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How to Equate Foreign Qualifications

This service enables people who attended their higher education from foreign institutes to apply for the equivalency certificate from the Rwandan Higher Education system. This service is provided by the Higher Education Council (HEC). 

The processing time is 7 working days, depending on the feedback approval from the applicant’s university. The price for this service is Rwf 1,000. 


  • Applicants with or without an account can apply for this service.

  • Rwandan citizens should have a national ID number.

  • Foreigners should have a passport number. 

  • Conditional attachments;

  • Academic transcript from awarding institution.

  • Notarized copy of Certificate/Diploma/Degree considered for admission.

  • Notarize a copy of the degree/Diploma/certificate to be equated.

  • A copy of the applicant's ID card or Passport.

  • A service certificate/job contract for foreign applicants working in Rwanda or an admission letter for foreign applicants studying or wishing to study in Rwanda.

  • A recognition letter issued by accredited examination body or proof of online assessment (e.g. recommendation letter from the supervisor, approved industrial attachment certificate, or report for practical courses) for graduates that studied through an online mode of delivery.

  • Travel documents matching with the applicant's period of study (Passport with VISA for Rwandan residents or residential permit for those who studied as residents in foreign countries). For those who do not have travel documents for different reasons, they have to provide the replacement documents issued by the competent authority.

  • A bursary/loan confirmation letter and study leave for Rwandans who studied abroad on a government scholarship.

  • Applicants should have both a valid phone number and email address.

Follow these simple steps to apply for an equivalency certificate for foreign qualifications: 

  1. Visit and under Education, click on Application for Equating Foreign Qualifications. 

  1. Choose who you are applying for (Rwandan or Foreign), and click on Apply.

  1. Fill in the “Applicant Details” details will be retrieved and displayed on the right side of the page.

  1. Attach all the required documents in the right format and size. 

  1. Click on Next to proceed. 

Note: Prior to submission, the supporting documents should be notarized by Rwandan notaries or the Embassy of Rwanda in the awarding country.

  1. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and email address, check the verification box, and click on Submit.

  2. A billing number/ID (88.) will be generated click Pay 

  3. Applicants can pay offline using MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, BK App, BK Branches, and BK Agents, or pay online using VISA or MasterCard.

NOTE: After applying and successfully paying via IremboGov, the High Education Council (HEC) receives the application, once the application has been approved. The applicant receives an SMS/Email notifying them that the certificate is available and that they can download it from the IremboGov platform.

Moreover, when the applicant has entered their email address while applying for the service, the certificate will be sent to that email address. There is no need to download it on the platform.

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