ISCED mappings are the outputs of an collaborative process between the UIS and Member States to map national education systems according to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED).

These mappings are essential tools for organizing information on national education systems, their programmes and related qualifications in order to ensure the cross-national comparability of education statistics and indicators and to assist analysts to understand and interpret them.

ISCED mappings ensure a transparent process of coding national education programmes and related qualifications into comparable categories for use in international statistics by linking the classification criteria to the properties of the education programmes and their related qualifications.

The mappings provide clear guideposts on how to report national education data for international purposes. For example, in some education systems basic education lasts for eight years as opposed to a clear delineation between primary and lower secondary levels in terms of duration and content. ISCED provides the framework to help statisticians classify diverse systems in such a way that they can be compared across countries.

How are the mappings produced?

In 2007, the UIS launched a special survey to gather detailed information on national education systems worldwide. The survey includes a range of questions for each education programme on issues such as entry requirements, entry age, duration and diplomas obtained, as well as their corresponding ISCED level for pre-primary to tertiary education. In addition, countries are consulted individually, when necessary, to resolve potential classification problems which might compromise the comparability of their education data.

Based on this information, the UIS produces individual ISCED mappings for each country in consultation with national statisticians. In particular, we are working closely with sub-Saharan African countries to improve their ISCED mappings as part of efforts to improve data quality in the region.

Who uses the mappings?

First and foremost, the mappings help Member States to report their data in an internationally comparable framework. In turn, the UIS uses the mappings to ensure the international comparability of its education statistics. In addition, data users can look at the mappings for more specific information on a country’s education system.
 
Finally, the mappings also facilitate the work of other international and regional statistical organizations as they undertake comparative data collections, including household surveys and population censuses.

Below are the validated mappings based on ISCED 1997 and ISCED 2011.

ISCED 2011 mappings of missing countries are currently being finalised. They will be posted on this page as they are validated by the UIS and relevant national authorities.

ISCED 2011 Operational Manual         En | Fr |Sp  
ISCED 2011 Classification          Ar | Ch | En | Fr | Ru |Sp  
ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013          Ar | Ch | En | Fr | Ru | Sp  

 

ISCED Revisions 1997, 2011
 Country ISCED Revision  Country  ISCED Revision
Arab States    

