Education and diplomas Greece

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Common diplomas of Greece

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

School Leaving Certificate of an EPAS (level 3)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2 or 3 diploma (NLQF* 2-3/EQF** 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the second year of vocational secondary education (EPAL) and to vocational education (Institouto Epaggelmatikis Katartisis).

School Leaving Certificate of an EPAL (level 3)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 3 or 4 diploma (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (panellinies exetaseis), and admission to vocational education (Institouto Epaggelmatikis Katartisis).

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou with an average mark lower than 10

  • Dutch comparison: at least HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (panellinies exetaseis).

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou with an average mark of 10 or higher

  • 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, upon successful completion of entrance examinations (panellinies exetaseis).

Ptychio TEI

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

Ptychio (without final paper)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: research based education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in research based education.

Diploma from a university (with final paper)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: research based education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

Metaptychiako Diploma Eidikefsis

  • 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.

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

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