Education and diplomas Spain

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Common diplomas of Spain

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

Título de Técnico

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 1-4 diploma (NLQF* 1-4/EQF** 1-4).
  • Duration of schooling: varies.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education, or to postsecondary education (formación superior no universitaria), upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Título de Técnico Superior

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

Título de Bachiller

  • Dutch comparison: at least HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years (before the introduction of the bachelor’s-master’s degree structure it was 3 years).
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diplomado/Arquitecto Técnico/Ingeniero Técnico/Título de Maestro

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Licenciado/Ingeniero/Arquitecto), possibly upon completion of a transition programme.

Título Superior de Música/de Danza/en Arte Dramático

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (art education) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: higher art education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle within higher education.

Título de Graduado

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

Máster Universitario

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

Licenciado/Ingeniero/Arquitecto

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or 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 doctorate programmes.

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

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