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Recognition of diplomas

CIS countries

1. I have graduated from a state university in a CIS country. Is nostrification of my diploma required to take up a postgraduate doctoral study in the Russian aspirantura and if so, does my diploma have to be certified by apostille?

In your case, the nostrification is required. For that, you have to submit the original of the duly legalized (by apostille if your country has ratified the Hague Convention of 1961) document on education.

If the applicant already has a degree and is going to take up a post-graduate doctoral study in aspirantura, the expert examination of his/her qualifications is needed.

It is regulated by the Agreement Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Government of the Kyrghyz Republic, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan on mutual recognition and equivalence of the documents on education, academic titles and degrees.

2. On the website of Rosobrnadzor it is stated that degrees in medicine are confirmed by Roszdravnadzor. Whom can I contact in this regard?

Persons who have obtained qualifications in medicine and pharmacy in foreign countries can be admitted to practice in the Russian Federation if Rosobrnadzor and Roszdravnadzor recognize the equivalence of the qualifications. To learn more about the procedure of academic nostrification (recognition of the qualifications) click here.
For more information about professional nostrification see The Administrative Order of the Federal Healthcare and Social Development Supervision Service on Exercising the Public Function of Admission of Persons Who Obtained Qualifications in Medicine and Pharmacy Abroad to Medical and Pharmaceutical Activities in the Russian Federation of 7 June, 2010 on the website of Roszdravnadzor.

Telephone for information and appointment 007 (495) 698-43-31

e-mail: foreign_educ@roszdravnadzor.ru

General information 007 (495) 698-46-28
Special examinations giving access to employment are held in higher and secondary vocational education institutions listed and yearly updated on the website of Roszdravnadzor http://www.roszdravnadzor.ru/

3. Please, tell about nostrification of the Candidate of Sciences degree.

The public function of recognition of foreign academic titles and doctoral degrees is carried out free of charge for the applicant and the candidate.
The procedure of the public function execution may differ depending on whether a treaty (protocol, agreement) on recognition of academic titles and/ or doctoral degrees has been signed between the Russian Federation and the state where the academic titles or degrees were obtained that could be applicable to the given case.
The qualifications and degrees can be recognized:
- by decision on the basis of the equivalence of the academic titles or doctoral degrees awarded in the states with which the Russian Federation has signed treaties applicable to the present case, without reexamination of the candidate;
- by decision on the basis of the equivalence of the academic titles or doctoral degrees awarded in the states with which the Russian Federation has no treaties applicable to the given situation, based on results of the reexamination of the candidate.

The applicant submits documents to Rosobrnadzor either per post or in person.

Documents can be submitted on:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.,
Friday from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.,
Lunch break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

List of documents required for recognition of a doctoral degree awarded in a state with witch the Russian Federation has signed a treaty:

1) At applicant's discretion: request of the organization employing the applicant, signed by the head or deputy head of the organization and affixed with its seal, or candidate's application on recognition of the equivalence of his qualifications to the doctoral degrees set in the Russian Federation.
2) Duly certified copy of the document presented for recognition and a duly certified translation of this document into Russian.
3) Registration card (see the form in Appendix 3 to the Administrative Order) in electronic form at a floppy disc in the Word-file format and 2 printed exemplars.
4) Postal card with address of the candidate and postmarks enough to send the postal card from Rosobrnadzor to the candidate.
5) Postal card with address of the organization employing the candidate and postmarks enough to send the postal card from Rosobrnadzor (only in cases when the organization employing the candidate acts as the applicant).

Documents required for recognition of doctoral degrees awarded in states with which the Russian Federation has no treaty:
1) At applicant's discretion: request of the organization employing the applicant, signed by the head or deputy head of the organization and affixed with its seal, or candidate's application on recognition of the equivalence of his qualifications to the doctoral degrees set in the Russian Federation (see the application form in Appendix 1 to the Administrative Order
2) Duly certified copy of the document presented for recognition and a duly certified translation of this document into Russian.
3) Registration card (see the form of the card in Appendix 3 to the Administrative Order in electronic form in the Word-file format at a floppy disc and in 2 printed exemplars.
4) Documents proving the higher and postgraduate (or equivalent) education preceding the award of the doctoral degree that is subject to recognition.
Each of the documents mentioned above is to be submitted with a duly certified:
copy;
translation into Russian;
copy of the equivalence certification (if necessary).
Documents on postgraduate (or equivalent) education are not obligatory and submitted only if the applicant has them.
5) Doctoral degrees certificates (apart from the documents presented for the recognition).
Each of the documents mentioned above is to be submitted with a duly certified:
copy;
translation into Russian;
copy of the equivalence certification (if necessary).
Doctoral degree certificates are not obligatory and submitted only if the applicant has them.
6) Candidate's list of published or equated to them scientific and didactic papers (see the form in Appendix 4 to the Administrative Order
7) Doctoral degree dissertation (in hardback) in Russian, signed by the candidate.
8) Postal card with the candidate's address and postmarks enough to send the postal card from Rosobrnadzor to the candidate.
9) Postal card with address of the organization employing the candidate and postmarks enough to send the postal card from Rosobrnadzor (only in cases when the organization employing the candidate acts as the applicant).

