Education and diplomas Iraq

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Common diplomas of Iraq

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

Intermediate Baccalaureate – وثيقة مدرسية / المرحلة المتوسطة

  • 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.

Secondary School Certificate/Vocational Baccalaureate – وثيقة مدرسية / الإعدادية المهنية

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma, qualification level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Secondary School Certificate – وثيقة المرحلة الإعدادية / مدرسية

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

Technical Diploma –دبلوم فني

  • Dutch comparison: associate degree or 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Bachelor –البكالوريوس (technical institute)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market.

Bachelor –البكالوريوس (university/higher institute)

  • 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 further study in higher education (Master and Higher Diploma); for admission to master programmes the diploma must be obtained with good grades.

Bachelor – البكالوريوس in dentistry, pharmacology, architecture and veterinary medicine

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher education (Master and Higher Diploma); for admission to master programmes the diploma must be obtained with good grades.

Bachelor – البكالوريوس in medicine

  • Dutch comparison: 4 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher education (Master and Higher Diploma); for admission to master programmes the diploma must be obtained with good grades.

Higher Diploma – دبلوم عالي

  • Dutch comparison: 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 university masters.

Master – الماجستير

  • 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 doctorate programmes.

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

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