How to Get a Certificate of Recognition for a Diploma Obtained Abroad in France

Getting a certificate of recognition of your diploma or Attestation de Comparabilité pour un diplôme obtenu à l’étranger” should be in our to-do list when we decide to move here in France considering that their education system is totally different.

certificate of recognition of diploma in France


The bachelor’s degree that you may have would sound like the “bac” or “baccalauréat” in France which can obtained by students after finishing secondary education. It’s like or almost like the NCEE that we had back then in Philippines. So, when I indicated my bachelor’s degree in my curriculum vitae, I was advised to change it for that reason.

To clear things up, I’ve requested for an “Attestation de Comparabilité”. The bachelor's degree that I earned in Philippines was recognized as Master I in France because it's four years of tertiary education. My law degree was also considered as Master I. These are just a few to illustrate the differences.

The certificate of “comparabilité” will not automatically give us work but it is a step to advance our career. It will allow us to pursue higher education in France and to access employment in that particular field. 

The application for the certificate of recognition is handled by the centre ENIC-NARIC (links are listed below). It is not at all complicated since everything is online.
           
STEPS:
1.    You will be asked to pre-register to have your file number or “numéro de dossier” which will be sent to you through email.

2.    Once you receive your numéro de dossier, go to the link indicated in the email and enter the number. Then, you need to fill up the rest of the online form. E.g., purpose, your diploma, your school etc.
***Note: Only 2 diplomas for each application.

3. After providing all the information required, you will be given the list of the requirements that you need to submit. (List of requirements below.)

4.    You can submit the requirements online.

5.   Once you’ve completed filling up the form and submitting your documents, they will send you the “facture” or the bill which you can pay online also. Cost: 70€.

6.    They will send you an email when the certificate is available already.

REQUIREMENTS:

1.   Identity Card/Passport

2.    Diploma

3.   Translation of the diploma if it is in a language other than German, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Italian or Portuguese. One of my diplomas is in Filipino, so I had it translated (accredited translators).

4.   Proof of the duration of your studies.
            - I submitted my Transcript of Records (TOR) since everything is there.

5.    Translation of the proof the duration

6.    Complimentary Documents

*** I had my documents authenticated (red ribboned) by the Department of Foreign Affairs to be sure that they will be accepted even if it wasn’t mentioned.

WAITING TIME:
           
            I submitted my documents on 13 March 2018 and paid it the next day. I got my “Attestation de comparabilité” on 03 April 2018.

Example of the Attestation:
attestation de comparabilite de diplome obtenu a l'etranger france





One could argue that our French language skill is not good enough thus blocking us to pursue our career in France. Well, there are opportunities that would not need C1 level of French like in the digital sector. You don't need perfect French to develop websites because the language is in English. You can refresh your knowledge by getting into some professional trainings or some courses online. I would be talking about that in my next blog.

Obtaining a degree is every parent’s dream for their kids. In the Philippines, we could see in some houses the diplomas of the family members framed on the living room’s wall, well not in our house though because we’re keeping our diplomas mobile. We shouldn’t let our diplomas sleep in our “maleta” because we and our parents work hard for it. 

My two cents: 

I know it's easy to say "pursue your dreams" but there's a thing called reality and we tend to confine ourselves in our comfort zones which might not be the one that we dreamed of. And sometimes we forgot this dream because reality hits us. Nevertheless, we should always leave a room for that dream. So, when we're on our deathbed and a flashback of what we've done in our lives will be shown to us, we could just cast a smile and say "Oh, I've done that." 


LINKS:

Registration page :  https://phoenix.ciep.fr/inscriptions/ . 


Photo: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/young-woman-showing-diploma_2627354.htm

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