Recognition of education obtained in countries with bilateral agreements (Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia)

The Czech Republic is bound by bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of educational qualifications with Hungary, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Germany. Wordings of all above mentioned bilateral agreements are available in the Bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of educational qualifications section.

Validity of educational documents in the Czech Republic

Hungary, Poland, Slovenia

Holders of Hungarian, Polish or Slovenian educational qualifications associated with the above stated agreements may make use of such documents in the Czech Republic directly and thus are not required to apply for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications in accordance with Sections 89 and 90 of the Act No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Modification and Amendment of Other Acts (The Higher Education Act).

If necessary, the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications shall be processed by a competent recognition authority, namely public higher education institution (university) with a similar degree programme accredited in the Czech Republic or the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Interior.

The bilateral agreement between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovenia does not apply to holders of educational qualifications in Bachelor's degree programmes. Graduates of Slovenian Bachelor's degree programmes must always apply for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications, namely public higher education institution (university) with a similar degree programme accredited in the Czech Republic or the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Interior. This procedure is detailed in the general information on the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications.

Germany

Holders of German educational qualifications must submit an application for the recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications to a competent recognition authority, namely public higher education institution (university) with a similar degree programme accredited in the Czech Republic or the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Interior.

Recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications from Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Germany at Masaryk University

Holders of educational qualifications from Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Germany (covered by the above stated agreements, please see the Validity of educational documents in the Czech Republic section) can submit an application for the issuance of a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education in the Czech Republic 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.

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).

Application Fee

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 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.

Application Submission

The procedure for the submission of an application for the issuance of a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education to Masaryk University is as follows:

  1. confirmation of a field of study – before submitting an application, it is necessary to make certain that Masaryk University is authorised to process such an application (see Recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications from Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Germany at Masaryk University section)
  2. application completion
    • application form – the application must be filled out electronically, printed and signed,
  3. 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
  4. attachment of all relevant annexes (see Attachments to application)
  5. 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

Obligatory attachments to application:

  • Diploma:
    • Hungary, Poland, Slovenia: notary-certified copy of a diploma and certified translation of the diploma into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated).
    • Germany: notary-certified copy of a diploma with signatures and stamps authentication on the original of the diploma in a form of a so-called Apostille and certified translation of the diploma into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated). Apostille is issued by competent authorities of Germany.
  • 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) and a certified translation of the certificate(s) into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated).
  • 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, and 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 requirements: full name, date of birth, permanent address and authenticated signature of the donor of power / principal and also full name, date of birth and permanent address of the attorney / assignee, date of granting the power of attorney and the specification of the acts, to which attorney / assignee is authorized;
    • Power of Attorney form for download.

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.).

Masaryk University does not automatically return the materials documenting the applicant's education and enclosed to the recognition application.

In case the submitted application meets all requirements, Masaryk University will issue a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education and qualification in the Czech Republic.

Bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of educational qualifications

  • Agreement (Czech only) between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of Hungary on the mutual recognition of educational documents and documents relevant to academic degrees and titles issued in Hungary (Budapest, 6 May 2004, published under No. 92/2005 Coll. of International Treaties).
  • Agreement (Czech only) between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on the mutual recognition of higher education documents (Prague, 23 March 2007, No. 60/2008 Coll. of International Treaties).
  • Agreement (Czech only) between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of the Republic of Poland on the mutual recognition of educational documents and documents relevant to academic degrees and titles issued in the Republic of Poland (Prague, 16 January 2006, No. 104/2006 Coll. of International Treaties).
  • Agreement (Czech only) between the Government of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Federal Assembly (Skupština) of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on the mutual recognition of educational documents and documents relevant to academic degrees and titles issued in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Belgrade, 12 September 1989, No. 89/1991 Coll. of International Treaties) – applicable only to the Republic of Slovenia.

Useful links

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, website: www.msmt.cz

Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

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: obv@mvcr.cz, website: www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/

Certified translators and public notaries

Enrolment in studies at Masaryk University

In order to enrol in studies at Masaryk University, holders of Bachelor’s or Master’s educational qualifications from Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Germany covered by the above stated agreements (see the Validity of educational documents in the Czech Republic section) are to submit a written Application for the recognition of prior learning to the Masaryk University Rector's Office, Office for Studies, Žerotínovo náměstí 9, 601 77 Brno.

Attachments to application:

  • Notary-certified copy of a diploma and certified translation of a diploma into Czech or English (documents issued in English do not need to be translated).
  • 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, and 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 requirements: full name, date of birth, permanent address and authenticated signature of the donor of power / principal and also full name, date of birth and permanent address of the attorney / assignee, date of granting the power of attorney and the specification of the acts, to which attorney / assignee is authorized;
    • Power of Attorney form for download.

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, etc.).

Applicants to study at Masaryk University (graduates from above mentioned countries) are to submit a Confirmation of a level of prior learning ("Potvrzení o dosaženém stupni vzdělání") issued by the Masaryk University Rector’s Office, Office for Studies, and a certified copy of a diploma and certified translation of a diploma into Czech or English (documents issued in English are exempt from this clause) to the Office for Studies of relevant faculty at the date of enrolment in studies.

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