Recognition of Foreign Higher Education and Qualifications - General Information
- Before submitting the application – important information
- Application Fee
- Application Submission
- Appeal procedure
- Useful links
- Legal regulations concerning the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications
- As of 1 September 2016 Masaryk University is introducing a fee of CZK 3,000 for each application for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications (see Application Fee)
- Cancellation of office hours: In July and August, the office hours are cancelled and staff is available only by e-mail (see the Contacts section).
Information on recognition of foreign education in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes:
- Mgr. et Mgr. Bc. Michaela Hufová, Office for Studies, Masaryk University Rector's Office, e-mail: email@example.com, tel. +420 549 494 262
- Mgr. Jaroslava Králová, Office for Studies, Masaryk University Rector's Office, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +420 549 496 293
Communication is possible solely in Czech and English.
Please note that in the period of September to June, personal and telephone enquiries are only dealt with during the office hours.
- Tuesday: 13:00 - 15:00 (Mgr. Hufová)
- Wednesday: 9:00 - 11:00 (Mgr. Hufová)
- Thursday: 13:00 - 15:00 (Mgr. Králová)
- Friday: 9:00 - 11:00 (Mgr. Králová)
In July and August, the office hours are cancelled and staff is available only by e-mail.
Information on recognition of foreign education in doctoral degree programmes:
- Mgr. Dominika Hobzová, Research and Development Office, Masaryk University Rector's Office, e-mail: email@example.com, tel. +420 549 497 924
Information regarding the recognition process of a specific applicant is only provided to them or to a person that has been authorised by way of a notary-certified power of attorney (see the Attachments to application section).
In the Czech Republic, recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications is based on comparing the extent and contents of the foreign higher education with degree programmes of a similar focus accredited in CR. The object of the recognition process is a foreign higher education as well as a diploma.
- A public higher education institution (HEI) with a similar degree programme accredited in the Czech Republic. Relevant institutions can be found e.g. in the list of accredited study programmes of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports(Czech only). A list of public higher education institutions in the Czech Republic is also available on the Ministry's website.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports:
- In case of doubts, the Ministry appoints the respective HEI to assess the qualification, or makes the decision itself.
- Acts as an appellate body for rejected applications.
- The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces – decides on the recognition of foreign higher education related to military education.
- The Ministry of the Interior – decides on the recognition of foreign higher education related to security service.
The process of foreign higher education and qualifications recognition at Masaryk University
The application can be submitted to Masaryk University in cases where the recognition relates to a field of study that has a similar content as some of the fields of study accredited at MU. Links to the lists of accredited degree programmes can be found below:
- Bachelor's and Long-cycle Master's degree programmes
- Follow-up Master's degree programmes
- Doctoral degree programmes
If no similar accredited field of study is available at MU, the applicant needs to look up a relevant field of study at another public higher education institution in the Czech Republic (please see the Authorities assessing foreign higher education and qualifications section).
In accordance with the provisions of section 90a of the amended Higher Education Act(Czech only) (in force as of 1 September 2016), a fee of CZK 3,000 is hereby introduced for acts associated with proceedings regarding the submission of an application for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications to a public higher education institution.
The fee applies to new applications received by Masaryk University since 1 September 2016; it does not apply to ongoing proceedings (initiated before 1 September 2016).
The fee must be paid simultaneously with the submission of the relevant application (see Application Submission). Information on fee payment in the form of an order number (ID) must be included in the application itself.
Should the applicant fail to pay the fee by application delivery, he/she will be asked to complete the payment. Failure to do so within a prescribed period shall result in the termination of all proceedings regarding the processing of the submitted application in accordance with section 66, subsection 1, letter c) of Act No. 500/2004 Coll., the Code of Administrative Procedure; as a result, Masaryk University will thus decline any further processing of the application.
The procedure for the submission of an application for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications to Masaryk University is as follows:
- application completion
- application form – the application must be filled out electronically, printed and signed,
- application requirements
- IS MU Shopping Center order number (ID)
- The applicant's full name
- Date, place and country/state of birth
- Permanent address (whether in or outside the Czech Republic)
- Correspondence address (for receiving mail)
- E-mail address, telephone number
- Information about the foreign higher education institution (name; company address; website)
- Information about the higher education in question (i.e. the one that the applicant wishes to be recognized): the study programme / field of study; level of education of which recognition is sought; beginning and termination dates of the studies; standard length of study
- Purpose of the application
- Date of submitting the application
- Applicant's own signature
and, if appropriate
- Full name and contact information of the assignee (according to notary-certified power of attorney,see the Attachments to application section).
- application requirements
- payment of CZK 3,000 fee
- fee must be paid via the IS MU Shopping Center,
- fee must be paid by credit card (in accordance with IS MU Shopping Center instructions),
- fee order number generated by the IS MU Shopping Center must be included in the application form to facilitate pairing with the actual application
- attachment of all relevant annexes (see Attachments to application)
- application submission to the following address:
- applications for the recognition of foreign education in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes: Masaryk University Rector's Office, Office for Studies, Žerotínovo náměstí 9, 601 77 Brno
- applications for the recognition of foreign education in doctoral degree programmes: Masaryk University Rector's Office, Research and Development Office, Žerotínovo náměstí 9, 601 77 Brno
The following documents must be enclosed to the application:
Certificates and papers
- The original or a notary-certified copy of the applicant's diploma or a similar proof of completion of higher education with relevant signatures and stamps authentication (similar proof of completion of higher education is only acceptable if diplomas are not issued in the country concerned and graduates receive an equivalent document, such as a certificate, a confirmation etc., or a document that is not explicitly labelled).
- A certified translation of the diploma into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated).
- Note: Provisional or substitute documents are not acceptable.
- Diploma Supplement:
- The original or a notary-certified copy of the applicant's Diploma Supplement (Transcript of Records or another listing of courses completed).
- A certified translation of the Diploma Supplement into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated).
- Note: The stamps and signatures on a Diploma Supplement do not need to be officially authenticated.
- Power of attorney:
- The original or a notary-certified copy of the power of attorney (including authentication of applicant's signature) – in cases where the applicant is represented by another person.
- A certified translation of the power of attorney into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated),
- Power of Attorney form for download.
- Birth and marriage certificate:
- A notary-certified copy of the birth certificate, the marriage certificate, or another proof of the change of the applicant's name, in cases where the name changed within the period between the diploma issue date and the date of the application (i.e. if the name of the applicant is different from the one on the diploma).
- A certified translation of the certificate(s) into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated).
- Refugee status determination
- The original or a certified copy of the refugee status determination – if applicable.
Additional recommended attachments:
- A copy of the applicant's ID or passport,
- Proof of the change of the higher education institution's name, in cases where the name changed within the period between the diploma issue date and the date of the application.
All information stated in the submitted documents must be intelligible, i.e. every information that is not written in Czech or English must be officially translated into Czech or English (including e.g. notary clauses, interpreter clauses, certifications of authenticity of signatures and stamps, etc.).
Further documents relevant for the recognition procedure may be required in the course of the proceedings (e.g. syllabi of courses completed, institutional accreditation of the foreign higher education institution, accreditation of the degree programme, etc.).
Masaryk University does not return the materials documenting the applicant's education and enclosed to the recognition application.
Means of authenticating the signatures and stamps occurring on the original of the diploma depend on the country that has issued it, i.e. where the applicant earned his/her education.
The following table contains a list of individual countries and requirements relating to the verification of diplomas gained in them, including a link to authorities that serve as the first instance in the foreign education recognition process.
The signatures and stamps authentication can be classified into three categories, depending on the (non)existence of an international agreement:
- No authentication required: There is a valid bilateral agreement between the country and the Czech Republic, concerning mutual legal assistance. Diplomas issued in these countries are valid in the Czech Republic without the need of any further authentication of stamps and signatures.
- Apostille: The respective country is a signatory to the Hague Convention, i.e. a multilateral treaty simplifying the process of legalization of foreign public documents. The authenticity of signatures and stamps on a diploma earned in one of the signatory countries must be certified by a so-called Apostille, issued by a competent authority of the country. For the list of competent authorities in all signatory countries please visit the Hague Conference website.
- Super-legalization: Relates to other countries; the authenticity of signatures and stamps on diplomas issued in them has to be certified by means of a so-called super-legalization (in compliance with the Higher Education Act, section 90, article 3), i.e. verification of the diploma by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state which is the seat of the higher education institution that has issued the document (or its authorized foreign body), followed by the verification of the respective Czech representative office (embassy) based in the foreign country.
Application processing time
The standard processing time is 30 days from submitting the application (including all attachments); more complicated applications may take up to 60 days to process. The processing time does not include the time during which the application process is interrupted.
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 Masaryk University (or, in general terms, through the institution that has issued the decision). The Rector of 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.
Submitting an appeal against the decision of the Rector of MU
Appeals against decision of the Rector of MU concerning the foreign higher education and qualifications recognition are submitted only in writing to the following addresses:
education in Bachelor's or Master's degreeprogrammes:
- Masaryk University Rector's Office, Office for Studies, Žerotínovo náměstí 9, 601 77 Brno
education in Doctoral degree programmes:
- Masaryk University Rector's Office, Research and Development Office, Žerotínovo náměstí 9, 601 77 Brno
The appeal must include the following:
- Full name of the applicant and – if applicable – of the authorised person (a notary-certified power of attorney must be enclosed)
- Applicant's date of birth
- Correspondence address (for receiving mail)
- Reference number of the decision being appealed against
- Reasons for the appeal
- Date of submitting the application, applicant's own signature (or a signature of the authorised person – must be supplemented with a notary-certified power of attorney)
Supplementary documents containing new information can be enclosed.
- Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Department of Higher Education, Karmelitská 7, 118 12 Praha 1
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.msmt.cz/areas-of-work/tertiary-education/enic-naric-czech-republic?highlightWords=enic
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic
- Department of Higher Education, Karmelitská 7, 118 12 Praha 1
- tel. +420 234 811 111, fax +420 234 811 790, http://www.msmt.cz
Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic
- State Secretary Division - Education Policy Department, nám. Svobody 471, 160 01 Praha – Dejvice
- tel. +420 973 217 076, http://www.army.cz/scripts/detail.php?id=5723
Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
- Security Research and Police Education Department, Nad Štolou 936/3, p.s. 21/OBVV, 170 34 Praha 7
- tel. +420 974 832 746, +420 974 832 687, fax +420 974 833 518, e-mail: email@example.com, http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/
Certified translators and public notaries
- Act No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Modification and Amendment of Other Acts
- Act No. 500/2004, Coll. on Administrative Procedure
- International agreements (bilateral and multilateral) concerning mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, binding to the Czech Republic
- International agreements concerning the authentication of public documents, binding to the Czech Republic