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RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What are the documents required to be submitted for the foreign educational document recognition procedure?

The recognition procedure requires the following documents:

  • an application for document recognition;
  • the original legalized foreign educational document and its notarized copy (a document bearing an Apostille stamp or consular legalization proof), with a notarized Ukrainian translation is attached;
  • the original legalized supplement to the foreign educational document and its notarized copy, with a notarized Ukrainian translation is attached;
  • copies of the documents confirming a previous higher education or secondary vocational education (if any);
  • a copy of a document identifying the applicant and/or holder of the foreign education-confirming document.

More details are in the List of Documents section.

2. Who is entitled to submit documents for the recognition procedure?

Educational documents may be submitted for recognition by their holder or another person authorized to represent the interests of the former for the recognition purposes on the basis of a notarized power of attorney.

3. How are such documents submitted?

A completed document package needs to be sent for preliminary review to Box 147, Kyiv, 01135. Please note that the original educational documents should not be sent by ordinary mail.

After studying the received documents (the documents will be considered within 10 office days from the moment of their receipt), specialists of our Center will contact the applicant for detailed consultation. During the visit, the applicant is expected to present the original foreign education-confirming documents and pay the due fees, after which the recognition procedure actually begins.

4. How can I receive the recognition decision?

The decision can be received from 09:00 to 13:00 o’clock on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from State-owned company "Information and Image Center". The recipient is required to carry his/her passport and a stub with the case number.

During the personal submission of documents, the applicant may arrange for courier delivery of the decision to the address indicated in his/her application.

5. Do I need to apply my foreign educational document for recognition if I have already had work experience in my specialization area in Ukraine?

Yes, you normally do. Yet, we recommend you to make sure at your place of work or study that your educational documents really need to go through the recognition procedure.

6. What is the recognition procedure for documents certifying degrees and academic titles?

Regarding the recognition procedure for documents certifying academic degrees (such as candidate or doctor of sciences), apply to the Personnel Attestation Department of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine at 10 Peremohy Ave, Kyiv, 01135, tel.: 00 380 44 481 32 72.

The recognition procedure for documents certifying academic titles is carried out by the Department for Professional and Managerial Personnel of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, located at 10 Peremohy Ave, Kyiv, 01135, tel.: 00 380 44 486 77 65.

7. How long does the recognition procedure for educational documents take and how much does it cost?

The information regarding the times and cost of the recognition procedure for educational documents is available on our website in the section Costs and Times.

8. What are the steps of the recognition procedure for foreign educational documents?

The recognition procedure for foreign educational documents consists of the following steps:

  1. Authenticity verification of the foreign educational documents presented for recognition (verification of the fact of completed education and issue of the education-confirming document);
  2. Verification of the state accreditation certificate and license of the educational institution that issued the document;
  3. Establishment of the equivalency of the qualifications indicated in the foreign educational document with the qualification levels existing in the education system of Ukraine.

9. Which documents are not eligible for the recognition procedure?

The recognition procedure is not applied to:

  • documents issued by educational institutions that are not officially registered (accredited) as entities authorized to provide educational services in their respective countries;
  • documents issued by branches of educational institutions, if these branches are not officially registered (accredited) as entities authorized to provide educational services in the countries within which they conduct educational activities;
  • documents that do not contain any information about the acquisition by their holder of a specific educational or qualification level that entitles the holder to specific academic or professional rights (the right to continue his/her education or work in his/her specialization area); and
  • documents failing to meet the appropriate state standard and issued in a country the international agreements with which provide for the recognition of exclusively state standard documents.

Ukraine has withdrawn from the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Education, conducted in Tashkent on May 15, 1992. On March 23, 2023 the Agreement was terminated for Ukraine. In order for a foreign educational document to take effect on the territory of Ukraine for further employment or education you should carry out the procedure of recognition of your documents on education.

10. Is the official recognition decision of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine limited in time?

The official decision “Certificate of Recognition in Ukraine of Foreign Education-confirming Document” is not limited in time and never expires in Ukraine.

11. Am I facing a problem in the recognition procedure carried out for my foreign educational documents because the institution of higher learning that issued these documents is no longer in existence?

In this case, all requests necessary to confirm the authenticity of the presented educational documents and status of the educational institution, which this institution had on the moment of issuing the educational documents, as required by the procedure recognition, will be referred to the national education administering body within whose purview the said educational institution operated.

12. Do I need my diploma issued by a higher educational institution in a Soviet republic before the disintegration of the USSR to get officially recognized? (for acquiring an additional higher education).

Ukraine has withdrawn from the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Education, conducted in Tashkent on May 15, 1992. On March 23, 2023 the Agreement was terminated for Ukraine. In order for a foreign educational document to take effect on the territory of Ukraine for further employment or education you should carry out the procedure of recognition of your documents on education.

13. Which institution is authorized to recognize a post-graduate medical education?

The recognition procedure for a post-graduate medical education is carried out by the Education Department of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine located at 7, Hrushevskoho St, Kyiv, 01601, tel.: 00 380 44 253 11 83, 00 380 44 253 78 64, and 00 380 44 253 45 69.

14. Is the recognition procedure for Ukraine applicable to educational documents issued in the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica in three languages?

According to Article 1 of the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Moldova on mutual recognition and equivalency of educational documents and academic titles, only state standard documents are eligible for the recognition procedure. Educational documents issued in the Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublica in three languages are not state standard documents of the Republic of Moldova. For this reason, please, apply to the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova for a state standard duplicate of your educational document for its further recognition in Ukraine.

