We base our evaluations on the study documentation provided and check authenticity as far as is possible.

Our evaluations are based on submitted study documents which show that the qualification has been completed. Documents can be uploaded or sent by regular post.

Our method for evaluating foreign qualifications follows this process:

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Complete application

We check that all documentation has been sent to us. Processing can only begin once the application is complete. Please make sure you upload/send us your documents as soon as possible.

Recognised school or institution

For a qualification to be approved, the school or higher education institution (HEI) that issued it must be recognised by the country in which it is based. This is checked though contacts with the authorities in the relevant country.

Read more about recognised higher education institutions

Checks on authenticity

UHR checks document´s authenticity. If necessary we may ask for original documents and we may contact educational authorities for further information.

Sweden has been performing evaluations since the 1980s. UHR (ENIC-NARIC Sweden) has a large library of reference material from previous cases. We also cooperate with offices that have similar tasks in many different countries.

Comparing qualifications

UHR (ENIC-NARIC Sweden) uses a number of criteria during the evaluation, which is the basis for recognising a foreign qualification. The most important criteria are:

  • the purpose of the qualification (for example if it is vocational or academic)
  • its level or place in the foreign education system (for example whether it provides admission to higher education or is at university level)
  • the scope of the qualification (how long you have studied)
  • whether it is significantly different from a Swedish qualification.

Recognition statement

In the recognition statement, we describe the foreign qualification: where you studied, what degree you have, how long you studied, and we compare it to a Swedish qualification.

If we would find major differences between the foreign qualification and the Swedish comparison, we may not be able to give full recognition, or we must reject recognition of your qualifications. Then you will receive an explanatory letter instead. In the letter, we explain the reasons and, if possible, refer you to other public authorities and organisations.

Information about the Swedish education system

Our work with evaluating and recognising foreign qualifications is based on the Lisbon Recognition Convention. The Lisbon Recognition Convention means that the ratifying countries shall recognise each other’s qualifications, unless there is a substantial difference between the foreign qualification for which recognition is sought and the corresponding qualification in the host country.

Last updated: 24 October 2022