Royal Decree 309/2005,
of 18 March, which modifies Royal Decree 285/2004, of
20 February, which regulates the conditions of recognising
and validating foreign higher education degrees and
studies (BOE, of 19 March).
I. Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Degrees
as equivalent to Spanish Degrees and Courses:
The recognition to a degree of the Catalogue
of official university degrees is the official
recognition of the degree achieved, for the obtaining
of a foreign degree as the equivalent to that demanded
for obtaining a Spanish degree of those included in
the mentioned catalogue.
Recognition to a Postgraduate degree will under no circumstances
imply the recognition of the foreign degree of an equivalent
academic degree or level of the one held by the applicant.
The recognition to an academic degree
of those in which university degrees are structured
in Spain, is the official recognition of the degree
achieved, for the obtaining of a foreign degree as the
equivalent to that demanded for obtaining an academic
degree inherent to any of the levels in which Spanish
university degrees are structured and not to a specific
II. Effects of Recognition:
The recognition of a foreign degree
gives, from the date on which it is recognised and the
relevant credentials are issued, the same effects
of the equivalent Spanish degree or course,
in the whole of Spain, according to the current regulations.
III. Proper Bodies:
Rectors of Spanish universities are responsible for
recognising foreign postgraduate degrees and courses.
The Rector of the University of Zaragoza will judge,
handle and resolve the corresponding request, and if
approved, will issue the corresponding credentials.
(Future Master’s degrees for which the Government
approves specific general directives are exempt).
IV. Recognition as equivalent to Postgraduate
Degrees and Courses:
This refers to the recognition of foreign higher education
degrees as equivalent to:
· The current Doctor’s
degree, until it is substituted by the one foreseen
in the Royal Decree 56/2005, of 21 January, regulating
official university postgraduate studies.
· New official Master’s and Doctor’s
degrees established according to the mentioned Royal
Decree 56/2005, of 21 January, except Master’s
degrees referred to in section 8.3, whose recognition
will be handled according to the procedure of recognising
degrees as equivalent to the degrees of the Catalogue
of official university degrees.
· The new Master’s degree.
(This possibility of recognising new Master’s
degrees will not come into force until the date on which
the Catalogue of official university degrees has been
completed, according to Section 3 of the first
additional disposition of the Royal Decree 55/2005,
a process that should be completed before 1
The procedure of recognition will be initiated
on the request of the interested party in the model
designed for this purpose based on that published as
an annex to Order ECI1712/2005, of 2 June, which modifies
Order ECI/3686/2004, of 3 November, which sets out regulations
for the application of Royal Decree 285/2004, of 20
February, which regulates the conditions of recognition
of foreign higher education degrees (BOE of 15).
Recognition may not be applied for at more than
one university at the same time. A foreign
degree which has already been recognised by a university
may not be subjected to recognition at another university.
Nevertheless, if the recognition is rejected, the applicant
may apply for recognition at a different Spanish university.
The application may be handed in at:
· The Registers of the University of Zaragoza,
recognised as such.
· Any other location set out in Article 38.4
of the Law 30/1992, of 26 November, of the Legal System
of the Public Administration and of the Common Administrative
The application form must be accompanied
· Accrediting certification of the country of
the applicant (certified or verified photocopy of the
document accrediting the identity and nationality
of the applicant), issued by the competent
authorities of the country of origin or by the Spanish
authorities responsible for foreign affairs. In the
case of Spanish nationals, a certified photocopy of
the national identity card.
· A certified or verified copy of the degree
whose recognition is applied for, or original certification
accrediting its issue.
· Certified or verified copy of the academic
certification of the studies undertaken to
obtain the degree, which states, amongst others, the
official duration, in academic years, of the study plan
followed, the courses studied and the total number of
hours of each of them.
- A copy of the doctoral thesis and an explanatory report of the thesis in Spanish (once the resolution has been published the copy of the thesis will be returned).
- Curriculum vitae of the person applying for homologation
The application form can be optionally accompanied by:
- Curriculum vitae of the doctoral thesis director
· Accreditation of the payment of the corresponding FEES set by the University of Zaragoza
in the Decree of Public Prices approved by the Government
of Aragon for each academic course, which must be paid
into bank account Ibercaja 2085 0111 7603 3037 2392,
or directly to the Specific Studies and Degrees Department
of the University of Zaragoza.
