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A key to define the level of education Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Education
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Documented values: 6


Useful combination
Status: de factoPage for proposal

This key indicates a level of education on a numeric scale inspired by the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). It is used in association with a main feature tag such as amenity=kindergarten, amenity=school, amenity=college and amenity=university.


The UNESCO Institute for Statistics publishes ISCED as a standard for classifying national education programmes. The standard's country-agnostic definitions facilitate comparisons between countries' educational statistics (for example, the number of citizens who have attained a secondary level of education). For convenience, UNESCO provides localized definitions based on the names of national education programmes.[1]

According to UNESCO, ISCED is not designed for comparing specific degrees or classifying individual educational institutions.[1] Nonetheless, mappers have adapted ISCED's levels of education and country mappings for the purpose of classifying individual schools in OSM. The name of this key does not necessarily mean that the ISCED standard is being rigorously followed.

The isced:level=* key was originally based on the ISCED 1997 standard, which had six levels. ISCED was revised in 2011 with eight levels. Level 0 was extended to include even younger programs, while levels 5 and 6 were distributed among levels 5 through 8. As a result, isced:level=5 and isced:level=6 would be ambiguous.

A draft 2020 proposal, rejected 2022 proposal, and draft 2022 proposal aim to resolve the ambiguity by specifying the version of the standard in the key.


This key is added to features mapped as a node or area. It requires a main amenity=* tag such as amenity=school or amenity=university

For example, a "primary school", "elementary school", "intermediate school", or sometimes "lower middle school" in the United States would be tagged as:

To tag educational institutions which offer more than 1 ISCED level, such as a school that offers levels 1, 2 and (primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education), most mappers use semi-colon separated values, for example isced:level=1;2;3, but some use a range in the format isced:level=1-3 with a dash separator.


The level of education should be specified using isced:level=*. The table below is a general description of ISCED 1997:

Level Description Principal characteristics
0 Pre-primary education initial stage of organized instruction, designed primarily to introduce very young children to a school-type environment
1 Primary education or first stage of basic education normally starting between the ages of 5 and 7, designed to give a sound basic education in reading, writing and mathematics along with an elementary understanding of other subjects
2 Lower secondary or second stage of basic education designed to complete basic education, usually on a more subject-oriented pattern
3 (Upper) secondary education more specialized education typically beginning at age 15 or 16 years and/or the end of compulsory education
4 Post-secondary non-tertiary education captures programmes that straddle the boundary between upper- and post-secondary education from an international point of view, e.g. pre-university courses or short vocational programmes
5 First stage of tertiary education tertiary programmes having an advanced educational content, cross-classified by field (see below)
6 Second stage of tertiary education tertiary programmes leading to the award of an advanced research qualification, e.g. Doctor of Philosophy, cross-classified by field (see below).

A detailed description of each level can be found here.

Comparison to grades=*

isced:level=* grades=*
Directly comparable between countries/regions Regionally comparable, but not universally. eg. grades=1 could mean different things from region A to region B.
Covers a wide range from pre-primary to second stage of tertiary education Depending on the region may not be applicable at the pre-primary (ISCED level 0) or the post-secondary non-tertiary education (ISCED level 4+) levels.
Broadly groups individual grades into levels, so has less granularity More granular eg. if ISCED level 2 generally represents grades 7-10 in a given country, then a school which only offers year 7 and 8 needs to utilise grades=* to precisely record this detail.

