In academic recognition the evaluators mainly seek to establish whether the applicant is capable of continuing studies in the chosen direction and at the chosen level.
In the following main cases one has to seek for academic recognition of the credentials earned in his /her previous studies:
In principle, academic recognition is sought only for admission to further studies. Some applicants however chose to receive a statement of academic recognition before seeking employment in such professions where recognition of a foreign degree/diploma, is not officially required (i.e. in non-regulated professions). This kind of recognition (academic recognition for professional purposes) helps employers to understand to which home country's qualification the foreign one in question can be compared.
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In most countries, like in Latvia, the final decision on academic recognition of a foreign degree/diploma is taken by that higher education institution at which the studies are going to be continued.
In many European countries (but not in all of them), before taking the decision, the institutions will send your diploma/degree certificate to that country's Academic Recognition Information centre to receive its advisory statement.
In some countries, however, the Academic Recognition Information Centres do not deal with individual degrees/diplomas or individual applications - if this is the case, you have to solve all the issues with the higher education institution only.
To find out the specific regulations and procedures of the academic recognition in the country in question, it is always useful to consult the publications and webpages of the Academic Recognition Information Centres.
As regards Europe, North America, as well as Australia contact details of the academic recognition information centre in a particular country, can be found from several sources:
First of all, if academic recognition of applicant's degree/diploma or study period is denied, according to the Article III.5. of the Lisbon Recognition Convention, the applicant has the right to appeal.
Thus, if the academic recognition of the applicant's foreign diploma is denied and the applicant thinks that the decision violates the international legislation in the field of recognition, to which the country in question is bound, or the national legislation of that country, it is advisable to appeal against the decision.
According to the Lisbon Convention, the applicant has the right to be
informed about the recognition procedures, including the procedure of
apppeal in the country in question.
Alternative or partial recognition
According to the Council of Europe/ UNESCO Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications, "in the cases where the recognition cannot be granted in accordance with the applicant's request, alternative or partial recognition should be considered".
Alternative recognition means that the applicants qualification is not recognised at the level of the host country's degree/diploma indicated by the applicant, but, instead, the comepetnt recognition authority can offer recognition of the applicant's qualification at the level of another host country's degree/diploma. In many cases that solves the problem - the applicant gains the possibility to continue studies in the host country, although in a programme different from the originally chosen one.
Partial recognition means that instead of recognition of the applicant's foreign degree/diploma as a full host country's qualification, the competent authority offers the applicant to recognise his/her qualification as part of studies towards the qualification that he/she indicated. If this is a solution, the applicant can continue studies to complete the missing parts towards the first qualification and then continue studies towards the next one as desired.
Thus, if the full academic recognition of the applicant's qualification is rightly denied, it is worth to discuss with the competent authority the possibilities of alternative or partial recognition.