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Requesting and picking up of a degree by a third party

Reuquesting and picking up of a degree by a third party

The necessary documentation for a third party to request an official degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid is the following (this does not apply to special degrees*):

  • Certified copy of passport. This should be legible and have the personal information for the person in question.
  •  Fees required for the issuing of the degree: Undergraduate degree (Licenciado/a): 144.09; Diplomature or Technical Engineering Degree (Diplomado/Ingeniero Técnico): 70.38; Master’s degree (Máster universitario): 164.58; Doctorate (Doctor/a): 214.62; Graduate (Graduado/a): 144.09. This deposit should be made in the general account of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  •  A simple authorization (not notarized) which authorizes a third party to obtain an official copy of this document.

Necessary documentation and procedures for a third party to pick up an official degree from the Autonomous Univerisity of Madrid (This does not apply to special degrees*):


      1. Through the Welcome office
           a. Emission of a nominal power of attorney in the name of the particular member of the Welcome Office authorized to file the required paperwork.
           b. Request to the Secretariat of the School or Faculty in which the graduate degree has been taken.
           c. Signing of a simple authorization (not notarized) which permits the third party to begin the process of legalizing signatures for the Ministry of Education.


This option can take between 15 days and a month, and the total price for this will include the fees for the notary, postage and messenger fees within Spain (including those transfers necessary during the authentication of signatures**) and those related to international postage.
      2. Through the consulate in the home country
           d. Application to the Secretariat of the School or Faculty in which the graduate classes were taken, specifying the address of the consulate closest to the home of the person in question.
            e. After collecting the official degree, the degree holder should begin the signature authentication process.

This option can take between two and four months. All these steps, (including the mailing of the degree to the consular office closest to the student’s residence) are free.
*As only official university documents will be recognized by the Ministry, all other academic documents should be legalized through a notary.
**The process of legally recognizing signatures consists in affirming the authenticity of the signatures which appear on the official documents. The steps which should be taken are the presentation of the official degree to the Ministry of Education, then to the Ministry of Justice in the case of those countries signatory to the Hague agreement, or to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the case of non-signatory countries.

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