Education and diplomas Latvia

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Common diplomas of Latvia

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

Atestāts par arodizglītību

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma (qualification level 1 or 2) (NLQF* 1-2/EQF** 1-2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper vocational secondary education

Apliecība par profesionālo pamaztizglītību

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

Diploms par profesionālo vidējo izglītību

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

Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību

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

Diploms par pirmā līmeņa profesionālo augstāko izglītbu

  • Dutch comparison: 2 to 3 years of HBO.
  • Duration of schooling: 2-3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bakalaura Diploms (Universitāte, Akadēmija, Augstskola or Institūts)

  • Dutch comparison: WO or HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3-4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher education

Mağistra Diploms (Universitāte, Akadēmija, Augstskola or Institūts)

  • Dutch comparison: WO or HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: grants access to doctorate programmes.

Profesionālā Bakalaura Diploms

  • 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 further study of the second cycle in higher professional education

Profesionāla Maģistra Diploms

  • Dutch comparison: HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

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

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