The governments signatory hereto, being members of the Council of Europe,
Considering that one of the objects of the Council of Europe is to pursue a policy of common action in cultural and scientific matters;
Considering that this object would be furthered by making the intellectual resources of members freely available to European youth;
Considering that the university constitutes one of the principal sources of the intellectual activity of a country;
Considering that students who have successfully completed their secondary school education in the territory of one member should be afforded all possible facilities to enter a university of their choice in the territory of other members;
Considering that such facilities, which are also desirable in the interests of freedom of
movement from country to country, require the equivalence of diplomas leading to admission
Have agreed as follows:
Each Contracting Party shall, within a year of the coming into force of this Convention, provide the Secretary General of the Council of Europe with a written statement of the measures taken to implement the previous article.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall communicate to the other Contracting Parties the information received from each of them in accordance with Article 2 above and shall keep the Committee of Ministers informed of the progress made in the implementation of this Convention.
For the purpose of this Convention:
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite any State which is not a member of the Council to accede to this Convention. Any State so invited may accede by depositing its instrument of accession with the Secretary General of the Council, who shall notify all the Contracting Parties thereof. As regards any acceding State, this Convention shall come into force on the date of the deposit of its instrument of accession.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed the present Convention.
Done at Paris, this 11th day of December 1953, in English and French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatories.