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The town of Shakhty, the Rostov region, 85-B Pobeda Revolutsii Str., 3rd floor, office 5

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Acceptance and Identifying Equivalence of the Foreign Educational Documents to the Russian Ones

In every country there is a unique system of education. In Russia, for example, the status of the primary education have schools, lyceums, gymnasiums; the status of secondary professional education have professional lyceums and colleges; the status of the higher education have Institutes, Universities and Academies. At the same time in the USA and some other countries college in its status prevails even Institute and University. This order doesn’t depend on whether it is state or private. So, if you decided to continue education in Russia you need to undergo the procedure of acceptance of your foreign educational documents and identification their equivalence to the Russian ones. That is necessary as the difference in study can be substantial. Here we can distinguish the number of months, years, auditoriums,

list of disciplines, form of control (test, examination, interlocution, colloquium (oral test) and so on), form of rating (scores, marks (grades) and so on), number of class periods, and, at last, — type of the educational document (school certificate, diploma) and etc.


For the near abroad countries

If you studied in the territory of the former republics of the USSR you needn’t undergo the given procedure as the Russian Federation has a convention of the mutual recognition of the educational documents concluded with all the republics except Uzbekistan.

For the far abroad countries

If you decided to continue your education and get it in the territory of the Russian Federation first it is necessary to legalize documents in the country where they have been issued.


Legalization – is authentication of the signatures and competence of the officials who have signed the document (it is affirmed that the signature is authentic) and also certifying the authenticity of the seals and stamps stitched the document (in other words that the document is not faked)


There are two types of legalization: apostille and consular legalization. If the country, issuing the document is included into Hague Convention the stamp of apostil is enough to be imprinted on educational document in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (or Mayor's office (city Hall/town Hall) just to imprint the stamp there. Then certify it in the Embassy of the Russian Federation.


The procedure of acceptance and identifying of the foreign educational documents in Russia is performed by FSBSI «Glavexpertcentr» which is located in Moscow. This is the only one in Russia Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution authorized by Federal Supervision Service in the area of science and education (Rosobrnadzor) for carrying out such a procedure.


In the city of Rostov-on-Don there is Consulting and Monitoring Center for International Education under Donskoy State Technical University which render assistance in preparation of the package of documents intended for undergoing the procedure of acceptance and identifying the equivalence of the foreign educational documents. There execute express analysis, authentication and check of the content of the international documents package and after that they forward it to FSBSI  «Glavexpertcentr» for obtaining the official recognition and approval in the territory of the Russian Federation.


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