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Recognition of Foreign Education and Qualifications

The Recognition of Foreign Education is a process of verifying that the education level which you have completed abroad is equal to the education level required for studying at a university in the Czech Republic.

The Recognition of Foreign Education is an indispensable requirement for admission to the studies at UCT Prague.

Contact details:
Applicants for a study at UCT Prague please contact admissions@vscht.cz (Chemical Programmes) or business.admission@vscht.cz  (School of Business) for guidance if needed.

 

Explanatory notes:

  • Verified (notary-certified / true) copy = An official certified copy identical to the original. It is verified by a notary or by an official authority in your country and confirmed with an official stamp.

    In the Czech Republic, the verified copies are issued by a notary (the notary makes an official copy of a document and then stamps it, which proves the authenticity of the document).

    Please learn what the process is like in your country. UCT Prague needs to receive official true copies of the Diploma and Transcripts of Records which are exactly the same as the originals.

    These true copies should be also firmly attached to a translation to English/Czech (if the document isn’t issued in English), and they should be also firmly attached to an Apostille/Superlegalization clause (issued by an authority in your country and/or a Czech embassy).

 

  • Authentication: Apostille / Superlegalization = Apostille or Superlegalization is a process of verification that the signatures and stamps on the document are genuine. This process is a mandatory requirement in case of certain countries, and the documents are incomplete without this verification.

 

Why is a verified copy required? UCT Prague must keep the documents archived for 45 years; therefore, if you send us an original document, we cannot return it back to you. Do not provide the originals of your documents to anyone as you may need them for other matters during your life. 

 

 

A Short Overview of the Process

You can submit the online application without uploading a Certificate of Recognition, however, when filling in the online application, must choose a method of recognition based on where your Diploma / Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records have been issued & if, in the Czech Republic, you intend to apply only to our university or to another higher education institution as well. 

In the online application you will find these options: 

    1. A Document Deemed Automatically Equivalent Without Any Further Administrative Procedure = choose this option if your Certificate / Diploma has been issued in Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, or Slovenia
    2.  A Document Proving the Awarding of a European Baccalaureate = choose this option if you have received a European Baccalaureate diploma
    3.  A Foreign Document Concerning a Foreign Education = choose this option if you haven't got a Nostrification/Recognition certificate yet.
      If you choose this option, the Certificate of Recognition of Previous Foreign Education will be issued by UCT Prague as a part of the admission process. The certificate issued by UCT Prague is valid only in UCT Prague, it cannot be used when applying to other Czech universities. 
      You will be guided by the admission officer on how to proceed.
    4. A Document Proving General Recognition = choose this option if 1) you have gone through the process of Nostrification/Recognition, and you have already received an official Certificate of Nostrification from Prague City Hall, OR a Certificate of Recognition of Foreign Education from another educational institution in the Czech Republic, OR 2) if you have already started working on it

 

 

Timeline

 Please see the details below the table

Admissions are open

When sending the application, you need to choose the method of recognition.

All selected applicants regardless of country of origin must provide a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and the Transcript of Records.

If your Diploma/Graduation certificate is NOT a European Baccalaureate and if it WASN'T issued in Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, or Slovenia, you must choose either option "A Foreign Document Concerning a Foreign Secondary Education" OR "A Document Proving General Recognition..."

 

In such a case, get familiar with the process of 1) arranging a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and the Transcript of Records and 2) arranging an Apostille/Superlegalization, and 3) translation (if not issued in English) in your country. (In some countries, this process takes 6–10 weeks!)

 

If you choose the option "A Foreign Document Concerning a Foreign Education", the process of recognition will be processed at UCT Prague – the Recognition Certificate issued within this process is valid only at UCT Prague.

 

If you choose the option "A Document Proving General Recognition..." and you are applying to Bachelor's degree studies, the process will be carried out by Prague City Hall. If you are applying to Master's degree studies, the process can be processed at UCT Prague or by any other educational institution in the Czech Republic – the Recognition Certificate is then valid also at other educational institutions in the Czech Republic. Choose this option also if you have already undergone this process in the past and if you already possess a Recognition Certificate. 

