The validation of foreign studies and degrees, known in the Czech Republic as nostrifikace, is the process of recognising an individual’s university-level education (in whole or in part) and qualifications as equivalent to education completed in the Czech Republic.
The procedure is initiated on the basis of a written application by a graduate of a foreign higher education institution (“the applicant”) submitted to a public higher education institution (Rectorate, Department of Academic Affairs) – the form is available here.
Along with the application, it is also necessary to submit:
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.
a) If the application is evaluated and decided on by a public higher education institution, then the fee is collected by this institution, 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.
b) If the application is evaluated and decided on by a ministry (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence or Ministry of Interior), then the fee is collected per Act No. 634/2004 Coll., on Administrative Fees.
If an application is submitted to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence or Ministry of Interior, where this ministry will itself evaluate and decide on the application, the applicant shall receive a request to pay the administrative fee along with details on the manner of payment and the deadline.
If the Ministry of Education (Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior) forwards the application for a decision by the competent public higher education institution, the fee will be collected by this institution.
Note: Procedures commenced prior to 1 September 2016 are not subject to a fee.
The higher education institution compares the contents and extent of the foreign academic programme with the programme in the analogous (i.e. 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.
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.