Your right to access higher education in Kosovo if you’ve lived abroad
Let’s say that you’ve accomplished your elementary and secondary schooling in a foreign country but you want to attend the university in Kosovo. The Law on Higher Education provides you the right to apply to one of them, but under certain conditions. You’d have to have completed at least 12 years of schooling and the degree that you earned would have to make you eligible to apply for university in the country where it was issued. So if you can go to university in the foreign country, you can go to university in Kosovo as well. The same stands also if you would want to transfer or attend graduate level studies in Kosovo. You’d need to have your university diploma or transcripts verified by responsible institutions.
The National Academic Recognition and Information Center (NARIC), which is part of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, is responsible authority for recognizing the degree that you received abroad as being an equivalent of a “graduation certificate” (required to apply for university) or a university degree.
The application process is as follows. In the case of the high school diploma, you have to go in person at the NARIC office, pay a €20 fee, show a valid ID and the original copy of your diploma, and then submit the following documents: a completed application form, a verified copy of your original diploma, a verified copy of your transcript, and an authorized translation of both your diploma and transcript.
In case you want to get your university degree recognized, you need the same documents listed above, but you must add the diploma appendix (if applicable) and a translated abstract of your thesis (maximum three pages). NARIC might require other documents in special cases.
NARIC forwards your case to a Committee of Experts and this committee is obliged by law to decide upon the case within four months. The Committee’s decision can be appealed to the Ministry of Education’s Committee for Appeals within 15 days after the decision. The appeal should be addressed to the Appealing Committee of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.