Undergraduate Nostrification Instructions
Recognition of Foreign High School Diplomas
In accordance with Act. No 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions, prospective students aiming to study the degree program at Anglo-American University in Prague also within the Czech accreditation must also provide a certificate of recognition of their secondary education completed abroad.
The recognition is the process of having previous education recognized by Czech authorities and is part of the process required for studying in the Czech Republic in a Czech-accredited program (or dual-accredited program at AAU).
This process is called nostrification and it applies to all students who want to pursue a Czech-accredited degree and who do not have one of these diplomas:
- Czech High School Diploma (“vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce”)
- German High School Diploma (“Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife”)
- Hungarian High School Diploma (“érettségi bizonyítvány”),
- Polish High School Diploma (“swiadectwo dojrzałości”),
- Slovak High School Diploma (“vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške”),
- Slovenian High School Diploma (“Spričevalo o Splošni/Poklicni maturi”),
- European Baccalaureate diploma
If you are a holder of one of the above listed diplomas, you may be admitted within the Czech accreditation after submitting originals or notary verified copies of the diploma and transcript. If you do not hold them, you may be admitted within the Czech accreditation only after submitting the nostrification certificate (an original or a notary verified copy).
Official Nostrification Information:
1. Gather all required documents:
- Completed application form available here
- Legalized diploma and transcript (notary, apostille, or superlegalization – based on the country where your diploma was issued, see the list of requirements for each country here
- Notarized or original copy of the list of school subjects with the number of hours. This document is generally not issued by High Schools, therefore you have to request it directly from them. Template they can use to create this document can be found here
- Proof that the school which issued your diploma/school report is integrated in the education system of your country (Generally, this is apparent from the diploma or transcript. In case that it is not clear from the document, please ask the ministry of education in your country for the certificate that your school is accredited within your country‘s educational system.)
- Passport or official government-issued identification card
- Proof of a place of stay in the Czech Republic (e.g. lease agreement, biometric card if it clearly indicates your address) in case you already live in the Czech Republic
2. AAU recommends submitting certified copies rather than originals to the Regional Authorities. As such, please make sure to have your legalized documents, notary-verified in the Czech Republic.
3. Have the legalized and notary-verified documents translated into the Czech language by a registered court translator.
- Please select the option “Tlumočník” (translator)
- Choose “Jazyk” (language) – selecting the language from which they need to be translated
- Choose “Hlavní Město Praha” under “Kraj” (region) to be able to see the certified court translators only in the Prague region
- Confirm with “Hledat Záznamy” to search through available records
4. Submit the application and relevant documents to the Regional Office, and pay the administrative fee of 1000 CZK.
If you have an address in the Czech Republic, submit it to the respective Regional Office. If you don’t, you can submit it to any Regional Office. The list of all Regional Offices can be found here.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT submit a nostrification application to more than one regional office, as this will stop the process.
For those who are applying in Prague Regional Office, the application should be submitted in person to either:
- Prague City Hall (Jungmannova 29/35, Prague 1, ground floor, counter 42) or
- Prague City Hall (Mariánské náměstí 2/2, 110 01 Prague 1)
For opening hours please see here.
There is an application fee CZK 1,000 which should be paid at the MHMP cash desk, located in the same building.
5. If the content and scope of your education is different from the Czech education, you will be required to pass the nostrification examination. The examination will be in the Czech language; however, you can be accompanied by a court certified translator.
AAU students who want professional assistance with nostrification may contact Foreigners.cz. AAU students will receive a 10% discount for their services.
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