Recognition of the specializations of foreign countries in the field of higher education means acknowledgment of the validity of any document, diploma or other certificate (which confirms the successful completion of the higher education program) issued by the competent authorities of foreign states; in addition, equivalence of specializations (nostrification) in the field of higher education of foreign states means that the competent authorities of foreign countries grant the same academic and professional rights as holders of higher education documents issued in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Currently, procedures for the recognition and equivalence of foreign countries' qualifications in higher education are regulated in accordance with the Order (№ 64 dated 13.05.2003) of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.