Recognition of diplomas

All foreign certificates and diplomas must be legalized in Poland.

Foreign document related to one’s educational background are recognized in Poland:

  • by virtule of international agreements concerning education recognition or
  • by official recognition

If the country, where the document was issued, has signed the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, legalization is replaced by Apostille attached to the documents.

Legalization/Apostille is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine.

Legalization or Apostille is required for the application process. Without it, the candidate’s educational documents are not valid in Poland. The legalization is done by the Polish Consul, therefore a candidate needs to contact the Polish Embassy in his/her country. Non-legalization documents will not be accepted and validated in Poland.

The list of countries-members of the Convention along with addresses of authorities issuing Apostille is available on the following website:

The diploma should also include information about it giving a candidate the right to study in higher education institutions in the country where it was issued. Such confirmation is to be obtained in Polish Consulate as well or can be issued in the Ministry of Education of the given country.