recognition of education (nostrification)
Nostrification is, in a broad sense, the recognition of the completed level of education obtained in another country by the local authorities. It is the process of comparing the content and scope of a foreign study program with the content and scope of a similar program in the Czech Republic. A recognized document of completed education is required for admission to further study at a Czech school (university). (It is necessary to recognize all foreign documents of education except documents issued in Slovakia.) In the Czech Republic, the term Nostrification is generally used for all types of recognition of foreign education (elementary, secondary, higher and university) and there are differences between levels of education. Nostrification is the recognition of elementary, secondary and, higher (not university) education. It is provided by the educational departments of local authorities and, in the case of Prague, the competent authority is Prague City Hall (Magistrát hl.m. Prahy). The recognition of university education is also called academic recognition. University diplomas are recognized by universities that provide a study program similar to the study program of the applicant. There is an exception for university education in the military and security service areas. Recognition of education in the military area is provided by the Ministry of Defence. Recognition of education in the area of security service is provided by the Ministry of the Interior.
Sources of law:
- §108 Act No. 561/2004 Collection of Law, on pre-school, basic, secondary, tertiary professional and other education (the Education Act)
- § 89, § 90, Act. No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendment to Other Acts (the Higher Education Act)
- bilateral agreements on recognizing equity of education documents and documents relevant to academic degrees and titles