What is it?
This is an act that allows recognition of a degree or a diploma from a foreign higher education institution equivalent to an academic degree or diploma from a Portuguese higher education institution, determined by a case-by-case analysis of the level, duration and content of a programme in a given area of education, field of knowledge or specialty.
To which foreign degrees does it apply?
To degrees or diplomas not included in the catalogue of degrees and diplomas determined by the commission for foreign degree and diploma recognition, which regulates automatic recognition.
Where and how do I request this recognition?
As a public Higher Education Institution, Iscte can receive and analyze requests of specific recognition, independent of the original scientific area.
This Recognition can be requested by the holder of the Diploma through filling out this online form
What documents do I need to submit?
According to n.º 2 of article 4.º of Decreto-Lei n.º 66/2018, you should present a document that proves unequivocally that your degree or diploma was attributed, including:
> Duly authenticated/apostilled original version of the diploma or certificate issued by the foreign higher education institution, proving the entitlement of the degree or diploma to the person requesting the recognition;
OR > Duly authenticated/apostilled copy of the diploma or document issued by the foreign higher education institution proving the entitlement of the degree or diploma to the person requesting the recognition. This should be authenticated by the authorities responsible for this effect;
OR > A copy capable of passing public inspection through a unique identifier, that is, a copy of the document issued by a foreign higher education institution which shows the registration number of the degree or diploma, in the cases of higher education institutions that have centralized registrations which can be consulted by the public.
> A document issued by your foreign higher education institution, duly authenticated/apostilled, with the following:
- The curricular units in which the applicant earned a passing grade that lead to their obtaining of the degree or diploma for which they are requesting recognition;
- The duration of the studies that lead to their obtaining of the degree;
- Their final grade;
- The programme content.
>In the case of a degree corresponding to the level of master’s, a digital or digitized copy copy of the applicant’s dissertation, final project or internship report, whenever it applies.
>In the case of a degree corresponding to the level of doctorate, a digital or digitized copy of the applicant’s thesis, except when this has been substituted by other research, work or artistic production. In these cases, these substitutions should be submitted in digital or digitized format for the purposes of assessing the contents of the research done and the rationales behind its conception and development, the capacity of investigation, and the work’s framing within the field to which it belongs.
How much does it cost?
The value of the fee charged by Iscte is that provided in the Fee Table currently in force.
How much time does the process take?
90 days from the completion of the proceedings, that is, after the original documentation or authenticated copies and the proof of payment are presented to Academic Services (consult the attendance schedule here). For the processes of recognition of level with precedence, 30 days from the complete instruction of the process.
*Requests for recognition of level related to foreign degrees or diplomas in scientific areas differing from those studied at Iscte will not be analyzed.