Recognition of Foreign Education Certificates

Recognition of Foreign Education Certificates

Education certificates issued in foreign countries must be registered with the Russian Ministry of Science and Education in order to confirm the level of completed education necessary for admission to TUSUR. Originals of education certificates undergo the recognition and validation procedure in accordance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention. Foreign education certificates must be submitted to the Federal State Scientific Institution GlavExpertCenter at: 33 Shabolovka str., Moscow

For the purposes of admission to Russian universities, state-recognized certificates of secondary education issued by educational institutions of the following countries are accepted without the recognition procedure: Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Abkhazia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, South Ossetia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine. The Certificate of Secondary Education issued in Turkmenistan is accepted as the equivalent of the Russian Certificate of (Complete) Secondary Education provided that the duration of training was no less than 10 years. If the training was no less than 9 years long, the Certificate of Secondary Education issued in Turkmenistan is accepted as the equivalent of the Russian Certificate of Compulsory Education.

The recognition and validation procedure is not required for any certificates of education issued in Belarus and for foreign certificates of education accepted by Russian universities subject to Government Decree # 668 d/d 04.11.2003.

Applicants must submit the following documents to the GlavExpertCenter:

  • application to the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science of the Russian Federation;
  • original certificate of education that is subject to recognition in Russia, official transcript to the certificate of education (if Russia has no legal assistance treaty with the country of issue, the original must be legalized via an apostil or undergo the procedure of consular legalization;
  • notarized Russian translation of the certificate of education and its official transcript (if the document is accompanied by a Russian duplicate (and bears a seal), no translation is required, only a notarized copy of the document must be submitted; the copy can be notarized by either a Russian or foreign notary, provided that Russia holds a legal assistance treaty with the corresponding country);
  • copy of their passport (mandatory in all cases; if the passport was not issued in Russia and is not accompanied by a Russian duplicate, the copy must be supplemented with a duly notarized Russian translation);
  • change of name document (if the diploma features the premarital name of the applicant, it should be accompanied either by a notarized copy of the marriage certificate or by the original marriage certificate and its non-notarized copy; if the marriage certificate is issued in a language other than Russian, it should be accompanied by a notarized Russian translation; if the applicant name is changed due to any reason other than marriage, a document issued by the competent authority confirming the change of name must be submitted).

As established by the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, issuance of certificates of validation and recognition of foreign education certificates is subject to a state duty at the rate of 4 000 rubles per one document.

All information on the recognition procedure and application forms can be found on the website of FSSI GlavExpertCenter.

Foreign applicants frequently inquire about notarization of powers of attorney, copies and translations of documents. Please note that the Russian Federation holds international legal assistance treaties with many foreign countries. Notarization of copies, translations and powers of attorney are the subject matter of the civil law and are therefore regulated by the legal assistance treaties applicable to civil cases. All such treaties are published on the official website of the Ministry of Justice.

To see whether notarization made in your country will be recognized in Russia, check the corresponding section on the website of the Ministry of Justice. If there is a (civil) treaty in force, notarization made in your country will be sufficient; if there is no such treaty in force, legalization will be required. Please read more here to learn about legalization (apostil and consular legalization).

Please note that legal assistance treaties release applicants from the obligation to legalize documents, but the documents must be translated into Russian in all cases. No translation into Russian is required only if the documents and notarized certificates are fully duplicated in Russian.

Prospective students can submit their documents for preliminary assessment for necessity of legalization in the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Please read the document below to learn more about the procedure.

Regulations on consulting services and preliminary assessment of foreign certificates of education and (or) qualifications for necessity of legalization of such foreign certificates of education and (or) qualifications in Russia in the Federal Service for Supervisions in Education and Science.

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