Academic recognition focuses on recognition of
periods of study or qualifications issued by an educational institution with
regard to a person wishing to continue or to begin studying or to use an
Higher education institutions should make
available in a clear and transparent way their procedures and criteria for the
assessment of foreign qualifications and periods of studies.
information should consist of the following elements:
- indication of the competent office/unit/department in charge
of the recognition procedure;
- description of the assessment criteria;
- list of required documents and manner of their submission (providing
advice to the applicant on how to obtain the required documents);
- the approximate time needed to process an application;
- any fees charged;
- conditions and procedures for appealing against a recognition
the recognition decisions taken by an institution should be supplemented with
information on the reason(s) of the decision and, in case of a negative
decision, information on the appeal procedure, including the path to follow and
general, the emphasis should be placed not only on the amount of information,
but more on its relevancy, clarity, and availability.
If you have a question about academic recognition procedures in one of the ENIC-NARIC
countries listed in the right column,
please click on the name of the country and contact the national information centre of that country for expert assistance.
You can also find information on policies
and procedures for the recognition of qualifications in each ENIC-NARIC
country page (right column).
For more detailed information on academic
recognition procedures in other countries, please visit the UNESCO Regions section
of the present website and contact directly the national authority of the
The ENIC-NARIC Networks: Reference Documents