Process for evaluation

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

Our evaluations are based on study documents that are either uploaded or posted and which show that the qualification has been completed. Our method for evaluating foreign qualifications follows this process:

This picture describes the steps in the process for evaluation. This is also described in text on this page.


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.


For a qualification to be approved, the school or higher education institution 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

As far as possible, we check for authenticity. This may involve checking documents for technical faults or design errors, or logical and factual faults as regards the higher education institution or qualification. If necessary, we may contact authorities or the higher education institution that is said to have issued the document. Some originals contain security details that can be seen with the right equipment. Other documents are included in verification systems in various national registers. These checks may entail fees being charged.

It is important to emphasise that the quality of study documentation varies between countries and over time, and there are often natural explanations as to why authentic documents may look unusual.

Evaluation activities have been carried out in Sweden since the 1980s. UHR (ENIC-NARIC Sweden) and its predecessors have built up an extensive 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 to make an evaluation, the basis for recognising a foreign qualification. The most important criteria are:

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


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

If our assessment of the qualification is that relevant parts are missing or if, for some reason, we are unable to issue a statement on your qualifications, you will receive a letter instead. In the letter, we explain our decision and, if possible, refer you to other public authorities and organisations.

Read 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 must recognise each other’s qualifications.

Last updated: 22 February 2016