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Recognition of Foreign Diplomas and Degrees

Undergraduate study

Following is information concerning the official recognition/nostrification process which is a mandatory part of the Faculty's admission process. Without finished nostrification/recognition process, you cannot be enrolled in any programme. You can start the process once you are sure you have been accepted to the programme. However, please take into consideration the approximate length of each individual procedures.


For the process, you will need hard copies of your secondary education diploma and diploma transcript. In some cases, these documents should be certified either through an apostille (in case of states that signed the Apostille convention) or super-legalization.


Please, bear in mind that only copies in English or Czech language will be accepted for this process.

Nostrification

Nostrification documents are issued by Regional Authorities (“krajský úřad”), the Metropolitan Authority of the Capital City of Prague (“Magistrát hlavního města Prahy”), or by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. They have a life-long validity and can be used for any undergraduate (Bachelor's) admission processes in the Czech Republic, provided it is an admission to an undergraduate (Bachelor) programme.


A fee of 1,000 CZK is paid to the Regional Authority or the Metropolitan Authority within the framework of the procedure on recognition of the equivalence or validity of a foreign secondary education.


It is a time-consuming process so take into consideration that it might take up to 3 months for the process to be finished.


Applicants must submit mentioned notarized copies of high school documents along with a filled-in form to the selected office.


More information can be found here.


Recognition by the faculty

This process is done by the Faculty of Humanities itself. This process is intended for a single use only which means that you can use it for only one admission process at a time.


How to request recognition by the Faculty:


In your online application, you can find a new section: „Proof of education“. After clicking on this icon, a webpage will be displayed to you which details the ways of submitting proof of previous study. You will also see your personal information which you provided in your online application. Please, check this information (and edit it, if necessary) and choose how you want to submit your proof of previous study.


If you choose recognition by the Faculty (foreign secondary/higher education – it will be assessed), the system will generate a PDF request and a fee of 870CZK (to be paid online).


For recognition, we ask you to submit following documents:

  • A hard copy of a foreign certificate proving higher education obtained by completing secondary education at a foreign high school operating under legal regulations of another state. All submitted documents must be certified by a notary; a copy without official certification will not be accepted. Please, note that additional verification (apostille or super-legalization) may be required – please, refer to this list of states and respective verification methods to find out whether further verification is needed in your case. If you are not sure which form of verification you need to provide, feel free to contact us at .

  • An original or a notarized copy of a document/diploma supplement describing the contents and scope of education completed at a foreign university (an overview of courses completed during period of study). Only notarized copies will be accepted.


You may be asked to supply additional information during the recognition process - if this is the case, we will reach out to you individually.


To verify requirements according to the state where you diploma has been issued, please check:

List of states and the respective verification requirements


For more information, please contact us at .

International and European Baccalaureate

If you are a holder of European Baccalaureate (EB), you do not need to request neither nostrification nor recognition by the Faculty since the European Baccalaureate (EB) is deemed automatically equivalent to the Czech secondary school leaving qualification (střední vzdělání s maturitní zkouškou). In that case it will be enough to submit a copy of your European Baccalaureate Diploma authenticated according to the relevant international agreements (for details refer to the list of states and respective verification methods).


If you are a holder of International Baccalaureate (IB), it is necessary to request nostrification or recognition by the Faculty. However, applicants with International Baccalaureate (IB) who, in addition to the IB Diploma, submit a matriculation (maturita) examination certificate from Czech language and literature can be exempt from the obligation of providing nostrification or requesting recognition by the Faculty. If you are not sure whether your IB Diploma needs to be recognized, feel free to contact us at .


Please, note that Charles University now accepts only electronic copies of IB Transcripts which can be sent via the International Baccalaureate Information System.

Automatic equivalency

If you are a holder of a document concerning a foreign secondary education completed with the “maturita” examination, if it is deemed automatically equivalent in the Czech Republic in accordance with its international agreements without any further administrative procedures – these are documents proving obtainment of the equivalent of Czech “maturita” in Slovakia, Poland (“swiadectwo dojrzalosci”), Hungary (“érettségi bizonyítvány”), and Slovenia.


In that case you have to submit only your high school documents.


This does not apply for Czech-based international secondary schools that do have a traditional Czech "maturita" as a part of their educational system. In case the applicants graduated in one of the countries listed above, they only submit a request in their online application and their diploma, no other legalization is required.


Graduate study

Following is information concerning the official recognition/nostrification process which is a mandatory part of the Faculty's admission process. Without finished nostrification/recognition process, you cannot be enrolled in the study. You can start with the process once you are sure you have been accepted to the programme but take into consideration the approximate length of each individual procedures.


For the process, you will need hard copies of your BA (or MA) diploma and diploma transcript. In some cases, these documents need to be certified either through an apostille (in case of states that signed the Apostille convention) or super-legalization.


Please, bear in mind that only copies in English or Czech language will be accepted for this process.


Nostrification

Nostrification of BA diplomas is issued by universities in the Czech Republic. Nostrification documents have life-long validity and as such they can be used for any admission process, provided it is an admission process for a graduate (Master's) programme.


