A verified copy of the diploma or other adequate document, issued by the international university/college
A verified copy of the list of passed examinations, or of a diploma supplement, including the extent of completed courses (in hours)
A document stating the content of the final examination, unless this information is part of the diploma supplement
A certified translation of both documents to Czech (not required if the original version is English)
Letter of authorization, if the applicant is represented by a proxy (authorization template) – it’s recommended to include the phone/e-mail contact to the proxy in the application or the letter of authorization
Statement on the refugee status, if granted to the applicant
The university may also require additional information, e.g. that the study program was provided by an institution authorized to provide college education, or detailed information on the content of the courses.
Charles University may contact the applicant’s foreign college/university in order to verify the information on the applicant’s studies, or the validity of documents submitted together with the application.
The proceedings start based on a written application of a graduate from a foreign university/college (hereinafter “the applicant”), submitted via Charles University Rectorate. If the applicant submits the application to one of the faculties of medicine at Charles University, major delay of the proceedings may occur. In the proceedings, the content and extent of the foreign study is always compared to the corresponding study programs realized at Charles University. All faculties of medicine at Charles University assess the application using uniform criteria. There’s no use submitting the application to a different faculty of medicine at Charles University once the original application is rejected by the rector.
If major differences are found in the compared study programs, or if the diploma was issued by an institution that is not a part of the college/university system in the country of origin, this is a reason to reject the application. In this case, the rector issues a rejecting statement.
If the foreign college/university education is recognized, Charles University rector will issue a certificate of recognition of the education and of its equality with the education provided by Charles University.
Alongside the college/university education, the academic degree granted by the foreign university is also recognized. The holder of the foreign diploma is therefore only entitled to use the degree or title as stated in his/her diploma. The certificate of recognition of the foreign college/university education doesn’t entitle the applicant to use the academic degrees MUDr., or MDDr., granted pursuant to §46 of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on college education.
The statement and certificate will be sent by a recorded delivery mail to the applicant, or his/her proxy. The applicant or his/her proxy can also receive the documents in person at Charles University Rectorate.
The deadlines for the proceedings are set by the general rules of administration procedures, i.e. 30 days since the delivery. In complex cases, the deadline can be extended by 30 more days.
Within 15 days since the delivery, the applicant can appeal against the statement to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (hereinafter “Ministry of Education”). The appeal is submitted by the applicant via the rector of Charles University (Charles University Rectorate).
The rector may decide on the appeal on his own if he fully complies with the applicant’s objections. Otherwise, he submits the appeal to the Ministry of Education within 30 days.
If a verified copy or certified translation is required, the verification procedure follows the following patterns based on the country of origin and valid international agreements:
l. For countries that signed multilateral convention on judicial assistance – the documents are valid on the territory of signatory countries without any further verification. A verified diploma copy is required, together with a certified translation to Czech.
2. For countries that signed multilateral convention on simplified verification of foreign public documents (the Hague Convention): A uniform procedure of verification is set – the apostille, issued by a relevant institution of the country of diploma origin.
3. Other states – documents proving the completion of studies must be verified:
a) by the Foreign Office of the country of origin of the university/college issuing the document;
b) by the relevant embassy of the Czech Republic.
The table contains a list of countries and required verification of college/university diplomas.
The issues related to the legalization and super-legalization of diplomas and certificates of studies completed abroad can be consulted with the Foreign Office of the Czech Republic, Department of Document Legalization, address: Hradčanské náměstí č.5, 125 10 Prague 1, tel. 224 182 153. The addresses of Czech embassies abroad and foreign embassies in the Czech Republic are available at the website of the Foreign Office of the Czech Republic.
Rectorate, Charles University
Ovocný trh č. 5, 116 36 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Consultations in opening hours only (Monday 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00, Wednesday 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00) other days by appointment only.
Mgr. Anna Hájková, phone +420 224 491 368
Mgr. Veronika Rutová, phone: +420 224 491 442
Mgr. Helena Fuxová, phone: +420 224 491 627
Ing. Iva Stehlíková, phone: +420 224 491 262
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Higher Education Department, Karmelitská 7, 118 12 Prague 1, Czech Republic