Recognition procedure for Cambridge diploma


As a school which prides itself on a curriculum aligned with that of Cambridge University, International School Savremena is the most frequent choice of students. Some of them will continue their education abroad, and the Cambridge diploma will significantly facilitate their academic advancement. However, those who decide to enrol at university in Serbia are required to know what the necessary steps are with regard to the nostrification of this diploma.

What is the recognition procedure for the Cambridge diploma?

This procedure refers to the equation of the Cambridge diploma with the appropriate public document obtained in the Republic of Serbia, aimed at creating favourable conditions for students so they could continue their education in Serbia without any obstacles.

In order for the procedure to be valid, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Collect all necessary documents
  • Every document must bear an Apostille stamp

What do you require?

If you want your school documents to be recognised in Serbia, you need to submit a request to the Administration for Joint Services of the Republic Bodies in person or by registered mail.

In order to initiate the procedure submit the following documents:

  • Original certificates of completion for a year completed, or certificate of completion/diploma of secondary education bearing an Apostille stamp issued by the competent authority of the country in which the document was issued. In our case, it is the original Cambridge University A level diploma.
  • Two translated copies with a stamp of a certified court interpreter of the Republic of Serbia. Both copies must be verified with an original stamp of a certified court interpreter who is obliged by law to issue two copies to the client.

Translations are required for:

  • Gymnasiums of a certain education profile – certificate of completion for the last year completed or certificate of completion for the final year and graduation diploma;
  • Three and four-year vocational schools of a certain education profile - certificate of completion for each year and certificate of completion for the final exam at each educational level;

What is an Apostille?

In order for a document to be recognised, it must bear an Apostille stamp, which confirms the authenticity of the signature, capacity of the signatory of the public document and validity of a seal or a stamp on the document. The Apostille is obtained at a competent court.

The original foreign school document, diploma, or the last grade completed must be certified by an Apostille stamp in the country where the grade or specific level of education was completed, with the exception of countries with which the Republic of Serbia signed individual agreements, including: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Croatia, Iraq, Cyprus, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Montenegro and France.

You can find detailed information about the procedure of recognising foreign school documents HERE.

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