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.

Try out the Qualifications Assessment Tool

The Qualifications Assessment Tool is a digital self-service that lets you know right away what your foreign qualification compares to in Sweden. We suggest you start here! The service contains over 700 qualifications from 50 different countries.

When you've found your qualification and Swedish comparison, you can download a PDF document explaining the comparison. Use this document when applying for jobs in Sweden so that employers can better understand your previous education.

Go to the Qualifications Assessment Tool

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. The recognition statement is free of charge.

Read more 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 a residence permit, work permit or valid LMA card in Sweden.

When do you need a recognition statement?

A recognition statement can show the Swedish equivalent of your qualification.This can be helpful for employers, for example, as it helps them understand your qualifications better when you apply for jobs. A recognition statement of your Upper Secondary education can help you to plan futur studies.

An evaluation from us is not required to apply for jobs, apply for certification in a regulated profession or to apply to higher education.

Processing times

The average waiting period to get a recognition statement is approximately 3-7 months.

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: 25 November 2020