Nostrification is the process of recognising a foreign degree as equivalent to the completion of a regular study programme in Austria. Once nostrified, a degree programme has a status of complete equality to an Austrian degree programme, including the right to carry an Austrian academic title.
For more detailed initial information about nostrification, please arrange an appointment at the office of the director of studies at the University of Graz (Mag. Anna Hutter) for personal consultation. The formal application for nostrification along with all other necessary documents must be submitted to the dean's office responsible.
Please note: It is inadmissible to submit the same application for nostrification at another university in Austria at the same time or after withdrawing the application at the University of Graz (§ 90 (2) Universities Act 2002).
Prerequisites for nostrification
A prerequisite for nostrification is that recognition of the foreign degree is necessarily required for exercise of a profession or for continuation of education in Austria. In the nostrification process, it is examined as to whether an Austrian or equivalent degree is required by law for taking up a professional activity in Austria and on the basis of which (professional) regulations this is required.
Nostrification is only possible if the study programme completed abroad is equivalent to a degree programme of the University of Graz with regard to the outcome of the overall education. Criteria for the review are the content, scope and requirements of the degree programme to be recognised. If equivalency is given in principle and only individual achievements are lacking for full equivalence, it is possible for the university to specify individual examinations as a condition for notification. Once these have been passed, nostrification can be completed.
Please make an appointment via e-mail at the dean's office to submit the required documents. The following documents must be submitted:
- Original passport (will be returned at the time of submission)
- Any documents concerning name changes (e.g., marriage certificate) in the original or certified copy + certified translation
- Curriculum vitae (signed)
- Diploma (original) + certified translation
- Transcript of Records/certificates/module description (original or certified copy) + certified translation
- Bachelor’s/master’s/doctoral/diploma thesis (including 10-page summary in German or English)
- Proof that nostrification is mandatory for the continuation of the professional or educational path in Austria (e.g., confirmation notice of the State board of education, etc.)
- Proof of payment of the nostrification tax in the amount of € 150 (to be transferred after the submission appointment)
Submission of either the original documents or a certified copy of those documents is a requirement, but the award certificate (diploma) must always be submitted in the original. Foreign-language documents must be submitted together with a certified copy. Foreign documents must be duly certified (important information on certification).
Nostrification is issued by the responsible dean of studies in the form of a decision. The decision must specify to which domestic degree the foreign degree corresponds and which domestic academic title the applicant is entitled to in place of the foreign academic title based on the nostrification. The decision must be specified on the certificate presented as evidence of the foreign degree.