Please keep in mind that all documents issued in any other language than Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian or Portuguese must be accompanied by a sworn translation. You will find a list of the official translators authorised by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs by clicking here
Legalisation of your undergraduate degree
Depending on the country in which your undergraduate degree was issued, your academic transcript and the certified copy of your university degree must be legalised.
The correct order is the following:
- Always legalise your original diploma (via the Hague Apostille or diplomatic/consular channels).
- Translate the previously legalised diploma.
- Make a certified or notarised copy of the diploma after completing the previous two steps.
The legalisation of a degree and the academic transcript depends on the agreement signed between Spain and the origin country.
Students with a degree outside the European Union and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) have to pay the corresponding fee to access the Master’s programme for foreign graduates without an approved title: 54,54€.
This and other payments can be made online on the Academic Procedures section.
European Union Member States
If you are a holder of a University degree obtained within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in a European Union Member State or a signatory of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, your university diploma and transcript need to bear the official seal of the university that issued these documents.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. Also Switzerland by bilateral agreement.
Signatory states of the Hague Agreement of 5 October 1961
If you are a holder of a university degree obtained in any of the countries ascribed to the Hague Agreement, your undergraduate university diploma and transcript must bear the Hague Apostille. The recognition and the Apostille must have been affixed to the original document before you have the photocopy certified.
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macao, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malawi, the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Niue, Oman, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rep. of Korea, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vicente and the Grenadines, Santa Lucia, Santo Tomé & Principe, Seychelles, South Africa, Surinam, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela.
Extensions: The Netherlands (Dutch Antilles); United Kingdom (Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Isle of Man, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, Cayman Islands, The Falklands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Santa Elena, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands).
All other Countries
Documents issued in all other countries must be legalised through diplomatic channels. This sort of legalisation consists of a series of stamps and signatures in which each one certifies the previous one. The legalisation must be affixed to the original document before the certified copy is made. It is important for the certified copy to containall the stamps and signatures that appear on the original certificate, even if they are on the back. Missing one seal/stamp would result in an incomplete legalization and the document would thus not be considered legalized in Spain.
- Recognition of the signatures by the Ministry of Education: You must first get the original document authenticated by the Ministry of Education in the country where the degree was issued.
- Legalisation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Once you have obtained the stamp recognising the signatures, you must submit the same documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued, which will affix the corresponding legalisation to the document.
- Legalisation by the Spanish consulate/embassy in the country where the documents were issued: Finally, you must take the documents to the Spanish consulate in the country where the certificates were issued to recognise the legalisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Spanish Embassy or Consulate will put a transparent security sticker on the document to verify the prior seals.
- Canada: university qualifications only need the stamps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and the stamp of the diplomatic or consular representation of Spain in that country (Consulado General de España), as described in this link.