Portuguese NARIC Centre

Who we are

The NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) is the national centre dedicated to provide information about academic recognition of foreign higher education degrees and diplomas.

This centre is part of the ENIC-NARIC network, comprised by information centres from European Union member states and the centres of other member countries of the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The Portuguese NARIC is integrated in the Directorate-General for Higher Education and was established in 1986, following the accession of Portugal to the European Communities.

 

What we do

The NARIC provides information on:

  • Academic recognition of foreign higher education degrees and diplomas;
  • Level of academic qualifications obtained abroad;
  • Professional recognition;
  • Legislation on academic and professional recognition;
  • Portuguese higher education system.

The NARIC also issues statements:

  • certifying the level of academic qualifications obtained abroad;
  • about the classification scale in the Portuguese higher education system.

 

International projects

 

FRAUDOC - Guidelines on Diploma Mills and Document Fraud for Credential Evaluators

The Portuguese NARIC participates in the FRAUDOC project, which aims to establish the current status of the existing measures for the verification of fake diplomas and non-accredited institutions. The project aims to create and improve verification techniques of such documents and institutions, giving greater security to credential evaluators, and establishing anti-fraud mechanisms.

The project, coordinated by CIMEA, started in March 2016 and will last 24 months. FRAUDOC also counts on the participation of ENIC-NARIC centres from Belgium (Flemish Community), Denmark, Estonia and Sweden. Three other centres were also invited as informal partners: Canada, U.S.A. and New Zealand.

 

New Paradigms: Automatic Recognition and Evaluation of Competences

The New Paradigms project aims to address the automatic recognition of foreign academic qualifications. Taking into account the Portuguese experience in the field, through the implementation of the recognition system regulated by Decree-Law No. 341/2007 of 12th October, the Portuguese NARIC centre belongs to the core team of the Working Group.

The project will last 24 months, having started in March 2016, and will be coordinated by EP-Nuffic.

 

SCAN-D: Samples & Copies of Academic National Diplomas
[July 2014 | September 2015]

The Portuguese NARIC centre participated in the SCAN-D project, selected under the Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by the Italian NARIC - CIMEA.

This project has the main objective of promoting and sharing information about the different degrees and diplomas awarded by higher education institutions of the participating countries, aiming for a fair and expeditious academic recognition.

Examples of diplomas and certificates issued by higher education institutions of the 15 participating countries were compiled and included in a database accessible to all members of the ENIC-NARIC network: Belgium (Flemish Community), Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

 

SQUARE: System of Quality Assurance for the Recognition Networks
[June 2014 | March 2016]

The Portuguese NARIC centre participates in the SQUARE project, selected under the Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by the Dutch NARIC centre - EP-Nuffic.

The project's main objective is the development of a quality assurance system based on standards and guidelines common to all information centres of the ENIC-NARIC Network.

 

EMNS-BRIDGE-NARIC: Best Recognition Instruments for the Dialogue between Global Experts: Crossing the bridge between EM National Structures and NARIC Centers
[November 2010 | October 2012]

The BRIDGE project aimed to analyze issues related to the recognition of joint courses through cooperation between national Erasmus Mundus structures and NARIC, ENIC and MERIC centres.