The results of the admissions are announced

If you have chosen that the process of Recognition will be processed at UCT Prague: Get ready to provide a scan of a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and Transcript of Records with Apostille/Superlegalization and translation to the admission officer & Pay the recognition fee in the online application system

by May 11
(Erasmus Mundus applicants by April 30)

If you have chosen that the process of Recognition will be processed at UCT Prague: Provide a scan of a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and Transcript of Records with Apostille/Superlegalization and translation

Students from certain countries need to have the Apostille/Superlegalization ready when applying for a visa/residence permit

by June 15

If you have chosen that the process of Recognition will be processed at UCT Prague: Send a paper version of a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and Transcript of Records with Apostille/Superlegalization and translation to UCT Prague by a delivery service for the Recognition of the previous foreign education process

 

If you have chosen another type of Recognition (Nostrification or Recognition Certificate issued by another Czech institution): Provide a verified copy of the Nostrification Certificate or Recognition Certificate to UCT Prague by a delivery service

You will be guided by an admission officer on where to send the documents to

August  You will be informed that the process of recognition of previous foreign education is successfully finished

 

If you haven't graduated yet by the time of applying and you are going to graduate in May/June/July, you can submit the online application, and proceed with the below-stated steps as soon as possible after graduation. You will be guided by the admission officer on how to proceed then. 

Do you have any questions regarding the process? Don't hesitate to contact us at admissions@vscht.cz (Chemical Programmes) or business.admission@vscht.cz  (School of Business).

 

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APPLICANTS FOR BACHELOR STUDIES

When filling in the online application for the studies, you need to choose one of the below-stated options of the Recognition of Foreign Education:

A) A Document Deemed Automatically Equivalent Without Any Further Administrative Procedure

The Recognition of Graduation Certificates issued in the following countries: Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia is proceeded automatically without any further administrative proceedings. 

Please note that as per requirements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, a verified copy of a Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records with a translation to the Czech language has to be provided to UCT Prague.

B) A Document Proving the Awarding of a European Baccalaureate

European Baccalaureate diplomas issued by International high schools are recognized without any further administrative proceedings.

Please note that as per requirements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, a verified copy of a Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records with a translation to the Czech language has to be provided to UCT Prague.

C) A Foreign Document Concerning a Foreign Secondary Education

As UCT is a holder of institutional accreditation, the Recognition of foreign education can be processed as a part of the admission procedure.

Such a recognized education is valid only for UCT study programmes. It is not generally valid and cannot be used for admission procedures to other institutions.

Fee: CZK 800,-
Validity: Only at UCT Prague
(Choose this option if, in the Czech Republic, you are applying only to UCT Prague)

HOW TO PROCEED?

*Note that procedures may differ from country to country. In certain countries, the Apostille/Superlegalization is issued only on original documents; in other countries, the Apostille/Superlegalization can be issued on a verified copy too. 

  1. Make a verified (true) copy of the Graduation Certificate and of the Transcript of Records (the copy must be identical to the original and confirmed by a notary or any other official authority in your country)
  2. Authenticate the stamps and signatures on the verified copy of the Graduation Certificate and the Transcript of Records
    Authentication of Documents

    In accordance with section 90, subsection 3 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, UCT Prague requires authentication of signatures and stamps on the documents. The authentication must be provided in the country where the documents have been issued!

    The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. The list of the countries and required authentication methods is to be found here.

    The authentication methods are:

    1. B – Authentication is not required for documents issued in countries that are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
    2. A as Apostille- For members of the Hague Convention the legalization proceeds by Apostille – an unified form of authentication of documents issued by the competent administrative body of the state in which the document was issued
    3. L as Legalization/super-legalization – Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by two bodies:
      1. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, where the institution which issued the document is based
      2. respective representative office of the Czech Republic (e.g. Embassy / Consulate) in the country where the institution which issued the document is based

  3. If the Graduation Certificate and the Transcript of Records are not issued in the English language, make a certified translation to the English or Czech language by a certified (court) translator
    (Note that some Embassies may require translation to the Czech language, we advise obtaining a translation to the Czech language.)

  4. Ask the certified translator to firmly attach the translation to the verified copy of the Certificate and the Transcript of Records
  5. Send a scan of the verified copy of the Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records with the authentication (Apostille/Superlegalization), and with the translation to the Czech or English language to the email admissions@vscht.cz for confirmation whether they are correct

  6. Pay the fee of CZK 800,- 
    Payment Details

    Payment information with a unique code will be provided in the online application. 



