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General arrangements for the recognition of prior learning

Recognition of courses completed during study period

Recognition is based on 2 documents:

  • Learning Agreement, signed by the student, home and host institution before the departure for the study period. All changes that occur during the study abroad must be rocorded and approved both universities in the document Changes to Learning Agreement. 

  • The successfully completed courses are entered into the Transcript of Records and subsequently recognized by the dean / vice-dean of the faculty pursuant to a written application in accordance with the Study and Examination Regulations. 

Recognition of secondary education 

Information to be found on the website of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (see here).  Act No. 561/2004 collection of Law, on pre-school, basic, secondary, tertiary professional and other education (The Education Act), as amended.

Recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications

Recognition of foreign higher education is in the jurisdiction of

  • Public HE institution which offers a study programme with the similar content.
  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Department of Higher Education) decides on recognition of education obtained in Hungary, Germany, Poland and Slovenia (i.e. signatory countries to a bilateral international agreement). In the case of doubt regarding existence of a similar study programme, MEYS shall determine the jurisdiction of a HE institution for the recognition purposes, or the decision may be made by MEYS. Primarily, MEYS is the appellate body in the event the request has not been met.
  • Ministry of Defence - entitled to make decisions regarding military-related education in a foreign country.
  • Ministry of the Interior - entitled to make decisions regarding education in the area of security services.

Commencement and course of procedure

The procedure is initiated by the written application of a graduate from a foreign university/college (hereinafter the "applicant"), delivered to the Mendel University Rectorate and then referred to the competent faculty. The application form to be downloaded here.

As of 1 September 2016, in accordance with Act No. 137/2016 Coll., amending Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions, the applicant is obliged to pay an application fee of CZK 3,000 for each application processing. The payment must be made in Czech crowns. An official Nostrification payment call will be sent to the applicant after Mendel University in Brno receives all the materials necessary for nostfrification. 

ACCOUNT NAME: Mendelova univerzita v Brně

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 7200300237/0100

IBAN: CZ5601000000007200300237

BIC / SWIFT CODE: KOMBCZPP / KOMBCZPPXXX

Note to payee must include the name of the applicant, e.g. Nostrification - John Smith.

The payment must be made only in Czech crowns (CZK), the approximate equivalent in other currencies cannot be accepted.

The application can be submitted only in cases where the recognition relates to a field of study that has a similar content and scope as fields of study accredited at MENDELU (to be found here). If no similar accredited programme is available at MENDELU, the applicant may look up the relevant field of study at another public HE institution in the Czech Republic (see here) or use the MEYS list of HE institutions (see here but only in Czech).

The following documents must be attached to the application:

1. An officially certified copy of the applicant's diploma or a similar proof of completion of higher education (certificate, confirmation etc.) with due requisites (see Verification of signatures and stamps) with the certified translation into Czech or English.

2. An officially certified copy of the applicant's Diploma Supplement (Transcript of Records or another list of completed courses) with the certified translation into Czech or English.

3. Mendel University may also require additional information regarding the content of education completed abroad.

The application may also be supplemented with the following:

1. A copy of identity card / passport.

2. An officially certified copy of the power of attorney or its certified translation into Czech or English (including verification of applicant's signature) - in cases where the applicant is represented by another person. 

3. An officially certified copy of the marriage certificate and birth certificate, in cases where the applicant's name changed within the period between the diploma issue date and the date of the application, or the certified translation of the above documents into Czech or English.

4. The original or an officially certified copy of granting the refugee status.

Verification of signatures and stamps:

The procedure of verification of signatures and stamps affixed to the original of documents depends on the country where the applicant obtained his/her education.The table contains a list of individual countries and requirements relating to the verification of diplomas obtained, including links to authorities that make the first-instance decision in the foreign education recognition process.

Verification methods may be classified into three categories, according to the (non)existence of an international agreement:

1. No verification required - applies to countries that signed the multilateral treaty concerning mutual legal assistance; documents are valid in the signatory countries without the need for further verification.

2. Apostille - applies to countries that signed the multilateral treaty simplifying the process of legalization of foreign public documents (the Hague Convention). Documents are verified through the so-called apostille, issued by the competent authority of the country where the document was issued. For the list of competent authorities in all signatory countries please visit the Hague Conference website (here).

3. Super-legalization - necessary in other countries where the authenticity of signatures and stamps on diplomas issued in such countries must be verified under Section 90, par. 3 Act on Higher Education Institutions by:
a) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state which is the seat of the HE institution that issued the document (or the competent foreign authority);
b) followed by the respective Czech diplomatic mission (embassy) in the country of the HE institution.

Applications are processed at the Mendel University Rectorate and then referred to the competent faculty for its opinion. The applicant may be asked to supply further documents necessary for the assessment of the study abroad (e.g. curriculum). The procedure of recognition of foreign higher education involves comparison of the content and scope of the study abroad with the study programme accredited at Mendel University.

In the event that substantial differences are found between the compared study programmes or the diploma was issued by a foreign institution which is not part of the HE system in the country concerned, this constitutes reasons for rejecting the application. Then the application is rejected by the decision of the Rector. In case the foreign higher education is recognized, the Rector shall issue the certificate of equivalence with education obtained through graduating from Mendel University. The decision and the certificate are sent by personal delivery to the applicant, or to his/her authorized representative.

The processing time is set out in the general regulation on administrative procedure and is 30 days of the delivery; in complex cases, the period may be prolonged to 60 days of the date of delivery of the complete application.

Applicants are entitled to submit an appeal to Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports within 15 days of receiving the decision. The appeal is filed through the Rector of Mendel University in Brno. The Rector is entitled to decide on the appeal him/herself if the appellant's objections are found justified. In other cases, the appeal is referred to the MEYS within 30 days.

The appeal must contain the following information:

  • full name of the applicant (or its representative under a certified power of attorney),
  • date of birth,
  • mailing address,
  • ref. No. and date of the contested decision,
  • reasoning of the appeal,
  • date and own signature of the applicant (or its representative under a certified power of attorney).

All documents necessary for the recognition of foreign education must be attached to the appeal, as well as the decision of the Rector that is contested. Supplementary documents containing new information may be attached.

Should you requiere any additional information, do not hesitate to contact Veronika Vávrová. 

Address: Mendel University in Brno, Educational Department, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno

Legal regulations governing recognition of foreign higher education and qualifications

Useful links 

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