Automatic recognition of qualifications from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden

Some qualifications from the Nordic countries are automatically recognized by NOKUT. If you have one of these qualifications, you can download a standardized recognition statement for each of the Nordic countries. The statement specifies those higher education qualifications that are automatically recognized by NOKUT, and how each qualification is recognized compared to the Norwegian system. The statement is immediately available for use in job and university applications.

Automatic recognition confirms that a foreign degree is equivalent to a Norwegian degree, both in terms of level and scope. NOKUT offers this as a response to the Revised Reykjavik Declaration.

What is the difference between automatic recognition and an ordinary application for recognition?

NOKUT’s automatic recognition is a voluntary alternative to our ordinary recognition service. You do not need to apply for recognition, nor upload documents for assessment. There is no case processing of your education documentation or identity documents. NOKUT has created a standardized recognition statement, which confirms that some degrees from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden are automatically recognized by NOKUT. The statement is immediately available for use in job and university applications.

If you nonetheless would like to apply for NOKUT’s general recognition of your foreign education, you must submit an application through our online applicant portal. You have to upload your identity documents and documentation from higher education. A NOKUT case officer will review your application. The result is a decision that 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. There is some case processing time. The decision can be appealed.

Click here if you would like to apply for recognition of your foreign higher education

Documents

Below, you can download statements detailing NOKUT’s automatic recognition for those countries and qualifications currently included. The statement is immediately available for use in job and university applications.

Denmark – Automatic recognition of qualifications (pdf in Norwegian only)

Finland – Automatic recognition of qualifications (pdf in Norwegian only)

Iceland – Automatic recognition for qualifications (pdf in Norwegian only)

Sweden – Automatic recognition of qualifications (pdf in Norwegian only)