For each applicant applying to Rosobrnadzor, an attestation file is opened.

The waiting period for issue of the equivalence certificate or decision on refusal to grant recognition of the qualifications amounts to 4 months.

The waiting period can be extended in cases when:
a request was made to the candidate (applicant) by Rosobrnadzor Department for Scientific Workers and Academic Teaching Staff Attestation on providing the necessary additional or specifying information - for 3 months;
consideration of the attestation case was rescheduled for the next session of the Higher Attestation Commission expert council (due to the absence at the session of experts (expert) in the candidate's field of study or due to the large number of attestation cases submitted for consideration of the expert council before) - 1 month;
the Higher Attestation Commission expert council or Presidium submits the candidate's dissertation to the Dissertation Council for a collective review - for 4 months;
the Higher Attestation Commission expert council or Presidium requests additional materials from the candidate - for 3 months;
the candidate is invited to participate in the session of the Higher Attestation Commission expert council - for 2 months;
a natural or legal person submits a claim that the candidate's documents don't meet the requirements set for the candidates in the Russian Federation - for 3 months (due to the necessity to consider the claim).

If the decision of the Higher Attestation Commission expert council doesn't meet the requirements, the attestation case is transferred to another Higher Attestation Committee expert council and the waiting period is extended due to the partially repetition of the administrative procedure.

More detailed information about the doctoral degrees recognition procedure is given in the The Administrative Order of the Federal Education and Science Supervision Service on Exercising the Public Function of Recognition of Foreign Doctoral Degrees And Academic Titles, that is available on the website of Rosobrnadzor.

The ultimate result of the procedure can be the following:
- issue of the certificate proving the equivalence of the candidate's qualifications (further - equivalence certificate);
- issue of the decision on refusal to grant recognition of the candidate's qualifications.

Contact:
Postal address: 127994, Moscow, ul. Sadovaya-Sukharevskaya, 16, Rosobrnadzor.

Telephone of the Department for Scientific Workers and Academic Teaching Staff Attestation 007 (495) 608-61-21, 007 (495) 608-61-61

The applicant can use the following telephone numbers to receive information about the submission of his/her documents, end of the consideration process or extension of the consideration period:
+7 (495) 608-61-20 (for medicobiological and agrarian sciences);
+7 (495) 608-63-44 (for natural and engeneering sciences);
+7 (495) 608-66-20 (for humanitarian and social sciences).
Oral consultations are given on:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu - from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p. m.,
Fri - from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p. m.,
Lunch break - from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Telephone appointment:
007 (495) 608-61-21

4. Is nostrification required if I am not going to complete a second degree study in Russia and only want to enhance my professional qualifications at the educational stage of the degree I already have? (qualifications upgrade program)

The educational institutions define the admission requirements for the qualifications upgrade programs themselves. As a rule, the citizenship of the student doesn't play any role and the nostrification is not required. It is better to ask about the admission requirements in the educational institution you have chosen for study.

5. I have graduated from a state university in my country and have received a bachelor-diploma in two languages (the diploma supplement is in two languages, too). In my university I was told that it is an international diploma and therefore the nostrification and apostille (or other recognition procedures in Russia) are not required. Is that correct?

Not quite so, apparently you were misled. Rosobrnadzor is only responsible for the state recognized documents. At the present time, bilingual, or international documents as you call, them are not provided for by the Russian legislation. Therefore you have to undergo the nostrification procedure to continue your education in Russia.

Foreign countries


1. Is nostrification of a bachelor-degree awarded in the Baltic states (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) required to study at Russian higher education institutions or is a notarized translation of the diploma into Russian enough?

Currently, the Russian Federation has treaties on mutual recognition of educational qualifications with all former Soviet republics except for the Baltic states, Georgia and Uzbekistan.
Therefore the due legislation and nostrification of you diploma is required.

2. Can it cause any problems concerning nostrification if the higher education institution doesn't exist anymore?

During the expert examination, a request is made on whether the university was accredited and had a license for running education programs at the time when you was awarded the degree. In your case, the request can be made to the national education management agency.

3. In the "Order of Recognition and Determination of Equivalence in the Russian Federation … of 14 April, 2009", article 16 stipulates that documents recognized, in accordance with the treaties on the mutual recognition, as equivalent to the corresponding Russian documents, should be accepted in the educational institutions without the recognition procedure. Does it imply that the nostrification procedure is not necessary and the diploma with its translation should be accepted in aspirantura of the higher education institution I have chosen? (I have completed an international master program)

The article 16 of the Order you are referring to deals with the general education, i.e. primary and secondary education. To enter aspirantura, persons who have obtained higher education qualifications abroad - including citizens of the CIS states - have to submit a certificate proving the equivalence of the foreign diploma to the Russian diplomas issued by the Ministry of General and Professional Education of the Russian Federation. Therefore, the nostrification is needed.

