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Recognition of Degrees and Achievements

A degree which has been acquired abroad is not automatically recognized in Germany. Please contact the admistration office of your doctoral program for more information and assistance as recognition of your degree is part of the Acceptance procedure.

General Information

The Federal Republic of Germany has made bilateral “Agreements on Equivalences in the Field of Higher Education” with a number of foreign countries. These agreements regulate the recognition of studies, examinations, and degrees and the public use of foreign academic degrees and titles. For more information about the rules and regulations, see the following websites:

Department for recognition of foreign degrees (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen - in German)

Kulturminister Konferenz (Some information and glossary of terms in English)

Researchers in Motion (EURAXESS)

Gateway to Recognition of Qualifications (ENIC-NARIC)

You may also get assistance in Berlin at the Berlin Administration Department for Education, Science and Research (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung):


Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung in Berlin

Frau Heidemarie Buchert – IV A5

Beuthstr. 6-9, 10117 Berlin

14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 9026 6929


Webpage (in German): Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung