Education and diplomas Thailand

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Common diplomas of Thailand

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

Certificate of Secondary Education/Matayom 6

  • 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, if the applicant’s results comply with the chosen university’s standard requirements.

Certificate in Vocational Education

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma, qualification level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2 or 3/EQF 2 or 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: preparation for the labour market and access to higher education, if the applicant’s results comply with the chosen university’s standard requirements.

Associate Degree

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO or an associate degree (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the third year of a university bachelor, if obtained with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.

Diploma in Vocational/Technical Education

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: preparation for the labour market and access to the third year of a university bachelor, if obtained with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.

Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher education.

Master

  • Dutch comparison: WO master (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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