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Providing proof of secondary and higher education qualifications

Recognition of secondary and higher education qualifications

If you would like to study in Germany, you will need a university entrance qualification. You can check the DAAD database on admission requirements to find out whether the qualifications from your country of origin are sufficient for enrolment, or whether you need to take further exams in order to be accepted. You can use My GUIDE to check whether your qualifications are enough for your preferred courses of study and to create your own list of courses.

German Abitur (highest school leaving qualification)/DIAP

The German Abitur or the German International Abitur (DIAP) provides you with direct access to German universities: Your school leaving certificate is recognised as equivalent in Germany.

You do not have any recognised secondary school qualifications? The Studienkolleg will help

Even if the qualifications from your country of origin do not meet the requirements of a German university entrance qualification, you still have the opportunity to study in Germany. You may complete a preparatory course for international students prior to your studies. This course will include language lessons and specific subjects adapted to your preferred course of study. The course usually takes one year to complete. If you pass the assessment test, you will receive a subject-related university entrance qualification. You will find more information on the Studienkolleg website in Germany. 

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International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) / Mixed Language International Baccalaureate Diploma (GIB):

You can also study at a German university with the International Baccalaureate. The IB is recognised as a university entrance qualification in Germany if the requirements of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) are met.

Due to its high amount of German content, the GIB entitles students to access universities in Germany without restrictions

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