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Nostrification is an official procedure which is conducted to determine the Polish equivalent of a foreign diploma. Nostrification may be carried out if a diploma which confirms completion of higher education studies abroad may not be recognised as equivalent to a relevant Polish diploma and professional title under any international agreementon equivalence (Legal basis: art. 327.1 of the Act of 20 July 2018 – Law on Higher Education and Science (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1668 with amendments).
1. Which institutions conduct nostrification?
Nostrification procedure is conducted by higher education institutions rated asscientific category A+, A or B+ in the discipline to which the applicant’s foreign diploma belongs. The nostrification procedure should be conducted by organizational units of higher education institutions authorized to confer the academic degree of doktor in a given field of science or in a given field of art study within the scientific or art discipline to which the foreign diploma belongs. The list of higher education institutions and their rating categories can be found HERE.
2. Documents required
Documents listed under the points1-3 above can be submitted in the form of copies certified as authentic by the higher education institution which conducts nostrification.
After the formal evaluation of the application, the higher education institution which conducts nostrification can require that the applicant provided ordinary translations into Polish of the documents listed under the points 1-3 above.
3. How the nostrification procedure is conducted?
The higher education institution which conducts nostrification compares the programme and duration of study, the learning outcomes, the professional rights conferred and the professional traineeships completed with the programme and duration of study, learning outcomes, professional rights conferred and professional traineeships to be completed in the course of similar studies offered by this higher education institution itself. If differences are found in the study programme, duration or the learning outcomes,the higher education institution which conducts nostrification can oblige the applicant to pass specific examinations or undergo professional traineeships, defining the conditions and time frames in which they will be conducted.
The decisions of the higher education institution which conducts nostrification shall be communicated to the applicant in writing and contain a justification.
4. Time limits
The procedure officially initiateson the date of submitting the application to the higher education institution which conducts nostrification. This higher education institution evaluates the application from the formal point of view. If the application is found incomplete, the higher education institution which conducts nostrification establishes a time limit, not shorter than 14 days, for the applicant to complete the application, under the pain of disregarding it.
The applicant can submit the application whenever they choose.
Not later than 90 days from the date of submitting an application that meets all formal requirements the higher education institution which conducts nostrification recognises or refuses to recognise the diploma attesting completion of studies abroad as equivalent to a particular Polish diploma and professional title. The time periods set for submitting translations of documents, passing exams or undergoing professional traineeships are not counted into the 90-day time limit.
Payment of a fee is required to conduct the procedure. The maximum level of the fee amounts to 50% of the remuneration of a university professor.
Each higher education institution specifies the requirements and mode of exemption from the fee.
The applicant has legal right to appeal against the resolutions of the higher education institution which conducts nostrification, based on art. 127 of the Code of Administrative Procedure and the Revised Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications, adopted in 2001 and revisedin 2010.