Information of the account if money is to be transferred
Holder: University of Zaragoza
Bank: Ibercaja, branch: Urbana 10
Branch address: Fernando El Católico, 35, 50006
- Zaragoza (Spain)
IBAN: ES43 2085 0111 7603 3037 2392
(The applicant will pay any possible commissions)
The competent body may also require other documents
it considers necessary for the accreditation of the
equivalence between the studies leading to the obtaining
of the foreign degree and that demanded for obtaining
the Spanish degree for which recognition is applied
for, including, if applicable, the programmes of the
courses, which states their contents and scope, or the
academic documentation accrediting that the studies
required for access to those for obtaining the degree
for which equivalence is applied have been passed, in
The documents issued abroad must comply with the following
· They must be official and
be issued by the competent authorities, in compliance
with the legal system of the country in question.
· They must be presented legalised via diplomatic means, or otherwise, by means of the
Hague Convention apostille. This requirement will not
be demanded for documents issued by the authorities
in EU Member States or signatories of the Agreement
on the European Economic Area.
· Regarding that set out on the supply of certified
copies, the legalisation or apostille must appear
on the original document before the certified
copy is made.
· They must be accompanied by their official
translation into Spanish when applicable. It
will not be necessary to supply an official translation
of the copy of the doctoral thesis that must be supplied
with the application for the recognition of a Doctor’s
degree, nor of the complimentary documents required
by the competent body.
Supply of certified copies
The supply to these procedures of certified copies is
governed by that set out in Section 8 of the Royal
Decree 772/1999, of 7 May, which regulates
the presentation of applications, documents and communications
to the General State Administration.
In the record office at which the application
is handed in, the applicant must supply a photocopy
of each original document handed in. The record
office will compare the documents and
their photocopies, checking the identity of their contents
and will return the original documents
to the applicant and will attach the copies to the application, once they have been stamped,
in terms set out in Article 8.2 of Royal Decree 772/1999.
If the photocopies have already been compared and legalised
by a notary or by the Spanish diplomatic or consular
representatives in the country of origin of the document,
the originals do not have to be presented. In general, the original documents will not be presented
to this procedure, except when required by
the competent body.
If in doubt over the authenticity, validity
or contents of the documents supplied, the
competent body may take the necessary measures to check
them, and may contact the competent authorities issuing
the documents to validate them.
VI. Recognition Criteria:
The Commission of Postgraduate Studies of the University
of Zaragoza will examine the documents supplied by the
student and will issue a report which will be presented
to the Rector with the recommended action. For the issuing
of this report, the following criteria will be considered:
· The correspondence between the academic levels
required for access to the studies leading to obtain
the foreign degree and for access to the Spanish degree.
· Duration and total number of hours of the training
period required for obtaining the foreign degree whose
recognition is sought.
· Correspondence between the academic levels
of the foreign degree and the Spanish degree whose recognition
After the instruction of the procedure and, if applicable,
having an audience, set out in Art. 84 of the LRJ-PAC,
the Rector of the University of Zaragoza, in light of
the report issued by the Postgraduate and Doctorate
Commission, will pass a Resolution, which will
contain arguments and will contain one of the
· Recognition of the foreign
degree as equivalent to a Doctor’s degree.
· Rejection of the requested
The maximum period to resolve and notify the
resolution of the procedure will be six
months, to be counted from the date on which
the application was made at any of the record offices
of the University of Zaragoza.
If a resolution is not delivered within the
abovementioned period, it must be assumed that
the application for recognition has been rejected,
as set out in the 29th additional disposition of Law
14/2000, of 29 December, of Fiscal, Administrative and
Social Order Measures, and in Annex 2 of the same disposition.
The resolution of recognition of foreign
higher education degrees will be formalised by an accreditation issued by the Rector of the University of Zaragoza,
based on the model published as Annex II of Order ECI/3686/2004,
of 3 November (BOE of 15).
The accreditation will be issued on unbleached UNE A-4 cellulose paper, with invisible fibres reacting
to ultraviolet light and with other security
measures determined by the General Secretariat
of University Coordination Commission of MEC.
The University of Zaragoza will sent the General Department
of Degrees, Recognitions and Accreditations the information
relating to the favourable resolutions of recognition,
which will be registered in a special section
of the National Record of Official Degrees referred to in Royal Decree 1496/1987, of 6 November,
on the obtaining, expedition and recognition of university
The accreditation will be issued to the applicant through the Specific Studies and Degrees Department,
following procedures similar to those followed for official
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