Education and diplomas Croatia

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Common diplomas of Croatia

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

Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu (secondary vocational education - 4 years)

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

Svjedodžba o državnoj maturi (general education)

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

Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu (secondary arts education)

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

Stručni Pristupnik/Pristupnica (professional short-cycle degree)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 2.5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the first cycle in higher professional education (Professional Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea).

Professional Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea (Stručni Prvostupnik/Prvostupnica)

  • 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: access to further study of the second cycle in higher professional education (Stručni Specijalist).

University Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea (Sveučilišni Prvostupnik/Prvostupnica)

  • 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: access to further study of the second cycle within higher education (Magistar/Magistra, Sveučilišni Specijalist or Stručni Specijalist).

Magistar/Magistra (1-2 years)

  • 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: access to doctorate programmes.

Magistar/Magistra (5-6 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Sveučilišni Specijalist

  • 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: access to doctorate programmes.

Stručni Specijalist

  • Dutch comparison: HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

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

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