The process of obtaining a recognition of an academic degree or diploma of foreign higher education follows the following steps:

1. Request

Each of the forms of recognition provided (automatic, level, specific) can only be requested once for the same academic degree or foreign higher education diploma, and the withdrawal does not prejudice the submission of another application, at the same institution or at a different institution (Article 10 of Decree-Law No. 66/2018).

However, it does not grant the right to a refund of the amount paid as a fee (paragraph 4, article 11 of DL no. 66/2018).

If you want to complete automatic recognition fill out this onlineform 

Before submitting the form, please consult the Practical Guide of Recognition Support from DGES - click here»

2. Payment of Fees

After submitting the application for recognition through the online form, accompanied by all the documentation, the applicant will be contacted by ESEL via the email address for information about their bank details and deadlines for the purpose of paying the respective fee:


Automatic recognition...................................................................... 50.90€

Automatic Recognition with conversion of final classification......... 81.10€

Issuing a 2nd copy of the Recognition registration certificate......... 25.40€


Failure to pay within 5 working days and/or failure to submit the requested documents within 30 days, implies the cancellation of the recognition request.


3. Analysis and deliberation

After payment, the request for automatic recognition, duly instructed, will be analysed and if your foreign degree/diploma is included in the list of degrees and diplomas established by the commission for recognition of foreign degrees and diplomas, you will be granted recognition.


The final decision will be communicated to the applicant via the email address indicated on the online form.


After recognition is granted, a certificate will be issued under the terms of Ordinance No. 43/2020, of the 14th of February, which will be sent to the applicant via email.


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