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Secondary School Education Recognition

                          OVERVIEW


Each student studying at a university in the Czech Republic must have their secondary school education recognized by the Czech Educational Office.

- Students who have completed secondary school education are considered eligible for medical degree study programs in General Medicine (6 years) or Dentistry (5 years) those, who could be admitted on the basis of the provided secondary school documents to the same study program in their home countries.

There are two basic conditions that must be fulfilled to be enrolled:

          1) successful passing of the written entrance exams and oral interview and

          2) presentation of a valid certificate of completed secondary education.

If you completed the previous level of education at a foreign secondary school, submit one of the following documents:

          a) authenticated document from your secondary school which is recognized as valid in the Czech Republic (so-called „nostrification“)

          b) document proving that European Baccalaureate was granted, or document from foreign secondary school exam which must be valid in Czech Republic in accordance with its international agreements without further administrative procedures (a “maturita school leaving certificate” from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, or Slovenia)
          c) Document from foreign secondary school to be assessed by the faculty (for a fee of CZK 880)

What to submit to prove one of above mentioned options: 

          a) Nostrification by the education department at any regional authority (Krajský úřad) in the Czech Republic. More information about this process available here

          b) The European Baccalaureate diploma (NOT an IB diploma which requires either below option -(a) or (d) - details here https://www.eursc.eu/en/European-Schools/European-Baccalaureate

          c) Diploma issued by a secondary school accredited in Slovakia, Poland, Hungary or Slovenia

          d) Nostrification in terms of the admission procedure – processed by our faculty, more information here.

The following may be used as completion documents of foreign secondary education:

           A) proof of authenticity of the document from your secondary school which is recognized as valid in the Czech Republic (so-called „nostrification“) : 

Certificate of equivalence recognition of a foreign certificate 

Decision on the equivalence recognition of a foreign certificate 

                                                                    You must submit:

  • application for nostrification - section Proof of education in the module Admission
  • Verified copy of a document according to “Act No. 561/2004 Sb., to regulate pre-school, basic, secondary, tertiary professional and other education (the Education Act)” of legal regulation that proves your foreign secondary education is recognized by the Czech Republic.
  • It is issued by- Regional Authorities (krajský úřad), the Metropolitan Authority of the Capital City of Prague (Magistrát hlavního města Prahy), or by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Free of charge (a fee of CZK 1,000 is paid to the Regional Authority or the Metropolitan Authority within the proceedings of recognition of the equivalence or validity of a foreign secondary education.

           B) a document proving the awarding of a European Baccalaureate.

                                                                     You must submit:

  • application for nostrification - section Proof of education in the module Admission
  • An authenticated copy of the European Baccalaureate diploma – Free of charge.
  • This does not apply to the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) which is considered a document of Higher Education Act. For IB is applicable section (D). If you have IB diploma and “Maturita” from Czech language (Secondary school exam)- please contact us at jana.silhankova@lf1.cuni.cz.

          C) Documents automatically deemed as valid:

A document concerning a foreign secondary education completed with the “maturita” examination. Document is deemed equivalent in the Czech Republic in accordance with its international agreements. These are documents proving obtainment of the equivalent of Czech “maturita” in Slovakia,Slovenia, Poland (“swiadectwo dojrzalosci”) and Hungary (“érettségi bizonyítvány”).

                                                                    You must submit:

  • application for nostrification - section Proof of education in the module Admission
  • An authenticated copy of the foreign certificate or a similar legal document proving your graduation from foreign secondary school under the legal regulations of another state.

If needed the faculty will also request from you to submit the following documents:

  • Original or an authenticated copy of a document describing the content and scope of education completed at a foreign school (an overview of subjects completed during period of study)

          D) a foreign document concerning a foreign secondary education

                                                                     You must submit:

  • Application for nostrification - section Proof of education in the module Admission
  • An authenticated copy of the foreign certificate or a similar legal document proving your graduation from foreign secondary school under the legal regulations of another state.
  • Original or an authenticated copy of a document describing the content and scope of education completed at a foreign school (an overview of subjects completed during period of study)
  • It is necessary to provide a certificate of accreditation of a secondary school (a document of the Ministry of Education or other state institutions in the country providing school education) if this information is not part of the diploma.