 North America and Western Europe

   
Algeria 1997 2011 Andorra   2011
Bahrain 1997 2011 Austria 1997 2011
Djibouti 1997 2011 Belgium (Flemish)   2011
Egypt 1997 2011 Belgium (Francophone)   2011
Iraq 1997 2011 Canada 1997 2011
Jordan 1997 2011 Cyprus 1997 2011
Kuwait 1997 2011 Denmark 1997 2011
Lebanon 1997 2011 Finland 1997 2011
Libya 1997 2011 France 1997 2011
Mauritania 1997 2011 Germany 1997 2011
Morocco 1997 2011 Gibraltar    
Oman 1997 2011 Greece 1997 2011
Palestine 1997 2011 Iceland 1997 2011
Qatar 1997 2011 Ireland 1997 2011
Saudi Arabia 1997 2011 Israel 1997 2011
Sudan 1997 2011 Italy 1997 2011
Syrian Arab Republic 1997 2011 Liechtenstein   2011
Tunisia 1997 2011 Luxembourg   2011
United Arab Emirates 1997 2011 Malta   2011
Yemen 1997 2011 Monaco   2011
      Netherlands 1997 2011
Central and Eastern Europe     Norway 1997 2011
Albania     Portugal   2011
Belarus 1997 2011 Spain 1997 2011
Bulgaria 1997 2011 Switzerland 1997 2011
Croatia   2011 Sweden 1997 2011
Czechia 1997 2011 United Kingdom 1997 2011
Estonia 1997 2011 United States of America 1997 2011
Hungary 1997 2011 South and West Asia    
Latvia 1997 2011 Afghanistan   2011
Lithuania 1997 2011 Bangladesh 1997 2011
Montenegro     Bhutan 1997 2011
Poland 1997 2011 India 1997 2011
Rep. of Moldova 1997 2011 Iran 1997  
Romania 1997 2011 Maldives 1997 2011
Russian Federation 1997 2011 Nepal 1997 2011
Serbia     Pakistan 1997 2011
Slovakia 1997 2011 Sri Lanka 1997 2011
Slovenia 1997 2011      
FYR Macedonia   2011 Sub-Saharan Africa    
Turkey   2011 Angola 1997 2011
Ukraine 1997 2011 Benin 1997 2011
      Botswana 1997 2011
Central Asia     Burkina Faso 1997 2011
Armenia 1997 2011 Burundi 1997 2011
Azerbaijan 1997 2011 Cabo Verde 1997 2011
Georgia 1997 2011 Cameroon 1997 2011
Kazakhstan 1997 2011 Central African Republic 1997 2011
Kyrgyzstan 1997 2011 Chad 1997 2011
Mongolia 1997   Comoros 1997 2011
Tajikistan 1997 2011 Congo 1997 2011
Turkmenistan 1997 2011 Côte d'Ivoire 1997 2011
Uzbekistan 1997 2011 Democratic Rep. of the Congo 1997 2011
      Equatorial Guinea 1997 2011
East Asia and the Pacific     Eritrea 1997 2011
Australia 1997 2011 Ethiopia 1997 2011
Brunei Darussalam 1997 2011 Gabon 1997 2011
Cambodia 1997 2011 Gambia 1997 2011
China 1997 2011 Ghana 1997 2011
China, SAR Hong Kong   2011 Guinea 1997 2011
China, SAR Macao 1997 2011 Guinea-Bissau 1997 2011
Cook Islands 1997   Kenya 1997  
DPR Korea     Lesotho 1997 2011
Fiji 1997   Liberia 1997 2011
Indonesia 1997 2011 Madagascar 1997 2011
Japan 1997 2011 Malawi 1997 2011
Kiribati     Mali 1997 2011
Lao PDR 1997 2011 Mauritius 1997  
Malaysia 1997 2011 Mozambique 1997 2011
Marshall Islands   2011 Namibia 1997 2011
Micronesia     Niger 1997 2011
Myanmar     Nigeria 1997 2011
Nauru     Rwanda 1997  
New Zealand 1997 2011 Sao Tome and Principe 1997 2011
Niue   2011 Senegal 1997 2011
Palau   2011 Seychelles   2011
Papua New Guinea     Sierra Leone 1997 2011
Philippines 1997 2011 Somalia    
Rep. of Korea 1997 2011 South Africa 1997 2011
Samoa     South Sudan   2011
Singapore 1997 2011 Swaziland 1997 2011
Solomon Islands   2011 Togo 1997 2011
Thailand 1997 2011 Uganda 1997 2011
Timor-Leste 1997 2011 Tanzania 1997 2011
Tonga     Zambia 1997 2011
Tuvalu     Zimbabwe 1997 2011
Vanuatu          
Viet Nam   2011      
Latin America and the Caribbean          
Anguilla 1997        
Antigua and Barbuda 1997        
Argentina 1997 2011      
Aruba          
Bahamas          
Barbados 1997        
Belize 1997        
Bermuda          
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 1997 2011      
Brazil 1997 2011      
British Virgin Islands 1997        
Cayman Islands 1997        
Chile 1997 2011      
Colombia 1997        
Costa Rica          
Cuba 1997        
Curaçao          
Dominica 1997        
Dominican Rep. 1997 2011      
Ecuador   2011      
El Salvador          
Grenada 1997        
Guatemala 1997        
Guyana 1997        
Haiti 1997        
Honduras 1997 2011      
Jamaica 1997        
Mexico 1997 2011      
Montserrat 1997        
Nicaragua          
Panama 1997        
Paraguay 1997        
Peru 1997 2011      
Puerto Rico          
Saint Kitts and Nevis          
Saint Lucia 1997        
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1997        
Suriname 1997 2011      
Trinidad and Tobago          
Uruguay 1997        
Venezuela 1997 2011