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Recognition of Foreign Education and Qualifications

Applicants for a study at UCT Prague please contact admissions@vscht.cz (chemical programmes) or business.admission@vscht.cz  (School of Business) for guidance.

GENERAL INFORMATION

It is necessary to obtain an official document verifying that your education, which you have completed abroad, is equal to the education in the Czech Republic. The process of recognition of previous education differs according to the level of education which you need to have recognized.

A recognized document of completed education (a diploma, a certificate or/and another similar document issued by a foreign educational institution) is required for admission to further study
at Czech university.

The recognition of certificates/diplomas issued in the countries: Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia(except of Bachelor diplomas) is proceeded automatically without any further administrative procedure. European Baccalaureate diplomas issued by international high schools are recognized without any further administrative procedure as well.

APPLICANTS FOR BACHELOR STUDIES

As UCT has an institutional accreditation we offer a possibility of recognition of your secondary education within the admission procedure at our university as a part of the admission process.

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.

HOW TO PROCEED?

  1. In order to request UCT Prague to assess your previous education, choose the option “a foreign document concerning a foreign secondary education” while filling in the online application for a study programme at UCT Prague

  2. pay the fee of CZK 800,- (please see payment instruction section)

  3. send notarised copies of documents (please see required documents section) proving your education together with an official translation to the Czech or English language via post to the address:

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague   
Department of Quality Assessment
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic
email: helena.kavalcova@vscht.cz
tel. +420 220 444 241

We suggest to scan all your documents and send them first by email for pre-approval at admissions@vscht.cz (chemical programmes) or business.admission@vscht.cz (School of Business). Once you receive a confirmation from us please send them via post.

It will safe your time and money!

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Bank transfer to UCT Prague account:

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/ 936822059

                                                               /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 800 shall be transferred to UCT Prague bank account. Any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

To obtain recognition of foreign education, kindly submit hard copies of the following documents:

  • a original or notary-certified copy of a diploma, a certificate or similar document on accomplishing the studies issued by the relevant high school/university abroad,
  • Notary-certified copy of a diploma supplement or a transcript of records,
  • Proof of the fee payment,
  • Certified translations of all documents into Czech or English (where the original documents are not issued in Czech or English).

You may be asked to submit 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 authorised 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 degree programme,
  • 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 description of the foreign university course (e.g. a certificate of the university accreditation, certificate/licence regarding the accreditation of the programme/field of study, etc.).

A list of certified translators (Czech only) is available on the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic website.  A list of public notaries (Czech only) is available on the website of the Notarial Chamber of the Czech Republic

VERIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS REGARDING THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION

UCT Prague requires, in accordance with the section 90, subsection 3 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, authentication of signatures and stamps on the original of certificates and diplomas.

It's important that all the documents are verified in the country which issued them.

The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. Countries (states) can be divided into three groups:

  • 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
  • - Verification is not required for documents issued in countries which are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
  • L as Legalization/superlegalization- Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by a two bodies:
    1. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, where 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

> List of countries

APPLICANTS FOR MASTER/PhD STUDIES


As UCT has an institutional accreditation we offer a possibility of recognition of your higher education and qualifications within the admission procedure at our university as a part of the admission process.

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.

The application for the recognition of Bachelor or Master diplomas can be submitted to UCT Prague in cases where a completed degree programme has a similar content as some of the degree programmes accredited at our university (Programmes catalogue and Fields of study catalogue).

HOW TO PROCEED?

  1. In order to request UCT Prague to assess your previous universityeducation, choose the option “a foreign document concerning a foreign higher education” while filling in the online application for a study programme at UCT Prague

  2. pay the fee of CZK 800,- (please see payment instructions section)

  3. send notarised copies of documents (please see required documents section) proving your education together with an official translation to the Czech or English language via post to the address:

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague   
Department of Quality Assessment
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic

email: helena.kavalcova@vscht.cz
tel. +420 220 444 241

We suggest to scan all your documents and send them first by email for pre-approval at admissions@vscht.cz (chemical programmes) or business.admission@vscht.cz (School of Business). Once you receive a confirmation from us please send them via post.

It will safe your time and money!

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Bank transfer to UCT Prague account:

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/ 936822059

                                                               /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 800 shall be transferred to UCT Prague bank account. Any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

To obtain recognition of foreign education, kindly submit hard copies of the following documents:

  • a original or notary-certified copy of a diploma, a certificate or similar document on accomplishing the studies issued by the relevant high school/university abroad,
  • Notary-certified copy of a diploma supplement or a transcript of records,
  • Proof of the fee payment,
  • Certified translations of all documents into Czech or English (where the original documents are not issued in Czech or English).

You may be asked to submit 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 authorised 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 degree programme,
  • 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 description of the foreign university course (e.g. a certificate of the university accreditation, certificate/licence regarding the accreditation of the programme/field of study, etc.).

A list of certified translators (Czech only) is available on the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic website.  A list of public notaries (Czech only) is available on the website of the Notarial Chamber of the Czech Republic

VERIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS REGARDING THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION

UCT Prague requires, in accordance with the section 90, subsection 3 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, authentication of signatures and stamps on the original of certificates and diplomas.

