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Common diplomas of Germany

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

Realabschluss/Abschluss/Zeugnis der Klasse 10 der Hauptschule/Sekundarabschluss/Mittlere Reife

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 1 or 2/EQF** 1 or 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary education.

Fachhochschulreife

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

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Diploma-Vorprüfungszeugnis (Fachhochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: 1.5 to 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 1.5 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final 1.5 or 2 years of integrated study programmes of the first cycle in higher professional education.

Zwischenprüfungszeugnis/Diplom-Vorprüfungszeugnis (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final 2 years of integrated study programmes of the first and second cycle in research oriented education (Magister, Diploma or Staatsprüfung).

Fachhochschuldiplom (Gesamthochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher professional education.

Diplom (Fachhochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3.5 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher professional education.

Bachelor (Fachhochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: at least 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher education.

Bachelor (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in research oriented education.

Magister, Diplom, Lizentiat (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 4.5 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Lizentiat (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule)

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

Staatsprüfung (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master (Fachhochschule)

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

Master (Wissenschaftliche Hochschule)

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

Diplom/Magister (Gesamthochschule)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

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

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