Education and diplomas Turkey

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Common diplomas of Turkey

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

Meslek Lisesi Diplomasi

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2 or 3 diploma (NLQF* 2-3/EQF** 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher professional education.

Teknik Lisesi Diplomasi

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for the general education part (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Lise Diplomasi (3 years)

  • 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 entrance examinations.

Lise Diplomasi (4 years)

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

Ön Lisans Diplomasi (Associate Degree)

  • Dutch comparison: Associate Degree or 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the third year of further study of the first cycle in higher education (Lisans).

Lisans Diplomasi (4 years)

  • 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 (Yüksek Lisans).

Lisans Diplomasi (5 years)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Yüksek Lisans).

Iktısas Sertifikası

  • Dutch comparison: at least WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: this programme does not fall under the jurisdiction of the YÖK and therefore does not award an academic title, yet it is accepted by Turkish industry as an advanced qualification.

Yüksek Lisans Diplomasi (1.5 to 2 years)

  • 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 doctorate programmes.

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

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