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Recognition of foreign education qualifications in Croatia

Recognition is a formal acknowledgment of the value of a foreign education qualification or period of study, issued by the competent authority, for the purpose of the continuation of education or employment.

Croatian citizens, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship are entitled to the recognition of foreign education qualifications.

Competent authorities responsible for the recognition of different types of qualifications:

Recognition of primary and secondary school qualifications:

a) Recognition of qualifications attesting the completion of primary education and general, gymnasiumand art secondary education programmes (for the purpose of employment or continuation of education) – under the authority of Education and Teacher Training Agency.

b) Recognition of qualifications attesting the completion of vocational secondary education programmes (for the purpose of employment or continuation of education) – under the authority of Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education.

c) Recognition for the purpose of continuation of primary or secondary education – under the authority of the school at which the applicant wishes to pursue his/her education.

d) Recognition of primary education for the purpose of access to secondary education – under the authority of the secondary school at which the applicant wishes to pursue his/her education.

Recognition of higher education qualifications and a period of study:

a) for the purpose of the continuation of education in Croatia (academic recognition and recognition of periods of study) – under the authority of Croatian universities, polytechnics and colleges;

b) for the purpose of employment in Croatia (professional recognition) – under the authority of the Agency for Science and Higher Education, Croatian ENIC/NARIC Office.

Recognition of specializations and professional examinations – under the authority of a relevant ministry and professional organizations.

Recognition of foreign higher education qualifications is carried out for the purpose of employment (professional recognition), or continuation of education (academic recognition) in the Republic of Croatia, and is based on the Act on Recognition of Foreign Educational Qualifications (Official Gazette, no. 158/2003, 198/2003, 138/2006 and 045/2011).

With the Act on Recognition of Foreign Educational Qualifications coming into force, The Act on Recognition of Equal Values of Foreign School Certificates and Diplomas – the so-called Act on Validation, is annulled (Official Gazette, no. 57/1996).

Basic recognition terms

 

 

Recognition of foreign higher education qualifications

 

The Republic of Croatia has been carrying out the procedure of recognition of foreign higher education qualifications as of 1 July 2004, in accordance with the Act on the Recognition of Foreign Educational Qualifications (OG 158/2003, 198/2003, 138/2006 and 45/2011), which is based on the principles of the Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in Europe from Lisbon as of 11 April 1997, and the Act on Ascertaining of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region  (Official Gazette – International Treaties 9/02 and 15/02). The Act on the Recognition of Foreign School Certificates and University Diplomas (Official Gazette, 57/96 and 21/00), on the basis of which the so-called nostrification process had been carried out, ceased to be valid on the day this Act entered into force.  

In accordance with the regulations in effect, the Agency carries out the procedure of professional recognition of foreign higher education qualifications (for the purpose of enabling access to employment in the Republic of Croatia) and the following criteria have to be met in order to recognize a foreign higher education qualification:

- That a higher education institution which awarded a qualification had been accredited by a competent accreditation body in the state in which it is located;  

- That a higher education qualification was awarded by an accredited higher education institution;

- That a foreign higher education programme had been accredited by a competent accreditation body of the respective state;

- When a joint degree is concerned, all institutions participating in the delivery of the study programme, as well as the study programme itself, have to be accredited by a competent accreditation body of the respective state in which the institution participating in the joint degree is located.

The Agency will not recognize a foreign higher education qualification if all the recognition criteria have not been met, in compliance with the international practice.  

Criteria for evaluation of foreign higher education qualifications of the Agency for Science and Higher Education  

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