Education and diplomas Estonia

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Common diplomas of Estonia

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

Põhikooli lõputunnistus

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 9 years.
  • Type of education: primary education and lower secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to upper secondary general education.

Lõputunnistus põhihariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2 or 3 diploma (NLQF 2/3/EQF 2/3).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2.5 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study in secondary vocational education (Lõputunnistus keskhariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta), upon completion of 1 additional year of secondary general education.

Lõputunnistus keskhariduse baasil kutseõppe läbimise kohta

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2, 3 or 4 diploma (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the first cycle of higher professional education (Rakenduskõrgharidusõppe diplom).

Lõputunnistus kutsekeshariduse omandamise kohta

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.

Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus

  • 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.

Bakalaureusekraad (Ülikool)

  • 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 (Magistrikraad at a Ülikool or Rakduskõrgkool).

Magistrikraad (1-2 years, Ülikool)

  • 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.

Magistrikraad (5-6 years, Ülikool)

  • Dutch comparison: 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: admission to doctorate programmes.

Rakenduskõrgharidusõppe diplom (Rakenduskõrgkool)

  • 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: admission to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Magistrikraad at a Ülikool or Rakduskõrgkool).

Magistrikraad (Rakenduskõrgkool)

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

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

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