How to get recognition of Foreign Qualifications?

It is necessary to have the recognition of foreign academic degrees of identical level, objectives and nature to the degrees of bachelor, master and doctor awarded by Portuguese higher education institutions. Equivalence has been regulated since January 1st, 2019 by decree-law (Decreto-Leinº. 66/2018 de 16 agosto), which unifies the procedures.

In Portugal, today there are three types of recognition:

  • Automatic Recognition: generically recognizes a higher education foreign degree or diploma with identical level, objectives and nature to the Portuguese degree, master and PhD and the short cycle professional higher technical diplomas, that are included in the list of degrees and diplomas approved by the commission for the recognition of foreign degrees and diplomas and which has been conferred by an institution recognized or accredited by the competent authorities of the country of origin. 
  • Level Recognition: It is the act that allows to recognize by comparability, in an individualized way, a degree or diploma of foreign higher education as having a level corresponding to an academic degree or Portuguese higher education diploma.
  • Specific recognition: through a casuistic analysis of the level, duration and programmatic content, in a certain area of formation, branch of knowledge or specialty.

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Source: Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES) and High Commission for Migration (ACM)

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