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Let’s find out about the different types of diplomas in the world!

Each country has its own educational system, degrees and levels of classification.
We can, however, separate the different systems into three categories: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate.
Worldstudent.com is based on the following criteria:

undergraduate = 2-3 years,
graduate = 4 years, and
postgraduate = 5-8 years.

This is the most commonly accepted system of academic level measurement ; the exception is the United States and Canada, who run by a slightly different classification system:

undergraduate = 4 years,
graduate = 5 years,
and postgraduate = 6-8 years.

The following chart will allow you to compare the different Educational Systems .
This information will help you to compare your own degree to others and also to evaluate the level of study you need to have in order to enroll the program of your choice.


Country § Institutions 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5/6 Years 7/8 Years and more
UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATE POSTGRADUATE
Australia
Universities Associate Diploma Advanced Diploma Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Diploma Master’s Degree Doctorate
TAFE Diploma Advanced Diploma
United States
Colleges/Universities Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree
MBA
Doctorate
PhD — LLD - JD

Community Colleges

Associate Diploma

Canada
Universities Baccalauréat
Bachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree
MBA - DESS
Doctorate

C. Colleges /CEGEP

Certficat/DEC Certficat
United Kingdom
Univeristies Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor Honours Postgraduate Certficat § Diploma
Masters - MBA
Doctorate
Higher Doctorate

Technical Colleges

National Diploma High Nat. Diploma
Ireland
Universities Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree Doctorate

Technical Colleges

National Certificate National Diploma Bachelor’s Degree
France
Universités DEUG Licence Maîtrise DEA — DESS Doctorat

Ecoles/Gdes Ecoles

BTS — IUT - Prépa Diplôme Ecole Diplôme Ecole Diplôme Grandes Ecoles - Masteres
Spain
Facultad Licenciado Ingeniero Magister Diploma de Especialisacion Doctorada

Escuelas Univ. Tecnicas

Diplomado
Ingeniero Tecnico
Portugal
Universidade Licenciatura Licenciatura
Mestrado
Mestrado
Doutoramento

Politecnicos

Bacharel
Italy

Universita

Dip. Universitario Dip.Universitario

Dip. Di Laurea Dip. Di specializzazione Dottorati di Ricerca
SDAFS Dip. Universitario Dip. Universitario
Greece
Universities (AEI)   Ptychion Metaptychion
Diplomatouchos
Michanikos
Didaktorikon

Institutes (TEI)

Diplom TEI    
Germany
Universität Zwischenprüfung Diplom
Magister Artium
Promotion

Fachhochschulen

Vordiplom Diplom FH
Austria
Universität Diplomprüfung Magister Diplom Master Diplom Doktorat

Fachhochschulen

Magister  
Netherlands
Universities (WO) Doctorandus (DRS)
Ingenieur (IR) Meester (MR)
Doctoraal Programma Postdoctorale Opleiding

Hogescholen (HO)

Baccalaureus ingenieur
Belgium
Universités Candidature   Licence Licence spéciale Maitrise Doctorat

Htes ecoles/ Hogescholen

Graduats

Switzerland
Universités Zwischenprüfung   Lizentiat Masters DEA - DES Doctorat

Ecole Tec. Sup.(ETS)

Diplom ETS
Denmark
Universiteter Hojere Bachelorgraden Kandidateksamen Kandidateksamen Licenciatgraden Doctorgrad Magistergrad

Laeranstalter

Bachelorgraden Kandidateksamen Licenciatgraden  
Finland

Universities

Kandidaati Tutkinto Maisteri Tutkinto Lisensiaati Tutkinto Lisensiaati Tutkinto Tohtori Tutkinto
Sweden
Universities Hôgskoleexamen Kandidatexamen Magisterexamen Licenciatexamen Doctorsexamen

Institutes

Yrkesexamen Yrkesexamen Yrkesexamen Yrkesexamen  
 
Norway

Universities

Candidatus a magisterii (cand.mag.) Cand. Philol. Cand. Polit. Cand. Scient. Doctorate