Recognition of education
Slovakia is bound by the European Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications. The recognition of documents on previous education can be done for:
Centre for Recognition of Diplomas (CRD) is a part of the ENIC (European Network of Information Centres) and NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) Networks. CRD is a part of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Centre for Recognition of Diplomas
Stromová 1, 813 30 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Telephone number: +421 2 5937 4623
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:30 and from 12:30 to 14:00.
Recognition of previous education for academic purposes or for pursuing a so-called non‑regulated profession
In case of the recognition of previous education for academic purposes or for pursuing a so‑called non‑regulated profession, there are two different approaches, depending on the field of study, in which the diploma shall be recognised.
Recognition by a Slovak higher education institution
If the applicant wants to have his/her previous higher education recognised and a study programme in question (or related) is offered by one of the higher education institutions in Slovakia, the decision on recognition for academic purposes lies upon such a higher education institution.
It is advised to first check the website of or contact the higher education institution (HEI), where the applicant wants to pursue his/her further studies, to find out whether it is offering studies in the same or related field at the level that needs to be recognised. If so, the HEI is able to recognise the diploma on the previous university education. If this is not the case, the applicant can find another HEI in Slovakia offering that particular field of study and apply for the recognition. On the website “Portal of HEIs”, a list of higher education institutions by study fields can be found.
For the recognition procedures, the applicants shall officially apply (usually the institutions have prescribed application forms) and attach the following documents to their application for recognising the education certificate:
The decision of the higher education institution shall be issued within two months since the submission of a complete application.
In case that the study at the foreign institution corresponds to the curricula of the respective HEI only partially, the HEI could lay down the obligation for the applicant to take a supplementary examination. The supplementary examination is meant to verify the knowledge and skills of the applicant in subjects, or in their parts, which were not studied by the applicant in a foreign school and which have a direct relation to the applicant’s profile or the field of study pursued.
Recognition by the Ministry of Education
If the applicant wants to have his/her previous higher education recognised, but no higher education institution in Slovakia offers a study programme in a given field, the decision lies with the Ministry of Education.
The same application procedure applies as in a case when the decision is issued by the HEI.
However, in case the diploma was issued by a military HEI, the decision lies with the Ministry of Defence. In case of diplomas issued by a police HEI, the Ministry of Interior is competent to recognise the document.
The decision of the Ministry shall be issued within two months since the submission of a complete application.
Automatic recognition of diplomas
A diploma issued by an education institution from an EU/EEA Member state, Switzerland or a third country, which is a party to a mutual bilateral or multilateral recognition agreement binding on Slovakia, or issued by a HEI from a member state of European Higher Education Area (EHEA), is automatically recognized for academic purposes.
The HEI considers the application within seven days. If the application does not meet all the requirements, the process is going to be interrupted and the applicant will be prompted to submit the missing documentation or to correct any deficiencies. The HEI decides within 15 days after the receipt of the complete application.
Recognition of education and qualification for pursuing a so‑called regulated profession
A so‑called regulated profession is a profession, professional activity or a group of professional activities, in pursuit of which it is necessary to meet the qualifications prescribed by the relevant Slovak legislation. A list of regulated professions.
In case of selected regulated professions, the Member States (EU, EEA and Switzerland) harmonised minimum requirements on education and training, therefore, the mutual recognition is automatic for these professions (dentists, doctors of medicine, midwives, nurses and pharmacists). The automatic system applies only to qualifications obtained in any Member State after its accession to the EU.
For recognition of qualifications for the pursuit of regulated professions without coordinated training and all qualifications obtained in third countries, a general system of recognition applies. It is based on the principle of comparability. During the recognition process, the content and scope of the applicant’s education are compared to the content and scope of education, which is required for the same profession in Slovakia. Not only the document on education but also the obtained qualification must be recognised.
The decision on recognition of professional qualification shall be issued by:
The application for the recognition of diploma (and professional qualification in case of pedagogic, sport and healthcare professionals) in pursuit of a regulated profession must be submitted to the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas. A complete application consists of the following documents:
In case of applications for the recognition of education obtained in third countries, the following documents are also required:
The documents on education obtained in third countries must be apostilled/superlegalised.
Administrative fee: € 50 for the recognition of diploma
€ 100 for the recognition of diploma and professional qualification