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Recognition of the EUI Doctorate

The Ministers for Education of the European Communities - meeting within the Council of the European Communities (Luxembourg, 3 June 1985) - adopted the following Recommendation concerning the doctorate conferred by the European University Institute in Florence:

 "The Ministers for Education, meeting within the Council, consider that the doctorate conferred by the European University Institute in Florence should be recognised in the Member States in the same way as equivalent national degrees […]”.

In certain EU countries (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom*) there is no formal recognition of university degrees by the state. 

*United Kingdom: Researchers with the EUI doctorate planning to study or work in the UK are advised to contact the UK National Information Centre for global qualifications and skills (former NARIC) where the EUI has recognition status.


  • Austria

The title of Doctor may be used in Austria by holders of the EUI Doctorate and recognition is automatically awarded.

  • Belgium

The Flemish Government approved the recognition of degrees awarded by the EUI on 22 March 2002, and recognised the Institute doctorate as equivalent to a doctorate from a Flemish university. The holder is entitled to use the title Doctor and the abbreviation Dr.

  • Cyprus

  • Denmark 

  • Federal Republic of Germany

The Conference of Education Ministers (KMK) established, by the Decision of 16 August 1978, that the Institute doctorate is equivalent to a doctorate from a German university. The KMK Decision of 4 September 1994 recognises the right to use the title of Doctor of the EUI in the Federal Republic.

  • Finland

  • France

A Decree of 20 October 1992 of the Minister of National Education established that the Institute doctorate was recognised as conferring the same rights and privileges as the doctorate introduced by the Higher Education Act No. 84-52 of 26 January 1984. 

  • Greece

In 1995, the Greek Centre for Recognition of Foreign University Degrees (Di.K.A.T.S.A.) recognised the EUI as equivalent to a Greek university. Accordingly the EUI is listed as a recognized foreign Higher Education institution on the website of the Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Centre (D.O.A.T.A.P.). EUI degrees are nevertheless not automatically recognized in Greece; EUI degree holders must apply to D.O.A.T.A.P. to have their Master or doctoral degree recognized. 

  • Italy

Law No. 352 of 11 July 1986 recognises the Institute's doctorate as equivalent to the 'Dottorato di Ricerca' established by Presidential Decree No. 382 of 11 July 1980.

  • Luxembourg

The title of Doctor of the EUI must be registered with the 'Commission des Titres' at the National Education Ministry.

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

The Decree of 15 May 1985 of the Minister for Education and Science stipulates that the title of Doctor may be used in the Netherlands by Dutch subjects who hold the Institute's doctorate.

  • Portugal

Law No. 93/96 of 15 July 1996 that recognised the Institute's doctorate as equivalent to the Portuguese doctorate was replaced by the Decree Law DL 66/2018 (article 5, no. 2) - wich provides that EUI doctoral and Master's degrees are subject to an automatic recognition procedure. This procedure is merely administrative and is initiated upon request of the interested party through any University, Higher Education entity, or the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES) (articles 12 to 16 of DL 66/2018). The degree holder (or his/her legal representative) is responsible for initiating the recognition process either through any University, any other Higher Education entity, or through the Directorate General for Higher Education (, +351213126000), and must present his/her EUI diploma, as well as an identity document.

  • Romania

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

The law of July 22, 2022, Article 22 (3) recognises a doctorate obtained at the EUI as equivalent to a doctorate obtained at Slovenian accredited higher education institutions.

  • Spain

By Royal Decree No. 823/1989 of 7 July 1989, the Institute doctorate was officially recognised as equivalent to the doctorate conferred by a Spanish university on the basis of Royal Decree No. 185/1985 of 23 January 1985 (BOE No. 164 of 11 July 1989). Amended and reconfirmed with Royal Decree No. 861/2010 of 10 July 2010.


Page last updated on 17 January 2023

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