Nostrification / Recognition
Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications/Degrees in the Czech Republic
Notice: Act No. 137/2016 Coll. becomes effective on 1 September 2016; this act amends and complements Act. No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendments to Other Acts, as amended (The University Act), establishing the duty on the part of the applicant to pay a fee of CZK 3,000. Payment instructions here.
I. Recognition of Degrees in the Czech Republic is governed by the following legal enactments:
Act No. 111/98 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions – Articles (87, 89, 90,105,106)
Act No. 500/2004 Coll. – Administrative Procedure Code
- International treaties the Czech Republic is bound by
- Rector’s Decree 15R/2009, stipulating the procedure of recognizing qualifications and education acquired at higher education institutions abroad (this decree stipulates recognition of foreign qualifications at the University of West Bohemia (UWB))
II. Authorities Deciding on Recognition:
- Exclusively a public higher education institution which executes an accredited study programme that is alike in terms of the content;
- The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports shall, should there be any doubts about the existence of a similar study programme, decide on the higher education institution’s competency to recognize qualifications, or it can decide on the recognition by itself. However, the Ministry shall mainly be the body of appeal in case the application is rejected;
- The Ministry of Defence decides on recognition of qualifications acquired in the military;
- The Ministry of Interior Affairs decides about qualifications acquired in the field of security.
- Hungary, Poland and Slovenia – Equivalence agreements concluded with Hungary, Poland and Slovenia are classified as presidential agreements; therefore, they take precedence over the law within the Czech legal system. Holders of qualifications acquired in Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, to whom the above-mentioned agreements apply, can directly use their qualification documents in the territory of the Czech Republic without having to submit a Certificate of Recognition of Foreign Higher Education issued by a public university in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (possibly the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Interior Affairs). However, holders of the above-mentioned documents are recommended to submit official copies of qualification documents (made by notaries) together with their certified translations into the Czech language in certain relevant situations (for example, when applying to be admitted to post-graduate study, or when documenting academic qualifications for an employer in case of so-called non-regulated professions). However, if holders of the foreign higher education qualifications still find it relevant (or if, for example, their employers require such validation), the holders may apply to the relevant validation authority, i.e. the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Defense, or the Ministry of Interior Affairs, for recognition of the foreign education and qualifications.
- The Federal Republic of Germany – The agreement concluded with Germany falls within the category of presidential agreements, approved by the Parliament of the Czech Republic and ratified by the Czech President, and the scope of its application is the same as in the case of agreements with Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. However, as the provision of Article 3, Sections (1) and (2) of the quoted agreement states that the results of studies and tests and duly completed studies would be accepted based "upon request", the holder of the document must request a competent recognition authority, i.e. the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Higher Education Department, possibly the Ministry of Defense or the Ministry of Interior Affairs, to recognize the applicant’s foreign higher education and qualifications.
- The validity of university diplomas issued in the Slovak Republic is subject to the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Equivalence of Qualification Documents issued in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (Agreement published under No.33/2001 Coll.). Based on this Agreement, university diplomas issued by universities in the Slovak Republic are recognized as equivalent to university diplomas issued in the Czech Republic. At the same time, all qualification documents listed in this Agreement are valid in both the territories of the Czech and the Slovak Republic, with no need for further official verification.
III. Requisites of the Application for Recognition of University Degrees in the Czech Republic:
1. The application, which shall include the following (so that it is officially accepted and the recognition procedure is can commence):
- Name and surname of the foreign university graduate,
- Date of birth and place of birth,
- Permanent address,
- Telephone contact, e-mail,
- Postal address to which the Decision is to be sent,
- The name of the university the applicant graduated from, its location (city and state), and the university website address,
- Study commencement and completion dates,
- Title of the completed study programme (in the Czech language),
- Title of the completed field of study (in the Czech language),
- Date of application and the diploma holder’s signature (if the diploma holder authorized another person to apply, a certified power of attorney must be submitted),
- Reason for applying for the recognition (for the purpose of further study or employment in the Czech Republic).
2. Enclosures as follows:
- An original or a certified copy of a diploma, certificate or similar document issued by a foreign university, possibly the original or a certified copy of a diploma supplement, or a list of all examinations passed and confirmations of fulfillment of courses´ requirements during the whole course of study (preferably accompanied by descriptions of the courses).
- Certified translations of the documents mentioned above.
- Should the diploma not be issued in a country having concluded the Equivalence Agreement, the applicant shall request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the university having issued the diploma is based to certify the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the original of the diploma. Alternatively, the certification may be provided by a relevant foreign authority and a relevant agency in the Czech Republic.
IV. Recognition Procedure, Deadlines for Handling Applications, Remedial Instruments, Contacts
- The recognition procedure commences based on a written application of the graduate of a foreign university (i.e. the applicant) submitted to the rectorate of a public university executing the same or similar study programme.
- The decision on recognition or rejection of the foreign university education shall be made by the Rector of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (UWB) within 30 days of receiving a complete application including the enclosures. Complicated cases may require up to 60 days to make the decision. These deadlines exclude the time during which the procedure is interrupted (see the Administrative Procedure Code).
- If the Rector grants the application, a decree shall be issued whose annex shall be a Certificate of Recognition of Foreign Higher Education and Qualifications.
- Should the application be rejected, the applicant is entitled to appeal to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports within 15 days of the rejection delivery. If the rejection was issued by a public university, the applicant should appeal through this public university. The Rector of the public university shall either grant the application in full extent by means of a reconsideration process, or pass the matter to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to make the decision.
The application including the enclosures shall be sent to the following address:
University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
doc. Dr. RNDr. Miroslav Holeček, Rector
306 14 Plzeň
Documents to Download:
|The Application Form||Applicant requesting validation|
|The Application Form||Applicant requesting validation|
Mgr. Irena Míková
tel.: 377 631 021