Conversion of local terms

Country 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Argentina Educación Inicial Educación Primaria Educación Secundaria Básica Educación Secundaria Orientada Pre Universitario Educación Superior no Universitaria Educación Tecnicatura Universitaria 3-4 años Universitario Doctorado
Australia See Australian Tagging Guidelines/Australian features#ISCED_Levels
Bolivia source Educación Inicial en Familia Comunitaria / Initial education in community family Educación Primaria Comunitaria Vocacional / Vocational community primary education Educación Secundaria Comunitaria Productiva. Primera etapa (Grado 1-2) / Stage 1 of productive community secondary education (Grade 1-2) Educación Secundaria Comunitaria Productiva. Segunda etapa (Grado 3-6) / Stage 2 of productive community secondary education (Grade 3-6) Formación Técnica y Tecnológica Media - Formación Técnica y Tecnológica Superior / Middle technical and technological training - Middle technical and technological training Formación Superior de Maestras y Maestros - Formación Superior Universitaria - Cursos de especialidad / Teachers higher education - University higher education - Specialization programmes Maestría / Master programmes Doctorado / Doctorate programmes
China 幼儿园 小学 初中 普通高中、中等职业学校 高等专科 本科 硕士 博士
Colombia source Pre-escolar: Pre-Jardín, Jardín, Transición (0). Básica primaria: 1-5 Básica secundaria: 6-9 Media: 10-11 Normalista Técnico profesional, tecnólogo, SENA. Profesional Especialización, Maestría Doctorado
Croatia source Predškolsko obrazovanje Prve 4 godine osnovnog obrazovanja Završne četiri godine osnovnog obrazovanja Srednje obrazovanje Tercijarno obrazovanje odnosno više, visoko i poslijediplomsko obrazovanje (magisterij) Doktorat znanosti
Czech Republic source, source Mateřská škola Základní škola (1. stupeň) Základní škola (2. stupeň), Osmileté gymnázium, 1.–4. ročník Střední škola, gymnázium (osmileté: 5.–8. ročník, šestileté: 3.–6. ročník, čtyřleté: 1.–4. ročník) Jazyková škola, pomaturitní studium poslední 2 ročníky konzervatoří Vyšší odborná škola, Vysoká škola (bakalářské studium) Vysoká škola (magisterské studium) Vysoká škola (doktorské studium)
Denmark source Børnehave, børnehaveklasse Folkeskole 1-6. klasse Folkeskole 7-10. klasse Gymnasium, HHX, HTX, HF, erhvervsuddannelser Gymnasiale adgangskurser Universitet, videregående uddannelser
Estonia source Comparison with old German system Lasteaed, lastesõim Põhikooli 1.-6.klass. Only some rural schools are purely level 1. Põhikooli 7.-9.klass, Põhiharidusnõudeta kutseharidus Gümnaasiumi 10.-12. klass, Kutsekeskharidus põhihariduse baasil Kutsekeskharidus või kutseõpe keskhariduse baasil Keskeri- ja tehnikumiharidus keskhariduse baasil Bakalaureus või samaväärne (rakendus- ja kutsekõrgharidus, diplomiõpe) Magister või samaväärne Doktor või samaväärne. Latter applies to students who graduated before 1990s.
Finland source Esiopetus päiväkodeissa Peruskoulun luokat 1-6 Peruskoulun luokat 7-9(-10) Lukio, keskiasteen ammatillinen koulutus Erikoisammattitutkinnot Korkea-asteen koulutus Lisensiaatin ja tohtorin tutkinnot
France source École maternelle [2] École élémentaire [2] Collège [3] Lycée [3] BTS, CPGE, DEUST, DUT Licence Master Doctorat
Germany Kindergarten Grundschule Sekundarstufe I (Hauptschule, Realschule, Gymnasium Kl 5-10, Berufsfachschule) Sekundarstufe II (Gymnasium Kl. 11-13, Berufsfachschule, Fachgymnasium) Fachschule, Berufsoberschule, Fachschulen (Meisterausbildung), Universität (Bachelor), Fachhochschule (Bachelor), Fachschule (Technikerausbildung), Fachakademie, Berufsakademie, Universität (Master, Diplom) Promotionsstudium
