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Recognition in Lithuania

Two main types of recognition of foreign qualifications can be distinguished: academic and professional.

Academic recognition refers to determining the academic value of a qualification, i.e. it determines whether the foreign qualification, in principle, meets general academic requirements for a similar qualification in Lithuania.

Professional recognition refers to determining the professional value of a qualification, i.e. it is determined whether the qualification meets the requirements for practicing a specific profession.

In some cases the same qualification can be recognised for academic purposes, but not recognized (or only partially recognised) for professional purposes or vice versa.

The two types of recognition are regulated by national and international legislation and have differing competent recognition authorities.

Academic recognition

Academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Lithuania depends on the level of the gained qualification and the purpose of recognition, in Lithuania it is carried out by several institutions:

  • Center for Quality Assesment in Higher Education (SKVC), www.skvc.lt
  • Higher Education Institutions authorized by the Ministry of Education and Science
  • The Research Council of Lithuania, www.lmt.lt
  • The Ministry of Education and Science, www.smm.lt

Qualification or parts of the programme

Institution carrying out the academic recognition

Doctorate degree in science (arts)

Research Council of Lithuania

Higher education qualifications (except doctorate degrees)

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

Authorized Higher Education Institution (for study purpose in these institutions only)

Periods of study

Selected Higher Education Institution

Qualifications attesting vocational education

Ministry of Education and Science

Qualifications providing access to higher education (secondary education)

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

Authorized Higher Education Institution

Parts of secondary, primary or elementary education programmes

Selected elementary, primary or secondary school

More information the academic recognition performed by SKVC can be found here: Apply for Recognition

Professional recognition

This is the recognition of foreign qualification gained abroad, when a person seeks to start work in a certain area. When performing the recognition of professional qualifications it is important to evaluate not only the gained qualification, but also whether the person’s knowledge, professional skills and abilities are sufficient to start working in the country of destination.

Professions are of two types as follows: regulated and non-regulated.

In a case of regulated profession an institution authorized by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania carries out the professional recognition of foreign qualification. The list of regulated professions and authorised institutions can be found at: www.profesijos.lt .

In a case of non-regulated profession an employer makes a decision on professional recognition of qualification.