Recognition of Education Obtained in the Slovak Republic

On 28 March 2015, a government Agreement (Czech only) between the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic on the mutual recognition of educational documents issued in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic entered into force, thereby replacing the previous bilateral agreement with the Slovak Republic (Agreement between the government of the Czech Republic and the government of the Slovak Republic on the mutual recognition of educational documents issued in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, Prague, 23 March 2001, No. 33/2001 Coll. of International Treaties, in force as of 23 March 2001).

According to the new agreement, higher education diplomas issued in the Czech Republic and higher education diplomas issued in the Slovak Republic (covered by the agreement) continue to be recognized as equivalent. Slovak diploma holders are therefore not required to undergo a recognition procedure in order to use their diplomas in the Czech Republic. Simultaneously, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic continue to consider higher education acquired and higher education diplomas issued by the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic (i.e. from 1 January 1993) until 27 March 2015 as automatically equivalent (i.e. no further action is required).

The new agreement does not apply to Slovak higher education documents issued following the completion of Slovak higher education implemented outside the territory of the Slovak Republic or to Czech higher education documents issued following the completion of Czech higher education implemented outside the territory of the Czech Republic.

Recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications from the Slovak Republic

Slovak higher education documentation holders may, if necessary, submit an application for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications (e.g. in order to facilitate further studies or employment in the Czech Republic) by a public higher education institution in the Czech Republic with similar degree programmes. This procedure is detailed in the general information on the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications. Due to the similarity of both languages, a certified translation of documents into Czech is not required.

Holders of documents issued following the completion of Slovak higher education implemented outside the territory of the Slovak Republic during the agreement validity period (i.e. from 28 March 2015) are required to submit an application for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications in accordance with sections 89 and 90 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Modification and Amendment of Other Acts (the Higher Education Act). This procedure is detailed in the general information on the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications.

Enrolment in studies at Masaryk University

Education completed between 1 January 1993 and 27 March 2015

Graduates of Slovak Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes implemented at a foreign higher education institution with a registered office in the Slovak Republic are only required to submit a notary-certified copy of their diploma at enrolment in studies at Masaryk University.

Education completed after 28 March 2015

Graduates of Slovak Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes implemented in the Slovak Republic are only required to submit a notary-certified copy of their diploma at enrolment in studies at Masaryk University.

Graduates of Slovak Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes implemented outside of the territory of the Slovak Republic (e.g. at a branch located in the Czech Republic) are required to submit a notary-certified copy of a decision on the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications along with an annex (certificate of recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications) issued by any Czech public higher education institution or by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (or by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic or Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, as applicable) and a notary-certified copy of the diploma at enrolment in studies at Masaryk University. Due to the similarity of both languages, a certified translation of the diploma into Czech is not required.