The process of recognition of foreign education is based on a comparison of the content of foreign education and study programs with the corresponding content accredited at the relevant public university. The second possibility to prove the completion of previous foreign education is verification for the purpose of admission.
It is necessary
All documents must be in Czech or English:
- Fill out the application (below)
- Get a notarized copy of the following documents: Diploma, Diploma Supplement and Transcript of Academic Records for bachelor’s studies. If you are applying for recognition of a master’s degree, you must also provide documents on your previous bachelor’s degree.
- If there was an interruption during the study, this fact must also be documented. If the study was shortened due to previous studies (for example, shortened bachelor’s studies due to previous studies of a junior specialist in Ukraine), it is necessary to prove this fact with documents – Diploma and List of completed courses.
- Provide a copy of the passport / ID card (a plain copy is sufficient)
- Marriage certificate (only in case of change of surname after marriage)
- If the process is handled by someone else, a power of attorney must be provided. The power of attorney does not have to be notarized – but it must contain original signatures.
Verification of authenticity of signatures and imprints of stamps on original documents
The verification of documents depends on the state in which the education was obtained and where the document was issued. The authenticity of signatures and stamp impressions on the original documents must be verified. The verification must be carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state in which the university that issued the document is located or by the relevant foreign authority and the relevant embassy of the Czech Republic, unless an international convention by which the Czech Republic is bound provides otherwise. Detailed information can be found in Specification of legalization of documents.
From 1 September 2016, the condition for initiating proceedings for the recognition of foreign higher education is also the payment of a fee for acts related to the proceedings. The fee is CZK 3,000. The fee is paid only after the official invitation we send. The deadline for payment of the fee is 30 days.
Authorities deciding on the recognition of foreign higher education
- Public universities that implement a similar accredited study program
- Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic – in case of doubt determines the affiliation of a public university to the recognition of education or may decide on the recognition itself, is the appellate body in case of rejection of the application
- Ministry of Defense – decides on education obtained in the military
- Ministry of the Interior – decides on education obtained in the field of security forces
Legal regulations governing recognition in the Czech Republic
- Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendments to Other Acts
- Act No. 500/2004 Coll., Administrative Procedure Code, as amended
- International agreements by which the Czech Republic is bound (bilateral international agreements on mutual recognition of equivalence of educational documents – Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and the multilateral so-called Hague Convention)
- Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education (the so-called Lisbon Convention)
In the case of a negative decision, the applicant has the right to appeal against it within 15 days of receiving the decision. The appeal is submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic through Mendel University in Brno. The appeal must be delivered to the address of Mendel University in Brno in writing. Requirements of the appeal: name and surname, address, date and number of the decision against which the applicant is appealing, justification of the appeal, date and signature.
The required documents must be delivered to the following address: