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NARIC Portugal
NARIC Portugal

Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior
Directorate-General for Higher Education

Av. Duque d’Ávila, 137
1069-016 Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: +351 21 312 6000
Fax: +351 21 312 6020
Web Site:
Contact person: Ms. Ana Mateus, Head of the NARIC

National education bodies

Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior
Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education

  Palácio das Laranjeiras

  Estrada das Laranjeiras, 197-205

  1649-018 Lisboa

Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior
Directorate-General for Higher Education

Av. Duque d’Ávila, 137
1069-016 Lisboa, Portugal

System of education

This site provides information on the Portuguese education system from pre-school to higher education

University education

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Following the recent developments of quality assurance systems the Portuguese State established the Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES) with the aim to promote and guarantee the quality of higher education.

Post-secondary non-university education

Detailed information on CET (Cursos de Especialização Tecnológica) – Technological Specialization Courses.

Link(s): Portuguese

ANQEP - Agência Nacional para a Qualificação e o Ensino Profissional (National Agency for the Qualifcation and Professional Education)

Recognised higher education institutions

Information on public and private higher education institutions.

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

The NARIC site provides information on the procedures about recognition of foreign higher education qualifications

The Direção-Geral da Educação (Directorate-General for Education) site provides information on recognition of foreign non-higher education qualifications.

Link(s): Portuguese

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework


National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

The National System of Qualifications was implemented in January 2008 by Decree-Law n. º 396/2007, 31 December, to cover educational qualifications at all levels, divided into eight levels.

Self Evaluation Report

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in Portugal (FHEQ)

The FHEQ-Portugal is established in accordance with the overarching qualifications framework and in alignement with the Framework of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area.

Link(s): English

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Ministério da Educação e Ciência
Ministry for Education and Science

Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior
Directorate-General for Higher Education
Av. Duque D’Ávila, 137
1069 -016 Lisboa

Phone: +351 213126098
Fax: +351 213126020
Link: Portuguese | English

Additional information:
The Diploma Supplement is issued automatically from 2006/2007 onwards, to all students and Portuguese and English and free of charge. The Portuguese Diploma Supplement is issued according to the template recommended by the UNESCO, Council of Europe and European Commission.

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Process of Implementation of the Diploma Supplement

This site provides information on the structure of the DS, a short description of the Portuguese higher education system as well as a diagram according to the new degree structure, in alignment with the European Qualifications Framework.

Chart of national higher education structure

This page will be updated regularly with more detailed information on the implementation of the Diploma Supplement