Recognition of foreign diplomas

In the background of recognition of diplomas (and other documents attesting completed education), there are two processes: the so-called academic recognition and professional recognition. Academic recognition applies to the purpose of continuation of studies and other, more general purposes. The professional recognition or recognition of professional qualifications is more specific as it is bound to a concrete profession the applicant intends to pursue. This type of recognition is necessary in case of the so-called regulated professions, the access to which is limited by the law which determines their qualification requirements and other rules. The professional recognition allows the applicant who obtained their qualification abroad to practice said profession in the Slovak Republic. The responsible bodies for the academic and professional recognition in the Slovak Republic vary according to the purpose, type, and level of obtained education. For some of those, the responsible body is the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas (CRD).

In case of foreign documents attesting completed education, the CRD deals with:
  • professional recognition of evidence of formal qualifications and/or professional qualifications obtained abroad for the purpose of pursuit of selected regulated professions in the SR 
  • academic recognition of the level of higher education from the countries with a mutual bilateral agreement or members of the European higher education area for the purpose of continuation of studies or general purposes in the SR
  • conversion of grades from foreign elementary of secondary school to Slovak classification scale.
In case of Slovak diplomas and education documents, the CRD deals with:
  • apostille and superlegalization of documents issued within the scope of the Ministry of Education, Science, Education and Sport of the SR
  • confirmation of the qualifications of teaching regulated professions obtained in the SR exclusively for the foreign authorities.

CRD is part of ENIC (European Network of Information Centres) and NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) networks, and acts as an assistance centre for the recognition of professional qualifications according to the EU Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Due to the risk of the spreading of the new coronavirus COVID-19, the personal consultations and visits at the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas are currently not allowed.

Applications can be submitted by post or via the Central Government Portal. Where necessary, the applications can also be submited in the filing room of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the SR during its office hours.

The entry of public to the filing room is permitted only using the protective equipment covering the mouth and the nose (mask, respirator, scarf, etc.)

  • Professional recognition of qualifications
  • Academic recognition of diplomas
  • Apostille / Superlegalization
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