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The Lisbon Recognition Convention

The Lisbon Recognition Convention on the recognition of higher education

Facilitates studying in another country

Countries that have ratified the Lisbon Recognition Convention (Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region) shall recognise each other’s qualifications for access to education, credit transfers for periods of study and admission to continued education. These principles of mutual recognition of higher education are now incorporated in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance.

See the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 6, Section 6.

Facilitates looking for work

The Lisbon Recognition Convention also means that the ratifying states must recognise each other’s qualifications, so that it is easier for people to find work in a country other than the one in which they were educated.

More information

You can read the full text of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and see which countries it covers via the links to the right. The right-hand column also contains a number of links to information that provides support for people who use the convention’s articles in their work.

More support for people working with these issues is available in the EAR manual 

Last updated: 19 January 2016