Hungary source Óvoda Általános iskola alsó tagozat (1-4. osztály) Általános iskola felső tagozat (5-8. osztály), 6 és 8 osztályos középiskolák 5-8. évfolyama Középiskolák 9-13. évfolyama OKJ-s képzés (felsőfokú végzettséget nem adó) Felsőfokú képzés Doktori iskolák (PhD, DLA)
India Early childhood education Primary education Higher Primary Secondary Post-secondary non-tertiary education (diploma) Bachelor's or equivalent level Master's or equivalent level
Italy scuola dell'infanzia (o scuola materna). scuola primaria (o scuola elementare). scuola secondaria di primo grado (o scuola media). scuola secondaria di secondo grado (o scuola superiore, liceo, ...).
Japan 幼稚園 小学校 中学校, 中等教育学校(前期) 高等学校, 中等教育学校(後期), 高等専門学校(本科) 高等学校(専攻科), 中等教育学校(専攻科) 大学, 短期大学, 高等専門学校(専門科), 大学院(修士課程) 大学院(博士課程)
Kuwait روضة (أو حضانة) مدرسة ابتدائية مدرسة متوسطة مدرسة ثانوية معهد (التي تمنح شهادات أقل من البكلريوس وأعلى من الثانوية) الجامعاتالكليات) جامعات وكليات الدراسات العليا.
Luxembourg source Enseignement fondamental: Cycle 1 (précoce), Cycle 1, éducation précoce (Spillschoul) Enseignement fondamental: Cycles 2-4 (Primärschoul) Lycée (Cycle inférieur de l'enseignement secondaire) Lycée (Cycle supérieur de l'enseignement secondaire), apprentissage pour adultes, apprentissage Maîtrise BTS, Bachelor Master PhD
Netherlands source Voorschools onderwijs en basisonderwijs groep 1 en 2 Basisonderwijs groep 3 t/m 8 Middelbare school klas 1 t/m 3 en praktijkonderwijs Middelbare school klas 4 t/m 6 WEB-specialistenopleiding Associate degree opleiding HBO/WO bacheloropleiding HBO/WO masteropleiding
New Zealand source ECE centres (playcentres, kindergartens, kōhanga reo, etc.) serving ages 3-5 Schools serving Years 1-6 Schools serving Years 7-10 Schools serving Years 11 onwards
Tertiary institutions offering NZQA Levels 1-3 (certificates)
Tertiary institutions offering NZQA Level 4 (certificates) Tertiary institutions offering NZQA Levels 5-9 (certificates, diplomas, bachelors, grad. diplomas, post-grad diplomas, bachelors with honours, masters) Tertiary institutions offering NZQA Level 10 (doctorates)
Norway source Barnehage Barnetrinnet Ungdomstrinnet Videregående opplæring(allmenn og yrkesfag), Påbygg/forkurs Fagskoleutdanning Høgskolekandidatutdanning, Bachelorutdanning, Allmennlærerutdanning, Masterutdanning Doktorgradsprogram for Philosophiae doctor, Stipendprogram for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid doctor philosophiae (dr.philos.), Doctorate
Philippines Kindergarten or pre-school Elementary school (grades 1-6) Junior high school (grades 7-10) Senior high school (grades 11-12) Technical-Vocational school (post-secondary, non-tertiary) Undergraduate Masters; Doctorate
Romania antepreşcolar,preşcolar, gradinita, clasa pregatitoare învăţământul primar (I-IV) învăţământul gimnazial (V-VIII) , învăţământului secundar inferior (ciclul inferior al liceului,şcoala de arte şi meserii) ciclul superior al liceului învăţământul postsecundar ( postliceal ) învăţământul superior de scurtă durată , învăţământul superior de lunga durată invatamantul postuniversitar ( doctorar, master )
Russia source Детский сад, ясли, предшкола Средняя общеобразовательная школа: Начальная школа; прогимназия Средняя общеобразовательная школа: Основное общее образование; гимназия, лицей, экстернат Средняя общеобразовательная школа: Среднее (полное) общее образование Среднее профессиональное образование:

