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Overview of Mexican diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Mexican diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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Técnico (Profesional)/Profesional Técnico

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2, 3 or 4 (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Bachiller Técnico

  • Comparable to: a 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.

Bachiller

  • Comparable to: a 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.

Técnico Superior (Universitario)/Profesional Asociado

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 1st cycle in university education (Licenciado), possibly with exemptions.

Licenciado (at least 4½ years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: at least 4½ years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle in university education (Maestro or Certificado de Especialización).

Certificado de Especialización

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree or an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 6-7/EQF 6-7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Maestro(a)

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.