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Comparison SA and Dutch Degrees

The table below lists the South African degrees followed by the Dutch equivalent on the right. Knowing how your qualification compares to the Dutch market will help you to represent your education level on the correct level especially when applying for positions. 

Degree or Qualification NQF Level Dutch Equivalent NLQF EQF
National Senior Certificate. With minimal requirements for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme 4 HAVO 4 4
National Diploma 7 3 years of HBO 6 6
Bachelor (3 years) 7 3 years of HBO 6 6
Bachelor (4 years) 8 HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO 6 6
Bachelor’s degree architecture (5 yrs) 8 WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Bachelor’s degree dentistry (5,5 yrs) 8 At least a WO bachelor’s degree 6 6
Bachelor (6 yrs) 8 At least a WO bachelor's degree 6 6
Bachelor Honours 8 HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO 6 6
Master (1-2 yrs) 9 HBO or WO master’s degree 7 7

 

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International schools

International schools are generally preferred by expats with children, as they are able to keep on studying in their own language and follow their previous curriculum. Although attending a Dutch school could potentially could help them learn the language faster, it does sometimes put them under some stress.