Recognition of qualifications for the purpose of education
Recognition of higher education for the purpose of second cycle studies, post-graduate non-degree studies, doctoral studies and initiating doctoral proceedings in Poland
Recognition of foreign academic degrees for the purpose of habilitation procedure in Poland
The degree obtained in another country can be recognised as equivalent with an appropriate Polish scientific degree on the basis of an international agreement or – if there is no such agreement – by way of nostrification.
Nostrification is a procedure of comparing foreign educational qualifications to their Polish equivalents. Authorities entitled to carry out nostrification are units of higher education institutions entitled to award academic degrees of ‘doctor’ and of ‘habilitated doctor’ in a given field.
A person applying for the initiation of habilitation proceedings in Poland may be exempted from nostrification provided that he/she holds a scientific degree conferred in a country being party to the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. The decision on exemption belongs to the council of an organizational unit in which the degree holder applies for initiating the habilitation proceedings.