If you have qualifications from another country

Last updated: 6 8 2018

Read here about what you can do if you have an education from another country. You can have your foreign education certificates translated or have an evaluation of them made.

Translation of foreign education certificates

If you have an education from another country you need to have the certificates from it translated, unless they are in English, French, Spanish, German or one of the Nordic languages.

The translation must be carried out by an authorised translator into Swedish or one of the languages listed above.

Arbetsförmedlingen can help you have the documents translated into Swedish. This is a free service if you are a jobseeker and you have registered with Arbetsförmedlingen.

Assessment of foreign qualifications

If you have completed an education in another country and you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or have applied for a residence permit in Sweden, you can apply for an evaluation of your education. This means that the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR) will issue an evaluation of what your education corresponds to in the Swedish education system.

UHR have made a film about how they evaluate foreign qualifications. This film is available in Swedish, with English and Arabic subtitles.

If you have completed a foreign education at the upper secondary level, post-upper secondary vocational level, or academic level, you can also have it evaluated by UHR. The evaluation is free of charge, but you have to apply to have it done.

If you don't have any documentation of your education

If you lack documentation of all or parts of your post-upper secondary education you can apply to have an official description made of your foreign qualification instead of an evaluation of it. You can use this description when you apply for jobs, for an education programme, or when you have your skills validated.

Apply as soon as possible

It is important that you make your application to have your qualifications evaluated by UHR as soon as possible.

It is also important that you include all the required documents with your application. If you are registered in the Swedish Population Register you usually need to include a population registration certificate and documentation of your qualifications with your application. The documentation of your qualifications must have been translated.

Recognition statement

Following the evaluation of your qualifications, you will receive a recognition statement showing what your foreign qualifications are equivalent to in the Swedish education system.

A recognition statement is not a Swedish qualification. The recognition statement is a supplement to your foreign qualification, not a replacement for it. The recognition statement is intended to help you when you apply for work in Sweden. By reading your recognition statement, prospective employers can understand what qualifications you have.

The recognition statement can also be helpful if you plan to continue studying in Sweden. However, it is not a requirement for applying to a higher education programme that you have a recognition statement from UHR. You can also have your qualifications evaluated by the university or university college you are applying to, in connection with your application.