Education and diplomas Iceland

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Common diplomas of Iceland

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

Sveinprof, obtained at a Iðnskóli or Sérskóli

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma (NLQF 2-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary education.

Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), obtained at a Menntaskóli

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

Bachelor/Baccalaureus

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1.5 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.

Candidatus

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 6 years (integrated bachelor's-master's programme), but may also have a duration of 1 to 2 years (following a bachelor's in Agricultural Science, Obstetrics or Psychology).
  • Type of education: higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.

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

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