It's important that all the documents are verified in the country which issued them.

The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. Countries (states) can be divided into three groups:

  • 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
  • - Verification is not required for documents issued in countries which are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
  • L as Legalization/superlegalization- Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by a two bodies:
    1. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, where 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

> List of countries

GENERAL RECOGNITION OF PREVIOUS EDUCATION (Nostrification)

GENERAL RECOGNITION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION 

The general recognition of 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). How to proceed?

A certificate on the general recognition is valid for all universities. However, an applicant generally needs to be in the Czech Republic to apply in person and the process of recognition takes few months. If the content and scope of education at a foreign school partly differ, the Regional Authority shall order the applicant to sit a recognition examination.

MORE INFORMATION

Prague City Hall, Department of Education

Mgr. Martin Fučík
Jungmannova 29/35, 111 21 Praha 1
martin.fucik@cityofprague.cz  
            - more information here

GENERAL RECOGNITION OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

Bachelor and Master diplomas are recognized by public universities that provide a similar study programme. If you apply for a study at UCT Prague you can request the university to assess your previous higher education as a part of the admission process (please see APPLICANTS FOR MASTER/PhD STUDIES section) or apply for a general recognition valid for all Czech universities.

You can submit the application for the recognition of a Bachelor or Master diploma to UCT Prague if your completed degree programme has a similar content as some of the degree programmes accredited at UCT Prague (Programmes catalogue and Fields of study catalogue). If not, you are advised to inquire which other public higher education institution in the Czech Republic (HEI) provides a study programme corresponding with your prior education in order to apply for the recognition.

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 appoints 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?

The procedure for the submission of an application for the general recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications is as follows:

  1. Before submitting an application, it is necessary to make certain that UCT Prague is authorised to process such an application (see Programmes catalogue and Fields of study catalogue) or please contact business.admission@vscht.cz (School of Business)
  2. The application form >must be printed and signed,
  3. Payment of CZK 3,000 fee, in accordance with the section 90a of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions (see payment instructions section),
  4. Attachment of all relevant documents (see attachments to application section),
  5. Application shall be sent or personally delivered to one of the following address:

    a) Applicants who intend to study at UCT Prague in the English language programmes

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague                                                                      
Department of International Relations
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic                                                                      
email: admissions@vscht.cz 
tel. 220 443 158

 b) Applicants for recognition of foreign university education only(no studies at UCT intended):

Mailing address:
UCT Prague  (Petra Linhartová )                                                                         
Department of Education and Human Sciences, Secretariat and Study department, Records office
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Czech Republic                                                                      
e-mail:petra1.linhartova@vscht.cz   
tel.: 220 443 062;  220 443 818

Personal delivery:
UCT Prague                                                                        
building B, Records office (Archive) BS114
Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 – Dejvice
Petra Linhartová, tel.: 220443062
Office hours here

ATTACHMENTS TO APPLICATION

To obtain recognition of foreign education, kindly submit hard copies of the following documents:

  • a original or notary-certified copy of a diploma, a certificate or similar document on accomplishing the studies issued by the relevant high school/university abroad,
  • Notary-certified copy of a diploma supplement or a transcript of records,
  • Proof of the fee payment,
  • Completed and signed Application for the Recognition of Foreign Higher Education in the Czech Republic form,
  • Certified translations of all documents into Czech or English (where the original documents are not issued in Czech or English).

You may be asked to submit 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 authorised 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 degree programme,
  • 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 description of the foreign university course (e.g. a certificate of the university accreditation, certificate/licence regarding the accreditation of the programme/field of study, etc.).

A list of certified translators (Czech only) is available on the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic website.  A list of public notaries (Czech only) is available on the website of the Notarial Chamber of the Czech Republic

Verification of documents regarding the level of education

UCT Prague requires, in accordance with the section 90, subsection 3 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, authentication of signatures and stamps on the original of certificates and diplomas.

It's important that all the documents are verified in the country which issued them.

The authentication requirements differ according to the international treaties applying to the country where the original document was issued. Countries (states) can be divided into three groups:

  • 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
  • - Verification is not required for documents issued in countries which are parties to a relevant international agreement abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents
  • L as Legalization/superlegalization- Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by a two bodies:
    1. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, where 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

> List of countries

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS
  • Bank transfer to UCT Prague account:

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/ Full name as it appears in the passport or identity                                                                card followed by the date of birth in the format of                                                                DDMMYY                              

The full payment of CZK 3,000 shall be transferred to UCT Prague bank account (any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant).

  •  Payment in cash in the Cash office of Finance department of UCT Prague:

Cash office in Building B (Technická 3), 2ⁿᵈ floor, Room B 202

Working hours: Mon – Fri 10.00 – 12.00

Please note:  Due to the electronic entrance system, every applicant shall be accompanied by an employee of UCT Prague.

Due to the epidemiological situation, office hours of the Cash office are limited.  For the payment please use the bank transfer option exclusively. Thank you for your understanding.

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME

The deadlines for the proceedings are set by the general rules of administration 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 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 upon receiving the decision. The appeal is submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic through 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 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: 22.2.2021 10:55, Author: Martina Foucart

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