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Recognition of secondary school education acquired abroad - Nostrification process

Recognition of secondary school education acquired abroad - Nostrification process

Have you studied or obtained your qualification abroad? Do you wish to further your studies 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. The process of recognition of completed education differs according to the level of education which you need to have recognized.

 The process of recognition of elementary, secondary and higher (not university) education is called "nostrifikace". The documentation of completed elementary, secondary or higher education is called "vysvědčení" (certificate).

 There are two options how to proceed:

1. You can apply for recognition yourself

2. You can apply for recognition through the mediatory service 

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice offers a mediatory service in this process liable to charges, which can facilitate the prospective students the obtaining of the required document - Decision on Nostrification. See the Measures of the Dean no. 3/2016 Terms of Mediation of Nostrification. In case of no admission the fees is not refundable.  

 The following documents shall be attached to an application (download application form) to recognise the equivalence of or to validate a foreign certificate:

  • Certified copy of legalized foreign school report/diploma,
  • Document setting out the content and scope of the education completed in the foreign school (It is the list of subject/courses that you have completed during your study. The number of hours refers to the number of hours/time spent on learning the subject/course throughout your entire study. This document does not have a prescribed form. It should include the list of all subjects which you have studied (during the study certified by your diploma). For each subject, it should be specified how many school hours were devoted to the subject. It can be, for example, the school curriculum certified by the school which indicates what subjects were taught and how many hours they were given.),
  • Document proving that the school is recognised by the state under whose legislation the foreign certificate was issued as part of its educational system, if this fact is not evident from the foreign certificate (The school which issued your diploma has to be an institution accredited by the ministry of education of the same country/state where it is situated. In most cases it is apparent from the diploma. In case it is not clear from the document, you should ask the ministry of education in your country for the certificate that your school is accredited within your country‘s educational system.),
  • Identity document of the applicant (certified copy),
  • Power of attorney, filled in and signed;
  • Proof of the payment of the fee for mediatory service: 266 EUR (the request for the payment is sent to the applicant after receiveing all the other required documents) – the fee covers the professional translation of all the documents into Czech, the administration costs and the fee of 1000 CZK for the nostrification.

Contact address: Jana Redinova, International Office, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Boreckeho 1167/27, 370 11 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, e-mail: zahr@zsf.jcu.cz


In the nostrification proceedings, the Regional Authority compares the content and scope of the studies completed in the foreign school with studies under a similar framework curriculum in the Czech Republic.The deadline for processing the application is 30 days, provided all the necessary documentation has been submitted, or after completion of the nostrification examination; in more complex cases, this deadline may be extended.

The Regional Authority can:

  • issue a “Certificate of Equivalence” in case of the existence of an international treaty recognizing the equivalence of educational documents;
  • issue a positive decision on the recognition of a foreign certificate in the case of the same content and scope of education;
  • issue a negative decision on the recognition of a foreign certificate in the case of completely different content or scope of education;
  • order a nostrification examination (from chosen subject/s), which must be passed as a prerequisite for a positive decision, in the case of partially different content or scope of education. It is usually held in the Czech language but a court interpreter can be used for the nostrification examination, on the applicant´s expenses.

Regulations governing the procedure:

Act No. 561/2004 Coll., on preschool, primary, secondary, higher vocational and other education (the Education Act), as amended

Decree No. 12/2005 Coll., on the conditions for recognition of equivalence and the nostrification of certificates issued by foreign schools

Act No. 500/2004 Coll., the Code of Administrative Procedure, as amended

Act No. 634/2004 Coll., on administrative fees, as amended