Recognition of qualifications

Working in Europe | Recognition of diplomas | Germany

The question of admission to universities and research institutions in Germany is not usually as relevant for academics as it is for students.  Enrolment at a German university is only necessary if you are intending to take a doctorate or another university degree in Germany. Enrolment is only possible if the original school leaving certificate you present is equivalent to the German "Abitur".

As a rule, the universities themselves and their administrative and examination offices etc. are responsible for the recognition and crediting of academic qualifications. Please ask the university you are planning to enrol in whether there are any agreements between your own institution and the host university governing the recognition of qualifications (existing agreements can be accessed on the anabin database under "Akademische Anerkennung"). With reference to courses regulated by the state, the responsibility for recognising qualifications lies with the relevant state examination offices. Visit the website of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and see Anerkennung im Hochschulbereich (Recognition of university qualifications) for more detailed information.

In some cases, research activity is coupled with practical professional work. Please note that in Germany, some professions are subject to special legal regulations which have to be fulfilled if you wish to practice your profession in Germany. On the anabin database under "Informationen über Anerkennungs- und Beratungsstellen in Deutschland" (Responsible authorities in Germany), you will a list of regulated professions in Germany. Applications to have permission granted should be made as soon as possible and, in any case, before entering Germany. Visit the website of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and see Anerkennung im beruflichen Bereich (Recognition of professional qualifications) for more detailed information.

 

Further information

  • Central Office for Foreign Education
    The Central Office for Foreign Education is the central point in Germany for evaluating foreign qualifications. This includes school and vocational qualifications, as well as university qualifications.
    Kultusministerkonferenz
  • Recognition in Germany
    This portal provides up-to-date information on the legal basis and procedure for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications and on the authorities that are responsible for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad.
    Anerkennung in Deutschland
  • Anabin
    The anabin database documents the education systems of about 180 countries and provides information on institutions of higher education, types of degree and degrees, as well as extensive background information.
    Anabin
  • NARIC
    Network of National Academic Recognition Information Centres in the member states of the European Union, the countries of the European Economic Area and the associated countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Cyprus
    European Commission