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Foreign diplomas in Spain

Non-university diplomas

The Spanish Ministry deals with all the applications, except those of the Autonomous Regions of Galicia, Cataluña and País Vasco.

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How to submit an application for recognition of non-university studies

Accreditation and recognition of foreign university studies

The process of HOMOLOGACIÓN of a foreign diploma to a Spanish diploma gives access to a regulated profession (doctor, veterinary, nurse, physiotherapist, dentist, pharmacist, etc.).

The diplomas that do not give access to a regulated profession need to go through the process of EQUIVALENCIA to a Spanish diploma or academic level. Equivalencia gives the foreign diploma the same validity as the Spanish one which is recognised as equivalent to, without the professional purposes that imply the process of homologación.

The education authorities in Spain require that the total duration of the studies and their contents are similar to the Spanish ones, as well as the hourly load of the subjects.

For both homologación and equivalencia, the application process is the following:

1. Get an appointment with the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) for the Apostille of your Diploma and Transcript of Records.

2. After this is finalized, your Diploma and Transcript of Records require an official translation.

3. Pay the corresponding fee (model 790) Nueva ventana If you are not in Spain you will need to make a bank transfer.

4. After all this procedure, you need to get an appointment at the Education Office e-mail at Spanish Embassy in Manila, where you will need to submitt the application form for homologación or equivalencia, together with all the documents to Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. All the documents need to be original, they will be scanned and returned to you. These are all the necessary documents:

  • The form for homologación PDF or equivalencia PDF, whatever is applicable.
  • Original passport.
  • Original birth certificate.
  • Original diploma to be approved with Apostille and the official translation.
  • Original academic certification of the studies with Apostille, conducted by the applicant to obtain the degree in which they are recorded, inter alia, the official duration, in academic years, the curriculum followed, the subjects studied, the grades obtained and the hourly load each of them and the official translation.
  • Printed proof of payment of the fee (model 790).
  • Original proof of the necessary linguistic competence in Spanish (only for homologación)*.

All documents submitted must be original, official and issued by the competent authorities to do so, according to the law of the country in question. Also, in cases where necessary, the original documents must be duly authenticated.

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Further information

For any inquiries on recognition of diplomas, you can contact the Spanish Education Office in the Philippines e-mail.

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