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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.