Automatic recognition – a quicker alternative

NOKUT offers automatic recognition of certain degrees from selected countries. Scroll down to view the list of countries currently included. Automatic recognition is a standardized statement that shows how certain degrees from selected countries are normally assessed by NOKUT. The statement may be downloaded and used immediately, without having to submit an application for recognition. In many cases, this document will be sufficient for a job application, which means you do not have to apply for recognition.

NOKUT offers this as a response to the stipulations of the Revised Reykjavik Declaration, the Bologna Process and the recommendation of The European Council about automatic recognition.

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

NOKUT’s automatic recognition is an optional alternative to our ordinary recognition service.

The ordinary recognition procedure: NOKUT’s general recognition of foreign higher education includes an assessment of your educational documents and their correspondence with your ID-documents. NOKUT also assesses whether the university or study programme in question is accredited or officially recognized as higher education according to national laws in the country in which it was located. An application to NOKUT for recognition results in a legally binding decision, and the decision can be appealed, cf. the Public Administration Act § 28.

Automatic recognition: You do not need to apply for recognition, nor submit documents for assessment. There is no case processing or assessment of your educational documents or identity documents. NOKUT has created a standardized information statement, which shows how certain degrees from selected countries are normally assessed by NOKUT. A statement on automatic recognition cannot be appealed. Please note that if you want to study abroad, you should contact the State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) to check whether the study program in question is eligible for financial support. There is no guarantee that all degrees included in the automatic recognition statements are eligible for support from the State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen).

When applying for a job or education, you can attach the standardized statement on automatic recognition with your educational documents.

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. Some case processing time must be expected. 

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

How to obtain automatic recognition 

Download your automatic recognition statement here: