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Academic degrees, titles and designations of foreign universities lead to


The holding of academic degrees and titles acquired abroad as well as foreign honorary degrees and titles awarded falls within the legislative competence of the Länder and is governed by the national law of the Land in which the degree or title holder is habitually resident.

Do you have an academic degree from a foreign university that you would like to run in Germany (e.B. licencjat, inzener, kandidat-nauk)? If it has been duly awarded by a recognised higher education institution, you can keep it without permission under the conditions specified in the State Higher Education Act. You must then guide it in the given form and indicate the lending institution. If your degree has not been given in Latin script, you may transfer it to the Latin script (transliteration). You can also add the literal German translation in parentheses. They may also carry the foreign degree in short form (with addition of origin) if the keeping of the short form is permitted or customary in the country of origin.

You can do without specifying the lending college if you have earned the degree:

  • within the European Union (EU)
  • within the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • from the European University Institute Florence
  • of the Pontifical Universities

Equivalence agreements and the regulation may contain other favourable special arrangements. However, this requires respect for equivalence agreements concluded with other states and the Regulation regulating the management of foreign higher education degrees (HSchulGrV ST). This is especially true for certain doctoral degrees from Russia, Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada and the USA.

A conversion or reclassification of the foreign degree to the corresponding domestic degree is excluded.

These rules also apply to university titles and university activity designations.

As a degree or title holder, you are responsible for the legally compliant management of the degree, title or university activity title. Consequently, you must independently check whether the legal requirements for the eligibility of your degree, title or university activity title under the HSG LSA are met. You are also responsible for keeping the academic degree, title or university activity title in the permissible form.

As explained above, they do not require any government approval or confirmation to conduct foreign degrees, titles or university activity designations.

However, you may need written information on the conduct of your degree and the relevant legal bases, e.B.

  • Population registration and registry offices,
  • Professional chambers and
  • Professional associations.

Then you can submit an informal application to the Ministry of Science and Economy and submit the necessary documents.

In Saxony-Anhalt, the Ministry of Science and Economics, which is responsible for the title of Saxony-Anhalt, can provide information on the conduct of degrees and titles, as well as on university activity designations and degrees or degrees of honour.

Please contact the Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitisation.

Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitisation
  • Degree at a recognised university abroad
  • Residence in the state of Saxony-Anhalt
  • officially certified copy of the original language certificate, diploma and award certificate
  • officially certified copy of the translation of the original language certificate, diploma and award certificate made by a generally sworn translator/interpreter
  • Copy of identity card or passport
  • in case of name change: corresponding proofs (e.B. copy of the marriage certificate, declaration of name change)
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form

Individual legal advice is subject to a fee. The fees are usually about 80.00 euros. They are determined depending on the processing effort.

There are no deadlines to be observed.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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