4. Can a degree in medicine be recognized in the Russian Federation if this speciality doesn't exist in the Russian higher education institutions?

When the documents on professional education are submitted, the Federal Education and Science Supervision Service (Rosobrnadzor) determines, if necessary, the closest field of study (speciality, profession) in terms of the meaning and content of the study course, in which such degree can be recognized in the Russian Federation (art. 5 of the Order of Recognition and Determination of Equivalence in the Russian Federation of Foreign Documents on Education (approved by the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science No.128 of 14 April, 2009)

Recognition of high school qualifications


1. Can documents for recognition of the high school qualifications be sent by post (and sent back in the same way)?

You can send the documents by post to the following address: Rosobrnadzor, ul. Shabolovka, 33, Moscow, 117997, with the note "Recognition of foreign documents on education" (Признание ИДО) on the envelope. When sending the documents, don't forget to send both the ORIGINAL and copies of the document as well as an additional application on sending the documents back to the holder (see the section List of documents on the website of Glavekspertzentr)

2. If I want to study at a certain higher education institution in Moscow, shall I contact this university or any other expert centre for issues regarding nostrification?

For issues concerning nostrification, you should contact only Rosobrnadzor or its subordinate organization Glavekspertzentr. Today there are no expert centers that earlier operated in every federal district.
Information on recognition of foreign educational qualifications is available on the website http://new.glavex.ru/nostr/
For more information:
Telephone: (495) 649-80-72 ext. 821
e-mail: fgnu@glavex.ru

3. Is nostrification required if I attended a Russian high school and then received a high school certificate issued by the Ministry of Education of the CIS Republic. What legal acts regulate it?

You refer to a very strange ministry of an even more strange state. Supposed you attended school in one of the CIS countries and want to study at a Russian higher education institution. In this case, the Rosobrnadzor newsletter "On Recognition of Foreign Documents on Basic General and Secondary (Complete) General Education" applies that is published on a yearly basis and provides a list of CIS states with which the Russian Federation has treaties on mutual recognition of foreign documents on education. Holders of documents on general education issued in these states don't have to undergo the recognition procedure and can submit originals of the national documents on general education and their notarized translations into Russian to the admission commissions of the educational institutions.

4. Is nostrification of the certificate of secondary education issued in a CIS republic required? My state and the Russian Federation have adopted treaties on equivalence.

No, it is not required. The Russian Federation has signed treaties on mutual recognition of documents on education. Holders of the documents issued in these states don't have to undergo the recognition procedure and can submit originals of the national documents on general education and their notarized translations into Russian to the admission commissions of the educational institutions. To see the document click here

5. Do I have to legalize the certificate of secondary education issued in an unrecognized state (Transnistria) by gymnasium teaching in accordance with the Russian education standards?

No, you don't. Your certificate will be accepted in the Russian educational institutions.

General questions


1. What documents are required for nostrification in 2010?

Here is the minimum package of required documents:
1. Application to Rosobrnadzor on recognition of the foreign qualifications (is created automatically when the documents are submitted, on the basis of the electronic form , the applicants have to fill in on the website of Glavekspertzentr).
2. Copy of the ID document (passport or other document if there is no passport system in the applicant's country of citizenship) of the applicant and/or the holder of the qualifications, if necessary with the notarized translation into Russian.
3. Original of the duly legalized (if necessary) document on education.
4. Original of the duly legalized (if necessary) diploma supplement, if foreseen by the legislation of the issuing country, with the list of all study courses and disciplines (modules) and their volumes as well as other constituencies of the study process.
5. Copies of the document on education (original and supplement) with notarized translation into Russian (if necessary). Translations should be issued in the same name as written in the entrance visa or the registration in the Russian Federation.

For more information go to the website of Glavekspertzentr - click here

2. I need apostille for my documents on education. What are the costs of the procedure and how long does it take?

In 2010, the cost of the confirmation procedure for documents on education involves only the administration fee. For documents on general education and primary vocational or secondary vocational education, the fee amounts to 300 rubles.
Documents on higher education require an expert examination. The fee for one set of documents (diploma and diploma supplement) amounts to 2996.07 rubles without VAT.
Information on the administrative fees for public services is available on the website of Rosobrnadzor here.
The period of consideration of the document presented for the confirmation and issue of the apostille or issue of the decision on refusal to grant confirmation is not more than one month starting from the date when the application was submitted.

3. Are diplomas of foreign private higher education institutions recognized in Russia?

Yes, if at the time when the state-recognized diploma was issued the higher educational institution had a license for running education programs and your course of studies had a state accreditation.

4. Is any recognition (confirmation) required for the diploma issued by the university of one of the Soviet republics before the collapse of the Soviet Union? (to receive a second degree).

If the diploma was issued before the May 15, 1992, its recognition is not required.
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