  7. Once confirmed by UCT Prague that the documents are correct, send the verified copy of the Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records with the translation to the Czech or English language with the authentication (Apostille/Superlegalization) by a delivery company to the address:

Department of International Relations
VŠCHT – University of Chemistry and Technology Prague   
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic

We advise sending the documents by a delivery company only after confirmation by UCT Prague that your documents are correct, it will save you time and money!

Note

You may be asked to submit the following documents if necessary:

  • Certified written power of attorney, if submitted by a person other than the graduate,
  • Certified copy of a Marriage Certificate or a Judgment of Divorce or another document in case of a change of the name indicated on the Diploma,
  • Confirmation of the relevant secondary school abroad or any other authorized body in the respective country on the fact that the secondary school leaver of the foreign secondary school concerned is in the given country entitled to apply for a bachelor's degree programme.

D) A Document Proving General Recognition of the Equivalence or Validity of Foreign Secondary Education = "Nostrification"

The General Recognition of Foreign Secondary Education ("Nostrification”) is regulated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and provided by the educational departments of regional authorities. In the case of Prague, the competent authority is Prague City Hall (Magistrát hl. m. Prahy). 

Please note that a verified copy of a Nostrification Certificate has to be provided to UCT Prague.

Fee: CZK 3.000,-
Validity: At all universities in the Czech Republic
(Choose this option if you are applying to multiple universities in the Czech Republic)

The information about the process is to be found here:

The applicant generally needs to be in the Czech Republic to apply in person and the process of recognition takes a few months. If the curriculum and scope of education at a foreign school partly differ, the Regional Authority may order the applicant to sit a recognition examination.

Contact Details

Mgr. Martin Fučík
Prague City Hall, Department of Education
Jungmannova 29/35, 111 21 Praha 1
martin.fucik@cityofprague.cz  

 


 

APPLICANTS FOR MASTER/PhD STUDIES

When filling in the online application for the studies, you need to choose one of the below-stated options for the Recognition of Foreign Education. 
If your diploma was issued in another country than Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, or Germany, you must choose either option B OR option C. 

A) A Document Concerning a Foreign Higher Education Which Is Automatically Equivalent Without Any Further Administrative Procedures 

The Recognition of Diplomas issued in the following countries: Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Germany, and Slovenia is proceeded automatically without any further administrative proceedings. 

 Please note that as per requirements of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, a notary-certified copy of a Diploma and Diploma Supplement with a translation to the Czech language has to be provided to UCT Prague.

B) A Foreign Document Concerning a Foreign Higher Education 

As UCT is a holder of institutional accreditation, the Recognition of foreign education can be processed as a part of the admission procedure

Such a recognized education is valid only for UCT study programmes. It is not generally valid and cannot be used for admission procedures to other institutions.

Fee: CZK 800,-
Validity: Only at UCT Prague
(Choose this option if, in the Czech Republic, you are applying only to UCT Prague)

HOW TO PROCEED?

*Note that procedures may differ from country to country. In certain countries, the Apostille/Superlegalization is issued only on original documents; in other countries, the Apostille/Superlegalization can be issued on a verified copy too. 

  1. Make a notary-certified copy of the Diploma and Diploma supplement (the copy must be identical to the original and confirmed by a Notary Public)

  2. Authenticate the stamps and signatures on the notary-certified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement
    Authentication of Documents

    In accordance with section 90, subsection 3 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, UCT Prague requires authentication of signatures and stamps on the documents. The authentication must be provided in the country where the documents have been issued!

    The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. The list of the countries and required authentication methods is to be found here.

    The authentication methods are:

    1. B – Authentication is not required for documents issued in countries that are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
    2. A as Apostille- For members of the Hague Convention the legalization proceeds by Apostille – an unified form of authentication of documents issued by the competent administrative body of the state in which the document was issued
    3. L as Legalization/super-legalization – Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by two bodies:
      1. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, where the institution which issued the document is based
      2. respective representative office of the Czech Republic (e.g. Embassy / Consulate) in the country where the institution which issued the document is based

  3. If the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement are not issued in the English language, make a certified translation to the English or Czech language by a certified (court) translator
    (Note that some Embassies may require translation to the Czech language, we advise obtaining a translation to the Czech language.)

  4. Ask the certified translator to firmly attach the translation to the notary-certified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement 

  5. Send a scan of the Diploma and the Diploma supplement with the authentication and the translation to the English or Czech language to the email admissions@vscht.cz

  6. Pay the fee of CZK 800,- 
    Payment Information

    Payment information with a unique code will be provided in the online application. 



