This guide explains step by step how to use the anabin database.
If you have a foreign academic qualification and want to work in a regulated profession (e.g. as a doctor or lawyer) in Germany, you need to have your foreign academic qualification recognised. In our sections “Who needs recognition” and “Recognition procedure”, you will find detailed information on this matter.
You do not need the recognition certificate if you want to work in an academic, non-regulated profession, such as computer scientist, mathematician or economist. If you wish to immigrate from a third country in order to work in Germany, and you require a work visa, such as the EU Blue Card, you must provide proof of your foreign higher education qualification being comparable to a German higher education qualification. To provide such proof, you can choose one of the following options.
Positive results in the anabin database
The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) operates the anabin database, which provides information on the evaluation of foreign educational qualifications and universities. The database is currently available in German.