Education and diplomas Finland

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Common diplomas of Finland

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

Ammatillinen perustutkinto/Yrkesinriktad grundexamen

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2-4 diploma (NLQF* 2-4/EQF** 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of matriculation examinations.

Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamenbevis/Matriculation Examination Certificate

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

Kandidaatti/Kandidat/Bachelor

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

Ammattikorkeakoulututkinto/Yrkehögskoleexamen/Bachelor

  • 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 at universities (Maisteri/Magister/Master) and, upon completion of 3 years of work experience, to further study of the second cycle in higher professional education (Ylempi ammattikorkeakoulututkinto/Högre yrkeshögskoleexamen/Master).

Maisteri/Magister/Master

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

Ylempi ammattikorkeakoulututkinto/Högre yrkeshögskoleexamen/Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 1.5 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university post-master education (Lisensiaatti).

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

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