Validation is the official recognition of the academic validity of university studies completed abroad (whether or not they led to a degree) as regards partial Spanish university studies. Validation allows students to continue their studies within the Spanish education system, which may culminate, when appropriate, in obtaining the corresponding Spanish university degree.

The resolution of a request to validate foreign studies as partial Spanish university studies is handed down by the Spanish university where the applicant wishes to further his or her studies.

When the studies have ended with the award of a foreign qualification, the person may choose to apply for recognition, equivalence or validation for partial studies, although it should taken into account that applications for recognition and equivalence cannot be made at the same time as for validation.