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Comparison of diplomas and degrees in the Netherlands and Russia
Comparison of diplomas and degrees in the Netherlands and Russia
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Comparison of diplomas and degrees in the Netherlands and Russia

A table of equivalence of diplomas issued in Russia and the Netherlands, will help determine the program level that may qualify the student on the basis of the existing diploma.

In the Netherlands there are several types of educational institutions: research universities, WO, and the universities of applied Sciences, HBO. Programs of the research universities in most cases is shorter and richer than the application.

The transition from training to applied research in the Dutch universities often requires additional training – from several months to a year. That is why when choosing a program, it is important to compare the levels of Russian and Dutch educational programmes and diplomas, as well as carefully examine the requirements of the universities when applying.


Russia Holland
A certificate of basic General education The levels of NLQF - / EQF – high school
Certificate - vocational school The MBO diploma, level 1 or 2 or 1-2 NLQF / EQF 1-2
Certificate of secondary (complete) General education The HAVO diploma, the levels of NLQF 4 / EQF 4
Diploma of secondary vocational schools The HAVO diploma, the levels of NLQF 4 / EQF 4
Diploma of specialized secondary educational institution The HAVO diploma, the levels of NLQF 4 / EQF 4
Diploma of incomplete higher education 2 years of training in applied HBO or University 1 year of teaching in a research University WO - levels 5-6 NLQF / EQF 5-6
Specialist, 5 years Diploma HBO MSc, MA or indicating the subject area - M Arch or diploma WO BA, BSc or indicating the subject area - for example, B Arch - EQF levels 6/7
Specialist, 5½ years Diploma WO BA, BSc or indicating the subject area - for example, B Arch - EQF level 7
Bachelor's degree, 4 years HBO diploma BA or BSc with an indication of the subject area - for example, B Arch - the levels of the NLQF 6 / EQF 6
Master Diplomas HBO, WO MA, MSc or specifying the subject area, for example, - M Arch - the levels of the NLQF 7 / EQF 7

Read about programs that lead to applied and research degrees BA, BSc, MA, MSc.