Education and diplomas Denmark

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Common diplomas of Denmark

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

VET Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualifaction level 2-4 diploma (NLQF* 2-4/EQF** 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if the applicant’s results comply with the chosen university’s and/or study programme’s standard requirements.

Højere Handelseksamen (HHX)/Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Studentereksamenbevis (STX)/Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Academy Profession degree (AK)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher professional education (Professionsbachelor), sometimes with exemptions.

Professional Bachelor’s degree/professionsbachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4.5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in university education (Candidatus/Master’s degree).

Bachelor’s degree (BA/BSc) (universiteit)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in university education (Candidatus/Master’s degree).

Candidatus degree (MA/MSc)

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

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

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