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Apply for a certificate evaluation for a foreign university qualification


A certificate evaluation is an official document of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB), which describes a foreign university qualification and certifies its professional and academic use.

A certificate evaluation from the ZAB is intended to make it easier for you to enter the German labour market with a foreign university qualification.

The certificate evaluation states the level of the German educational qualification with which your foreign qualification is comparable and also provides information on the possibilities of continuing your studies, on the legal basis for graduation and on the procedures for professional recognition. No legal claims can be derived from the evaluation of the certificate.

The certificate evaluation will be issued in a short version and in a long version, which you will receive together. The abstract is intended as an attachment to your application documents and is intended to inform the employer or the employment agency at a glance which German qualification your foreign university degree corresponds to. You can use the long version whenever more extensive information is required.

Attention: The certificate evaluation is not a recognition, but a comparative classification.

Binding recognition is particularly necessary if you

  • have a place of residence in Germany and
  • wish to practise a regulated profession.

Your university degree must meet the following requirements in order to be assessed:

  • The diplomas must be officially certified.
  • The degree must have been obtained from an institution that is recognised as a higher education institution according to the relevant criteria of the country of origin.
  • In the case of degrees within the framework of cross-border cooperation or with the participation of several universities (so-called franchising), all participating institutions must be duly recognised or accredited as higher education institutions in accordance with the law of the country of origin. The quality of the degree must meet the requirements of all countries involved in the cooperation and be compatible with the higher education regulations of these countries.
  • In the case of degrees from countries where the accreditation of degree programs is mandatory, the completed degree program must be accredited.

The list of required documents can be found on the ZAB website. The submission of the required documents depends on the country in which you obtained your university degree.

  • For the issuance of the certificate: EUR 200.00
  • For the issuance of each additional certificate in the case of several qualifications: EUR 100.00
  • For the reissue of a certificate (e.g. in case of loss): EUR 100.00

Contact the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

You can submit the application online.

Apply for the assessment using the form provided by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB), which will be sent to you by e-mail after you have filled out and submitted a web form online.

Since the further procedure may vary depending on your country of origin, please inform yourself in advance on the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education.

You will receive the certificate evaluation, which you can attach to your application documents, as a short version and as a long version after

  • your application has been received by the competent authority in its entirety,
  • all the necessary documents are available there and
  • You have paid the fees.

As an applicant with a foreign university entrance qualification, you usually send your application directly to the university where you want to study.

In this case, a certificate evaluation from the Central Office for Foreign Education is not required.

You must submit an application for the recognition of foreign university degrees and professional qualifications. Binding recognition is particularly necessary if you

• have a place of residence in Germany and

• wish to practise a regulated profession.

The Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany have entrusted the ZAB with this task. The ZAB issues certificate evaluations for university degrees from all countries of the world.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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