Evaluation of foreign qualifications
Evaluation means that we look at the documents we have regarding your education and qualifications, and compare these to the Swedish education system.
The online application for the evaluation of foreign qualifications has eight steps. You need to prepare your documents by scanning them and saving them as pdf files. If you don’t have scanned documents, you must send certified copies to us as soon as possible, so that we can start to process your application.
Interested in higher education?
Are you going to apply for a course or programme in higher education? It is the higher education institution (HEI) that makes decisions regarding eligibility and admissions. You do not need to have received an evaluation of your foreign upper-secondary education to be able to apply for higher education.
If you have foreign higher education and wish to continue studying in Sweden, consult the HEI at which you wish to study for information about how to apply for a credit transfer from your foreign course or programme.
You can apply and find more information via www.antagning.se
Interested in looking for work?
If you have completed a foreign education qualification, you can apply to have it evaluated by us. The evaluation may provide you with a statement you can use when applying for work. The statement briefly describes the Swedish degree to which your qualification is equivalent, or the level to which it corresponds in Swedish post-secondary vocational education.
You can apply for jobs without having received a statement, but the evaluation should be regarded as support for employers when comparing your foreign qualification with a Swedish one.
Some professions have requirements that regulate that specific sector. Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service) has a list of professions with information about the necessary qualifications and requirements.
Help finding the right authority:
If you have recently arrived in Sweden, a lot of information is available in several different languages at informationsverige.se
If you do not wish to create an account and send an electronic application, for example if you have a protected identity, you can make your application on paper and send it via the postal service.The correct form depends on whether you have upper-secondary, higher or vocational education. Forms are available via www.uhr.se/bedblankett.
If you choose to send your application via post, please send it to:
Universitets- och högskolerådet/Swedish Council of Higher Education
SE-104 30 Stockholm
We deal with applications in the order in which we receive them. First, we check that all the necessary documentation is included. If it isn’t, we ask you to complete your application. You will receive an e-mail about this. If so, you should send us copies of the additional documents with the ordinary postal service.
Then we compare your education with the Swedish education system to find the level or eligibility to which your education is equivalent to in Sweden. We assess the documents and check that they are genuine.
The time it takes to make the evaluation can vary depending on the level of your education (upper-secondary, post-secondary vocational or higher).
What is included in a statement?
If you have completed foreign upper-secondary education and apply for an evaluation will receive information whether your education gives access to university studies in Sweden or not. If your education gives access the recognition statement will also show whether your education provides you with specific entry requirements for particular subjects. You can use this to know what you need to add to your education before continuing to studies at higher level. If you have a vocational upper-secondary education that doesnt give you access to university studies in Sweden, the recognition statement will state what degree awarded and the alignment of the education.
If you have an academic degree or a vocational qualification, the statement describes your foreign education, i.e. where you studied, what degree you have, how long the programme was, and compares it to a Swedish degree. In a comment, we describe the alignment of the foreign qualification.
The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) primarily compares your qualification with a Swedish degree. In some cases, there is no equivalent degree in the Swedish Degree Ordinance or there are significant differences between the qualifications’ content, purpose, level or scope. In exceptional cases, UHR can then recognise the qualification as equivalent to one year of studies at Bachelor’s or Master’s level (first or second cycle).
In other cases, UHR may not recognise your qualification at all. Instead of a statement you then receive a letter in which we explain why. If possible, we refer you to other public authorities and organisations.
The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) is responsible for handling personal data in the system for evaluating foreign upper secondary education, post-secondary vocational education and higher education. Personal data is collected from the applicants and includes information about the applicant’s foreign education/qualifications. The purpose of this processing of personal data is to evaluate the foreign qualification and issue a statement about the Swedish equivalent of the foreign qualification. Personal data may also be processed to analyse and assess evaluation activities.
According to Section 26 of the Swedish Personal Data Act, registered persons have the right, once a year and a no cost, to receive information about their personal data that has been processed by the responsible body (an extract from the register). Applications for an extract from UHR’s system for evaluating foreign qualifications must be in writing and signed by the registered person. According to Section 28 of the Personal Data Act, the registered person is also entitled to request that the responsible body shall correct, block or erase such personal data that has been processed in contravention of the Personal Data Act.