Degree and Diploma Recognition

There are three types of recognition in Portugal: automatic recognition, specific recognition and level recognition

The recognition of academic degrees and diplomas of higher education awarded by foreign higher education institutions, has been regulated in Portugal since 1st January 2019, by Decree-Law no. 66/2018. This Decree-Law repeals the previous two, Decree-Law no. 283/83 and Decree-Law no. 341/2007

The new Decree-Law standardises procedures applied to the recognition of foreign qualifications, making them more transparent, equitable and straightforward, introducing changes to previous regimes and which translate into the clarification of concepts, and the extension of the recognition of foreign qualifications of course diplomas not deemed equivalent to academic higher degrees, but with objectives and of a nature identical to higher professional technical courses. It introduces simplified procedures, establishing a system of precedence in the level recognition, which guarantees more automated decision-making, avoiding repetition, reducing costs and response times on decisions concerning recognition.

Aspects inherent to the procedural steps are defined in Ordinance no. 33/2019, of 25 January, amended by Ordinance no. 43/2020, of 14 February.

Automatic recognition is the act that generically recognizes a foreign higher education degree or diploma, the level, objectives and nature of which are identical to the Portuguese degrees of bachelor, master and doctor or of a higher professional technician diploma, which is included in the list of degrees and diplomas set by the commission for the recognition of foreign degrees and diplomas

To which foreign degrees does it apply

  • Check here if it applies to your Degree / Diploma
  • Check this table

Where and how to order

  • Public Higher Education Institutions
  • Directorate-General for Higher Education

Recognition is requested by the Diploma holder by completing an online form.

Necessary documentation

In accordance with paragraph 2 of article 4 of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, you must submit a document that clearly proves that the degree or diploma was awarded, namely:

  • Copy of the Diploma or document issued by the foreign higher education institution proving ownership of the degree or diploma for which recognition is required, authenticated by the competent authorities for the purpose
  • Simple copy of the document issued by the foreign higher education institution with a degree or diploma registration number, in the case of foreign higher education institutions that have centralized records that can be consulted by means of a unique identifier
  • Diploma or certificate issued by the foreign higher education institution, in original version, proof of ownership of the degree or diploma for which recognition is required

Note : If it is not possible to upload all mandatory documents on the DGES platform, they must be sent by email to acad@ualg.pt, duly identified with the applicant's name and case number.

Fees

The value of the fee is defined by the fee table (See Document box below).

Deadlines

Maximum of 30 days after the complete instruction of the process.

  • Doctor's Degree Recognition from the European University Institute in Florence
    According to Decree-Law 66/2018, academic degrees and diplomas awarded by the European University Institute in Florence are automatically recognized. As such, they should be required as a common Automatic Recognition process.

Specific recognition is the act that allows the recognition of a foreign higher education degree or diploma identical to an academic degree or diploma of Portuguese higher education, through a case-by-case analysis of the level, duration and program content, in a given training area, branch of knowledge or specialty.

Where and how to order

  • Public Higher Education Institutions
  • Directorate-General for Higher Education

Recognition is requested by the Diploma holder by completing an online form.

Necessary documentation

In accordance with paragraph 2 of article 4 of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, you must submit a document that clearly proves that the degree or diploma was awarded, namely:

  • Copy of the Diploma or document issued by the foreign higher education institution proving ownership of the degree or diploma for which recognition is required, authenticated by the competent authorities for the purpose
  • Simple copy of the document issued by the foreign higher education institution with a degree or diploma registration number, in the case of foreign higher education institutions that have centralized records that can be consulted by means of a unique identifier
  • Diploma or certificate issued by the foreign higher education institution, in original version, proof of ownership of the degree or diploma for which recognition is required
  • Document issued by the foreign higher education institution containing the curricular units in which the applicant obtained approval, and which led to the obtaining of the degree or diploma to which he / she is applying for recognition, as well as the respective program contents, the duration of the studies leading to the obtaining of the degree and the respective final classification
  • In the case of a degree corresponding to the master level, a digital or digitized copy of the dissertation defended or the project work, or the internship report
  • In the case of a degree corresponding to the level of doctor, a digital or digitized copy of the thesis defended, except when it has been replaced by other research works, works or artistic achievements, in which case the digital or digitized documents must be delivered. appropriate elements to know the content of the research carried out and the foundations that explain the process of conception and elaboration, the research capacity, and its framework in the evolution of knowledge in the domain in which it is inserted

Note : If it is not possible to upload all mandatory documents on the DGES platform, they must be sent by email to acad@ualg.pt, duly identified with the applicant's name and case number.

Fees

The fee amount is defined by the fee table (see Documents box below).

Deadlines

Maximum of 90 days after the complete instruction of the process.

Level recognition is the act that allows for the recognition, by comparability, individually, of a foreign higher education degree or diploma as having a level corresponding to an academic degree or diploma of Portuguese higher education.

Where and how to order

  • Public Higher Education Institutions
  • Directorate-General for Higher Education

Recognition is requested by the Diploma holder by completing an online form.

Necessary documentation

In accordance with paragraph 2 of article 4 of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, you must submit a document that clearly proves that the degree or diploma was awarded, namely:

  • Copy of the Diploma or document issued by the foreign higher education institution proving ownership of the degree or diploma for which recognition is required, authenticated by the competent authorities for the purpose
  • Simple copy of the document issued by the foreign higher education institution with a degree or diploma registration number, in the case of foreign higher education institutions that have centralized records that can be consulted by means of a unique identifier
  • Diploma or certificate issued by the foreign higher education institution, in original version, proof of ownership of the degree or diploma for which recognition is required
  • Document issued by the foreign higher education institution containing the curricular units in which the applicant obtained approval, and which led to the obtaining of the degree or diploma to which he / she is applying for recognition, as well as the respective program contents, the duration of the studies leading to the obtaining of the degree and the respective final classification
  • In the case of a degree corresponding to the master level, a digital or digitized copy of the dissertation defended or the project work, or the internship report
  • In the case of a degree corresponding to the level of doctor, a digital or digitized copy of the thesis defended, except when it has been replaced by other research works, works or artistic achievements, in which case the digital or digitized documents must be delivered. appropriate elements to know the content of the research carried out and the foundations that explain the process of conception and elaboration, the research capacity, and its framework in the evolution of knowledge in the domain in which it is inserted

Note : If it is not possible to upload all mandatory documents on the DGES platform, they must be sent by email to acad@ualg.pt, duly identified with the applicant's name and case number.

Fees

The fee amount is defined by the fee table (see Documents box below).

Deadlines

Maximum of 90 days after the complete instruction of the process.

In level recognition processes with precedence

Maximum of 30 days after the complete instruction of the process.