Read this before you apply for evaluation

The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) evaluates foreign qualifications in order to provide support for people looking for work in Sweden, people who wish to continue studying, or for employers who wish to employ someone with foreign qualifications.

What is a recognition statement?

UHR's recognition statement is the document that shows the equivalent to a foreign qualification in the Swedish educational system. It does not provide a Swedish qualification.

Read more here about how we evaluate a qualification.

Who can receive a recognition statement?

You may apply for an evaluation of your qualifications if you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or have applied for a residence permit in Sweden. You may apply for this evaluation before you receive your residence permit.

When do you need a recognition statement?

A recognition statement can show the Swedish equivalent of your qualification and can be helpful for employers when you are looking for work. However, you do not need to have a statement in order to apply for jobs in Sweden.

Processing times

The average waiting period to get a recognition statement is approximately 5-8 months for higher education, 4-6 months for post-secondary vocational education and 2-4 months for upper-secondary education.

Validation or recognition?

Validation is a collective term for the knowledge and expertise that someone has gained through formal or informal education and experience.

UHR performs an evaluation of formal qualifications from recognised education providers and bases the evaluation on documentation and shared regulations on the recognition of qualifications.

Last updated: 4 June 2019