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SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION RECOGNITION


 

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) proof of authenticity of the 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)


Proof of fulfillment of the above condition can be one of the following:

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.

IMPORTANT: You (regardless of what condition from below mentioned- (a) to (d) you fulfil) have to apply for secondary school education recognition during your on-line registration in university system.

Find below the instruction manual on the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to have your certificate recognized by the faculty, additional charge is 880, - CZK

• If you fulfil one of the conditions below, from (a) to (c), you will not be charged.
For any questions contact: Jana Šilhánková, jana.silhankova@lf1.cuni.cz


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“).

Only if you obtained or plan to obtain one in the future:

Osvědčení o uznání rovnocennosti zahraničního vysvědčení
(Certificate of equivalence recognition of a foreign certificate)
“Rozhodnutí o uznání rovnocennosti zahraničního vysvědčení“
"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)

 

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.

 


THE DOCUMENT IS ASSESSED BY THE FACULTY

- 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”)
For information on the current amount of the administrative fee please consult the website of your chosen faculty.

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.

  • US education system

You must have completed high school education and provide proof of graduation with a transcript of the last two years of study. The diploma must be properly legalized by the country that issued the document.

  • IB Diploma

- If you send the Transcript of grades online through the system IBIS, it is not necessary to wait for the physical IB diploma.

- If the IBIS system is used for the proof of education, then it is sufficient for you to provide just the Transcript of grades (IB Results) with the result “DIPLOMA AWARDED”.

- It contains the name of the secondary school where you graduated from the IB Program and the resulting marks from six subjects that you studied within the program (best grade = 7).

- At your request, the transcript is sent by the IB directly to the higher education institutions to which you applied.

- Charles University accepts transcripts in electronic form - sent via the International Baccalaureate Information System (IBIS).

- If you are providing hard copy of the original IB diploma then the faculty also need to receive the Transcript of grades (2 documents) - duly legalized according to the country that issued the document.


If you got your IB diploma in a secondary school in Czech Republic, you need to contact study department of the faculty for specific additional documents requested in such cases.

  • European Baccalaureate

This document automatically equivalent to a Czech Baccalaureate certificate. Holders do not have to prove their foreign education within the admission process. All you have to do is submit an officially certified copy of the European Baccalaureate - duly legalized according to the country that issued the document.

  •  Cambridge / Pearson Edexcel / AQA/ OCR

These certificates have to meet the requirements for Great Britain.

You need to provide us either with certified copies of the documents with an APOSTILLE issued in Great Britain OR you should provide us with certified copies (without an Apostille) and AT THE SAME TIME you have to fulfil one of the following requirements:

                 a) The option, which we highly recommend - you will arrange for one pair of originals (the final A-level certificate with at least 3 passed subjects) to be sent by the institution in a sealed envelope directly to our address.
If received in such a way, it will be considered sufficient for the nostrification process. Please bear in mind that we keep the documents and will not return them to you.

                b) You will provide or the board will send us a transcript of records or a diploma supplement in a sealed envelope.

                c) We will be able to download a transcript of records from the official website of the board (e.g., Upon entering a password that you would provide to the faculty)

 

If you receive the final certificate in July, beginning of August it should be still fine. But remember it also has to be officially verified and then sent to the Study Department.


For Cambridge certificates, you have to reach one of the below results:

The minimum requirements for Cambridge certificates:

GCSE: 5xsubjects GCSE + 2x subjects A-level.

IGCSE: 5xsubjects IGCSE + 2x subjects A-level.

O-level: 5xsubjects O-level + 2x subjects A-level.

The variety of 1x A-level and 2x AS level is NOT acceptable.

If you have more than 2x A-level but a lower number of GCSE/IGCSE/O-level subjects, this variety can be accepted as well.

All other cases should be discussed with the Study Department - contact person:

Jana Šilhánková, jana.silhankova@lf1.cuni.cz


Schools following the Cambridge curriculum have to prove their accreditation as well:

  • IGCSE / IGCE / Cambridge Pre-U

We assess in the same way as the British GCSE and GCE - minimum requirements see above.

  • Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

With the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, you must also prove the completion of lower secondary education (i.e., GCSE or its equivalent).


Although you passed the final exams organized by Cambridge Assessment International Education, it is necessary to verify whether the secondary school have completed your education at an accredited secondary school.

It is possible to verify whether a foreign secondary school has official authorization to teach according to the British curriculum (British accreditation) on the website of the

BRITISH SCHOOLS OVERSEAS: ACCREDITED SCHOOLS INSPECTION REPORTS
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-schools-overseas-inspection-reports/british-schools-overseas-accredited-schools-inspection-reports


Applicants with curriculum from INDIA

required documents are:

- Migration Certificate

- Senior School Certificate Examination marks statement
- Transcript of records of the last two years study
- Senior School Certificate Examination
- Grade Sheet cum Certificate of Performance

  • School accreditation

School accreditation can be considered proven in the following cases:

The school can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education or the accreditation office of the respective country.

You shall provide the original or an officially certified copy of the accreditation certificate issued by the Ministry of Education, the accreditation authority of the country or the national branch of ENIC-NARIC.

The document must be correctly officially certified according to the state where it was issued.

Above mentioned organizations will confirm to you via e-mail sent directly to the e-mail address of the faculty that the school was accredited at the time of your studies (we do not accept e-mails forwarded by you).


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 2021 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 Mgr. Simona Rozkošová

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 2021 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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