Education and diplomas Ethiopia

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Common diplomas of Ethiopia

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

Ethiopian General Secondary Education Certificate/10th Grade National Examination

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

Diploma Technical and Vocational Education

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2 or 3 diploma (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.

Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate/Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (at least 6 subjects with A, B of C)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Diploma obtained at a university or College (1 year)

  • Dutch comparison: 1 year HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university bachelors, sometimes with exemptions.

Diploma obtained at a university or College (2 years)

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

Bachelor (3 years, from 2006-2007)

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years HBO or 1 year WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Bachelor (4 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the university masters.

Master (2 years)

  • Dutch comparison: (1 year) HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

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

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