Recognition of level of foreign higher education qualifications (international agreements)

Information for persons (nationals, foreigners) who would like to have their higher education qualification (diploma, degree certificate and similar) recognized for further studies and the recognition of level of attained education without comparing the study field and its contents is sufficient for them. The result of this procedure is the decision of recognition of the qualification equivalent with the diploma of higher education.

The recognition is performed without the comparison of the scope and contents (only the level of obtained education is recognized).

Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic - Centre for Recognition of Diplomas (CRD) recognizes qualification credentials (university diploma, degree certificate or certificate of final examinations) issued by a recognized foreign education institution for further study. In case of states that signed a bilateral recognition agreement with Slovakia, the qualification is recognized according to the agreement with the reduced application fee. 

The application can be submitted using the form below or own letter that must contain the first name and surname of the applicant, permanent address or address of similar stay of the applicant, subject of the application, full name and address of the institution which issued the document, the year of completion of the education and applicant’s signature. In case the holder of the educational document is underage, the application is filled in by his/her legal guardian.

Application form for the recognition of level of higher education for further studies and other purposes:

  • DOCX
  • PDF
  • electronic forms at the Central Government Portal ( - an electronic ID/eIDAS required for electronic submission. In case of an application submitted electronically, the administrative fee is reduced by 50%. Electronic application can only be submitted only through the Central Government Portal (, where the electronic version of this form is available. In case of electronic application, all the documents normally signed by the applicant bear an electronic signature and all the attachments which require certified copies are made by certified electronic conversion (own scans or photographs of the documents are not accepted).

Mandatory documentation submitted together with the application includes

  • copy of identification document
  • certified copies of the formal evidence of completion of the education (diploma, diploma supplement, and/or degree certificate)
  • proof of payment of the administrative fee

Mandatory part of the application is legal translation of submitted documents. In order to decrease the financial costs of applicants Ministry accept own translation of documents issued in the following languages: English, German, French, Russian and Hungarian. In case of doubt concerning the translation, CRD is entitled to request a legal translation from the applicant.

The application fee for the recognition of the level of education is

  • 5 EUR if the qualification is covered by a bilateral agreement signed between the Slovak Republic and the country of origin (code in the web and mobile application eKolok: 1723)
  • 30 EUR if the qualification is not covered by any of the bilateral agreements (code in the web and mobile application eKolok: 2218)

Application fee payment options:

  1. via Receipt of Payment of Administrative / Judicial Fee (eStamp or eKolok), which can be purchased at selected offices of Slovenská pošta, a.s. (Slovak Post) in the required value
  2. via eKolok Mobile Application which is available at GooglePlay / App Store
  3. via eKolok Web Application, also called Virtual Kiosk, available at
  4. for applications submitted via the Central government portal ( the payment prescription is generated by submitting the application (there is no need to buy eKolok in advance)

List of states with an existing mutual international agreement with the Slovak Republic on academic recognition:

The Memorandum of Understanding of Recommendation to the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications in the area of Higher Education signed between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Austria does not have the status of international agreement.

Submission of the application with documents:
1) by regular mail to the address:

Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Centre for Recognition of Diplomas
Stromová 1
813 30 Bratislava

2) electronically via the Central Government Portal (Slovak only)

CRD considers the application within 15 days. If the application doesn’t meet all the requirements, the process is going to be interrupted and the applicant will be prompted to submit the missing documentation or information. CRD decides within one month after the receipt of the complete application. The decision will contain the name of the equal qualification in the Slovak Republic.

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