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General academic recognition granted by NOKUT

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) grants general academic recognition of foreign higher education.

NOKUTs general recognition indicates the number of Norwegian credits (ECTS credits) granted, and whether the foreign degree/education is equivalent in extent and level to a Norwegian degree/education, e.g. a Norwegian Bachelor or Master Degree, but without stating specifically which Bachelor or Master Degree.

A general recognition requires that the foreign qualifications were awarded by a higher education institution which is officially recognised/accredited in the country of origin. The education must extend beyond the Norwegian higher education entrance qualifications ("generell studiekompetanse").

Normally, NOKUT does not require such extensive documentation in order to assess (evaluate) foreign higher education in relation to general recognition as HiOA requires in relation to specific academic recognition (see the HiOA requirements). If you cannot present the necessary documentation for an assessment in relation to specific recognition at HiOA, but still possess your degree certificate/diploma and transcript of academic records (index/mark sheet/relevé de notes), you may apply to NOKUT for a general recognition.

In many cases, a general recognition granted by NOKUT together with your foreign higher education documents (diploma and transcript of records), will be sufficient for seeking employment or applying for admission to certain Norwegian higher level university/university college studies (e.g. continuing education, Master degree programmes).

See NOKUT's web pages for more information about the Norwegian recognition system and general and specific academic recognition of foreign higher education.