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Recognition of Degrees and Higher Education Diplomas from Foreign Higher Education Institutions

From January 1st 2019, the procedures pertaining to the recognition of degrees and Higher Education Diplomas issued by foreign Higher Education Institutions are regulared by Decree-Law no. 66/2018, from August 16.

This new Decree-Law revokes the two previous ones, DL no. 341/2007, from October 12th and DL no 283/83, from June 21st, even though they still apply to processes submitted before December 31st 2018.

ATTENTION: After submitting a specific or level recognition request and/or a grade conversion request, in order to complete the instruction procedure, you should contact the Academic Affairs Office through our email address reconhecimentos@reit.up.pt or via the phone contacts available on the Service's page. The recognition request will remain pending until it is fully instructed.

Filling in the online form, specifically any personal data and information pertaining to the qualification to be recognized should be done with the utmost rigor, since that is the information that eventually will appear in the recognition certificate that may be issued.*

In order to guarantee the reading of all documents, we ask that you please submit all documents (either via email or directly in the platform) in Portable Drive Format (.pdf).

Types of Recognition

There are three types of recognition in Portugal.

Automatic Recognition

This form of recognition generically recognises a higher education foreign degree or diploma with identical level, objectives and nature to the Portuguese degrees of Licenciado, Mestre and Doutor 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.
Check on this DGES page if it applies to your degree/diploma.

This type of recognition is requested through the following online form for Foreign Higher Education Degrees and Diplomas Recognition and Conversion of the Final Grade, by the holder of the degree/diploma

According to Article 4 (2) of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, applicants must present a document that unequivocally proves that the degree has been awarded, namely the formal diploma or degree certificate.
An official translation is mandatory when the documents are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, French or English.

In case you wish to have your final grade converted to the Portuguese scale you must present a document, issued by your Higher Education Institution, where your final grade appears as does the grade scale in place and the lowest positive grade.

All documents that are not presented in their original form or that are not available for public consultation/digital signature should be authenticated by the competent authorities: Hague Apostille or by the Portuguese Consulate of the country where the document was issued or even by the competent Portuguese authorities: CTT, Notaries, Lawyers, Solicitors, Conservatories, Parish Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Fees due for the procedure – please check Table of Fees of the University of Porto.

Registration due in a maximum period of 30 business days after the complete submission of the procedure. This deadline will only commence after payment of the respetive fees, but in case of any missing document said deadline will be suspended.

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. This type of recognition is requested at a public Higher Education Institution that offers the same degree in the same area of training.

This type of recognition is request through the following online form for Foreign Higher Education Degrees and Diplomas Recognition and Conversion of the Final Grade, by the holder of the degree/diploma.
After submitting a specific or level recognition request, and in order to complete the instruction procedure, you should contact the Academic Affairs Office via the phone contacts available on the Service's page.
The recognition request will remain pending until it is fully instructed.

You must submit the following documents:

According to Article 4 (2) of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, applicants must present a document that unequivocally proves that the degree has been awarded, namely the diploma or degree certificate.

In addition to the diploma or degree certificate, specific documentation must be presented, namely:

  • Document issued by the foreign higher education institution which contains the curricular units in which the applicant obtained approval, and which led to the degree or diploma to which recognition is sought, as well as the respective syllabus content, the duration of the studies leading to the degree and its final classification.
  • When it is a grade corresponding to the master level, a digital or scanned copy of the dissertation defended or the project work, or the internship report.
  • In the case of a doctoral degree, a digital or digitized copy of the defendant's thesis, except when it has been replaced by other research, artistic works or achievements, in which case they must be delivered in digital or digital format. appropriate elements to know the content of the research carried out and the reasons that explain the process of conception and elaboration, research capacity, and its framing in the evolution of knowledge in the field in which it is inserted.
  • The presentation of the aforementioned copies are excused in situations where those elements were not needed for the conferral of the degree at hands. In those cases, the applicant should attest said situation through document issued by which the Higher Education Institution confirms that the completion of the degree did not imply the presentation of said elements.

