Spain | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
A Minus GPA
B Plus GPA
Instruction Languages
Spanish, Basque, Galician, Catalan
Bachelors Equiv.
Post-2006: Titulo de Graduado (Grado) requiring four years of study. Pre-2006: Licenciado or Licenciatura or Professional title (Ingeniero, Arquitecto,etc.)
Masters Equiv.
Post 2006: Titulo de Master (Master Universitario)
Grading System

10           Matricula de honor                        Distinction with honour

9.0-9.9   Sobresaliente                                  Distinction

7.0-8.9   Notable                                             Very good

6.0-6.9   Aprobado                                         Good

5-5.9      Aprobado or Suficiente                  Satisfactory

< 5 Suspenso or Insuficiente                        Fail


Recognized Universities

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
Universidad Auonoma de Madrid
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad de Alcala de Henares
Universidad de Alicante
Universidad de Barcelona
Universidad de Cadiz
Universidad de Cantabria
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Universidad de Cordoba
Universidad de Deusto
Universidad de Extremadura
Universidad de Las Islas Baleares
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Universidad de Leon
Universidad de Malaga
Universidad de Murcia
Universidad de Navarra
Universidad de Oviedo
Universidad de Salamanca
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Universidad de Sevilla Universidad de La Laguna
Universidad de Valencia
Universidad de Valladolid
Universidad de Zaragoza
Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskat Herriko Univertsitatea
Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)
Universidad Politecnica de Canarias
Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Universidad Publica de Navarra
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
Universidadde Grandad

Notes for Spain

Bachillerato and entrance examinations are required for admission to university. Pre-university education is 12 years.

The system offers three cycles which came into effect in 2006:

Titulo de Grado (240 ECTS)

Titulo de Master (60-120 ECTS)


several Grado awards, including those in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, are recognised in Spain as being MECES level 3, i.e. second-cycle Máster level.

The Título de Máster Universitario (Master’s degree) has been offered since 2006. It is a one- to two-year postgraduate qualification that provides a high level of specialisation and consists of 60 to 120 ECTS credits. The course comprises compulsory and optional subjects, seminars, external placement and a Master’s thesis (trabajo fin de máster).

Spanish law dictates that Grado and Máster programmes should total a minimum of 300 ECTS credits. Consequently, based on a credit load of 60 ECTS per annum, the following undergraduate and postgraduate degree structures are possible: 4+1 and 3+2.

Higher artistic studies (Enseñanzas Artísticas Superiores) in Spain form a separate stream within Spanish higher education. First-cycle awards in music, dance, dramatic arts, design, conservation and plastic arts lead to the title of the Título Superior. Second-cycle studies lead to the Título de Máster, which gives access to a Bologna Doctorado programme.

Transnational education (TNE), or educación transnacional, is offered in a variety of forms in Spain. These include international branch campuses, joint degrees (títulos conjuntos) and dual degrees (dobles titulaciones). A number of Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s degrees, for example, are offered by Spanish universities in collaboration with European partner institutions.

The main provider countries of TNE in Spain include France, Germany, Italy, Denmark and several South and Central American countries.


A Diplomado was obtained after completing only the first university cycle and is not equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. (The second cycle was the Licenciado and the third cycle was the Doctorado.)

Last Update: October 19, 2020

Last modified: October 19, 2020