- Can I appeal the recognition statement?
The recognition statement is not an official decision and thus cannot be appealed. You can, however, ask for a review of the assessment. To do so, please send us an email with your registration number and state your concerns. Please note that education systems differ from country to country, which means that a foreign qualification sometimes does not fulfil the criteria that are needed for the Swedish equivalent.
Please contact us if you have any questions at all on how the assessment was carried out. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Learn about your digital recognition statement?
UHR’s recognition statement is a digitally certified document sent to your email address.
The recognition statement is issued as an electronic document with digital certification, not as a paper product. To prove the document is authentic and issued by UHR, a certified document blue bar with signature details is displayed.
It is possible to open the recognition statement in any PDF reader, but the certified document blue bar is only visible in Adobe Acrobat on a computer. The blue bar is not visible in mobile phones or tablets.
- No documents?
If you are lacking documentation of all or part of your foreign higher education, (academic or post-secondary vocational education), you can apply to UHR for a background paper instead of a recognition statement. To apply for a background paper you need to fill in an additional form and upload it here at the online application, step 6.
Find the form needed and more information here uhr.se/en/backgroundpaper.
- What does my statement mean?
The statement provides guidance for employers or for Swedish higher education institutions if you apply for courses in Sweden. It can be regarded as a complement to your foreign degree, not a replacement.
If you have completed a foreign upper-secondary education and want an evaluation so that you can apply to higher education, the evaluation will look at whether your education gives access to university studies in Sweden or not. If your upper-secondary education gives you access to higher education 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 does not give you access to higher education in Sweden, the recognition statement will show what degree awarded and the alignment of the education.
If you have a higher education or a higher vocational education you will receive a statement that compares your foreign qualification to a Swedish degree. In a comment, we describe the focus (content) of the foreign qualification.
If we are unable to recognise your qualification, i.e. we cannot issue a statement about your education, you will receive a letter in which we explain why. If possible, we refer you to other public authorities and organisations.
- What should I do with my statement?
The statement is primarily intended to provide information to employers about your foreign qualifications and their Swedish equivalent. Save the statement and use it when you apply for jobs.
- Who can get a statement?
Only you who hold an EU/EEA citizenship or have applied for a residence permit in Sweden can have your qualifications evaluated by UHR. We evaluate foreign qualifications from upper-secondary level (that provides entry to higher education) and upwards (post-secondary vocational education and higher education).
- Why aren’t all the subjects I’ve studied on the statement?
UHR’s statement of academic and post-secondary vocational education is primarily an evaluation of educational level and therefore only provides a general indication in terms of subjects. It is up to the relevant higher education institution or employer to make a more detailed assessment of your education.
UHR’s statement on upper-secondary education evaluates both whether your upper-secondary education provides basic eligibility and access for higher education or not and the level to which some upper-secondary subjects are equivalent in Swedish upper-secondary education. UHR only evaluates subjects that may be demanded as specific entry requirements for Swedish higher education. These include mathematics, English, physics, etc. Subjects such as computing, psychology and economics are not specific requirement courses, so these subjects are not included in the statement of your upper-secondary education.
A pure vocational upper-secodanry education will not give access to university studies and therefore no specific subject either.