Education and diplomas France

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Common diplomas of France

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

Baccalauréat Professionnel

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 4 (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education (mostly to short-track, specialised higher professional education programmes).

Baccalauréat Technologique

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma, or in some cases HAVO diploma with vocational subjects (NLQF 4+/4 /EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, sometimes after successful completion of entrance examinations.

Baccalauréat Général

  • 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, sometimes after successful completion of entrance examinations.

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: prepares students for the labour market, but also grants admission to further education in higher education.

Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to other forms of higher education, like the Licence Professionelle.

Licence Professionnelle

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters (professionel/de recherche).

Licence

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters (professionel/de recherche).

Master de Recherche

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

Master Professionnel

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

Diplôme de Grande École

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree, sometimes HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

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

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