour market.

Licenciatura

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 1 years, depending on the previous education.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Especialidad Profesional or Maestría and the labour market.

Maestría

  • Dutch comparison:: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to Doctorado and the labour market.

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

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