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NOKUT’s general recognition of higher education

This is a recognition procedure for persons with higher education acquired abroad.

Your education programme is evaluated against the Norwegian degree structure. If your education programme is recognised as higher education in Norway, you will receive a decision from NOKUT. The decision describes the duration of the education programme, the number of credits it is worth and if it is equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD. The recognition does not say anything about the academic content of your education programme. NOKUT’s general recognition of higher education is voluntary, and is intended as an aid for those who wish to enter the Norwegian job market.

Apply for NOKUT’s general recognition

Information about the case processing time

It normally takes around two months from NOKUT receives all documentation, until we have finalised the evaluation. Because of introduction of a new case processing system it may, during the transitional period, take up to four months until your application is finalised. If you have received an email with a reference number, your application is received.


You can find more information about general recognition of higher education on the page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).