An official translation is mandatory when the documents are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, French or English.

In case you wish to have your final grade converted onto the Portuguese scale, you must present a document, issued by your Higher Education Institution, where your final grade appears as does the grade scale in place and the lowest positive grade.

All documents that are not presented in their original form or that are not available for public consultation/digital signature should be authenticated by the competent authorities: Hague Apostille or by the Portuguese Consulate of the country where the document was issued or even by the competent Portuguese authorities: CTT, Notaries, Lawyers, Solicitors, Conservatories, Parish Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Fees due for the procedure – please check Table of Fees of the University of Porto.

Registration due in a maximum period of 90 business days after the complete submission of the process. In case of Level Recognition processes with precedence, the deadline for completion of the registration is 30 business days after the complete submission of the process.This deadline will only commence after payment of the respetive fees, but in case of any missing document said deadline will be suspended.

Specific Recognition

It is the act that allows the recognition of a degree or diploma from a foreign higher education to be identical to a Portuguese academic degree or higher education diploma, through a casuistic analysis of the level, duration and programmatic content, in a certain area of formation, branch of knowledge or specialty. This type of recognition is requested at a public Higher Education Institution that offers the same degree in the same area of training.

This type of recognition is request through the following online form for Foreign Higher Education Degrees and Diplomas Recognition and Conversion of the Final Grade , by the holder of the degree/diploma.
After submitting a specific or level recognition request, and in order to complete the instruction procedure, you should contact the Academic Affairs Office via the contacts available on the Service's page.
The recognition request will remain pending until it is fully instructed.

According to Article 4 (2) of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, applicants must present a document that unequivocally proves that the degree has been awarded, namely the formal diploma or the  degree certificate.

In addition to the formal diploma or the degree certificate, specific documentation must be requested, namely:

  • Document issued by the foreign higher education institution which contains the curricular units in which the applicant obtained approval, and which led to the degree or diploma to which recognition is sought, as well as the respective syllabus content, the duration of the studies leading to the degree and its final classification.
  • When it is a grade corresponding to the master level, a digital or scanned copy of the dissertation defended or the project work, or the internship report.
  • In the case of a doctoral degree, a digital or digitized copy of the defendant's thesis, except when it has been replaced by other research, artistic works or achievements, in which case they must be delivered in digital or digital format. appropriate elements to know the content of the research carried out and the reasons that explain the process of conception and elaboration, research capacity, and its framing in the evolution of knowledge in the field in which it is inserted.
  • The presentation of the aforementioned copies are excused in situations where those elements were not needed for the conferral of the degree at hands. In those cases, the applicant should attest said situation through document issued by which the Higher Education Institution confirms that the completion of the degree did not imply the presentation of said elements.

An official translation is mandatory when the documents are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, French or English.

All documents that are not presented in their original form or that are not available for public consultation/digital signature should be authenticated by the competent authorities: Hague Apostille or by Portuguese Consulate of the country where the document was issued; or even by the competent Portuguese authorities: CTT, Notaries, Lawyers, Solicitors, Conservatories, Parish Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Fees due for the procedure – please check Table of Fees of the University of Porto.

Registration due in a maximum period of 90 business days after the complete submission of the process. This deadline will only commence after payment of the respetive fees, but in case of any missing document said deadline will be suspended.

Regarding specifically the Specific Recognition, we suggest that you verify the following link relating to the Faculties with specific evaluation procedures or additional information, when applicable.

FCNAUP | FDUP | FEUP | FFUP |  FMDUP | FMUP | FPCEUP | ICBAS-MEDICINE | ICBAS-VETERINARY MEDICINE

*Any subsequent alteration to your personal identification number that appears in your recognition certificate, does not in itself make the document invalid.. It is the responsability of the holder of said recognition certificate to prove the identification number was valid when the certificate was issued, to any entity that questions it.

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