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 secondary education.

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

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2 or 3/EQF 2 or 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper 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 (theoretical programme)

  • Dutch comparison: approximately 4 years HAVO.
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years (since early 1990s).
  • Type of education: upper 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 (post-secondary institution)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: post-secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Associate Degree (university)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: generally grants access to the 3rd year of university bachelor's programmes.

Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years 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

  • Dutch comparison: 1-year WO master’s degree (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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