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Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents

Croatian ENIC/NARIC office conducts the recognition procedure of foreign higher education qualifications that is documented with a legally prescribed documentation.

If you do not have documents from your higher education, instead of a recognition decision you may apply for a Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents.

Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents is a document containing the information on the (accreditation) status of the foreign higher education institution and study programme in question, the level of the qualification within the higher education system of the issuing country and the comparability to Croatian higher education level (if possible).

Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents is not the same as a recognition decision. It is not a formal recognition of an individual’s qualification, but information and advice for higher education institutions and employers in Croatia.

 
Guidelines for issuing the Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents:

  • Complete the application form
  • Enclose the following documents:
    • Proof of temporary protection 
    • Other documents that you might have – CV, study and/or work experience, photographs, essays/project work, membership cards for student organisations, etc.
  • You are exempt from paying the fee for a Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents.

Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents is based both on the information you provide and the knowledge that the Croatian ENIC/NARIC Office has on your education, which is why it is important that you take the time to carefully complete the form. Remember that, if your application is incomplete or if what you say does not agree with the other information Croatian ENIC/NARIC Office has, we can close your case without providing you with a Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents.

 

Required documentation for a Clarification of foreign higher education qualification for refugees without documents can be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to the following address:

AGENCIJA ZA ZNANOST I VISOKO OBRAZOVANJE
Nacionalni ENIC/NARIC ured
Donje Svetice 38/V
10000 Zagreb
Republika Hrvatska

The Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) encourages a flexible approach to the recognition of qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation. Within the text of the LRC, under Section VII, Article VII in regards to the recognition of qualifications held by refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation, it reads:

"Each Party shall take all feasible and reasonable steps within the framework of its education system and in conformity with its constitutional, legal, and regulatory provisions to develop procedures designed to assess fairly and expeditiously whether refugees, displaced persons and persons in a refugee-like situation fulfil the relevant requirements for access to higher education, to further higher education programmes or to employment activities, even in cases in which the qualifications obtained in one of the Parties cannot be proven through documentary evidence.”

As such, refugees, displaced persons or persons in a refugee-like situation who have formal education from a recognised and/or accredited educational institution and others who for valid reason and in spite of their best persistent efforts cannot document the qualifications they claim, should have a right to have their qualifications assessed by a competent authority responsible for its recognition.

Furthermore, in 2017, Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee adopted the Recommendation on the Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees, Displaced Persons and Persons in a Refugee-like Situation.

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