Education and diplomas Iran

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Common diplomas of Iran

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

Certificate of General Education

  • Dutch comparison: approximately 2 years HAVO (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education.

Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (technical/vocational programme)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to Associate Degrees at a postsecondary technical institute, or to pre-university courses.

Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (academic programme) (until early 1990s)

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

Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies (theoretical programme) (since early 1990s)

  • Dutch comparison: approximately 4 years of HAVO.
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to a pre-university course.

Pre-University Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Associate Degree (kârdâni) (post-secondary institution)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Associate Degree (kârdâni) (university)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: generally grants access to university bachelor's programmes.

Bachelor (kârshenâsi)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university master's programmes, if the diploma is obtained with good grades.

Master (kârshenâsi-arshad napayvasteh)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (1 year) (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctoral programmes, if the diploma is obtained with good grades.

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

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