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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:

  • Notary-certified copy = An official certified copy identical to the original. It is provided by a Notary Public and confirmed with an official stamp.
  • 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.

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, 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 Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records with a translation to the Czech language needs 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 procedure.

Please note that as per requirements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, a notary-certified copy of a Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records with a translation to the Czech language needs 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

HOW TO PROCEED?

  1. Make a notary-certified copy of the original Graduation Certificate and of the Transcript of Records (the copy must be identical to the original and confirmed by a Notary Public)

  2. 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.)

  3. Ask the certified translator to firmly attach the translation to the notary-certified copy of the Certificate and the Transcript of Records

  4. Authenticate the stamps and signatures on the notary-certified 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

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

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

    Recognition Fee

    CZK 800,-

    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: 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 the UCT Prague bank account. Any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant.


  7. Send payment confirmation to the email admissions@vscht.cz 

  8. Once confirmed by UCT Prague that the documents are correct, send the notary-certified copy of the Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records 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

We advise sending the documents by mail 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 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). 

Fee: CZK 3.000,-
Validity: At all 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 of the Recognition of Foreign Education:

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 needs 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

HOW TO PROCEED?

  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. 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.)

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

  4. 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
  5. Send a scan of the Diploma and the Diploma supplement with the authentication to the email admissions@vscht.cz

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

    Recognition Fee

    CZK 800,-

    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: 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 the UCT Prague bank account. Any bank charges shall be covered by the applicant.

  7. Send payment confirmation to the email admissions@vscht.cz

  8. 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 mail 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 mail 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 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?

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

  4. 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.)

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

  6. 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
  7. Send a scan of 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) 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 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 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

 

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