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Have you studied or obtained your qualification abroad? Do you need to have your documents recognized in the Czech Republic?

Search this portal for information about the recognition of your education or qualification in the Czech Republic. How to use the portal?

What is the recognition (the nostrification) of education documents or professional qualification?

Recognition of foreign education documents or professional qualification is a process of authenticating the documents of your educational diplomas or professional qualification obtained abroad to be recognised as valid in the Czech Republic. The procedure depends on its purpose (study, work, entrepreneurship). It also differs according to the level of the completed education (elementary, high school, university).

What types of recognition exist?

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There is a difference between the recognition of educational documents and recognition of professional qualification documents.

The recognition of an educational diploma is called academic recognition, the recognition of professional qualification is called professional recognition (profesní uznávání‌). The recognition for academic purposes is then divided according to the level of recognised education.

Academic recognition applies to formal education. Recognized documents are of elementary, higher or university education. The act of recognition proclaims the foreign educational document to be equal with that of Czech education. Academic recognition is necessary for admission to further study in the Czech Republic.

Academic recognition varies according to the level of education reached.

Recognition of elementary, secondary and higher education (not universty) is called nostrification. Nostrification is provided by the regional authorities.

The recognition of university diplomas is commonly provided by universities that provide a similar study program.

Professional qualification recognition refers to the recognition of professional qualifications that are necessary for the performance of a certain profession. Professional competence is proved, not only by the evidence of completed education, but also through practice, passing examinations before an examining committee, etc. Professional recognition is provided by authorities with competence in specific professional areas (professional associations or chambers, ministries, etc.). Professional recognition is necessary for the performance of the profession. the professional recognition procedure for EU nationals differs from that of Third Country Nationals (TCN). Third Country Nationals have their professional qualification recognized through the process of academic recognition. In practical terms, this means that EU citizens prove their professional qualification by the certificates of education, practice or by passing oral examinations. Requirements differ for each profession: The document of education or a practice, or combination of both may be required for the recognition process. Third Country Nationals are subject to the same requirements. If the recognition of obtained education is a part of the professional qualification recognition, the educational documents are must be recognized through academic recognition.

Academic recognition, therefore, might be necessary for either academic or professional purposes.

Why do I need a document on recognition of a foreign education in the Czech Republic?

Being a foreigner or Czech citizen who has obtained an education in another country and wants to study in the Czech republic, it is necessary to obtain an official document proving that your education is equal to the education in the Czech republic. For labour or entrepreneurship purposes, you will need evidence that your professional qualification is relevant to the Czech system of qualifications that are necessary for performing in the particular area of profession or entrepreneurship.

When do I need a document of recognition of foreign education or professional qualification?

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You need the document of recognition of foreign education and professional qualification when:

  1. You want to continue in your studies in the Czech Republic
  2. You want to work in a regulated profession in the Czech Republic
  3. A profession is said to be regulated when access and performance is subject to the possession of a specific professional qualification. Without these requirements you are not allowed to practice the profession (level of education, field of study, practical experience, integrity, medical fitness, professional risk indemnity insurance, etc.)

I want to study in the Czech Republic

Recognition for the purpose of study

Find more information concerning recognition of foreign education for the purpose of further study here.

I want to work in the Czech Republic

Recognition for the purpose of employment

Find more information concerning recognition of foreign education and qualification for the purpose of employment here.

I want to do business in the Czech Republic

Recognition for business purposes

Find more information concerning recognition of foreign education for business purposes here.

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