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 means the country takes responsibility for the qualification maintaining a particular level of quality. We regularly check that a HEI is recognised through contacts with foreign authorities.

ENIC-NARIC Sweden only evaluates qualifications that were completed at recognised higher education institutions (HEIs). For a qualification to be recognised, it must be included in the country’s System of Qualifications. 

In most countries, such as in Sweden, it is the country’s government that decides whether a HEI is recognised. This is carried out by reviewing the formal prerequisites for conducting education and, increasingly, after an assessment of educational standards.

However, the state can also decide to recognise HEIs that have been accredited by specific external organisations. The United States is one example. Recognised HEIs are often entitled to issue qualifications, but there are cases where they may only be awarded by an external authority or another HEI with degree-awarding powers.


Last updated: 1 December 2020