  7. Once confirmed by UCT Prague that the documents are correct, send the notary-certified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement with the translation to the Czech or English language with the authentication (Apostille/Superlegalization) by a delivery company to the address:

Department of International Relations
VŠCHT – University of Chemistry and Technology Prague   
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic

We advise sending the documents by a delivery company only after confirmation by UCT Prague that your documents are correct, it will save you time and money!

Note

You may be asked to submit the following documents if necessary:

  • Certified written power of attorney, if submitted by a person other than the graduate,
  • Certified copy of a Marriage Certificate or a Judgment of Divorce or another document in case of a change of the name indicated on the Diploma,
  • The document attesting to the fact that the programme of study was effectuated by an institution authorized to provide education comparable with university education under the Act on Higher Education Institutions, with a note of the description of the foreign university course (e.g. a certificate of the university accreditation, certificate/license regarding the accreditation of the programme/field of study, etc.).

C) A Document Proving General Recognition of Foreign Higher Education

The Recognition of a Foreign Bachelor's or Master's Diploma can be processed by UCT Prague if the degree programme completed abroad has a similar curriculum as a degree programme accredited at UCT Prague. The syllabus of the UCT Prague study programmes is to be found here: https://akreditace.vscht.cz/.

If the curriculum differs, you are advised to inquire which other public Higher Education Institution in the Czech Republic (HEI) provides a study programme corresponding to your prior education in order to apply for Recognition at that institution. Please note that a verified copy of a Recognition Certificate issued by another HEI has to be provided to UCT Prague.

Fee: CZK 3.000,-
Validity: At all universities in the Czech Republic
(Choose this option if you are applying to multiple universities in the Czech Republic)

Please note:
According to the administrative code, the applicant cannot require the recognition of the same higher education qualification from multiple public HEIs simultaneously. If the request is rejected by a university, the applicant can submit it to another HEI only after the rejection has become legally effective (i.e. after 15 days from receipt of the decision).

In case of doubts, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR appoint the respective university to assess the qualification or makes the decision itself. The Ministry acts as an appellate body for rejected applications.

HOW TO PROCEED?

  1. Before submitting an application, it is necessary to make certain that UCT Prague is authorized to process such an application, see Programmes catalogue, or please contact business.admission@vscht.cz (School of Business applicants)

  2. Print and sign the Application Form >

  3. Make a verified (true) copy of the Diploma and Diploma supplement (the copy must be identical to the original and confirmed by a Notary Public)

  4. Authenticate the stamps and signatures on the verified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement
    Authentication of Documents

    In accordance with section 90, subsection 3 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, UCT Prague requires authentication of signatures and stamps on the documents. The authentication must be provided in the country where the documents have been issued!

    The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. The list of the countries and required authentication methods is to be found here.

    The authentication methods are: 

    1. B – Authentication is not required for documents issued in countries that are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
    2. A as Apostille- For members of the Hague Convention the legalization proceeds by Apostille – a unified form of authentication of documents issued by the competent administrative body of the state in which the document was issued
    3. L as Legalization/super-legalization – Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by two bodies:
      1. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, where the institution which issued the document is based
      2. respective representative office of the Czech Republic (e.g. Embassy / Consulate) in the country where the institution which issued the document is based

  5. If the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement are not issued in the English language, make a certified translation to the English or Czech language by a certified (court) translator
    (Note that some Embassies may require translation to the Czech language, we advise obtaining a translation to the Czech language.)

  6. Ask the certified translator to firmly attach the translation to the verified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement 

  7. Send a scan of the verified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement with the authentication (Apostille/Superlegalization) and with the translation to the Czech or English language to the email admissions@vscht.cz for confirmation whether they are correct

  8. Pay the fee of CZK 3.000,- in accordance with the section 90a of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions
    Payment Information

    Recognition Fee

    CZK 3.000,-

    Recipient Information

    University of Chemistry and Technology Prague,
    Technická 5, Prague 6, 166 28, Czech Republic

    Bank Name

    ČSOB, Banskobystrická 11, Prague 6

    Account Number

    130197294/0300

    IBAN

    CZ58 0300 0000 0001 3019 7294

    SWIFT Code

    CEKO CZ PP          

    Remittance Information

    VS: 963826059

     

    SS: Date of birth in the format of DDMMYY

     

    Information: Full name as it appears in the passport/identity card

    The full payment of CZK 3000,- shall be transferred to the UCT Prague bank account. Any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant.

