Education and diplomas Switzerland

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Common diplomas of Switzerland

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

Berufsmaturität/Fachmaturität/Specialised Maturity Certificate

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

Maturity Certificate/Maturitätszeugnis/Maturitätsausweis/Certificat de Maturité

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

Diplom – 4 years (Fachhochschule/Haute École Spécialisée)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor (University/ETH)

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

Bachelor (Fachhochschule/Haute École Spécialisée)

  • 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 masters in higher professional education (Fachhochschulen).

Diplom/Diplôme/Lizentiat/Licence (University/ETH)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7 / EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: research based.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master (University/ETH)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1.5 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: research based.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master (Fachhochschule/Haute École Spécialisée)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1.5 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to specialised advanced programmes in higher professional education (Certificate, Diploma or Master of Advanced Studies).

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

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Subject-based immersion study visit to Birmingham

1 December 2019 10 a.m. - 6 December 2019 6 p.m.
Birmingham
On this study visit you will experience subject-based immersion in an English school. You will also attend the prestigious SSAT National Conference in Birmingham.