Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

  • Relevant legal structure: CAPES (Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education) seeks to approximate the curriculum structures among participating institutions and courses. In accordance with the National Law on Education of 1996, “the graduation diplomas delivered by foreign universities will be revalidated by public universities that have the same course or equivalent level and area, respecting the international agreements of reciprocity or equal treatment.” In other words, Brazilian HEIs may recognize foreign degrees on their own initiative, so long as the Brazilian HEI in question offers equivalent programs.
  • Institutional support available: Partnerships are implemented by CAPES between Brazilian and foreign universities, and include the fundamental guarantee of the mutual recognition of credits for students in the area chosen for the project.