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

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