Education and diplomas Poland

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Common diplomas of Poland

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

Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Szkoly Zawodowa (Basic vocational school)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 2 (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to supplementary general secondary education (Liceum) or to supplementary technical secondary school.

Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Zawodowego (Vocational lyceum - 4 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.

Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Zawodowego (Vocational lyceum - 4 years)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of the Matura examinations.

Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Technikum Zawodowego (Technical lyceum - 4 or 5 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: secondary technical school.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of the Matura examinations.

Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Technikum Zawodowego (Technical lyceum - 4 or 5 years)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma for its general education component (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational school.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of the Matura examinations.

Swiadectwo Ukonczenia Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of the Matura examinations.

Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego (General lyceum)

  • 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 education (the Matura (Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci) examinations have already been passed).

Dyplom with the degree of Licencjat / Inzynier

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

Dyplom with the degree of Magister

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

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

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