Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

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

Croatian citizens, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship have the right to request recognition of foreign education qualifications.

Competent authorities responsible for the recognition of foreign qualifications in the Republic of Croatia are as follows:
  1. recognition of qualifications attesting the completion of primary education and general, gymnasium and art secondary education programmes for the purpose of employment or continuation of education is under the authority of Education and Teacher Training Agency.
  2. recognition of qualifications attesting the completion of vocational secondary education programmes (VET programmes) for the purpose of employment or continuation of education is under the authority of Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education.
  3. recognition for the purpose of continuation of primary or secondary education is under the authority of the school at which the applicant wishes to pursue his/her education.
  4. recognition of primary education for the purpose of access to secondary education is 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:
  1. 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
  2. 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.
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