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Education level of Dutch migrants living outside the Netherlands 2018

What is your level of education?*

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

August 29, 2018 to October 1, 2018

Number of respondents

4,996 respondents

Special properties

Dutch respondents who have lived abroad for at least three months

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Wat is uw hoogst gevolgde opleiding, afgesloten met een diploma? Als u een opleiding in het buitenland heeft gevolgd, kunt u het niveau aangeven dat vergelijkbaar is met een Nederlandse opleiding." (English: "What is the highest level of education you have followed and received a diploma for? If you studied abroad you can indicate the level which is equivalent by Dutch standards.")

The following is a brief overview of the levels of education which the survey participants were asked about:
WO: education at research universities oriented towards arts and sciences at bachelor, master and PhD level.
HBO: Higher professional education oriented towards professional training and taught at universities of applied science.
HAVO: A five year secondary level education program which provides access to polytechnic and tertiary level education.
MAVO: A four year secondary level education which prepares students for MBO and HAVO. Since 1999, MAVO has been incorporated into VMBO as the theoretical program. It is now known as VMBO-TL.
LBO: A lower vocational education, which emphasized vocational training, provided students with practical skills and access to the MBO level. This program has been incorporated into VMBO.
VBO: A pre-vocational education program which has been incorporated into VMBO.
VMBO: A four year pre-vocational education program combining vocational and theoretical education.

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