UHR's recognition statement
The recognition statement confirms that a person has a completed qualification, as well as the Swedish qualification and educational level to which it is most comparable. The recognition statement is only issued in Swedish and has a new layout from the 1st of October 2016.
Recognition statement for upper-secondary education
If you have completed foreign upper-secondary education and apply for an evaluation so that you can enter Swedish higher education, the evaluation considers whether your education provides general entry requirements for Swedish higher education. The evaluation will also show whether your education provides you with specific entry requirements for particular subjects. You can use this to know what you need to add to your education before continuing to study.
Example of a recognition statement for upper-secondary education (pdf) issued before the 1st of October 2016.
Click on the image for an example of a new recognition statement for upper-secondary education (issued after the 1st of October 2016).
Recognition statement for higher education
If you have a qualification from higher education or a vocational qualification, the statement describes your foreign education, i.e. where you studied, what qualifications you have, how long the programme was, and compares it to a Swedish qualification. In a comment, we describe the specialisation (content) of the foreign qualification.
UHR primarily 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 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 then receive a letter in which we explain why. If possible, we refer you to other public authorities and organisations.
The comparison means that the qualification has a academic foundation and has the equivalent purpose and place in the foreign education system as the Swedish qualification. However, there may be differences in the content.
No credits are stated, either for the qualification as a whole or for its constituent modules. 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.
Example of a recognition statement for higher education (pdf) issued before the 1st of October 2016.
Click on the image for an example of a new recognition statement for higher education (issued after the 1st of October 2016).
Recognition statement for post-secondary vocational education
The statement for post-secondary vocational education states whether the foreign qualification is equivalent to the level of a Swedish (advanced) post-secondary vocational education diploma, and is of a similar scope.
- A post-secondary vocational education diploma covers at least 1 year of full-time study.
- An advanced post-secondary vocational education diploma covers at least 2 years of full-time study, with at least 25% of the time being spent in work-integrated learning.
The statement describes the focus of the qualification and any specialisation. If the qualification entitles the holder to a certain professional title or the right to practice a profession in the country of qualification, this is also stated.
Example of a recognition statement for post-secondary vocational education (pdf) issued before the 1st of October 2016.
Click on the image for an example of a new recognition statement for post-secondary vocational education (issued after the 1st of October 2016).
Comments in the recognition statement
Examples of information provided in the comments are 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, with either theoretical degrees at university or more practical qualifications, including extensive supervised placements, at other types of higher education institutions. In such cases, the comments in the statement provide an explanation.
Variation between qualifications
The evaluation does not entail exact equivalence – many qualifications include courses with references to societal conditions and legislation in the country in which they are studied. These differences can be compensated for by studying or by relevant professional activity. There are also differences the content of qualifications within Sweden, depending on where and when they were studied.
A valuable document, printed on security paper
The recognition statement is a valuable document that is issued on security paper and is thus protected from reproduction and changes. The statement has the following security details: watermarks, fluorescent fibres, UV printing and relief stamps.
The recognition statement is not a degree certificate
Recognition and the statement do not mean that you receive a Swedish degree. The statement is intended as guidance for employers. It may also provide guidance for Swedish higher education institutions if you apply for courses in Sweden. However, the statement provides no information about how many Swedish higher education credits your foreign qualification is worth.
The recognition statement may not be appealed
The recognition statement is not an official decision and thus cannot be appealed. You can, however, ask for a review of the assessment. To do so, please send us an email with your registration number and state your concerns. Please note that education systems differ from country to country, which means that a foreign qualification sometimes does not fulfil the criteria that are needed for the Swedish equivalent.
Please contact us if you have any questions at all on how the assessment was carried out. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org