UHR's recognition statement
The recognition statement confirms that a person has a completed qualification, and explains the Swedish qualification and educational level for which it is comparable to. The recognition statement is only issued in Swedish.
Recognition statement for upper-secondary education
If you have a completed foreign upper-secondary education and applied for an evaluation, the recognition statement will indicate whether or not it meets the general entry requirements for Swedish higher education. There are a few vocational upper-secondary degrees that don't provide access to higher education; however, the recognition statement can be useful when applying for work. The evaluation will also indicate if your previous education provides you with the specific entry requirements needed for particular subjects. This will let you know what you need to study further to meet these requirements.
Click on the image for an example of a recognition statement for upper-secondary education.
Recognition statement for higher education
If you have a qualification from higher education or vocational education, the statement describes your foreign education, i.e. where you studied, what qualifications you have, how long the programme was, and how it compares to a Swedish qualification. A comment describes the specialisation (content) of the foreign qualification.
UHR compares your qualification with a Swedish qualification. In some cases, there is no equivalent degree in the Swedish System of Qualifications, or there are substantial differences between the qualifications’ content, purpose, level or scope. In exceptional cases, UHR can then recognise the qualification as equivalent to one year of studies at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level (first or second cycle).
In other cases, UHR may not recognise your qualification at all. Instead of a statement, you'll receive a letter in which we explain why. If possible, we'll refer you to other public authorities and organisations.
When your foreign qualification is deemed comparable to a Swedish qualification, this means that your degree has an academic foundation and has a place and purpose in the Swedish education system equivalent to that in the foreign education system. Please note, however, that there may be differences in their content.
No credits are stated, either for the qualification as a whole or for its parts. The comments provide general information about the qualification’s specialisation and other information that may be relevant. Please check the list of subjects for more detailed information about the content.
Click on the image for an example of a recognition statement for higher education.
Recognition statement for post-secondary vocational education
UHR assesses and compares post-secondary vocational qualifications that resulted in a diploma, with Swedish higher vocational education diplomas. There are two qualifications you can receive from a higher vocational education institution in Sweden:
- Yrkeshögskoleexamen (Higher Vocational Education Diploma), SeQF 5
- Kvalificerad yrkeshögskoleexamen (Advanced Higher Vocational Education Diploma), SeQF 6
Recognised post-secondary vocational qualifications comprised of at least a half year of full-time studies that do not result in a diploma in the country of study cannot be compared to a Swedish higher vocational education diploma. The qualification is compared to an education level, not a Swedish qualification.
UHR also assesses and compares foreign qualifications placed at a level in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) with Swedish qualifications placed in the Swedish Qualifications Framework (SeQF) level 5 and 6.
Click on the image for an example of a recognition statement for post-secondary vocational education.
Comments in the recognition statement
The comments provide additional information, such as whether the qualification has a clear vocational or research focus, and whether a thesis or placement is included. Two qualifications in the same subject area may be entirely different and have different purposes.
Some countries have dual systems in higher education. This could mean that theoretical degrees are awarded at university, while more practical qualifications, including extensive supervised placements, are awarded at other types of higher education institutions. In these cases, the statement comments provide an explanation.
Variation between qualifications
The evaluation does not mean exact equivalence. Many qualifications include courses about the societal conditions and legislation in the country in which they were studied. These differences can be compensated for by additional studies or relevant professional experience. Swedish qualifications can also contain differences in content, depending on where and when they were studied.
The recognition statement is not a degree certificate
Receiving recognition and the accompanying statement does not mean you've received a Swedish degree. The statement's intended purpose is guidance for employers. It may also be used for guidance by Swedish higher education institutions if you apply for courses in Sweden. However, the statement does not provide information about how many Swedish higher education credits your foreign qualification is worth.
You can appeal this decision. You do this by submitting a written appeals letter. Start your letter with "To Förvaltningsrätten", then send it to:
Swedish Council for Higher Education
171 04 Solna
You can also submit your appeals letter by email to email@example.com.
The appeals form must reach the Swedish Council for Higher Education no later than three weeks from the date you read your recognition statement. An appeal submitted later than this will not be considered.
When writing your appeal, please be sure to include:
- your name
- a reference to the decision you want to appeal (e.g. a registration number, a copy of the decision)
- why you think the decision should be changed
- what change you're requesting.
Your letter should also include your address, telephone number and email address.
If you've submitted your appeal by the three week deadline, the Swedish Council for Higher Education will forward your letter to förvaltningsrätten along with a copy of the decision and all documents pertaining to your case.
Please contact us if you have any questions about how we assessed your application for recognition. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org