Профессиональное училище, технический лицей

Среднее профессиональное образование:

Колледж, техникум

Высшее образование:

Бакалавриат или его эквивалент

Высшее образование:

Магистратура или её эквивалент

Высшее образование:

Докторантура или её эквивалент

Slovakia Predškolské vzdelávanie (škôlka) Prvý stupeň základnej školy (1.-4. ročník) Druhý stupeň základnej školy (5.-9. ročník) Gymnázium, stredná škola Pomaturitné odborné vzdelávanie (nie vysoká škola) Vysokoškolské vzdelávanie I. a II. stupňa (vysoká škola, univerzita) Vysokoškolské vzdelávanie III. stupňa (doktorandské štúdium, PhD.)
South Africa Kindergarten, Preschool Primary school, grade 1 to 7 High school, Grade 8 to 10 High school, Grade 8 to 12 College, FET, TVET, Vocational training University of Technology Academic University (undergraduate) Masters level PhD, Doctorate level
Spain Educación Infantil Educación Primaria Obligatoria Educacion Secundaria Obligatoria Bachillerato, Ciclo formativo de grado medio Certificado de profesionalidad Ciclo formativo de grado superior Grado Universitario Máster Universitario Doctorado
Sweden source Förskola,


Grundskola årskurs 1-6 Grundskola årskurs 7-9





KY (<2 år)

Högskola/Universitet (<3 år)

KY (2–3 år)

Högskola/Universitet (>=3 år)


Högskola/Universitet (<=4 år) Forskarutbildning
Switzerland See
Turkey Kreş İlköğretim Ortaöğretim Lise Yükseköğretim Üniversite
United Kingdom Preschool Primary school, Middle school Secondary school (without 6th form).
With sixth form use '2-3'.
Sixth form college, College University University
United States[4] Preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten 1st–6th grades 7th–9th grades 10th–12th grades, GED Vocational certificate Associate's, bachelor, post-graduate, master's, professional (ISCED 1997)
Associate's (ISCED 2011)
Doctorate (ISCED 1997)
Bachelor, post-graduate (ISCED 2011)
Master's, professional (ISCED 2011) Doctorate (ISCED 2011)
Uruguay Educación Inicial Educación Primaria 2A Ciclo Básico de Educación Media (Primeros años de liceo) / 2B Nivel Basico de Educacion Técnica (UTU) 3A Bachillerato Diversificado, Bachillerato Técnico, 3C Formación Profesional Superior Cursos Técnicos Terciarios 5A Carreras Universitarias, Licenciaturas. 5B Magisterio, Profesorado, Carreras Cortas Postgrado
Venezuelasource Maternal / Preescolar / Educación Inicial Educación Primaria (1er a 6to grado) Educación Media General (7mo a 9no grado) Educación Media General Alta (4to y 5to año) INCE Técnico Superior Universitario Universidad / Licenciatura Estudios de Postgrado
Vietnam Nhà trẻ, mẫu giáo Tiểu học Trung học cơ sở Trung học phổ thông, trung cấp nghề Trung cấp chuyên nghiệp Cao đẳng, cao đẳng nghề (ISCED 2011) Đại học định hướng nghiên cứu (ISCED 2011) Đại học định hướng ứng dụng, thạc sĩ (ISCED 2011) Tiến sĩ (ISCED 2011)
Country 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

a detailed mapping for each country can be found here

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 “Questions and Answers about ISCED 2011”. Montréal: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2022. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 enseignement primaire
  3. 3.0 3.1 enseignement secondaire
  4. The official ISCED mapping for the United States does not cover the education system in Puerto Rico. UNESCO has not published ISCED definitions for Puerto Rico. However, the Puerto Rico points of interest import added isced:level=* comprehensively to all schools according to the official U.S. mapping, which at the time corresponded well to Puerto Rico schools, unlike on the mainland. These tags are now potentially incorrect following a major reorganization in 2018.