Recognition of diplomas

Working in Europe | Recognition of diplomas | Norway

As countries have different education and qualifications systems, employers or higher education institutions abroad do not necessarily understand your qualification.

Applying for credential evaluation/recognition assists you and foreign organisations to understand how your qualifications relate to those in the foreign country.

Recognition of academic qualifications might be useful especially when applying for higher education, including PhD. In the Norwegian system, there are two types of recognition, general recognition and specific recognition, and it involves assessing foreign qualifications in relation to Norwegian higher education qualifications. Some professions also need authorisation before practising in Norway.
You can apply to NOKUT for general recognition of your education if you wish to obtain recognition of the level and scope of your studies. NOKUT can grant you ECTS credits and, if applicable, give general recognition of your education/degree as being equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree.
Specific recognition is used in connection with the recognition of higher education from countries outside Norway. This means recognition of education so that it can be given equivalence with a specific Norwegian academic discipline/subject or degree. Specific recognition means recognition of foreign qualifications in relation to specific subjects offered and degrees awarded at an institution. Each individual institution determines whether the foreign qualifications satisfy the specific requirements regarding the breadth and depth of the subject or degree. You do not need to have obtained general recognition of your qualifications before applying for specific recognition. All specific recognition requires that the foreign qualifications are well documented in the shape of course descriptions, reading lists and any written theses.
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Specific recognition – higher education (NOKUT)

For most professions, recognition is not required, but for certain professions, this is mandatory. 163 professions are regulated and need authorisation in Norway.


This is a recognition procedure for persons with documentation that cannot be verified.