If needed, the faculty will request from you to also submit the following documents:

  • Additional information on the content and scope of foreign secondary education.
  • A confirmation from the relevant foreign body (e.g., a Ministry of Education) that document is from authorized institution which provided education under the Education Act (a statement on “accreditation”). The confirmation is accepted also in a form of a link to the local MOE where the school is notified.
  • This concerns documents to which the procedure under section (C) cannot be applied.

Result of faculty assesment : 

- in the case of a positive assessment - the document is accepted.
- in the case of a negative assessment - you are required to submit a document under section (A) (“nostrification”)

IMPORTANT: The assessment is valid only for the admissions procedure at one faculty in one academic year.

Should you receive your final diploma/ Cambridge results only in August, please request your school to issue a certificate of predicted grades. This document can be sent by the school directly as an original document in a sealed envelope.

As soon as the official final results are published, the official certificate would be handed in to the faculty. Eventually you can share the login details with the Study Department to check the final results which would replace the attestation of hard copies.

Translations

Documents which are not originally issued in the Czech, English, or Slovak languages must be officially translated into the Czech or English languages by a court (sworn) translator (Czech or foreign one).

The sheets with translations must be attached to the authenticated copies of the documents they relate to in such a way that makes it impossible to change or replace the sheets containing the translation. Translations attached to unauthenticated copies of documents shall not be accepted.

Other documents

If your situation requires it, you also need to submit following documents:

             a. A power of attorney - if you are represented by an attorney for the purposes of proving compliance with the requirement for admission under the Higher Education Act.

             b. If your name changes - an authenticated copy of a document proving it (e.g., a certificate of marriage).

             c. decision to award international protection -An authenticated copy if the assessment is requested by a person listed in section 90 (4) of the Higher Education Act and if this person wishes to use the possibility of substituting a document with an affirmation.

Temporary certificate / diploma

A document that temporarily replaces a certificate or diploma. Can be accepted within the admission process. It must be properly legalized and contain the information normally found on a certificate / diploma.

i.e.: the name of the secondary school and study program completed, the level of education attained, the expected date of issue of the certificate or diploma and the date of issue.
The certificate of completion should be issued by the same secondary school, which will also issue a certificate or diploma.

DIPLOMA  REQUIREMENTS FOR FACULTY NOSTRIFICATION FOR DIRECT ENTRY APPLICANTS

LEGALIZATION OF THE DOCUMENTS

All of the above-mentioned documents have to be validated (officially verified) by a lawyer, solicitor or notary public and must contain apostille or super-legalization clause.

Apostille is sufficient for countries listed here: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/authorities1/?cid=41

Documents issued in countries where an Apostille is not sufficient require super-legalization Documents must be verified:

         a) by the Foreign Office of the respective country

         b) by the relevant embassy of the Czech Republic.

Forms of verification by the country:

https://cuni.cz/UKEN-593-version1-formy_overeni_abecedni_seznam_statu_ss.pdf

IMPORTANT: The documents have to reach our Study Department by August 31, 2023 before enrolment into study.

PLEASE NOTE that all documents have to be officially translated into English or Czech language!

Nostrification in Terms of The Admission Procedure

Nostrification of your secondary school education is necessary for enrolment into study. You can apply for the nostrification in terms of the admission procedure, which is done by the faculty.

If you would like to apply, please follow the below instruction:

          1. Make sure that you have officially verified copies of your secondary school certificates including Apostille or super legalization if needed.

          2. Arrange for official translation of all documents that are originally not in the Czech or English language (only Czech or English translations are acceptable)

          3. Send scans of your certificates for a preliminary check to Mrs. Jana Šilhankova 

          4. Once approved by the Study Department as complete, send the documentation by post to the faculty address. The documents have to reach the Study Department by 31st August 2023 at the latest

Forms of verification by the country:

https://cuni.cz/UKEN-593-version1-formy_overeni_abecedni_seznam_statu_ss.pdf

Odkaz na web na RUK: https://cuni.cz/UKEN-593.html


 

 

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