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Recognition of Education and Qualifications Acquired outside the Czech Republic

Recognition of Education and Qualifications Acquired Abroad (Nostrification)

There are 2 steps to Nostrification of your previous education:

(1)          Verification of documents regarding the level of education

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 - 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
  • B - 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 - Unless the international agreement sets otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the document must be verified by a two bodies:
    • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the coutry, where institution which issued the document is based
    • 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

(2)          Nostrification (Recognition)

Authorities governing the Nostrification (Recognition)

a)         Students applying for Bachelor > degree programme

Secondary school leaving certificates issued outside the Czech Republic are subject to formal Recognition of an Education and Qualifications Acquired Abroad. The process of Recognition of secondary education documents is regulated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. How to proceed?

The authorities competent to make decisions on recognition of  secondary school leaving certificates:

  • Prague City Hall, Department of Education

            Mgr. Martin Fučík
            Jungmannova 29/35, 111 21 Praha 1
            email: martin.fucik@cityofprague.cz

  • Regional Education Authorities

      more information here

b)           Students applying for a Master degree> programme or PhD degree > programme

The decisions upon the recognition of foreign higher education (Bachelor and Master diplomas) are an exclusive competence of public higher education institutions (universities) offering a similar study programme in terms of content. This competence is not extended to private higher education institutions. 

All applicants are advised to inquire which public higher education institution in the Czech Republic provides a study programme corresponding with their foreign education prior to applying for the recognition.

According to the administrative code, the applicant cannot require the recognition of the same higher education qualification from multiple public higher education institutions simultaneously.

If the request is rejected by a public higher education institution, the applicant can submit it to another higher education institution providing a similar study programme in terms of content only after the rejection has become legally effective (i.e. after 15 days from receipt of the decision).

As for holders of qualifications issued by military higher education institutions, recognition of qualification is determined by the Ministry of Defence; in the area of security services, recognition is determined by the Ministry of Interior (in accordance with Section 95, Subsection 9 of the Higher Education Act).


 Nostrification (Recognition) procedure at UCT Prague (relevant for Master and PhD applicants)

To obtain recognition of their foreign education, applicants are required to submit hard copies of the following documents:

  • Legally attested copy of a Diploma
  • Legally attested copy of a Diploma Supplement
  • Certified translations of both documents into Czech language
  • Certified written power of attorney, if submitted by a person other than the graduate
  • Completed and signed Application for the Recognition of Foreign Higher Education in the Czech Republic form
  • Proof of the fee payment


1)          Applicants for Nostrification (Recognition) who intend to study at UCT Prague in the English language programmes shall send / personally deliver the necessary documents to the address:

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


2)          Applicants for Nostrification (Recognition) only (no studies at UCT intended) shall send / personally deliver the necessary documents to the address:

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                                                                      
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


The Nostrification (Recognition) of the foreign college/university education in the countries that signed a bilateral equivalence agreement with the Czech Republic:


SLOVAKIA                                POLAND, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA                                 GERMANY


How to pay the Nostrification (Recognition) fee – payment possibilities:


1. 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).


2. 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.

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 of CZK 3,000 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.

Legislations governing the Nostrification (Recognition) of foreign higher 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 - § 89, § 90, § 105, § 106
  5. Act No. 500/2004 Coll. on Administrative Procedure


Updated: 25.5.2020 16:08, Author: Hedvika Páleníková

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