The best option is to choose a university (it does not have to be the one you applied for) that has the same or at least a similar BA programme to your BA studies. Applicants must submit abovementioned certified copies of their BA documents along with a filled-in form to the selected office. The form can be found on the web pages of each university. Further information regarding Charles University can be found here.


A fee of CZK 3,000 is paid to the university of your choice within the framework of the procedure on recognition of the equivalence or validity of foreign education. The whole process should take 30+ days after you submit all documents to the specific university.


Recognition by the Faculty

This process is done by the Faculty of Humanities itself. This process is intended for a single use only which means that you can use it for one admission process at a time.


How to request recognition by the Faculty:


In your online application, you can find a new section „Proof of education“. After clicking on this icon, a webpage will be displayed to you which details the ways of submitting proof of previous study. You will also see your personal information which you provided in your online application. Please, check this information (and edit it, if necessary) and choose how you want to submit your proof of previous study.


If you choose recognition by the Faculty (foreign secondary/higher education – it will be assessed), the system will generate a PDF request and a fee of 870CZK (to be paid online).


For recognition, we ask you to submit following documents:

  • A hard copy of a foreign certificate proving higher education obtained by completing a study programme at a foreign university operating under legal regulations of another state. All submitted documents must be certified by a notary; a copy without official certification will not be accepted. Please, note that additional verification (apostille or super-legalization) may be required – please, refer to this list of states and respective verification methods to find out whether further verification is needed in your case. If you are not sure which form of verification you need to provide, feel free to contact us at .

  • An original or a notarized copy of a document/diploma supplement describing the contents and scope of education completed at a foreign university (an overview of courses completed during period of study). Only notarized copies will be accepted.

You may be asked to supply additional information during the recognition process - if this is the case, we will reach out to you individually.


To verify requirements according to the state where you diploma has been issued, please check:

List of states and the respective verification requirements


For more information, please contact us at .


Automatic equivalency

If you are a holder of a foreign document concerning a foreign BA which is automatically equivalent in the Czech Republic in accordance with its international agreements without any further administration procedures – these include documents certifying completion of a programme of study in Slovakia (with the exception of diplomas issued by foreign branches of Slovak higher education institutions after 28 March 2015), in Poland, Hungary, or Slovenia.


If this is your case you have to submit only your BA documents along with an electronic form which you can find in your application.


Postgraduate study

Following is information concerning the official recognition/nostrification process which is a mandatory part of the Faculty's admission process. Without finished nostrification/recognition process, you cannot be enrolled in the study. You can start with the process once you are sure you have been accepted to the programme but take into consideration the approximate length of each individual procedures.


For the process, you will need hard copies of your MA diploma and diploma transcript. In some cases, these documents should be certified either through an apostille (in case of states that signed the Apostille convention) or super-legalization.


Please, bear in mind that only copies in English or Czech language will be accepted for this process.


Nostrification

It is issued by one of the universities of Czech Republic. The best option is to choose a University (it does not have to be the one you applied for) that has the same or at least a similar MA programme to your MA studies.


Nostrification document has a life-long validity and as such it can be used for any admission processes provided it is an admission for postgraduate (Ph.D.) type of programme. A fee of CZK 3,000 is paid to the university of your choosing within the framework of the procedure on recognition of the equivalence or validity of foreign education.


The whole process should take 30+ days after you submit all documents to the specific university.


Applicants must submit mentioned notarized copies of MA documents along with a filled-in form to the selected office. The form can be found on the web pages of each specific university. Regarding Charles University, further information can be found here.


Recognition by the Faculty

This process is done by the Faculty of Humanities itself. This process is intended for a single use only which means that you can use it for only one admission process at a time.


How to request recognition by the Faculty:


In your online application, you can find a new section „Proof of education“. After clicking on this icon, a webpage will be displayed to you which details the ways of submitting proof of previous study. You will also see your personal information which you provided in your online application. Please, check this information (and edit it, if necessary) and choose how you want to submit your proof of previous study.


If you choose recognition by the Faculty (foreign secondary/higher education – it will be assessed), the system will generate a PDF request and a fee of 870CZK (to be paid online).


For recognition, we ask you to submit following documents:

  • A hard copy of a foreign certificate proving higher education obtained by completing a study programme at a foreign university operating under legal regulations of another state. All submitted documents must be certified by a notary; a copy without official certification will not be accepted. Please, note that additional verification (apostille or super-legalization) may be required – please, refer to this list of states and respective verification methods to find out whether further verification is needed in your case. If you are not sure which form of verification you need to provide, feel free to contact us at .

  • An original or a notarized copy of a document/diploma supplement describing the contents and scope of education completed at a foreign university (an overview of courses completed during period of study). Only notarized copies will be accepted.


If needed, some additional documents may be required.


To verify requirements according to the state where you diploma has been issued, please check:

List of states and the respective verification requirements


For more information, please contact us at .

Automatic equivalency

If you are a holder of a foreign document concerning a foreign MA which is automatically equivalent in the Czech Republic in accordance with its international agreements without any further administration procedures – these include documents certifying completion of a programme of study in Slovakia (with the exception of diplomas issued by foreign branches of Slovak higher education institutions after 28 March 2015), in Poland, Hungary, or Slovenia.


If this is your case you have to submit only your MA documents along with an electronic form which you can find in your application.




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