Education and diplomas Sweden

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Common diplomas of Sweden

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

Högskoleförberedande Examen från Gymnasieskolan with vocational courses

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for the general education component (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education with vocational components.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, if programme-specific requirements are met.

Högskoleförberedande Examen från Gymnasieskolan

  • Dutch comparison: VWO or HAVO diploma (NLQF 4+/4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, if programme-specific requirements are met.

Högskoleexamen/University Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: in most cases several years HBO or Associate Degree (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.

Kandidatexamen/Bachelor’s degree

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters (Master/Magister).

Yrkesexamen/Professional degree

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or WO master’s degree (NLQF 6-7/EQF 6-7).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 5.5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Magisterexamen/Master’s degree

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

Masterexamen/Master’s degree

  • 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.

Licenciatexamen

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years of a doctorate programme (NLQF 8/EQF 8).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research based.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the final 2 years of doctorate programmes.

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

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