15. Does the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine issue a document to confirm that a specific educational document is undergoing the recognition procedure?

Addressed to the attention of the requesting party, such a document (statement) may be issued at the applicant’s request during his/her personal visit to confirm that he/she has submitted his/her foreign educational document for the recognition procedure.

REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

  1. Constitution of Ukraine (Articles 24 and 26);
  2. Law of Ukraine "On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons" (1994);
  3. Law of Ukraine "On Education";
  4. Law of Ukraine "On Higher Education";
  5. Lisbon Convention of 1997 (Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region);
  6. Recognition Procedure for Higher Education Degrees Issued by Foreign Educational Institutions (approved by Order No 504 of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, dated May 05, 2015);
  7. Recognition Procedure for Educational Documents on Secondary and Vocational Education Issued by Foreign Educational Institutions (approved by Order No 504 of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, dated May 05, 2015);
  8. Bilateral agreements on mutual recognition and equivalency of education-confirming documents and academic degrees;
  9. List of Qualifications Whose Holders Are Trained in Institutions of Higher Learning to the Specialist and Master Degree (approved by Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No 787, dated August 27, 2010, as amended and supplemented);
  10. List of Areas in Which Professionals Are Trained in Institutions of Higher Learning to the Bachelor Degree (approved by Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No 1719, dated December 13, 2006);
  11. List of Qualifications Whose Holders Are Trained in Institutions of Higher Learning to the Junior Specialist Degree (approved by Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No 839, dated August 20, 2007, as amended and supplemented);
  12. The Convention Abrogating the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (the Hague Convention), 1961;
  13. Decree No 94 of the President of Ukraine “On the Consular Statute of Ukraine,” dated April 2, 1994 (page 54);
  14. Order No 113 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine "On Approving the Instruction on the Procedure for Consular Legalization of Public Documents in Ukraine and Abroad," dated June 4, 2002;
  15. Resolution No 924 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “Issues Related to the National Information Center of Academic Mobility,” dated August 31, 2011.

ABOUT RECOGNITION

To be valid in Ukraine (for employment or continuing education purposes), a foreign educational document you may needs to undergo the recognition procedure. This means establishing the compliance of the academic and professional rights, as well as the educational and qualification levels indicated in foreign educational documents (qualifications) with the national education standards of Ukraine.


The Ukrainian procedure for the recognition of educational documents issued by educational institutions in other countries consists of the following steps.

  1. Authenticity verification of any foreign educational documents submitted for recognition; that is, verification of the fact of completed education and issue of the educational document.

    If your documents bear Apostille stamps or proof of their consular legalization, this is considered sufficient for confirming their authenticity. In this case, your documents do not require the verification of the fact of their issue, which makes the recognition procedure significantly faster. But you have a choice: you may either certify your documents in accordance with international law or entrust their verification to the staff of our Center.

  2. Verification of the official recognition of the educational institution that issued the education-confirming document; that is, checking for the certificate of state accreditation issued to this educational institution and its license effective as of the moment of issue of this educational document to you.

  3. Establishment of the equivalency of the qualifications indicated in the foreign educational document in accordance with the requirements for educational and qualification levels in the education system of Ukraine (carried out with the involvement of appropriate expert commissions for respective qualifications).

    The expert examination means collating the curricula in terms of content and scope. This work is performed by a Ukrainian educational institution accredited for the same qualification as that indicated in the applicant’s diploma. If there is no such qualification in Ukraine, the one that is most similar is selected in this case.

Thus, the result of the recognition procedure may be:

  1. Recognition, based on which a Certificate of recognition of foreign educational documents are issued.

    If the additional conditions are defined for recognition the owner's educational documents qualification (i.e. additional study, competency testing or other actions, non-completion of which prevents further education or employment in the specialization area in Ukraine) the applicant is sent appropriate reply.

    In the event of provisional recognition, the holder of the submitted educational documents is required to pass examinations in the subjects specified by the experts. You are free to choose an institution of higher learning for your tests. Once you have done this, the Center will help you arrange for the examination at the chosen educational institution. The time of the document recognition procedure in this case is prolonged accordingly pending the Center’s receipt of the positive test results.

  2. Refusal to recognize the qualification level indicated in the document, with the qualification level possible for recognition specified.

As a result of the recognition procedure, the holder of foreign educational documents receives a certificate confirming the right to continue his/her education or work in his/her specialization area in Ukraine. The certificate of recognition of a foreign educational document in Ukraine looks as follows:

 


It should be noted in this connection that not every educational document is eligible for the recognition procedure in Ukraine. Such exceptions include:

  • documents issued by educational institutions that are not officially registered (accredited) as entities authorized to provide educational services in their respective countries;
  • documents issued by branches of educational institutions, if these branches are not officially registered as entities authorized to provide educational services in the countries within which they conduct educational activities;
  • documents that do not contain any information about the acquisition by their holder of a specific educational or qualification level that entitles the holder to academic or professional rights;
  • documents issued by improperly institution of another state;
  • documents that are not aythentic;
  • documents failing to meet the respective state standard and issued in a country the international agreements with which provide for the recognition of exclusively state standard documents;
  • documents issued by a training program that can not be correlated with any educational or educational level and (or) field of study (specialty training) of education system of Ukraine;
  • documents that are not recognized in the state, which owns the high school;
  • documents that do not contain sufficient information on the content of the curriculum, making it impossible to establish equivalence issued under these Acts educational qualifications or educational qualification levels of the education system in Ukraine.

Ukraine has withdrawn from the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Education, conducted in Tashkent on May 15, 1992. On March 23, 2023 the Agreement was terminated for Ukraine.