The higher education institution compares the contents and extent of the foreign academic programme with the programme in the comparable accredited academic programme realised by the public higher education institution in the Czech Republic.
At the end of the procedure, the institution will issue a positive decision, i.e. a certification of recognition of the foreign university-level education and qualifications with unlimited temporal validity for the territory of the Czech Republic.
The decision is issued within a basic term of 30 days from receipt of an application without defects. This term can be extended in complicated cases, e.g. by another 30 days.
Please note the recognition of foreign education is not required for diplomas issued in Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Hungary in accordance with a bilateral agreement between these countries and the Czech Republic.
Recognition of Foreign Education - Bachelor/ Master/ Doctoral study programme
Before the recognition procedure, please send a copy of your diploma and a transcript of records to Tereza Finrašková by e-mail - email@example.com for an evaluation of the study programme.
Upon consideration of the study programme, we will be able to either proceed with a recognition procedure at FAMU based on similarities in study programmes or we would recommend you a different university which has programmes similar to your study programme, and they would walk you through the recognition procedure.
The procedure is initiated on the basis of a written application with the documents written below by a graduate of a foreign higher education institution (“the applicant”) submitted to Registrar’s Office FAMU – the form is available here (please fill out information regarding your bachelor’s degree from the previous university)
- a certified copy of the diploma translated to Czech language, a diploma supplement (transcript of academic records, etc.) translated to Czech or English language
Sworn translations can be provided by a certified court interpreter, list of the interpreters can be found here or you can contact an agency (for example Court certified translations, Court certified translations) which has court translators appointed by the relevant regional court or by the Czech Ministry of Justice
The diploma must be certified by the competent authority according to the country of its origin:
a) A certification by Apostille is not required: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Belgium, Belorussia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, France, Georgia, Yemen, Croatia, Korea (KLDR), Cuba, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldavia, Mongolia, Poland, Austria, Rumania, Russian federation, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Syria, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
b) A certification by Apostille is required in accordance with Hague Apostille Convention: Andorra, Antigua a Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cooks Islands, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Grenada, Honduras, India, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, South African republic, Cape Verde, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Republic of Korea, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malawi, Malta, Marshalls Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Niue, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Salvador, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Surinam, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga, Trinidad a Tobago, Turkey, USA, Vanuatu, United Kingdom, Venezuela
The effect of an Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille does not relate to the content of the underlying document itself (i.e., the apostillised public document).
List of Competent Authorities is available here
c) The countries not mentioned in any of previous categories must undergo so-called superlegalisation - The authenticity of signatures and stamps on a diploma verified 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.
- upon request, supplemental information documenting that the academic programme was administered by an institution authorised to provide university-level education, or information documenting the specific contents of the programme
- a written power-of-attorney, if the applicant is represented by an agent.
- a payment confirmation
Note: On 1 September 2016, Act No 137/2016 Coll. came into force, which amends and supplements Act No. 111/1998, on Higher Education Institutions and Amendments to Other Acts (the Higher Education Act), as amended, by introducing a requirement for the applicant to pay a fee in the amount of CZK 3,000.
The fee is collected by the institution providing the certificate; see Decree of the Rector No. 8/2016 on fees for acts connected with processing an application for recognition of foreign university-level education and qualifications.
AMU bank account details:
Bank account: 19-5373180297/0100
Variable symbol: 9400100902
Specific symbol: 64922
IBAN: CZ 5301000000195373180297
Bank address: Komerční banka, a. s., Na Příkopě 33, čp. 969, 114 07 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Beneficiary: AMU, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 01 Praha 1
Please attach a payment confirmation to the application form.
Should you have any question regarding the procedure, please contact Tereza Finrašková (Registrar’s Office FAMU), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, in the event that the higher education institution issues a negative decision, the applicant shall have the right to file an appeal within 15 days from the delivery date; or a remonstrance, if the decision was made by a ministry directly (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior). The appeal or remonstrance must be submitted to the authority which issued the negative decision (appeal to the higher education institution, remonstrance to the ministry).
Appeals are decided by the public higher education institution provided this is suitable; otherwise they are forwarded to the Ministry of Education as the appellate body. The Ministry of Education shall decide appeals; either they will grant them or they will confirm the decision of the higher education institution. The decision on an appeal (remonstrance) is final.