  9. Once confirmed by UCT Prague that the documents are correct, send the Application Form and the verified copy of the Diploma and the Diploma Supplement with the translation to the Czech or English language with the authentication (Apostille/Superlegalization) by mail to the address:

Department of International Relations
VŠCHT – University of Chemistry and Technology Prague   
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic

 


 

APPLICANTS FOR RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION ONLY 

(No Studies at UCT Intended)

The Recognition of a Foreign Bachelor's or Master's Diploma can be processed by UCT Prague if the degree programme completed abroad has a similar curriculum as a degree programme accredited at UCT Prague. The syllabus of the UCT Prague study programmes is to be found here: https://akreditace.vscht.cz/.

If the curriculum differs, you are advised to inquire which other  (HEI) provides a study programme corresponding to your prior education in order to apply for the Recognition at that institution.

Fee: CZK 3.000,-
Validity: At all universities in the Czech Republic

Please note:
According to the administrative code, the applicant cannot require the recognition of the same higher education qualification from multiple public HEIs simultaneously. If the request is rejected by a university, the applicant can submit it to another HEI only after the rejection has become legally effective (i.e. after 15 days from receipt of the decision).

In case of doubts, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR appoint the respective university to assess the qualification or makes the decision itself. The Ministry acts as an appellate body for rejected applications.

HOW TO PROCEED?

Follow the same steps as stated in the section Applicants for Master/PhD Studies part C) A Document Proving General Recognition of Foreign Higher Education. 

Send the documents to the address: 

Mrs. Petra Linhartová
Department of Education and Human Sciences, Secretariat and Study Department, Records office
VŠCHT – University of Chemistry and Technology Prague   
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic

e-mail: petra1.linhartova@vscht.cz   
tel.: 220 443 062;  220 443 818

 


 

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME

The deadlines for the proceedings are set by the general rules of administrative procedures, i.e. 30 days since the delivery. In complex cases, the deadline can be extended by 30 more days. An applicant will receive information on the result of the assessment via email.

More Information 

 If it is found during the recognition proceeding that it is not within the scope of the rector’s responsibility to make a decision on the request for recognition of foreign higher education, e.g. because UCT Prague does not provide a similar study programme, the fee is not charged, and, if already paid, will be returned to the applicant.

There is no refund of the fee if the recognition proceeding is discontinued due to a deficient application (absence of documents necessary for assessing the application), and the applicant’s failure to remove the deficiency upon request. 

There is no refund of the fee in case of rejection of the application due to substantial differences between the compared study programmes.

In case the purpose of the recognition is not further study, the equality of the education will be assessed in accordance with the Agreement – if substantial differences between the compared study programmes are found, the rector may reject the application.

APPEAL PROCEDURE

Applicants are entitled to submit an appeal within 15 days of receiving the decision. The appeal is submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic through the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (or, in general terms, through the institution that has issued the decision). The university will either allow the appeal in full or passes it on to the Czech Ministry of Education no later than 30 days upon receipt of the appeal. The Ministry will then issue a final decision.


Legislations governing the recognition of foreign education and qualifications

  1. Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region signed on April 11, 1997, in Lisbon; published in the Czech language in Collection of International Agreements No. 60/2000 Coll.
  2. International Agreements on mutual recognition of documents on education
  3. International Agreements on the authentication of public documents
  4. Act. No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendment to Other Acts, as amended - § 48, § 89, § 90, § 105, § 106
  5. Act No. 500/2004 Coll. on Administrative Procedure

 

Updated: 12.1.2023 16:35, Author: Lenka Balíková

CodeASCDESC NameASCDESC Valid fromASCDESC ExpirationASCDESC
Assessment of foreign secondary and higher education within the admission proceedings at UCT Prague01.01.2021
A/S/961/5/2020 (EN)Rules for assessment of foreign secondary and higher education within admission proceedings01.01.2021
A/V/961/19/2022 (EN)Cancellation of the requirement to submit recognition of higher education achieved abroad in order to enter in employment relation at UCT Prague01.11.2022

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