Comparability statement

As of 1 September 2009, ENIC-NARIC France adopted a comparative approach to the treatment of applications for recognition of foreign degrees.
It issues comparability statement for qualifications obtained abroad to holders of foreign qualifications, comparatively evaluating such qualifications with the French system.
This approach was submitted to the institution's board of directors and approved on March 31, 2009.


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General principles

There is nothing automatic about the responses and the certificates issued: ENIC-NARIC France experts conduct specific research for each file submitted. While doing so, they may consult specialised sources, competent foreign authorities or possibly the administrative authorities of the country of origin and other ENIC-NARIC centres.

Evaluation of foreign qualifications complies with European guidelines (the Bologna process in particular) and current regulations pertaining to recognition of qualifications:


In assessing foreign qualifications, ENIC-NARIC France uses an analytical framework that applies the principles embodied in international texts guiding the recognition of qualifications in Europe.
The grid is an internal working document. It was developed by ENIC-NARIC France and a working group comprising representatives from:

  • Direction générale pour l'enseignement supérieur et l'insertion professionnelle (DGESIP),
  • Direction des relations européennes et internationales et de la coopération (DREIC),
  • Conférence des présidents d'université (CPU),
  • Commission nationale de la certification professionnelle (CNCP),
  • Agence d'évaluation de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur (AERES).



, composed of ten components, is designed to support the expert's comparative analysis.
It contains two levels:

  • Two exclusive "eligibility criteria" (in yes/no format), concerning the accrediting authority;
  • Eight "assessment components" listing the formal equivalence and quality criteria.
  Recognition of the qualification by the state education system under which it was issued
Status of the institution in the issuing country
Formal indicators Bilateral or multilateral agreement
Relative status of the qualification within a national or international framework
Official duration of studies
ECTS / credits
Prerequisites for admission to further study
Components of the certification (knowledge, skills, learning outcomes)
Academic and professional opportunities
Quality assurance Existence of an independent external evaluation of the training or institution