Equivalence/Recognition

What is Equivalence/Recognition

Equivalence/recognition is a recognition system for foreign academic degrees that is based on a scientific re-evaluation of the academic work and study program throughout the higher education course.
 

 

How can I apply for Equivalence/Recognition

1. You should contact a Portuguese higher education institution that provides courses in the same or similar field of study;
 
2. The request must be made on the appropriate form, available on the website or stores of Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda;
 
3. Depending on the degree for which the equivalence/recognition is requested, the documents referred to in Articles 4, 8 or 12 of Decree-Law no. 283/83 of 21st June, duly authenticated by Portuguese consular agent in the country of origin of the diploma and/or legalized by the Hague Apostille, must be provided;
 
4. The equivalence/recognition fees are published annually by the higher education institutions in Diário da República.

 

What is the difference between equivalence and recognition

Equivalence is a process through which the foreign academic qualification is compared to a Portuguese qualification in level (Licenciado, Mestre or Doutor), duration and program content.
 
In the case of recognition, the foreign academic qualification is compared to a Portuguese qualification only in level (Licenciado, Mestre or Doutor).

Legislation

Equivalência/reconhecimento de habilitações estrangeiras de nível superior
Decreto-Lei nº 283/83, de 21 junho 1983
Regula o sistema de equivalências/reconhecimento de habilitações estrangeiras de nível superior às correspondentes habilitações portuguesas.
State: Vigente
Graus, Títulos e Equivalências
Impressos para requerimento de equivalência/reconhecimento
Portaria nº 1071/83, de 29 dezembro 1983
Aprova os impressos dos modelos exclusivos da Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda para requerimento de equivalência/reconhecimento de habilitações estrangeiras.
State: Vigente
Graus, Títulos e Equivalências