Friday, March 13, 2009

Transfer of credits & degrees

When transferring degrees and credits from a foreign institution the recognition process is normally performed by the Norwegian institution to which you are applying. If you would like a general assessment of your academic qualifications, you can contact the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) supervises and helps to develop the quality of higher education in Norway through evaluation, accreditation and recognition of quality systems, institutions and course provisions. NOKUT is the official Norwegian ENIC-NARIC center.

Recognition of foreign higher education qualifications in Norway
The International Recognitions Unit at NOKUT is responsible for dealing with applications for general recognition of foreign qualifications. NOKUT handles applications for general recognition of foreign qualifications and awards a number of general ECTS credits. They also states whether the level and scope/duration of the course is equivalent to a Norwegian degree.

Higher education institutions decide applications for specific recognition, i.e. whether a foreign qualification is academically equivalent to a degree, part of a degree or other qualification awarded by the institution concerned.

For further information about the recognition requirements please see

Diploma Supplement
The Diploma Supplement (DS) is an international document that gives a detailed description of the qualifications attained by a candidate. It does not replace the diploma, but supplements it. The DS has a standard layout and is divided into 8 sections. Section 8, which describes the country’s system of higher education, is a standard text included in all diploma supplements issued in the country concerned. The DS is already an integral part of the electronic student registration systems at Norwegian higher education institutions, FS (the Common Student Registration System) and MSTAS. The DS is provided to graduates free of charge.

Read more about the Diploma Supplement here.


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