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 want to immigrate to Germany from a non-EU country to work and need a visa for Germany, such as the Blue Card, you must prove that your foreign academic qualification is equivalent to a German university degree. To provide such proof, you can choose one of the following options:
Positive results in the anabin database
The Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen – ZAB) operates the anabin database, which provides information on the evaluation of foreign educational qualifications and universities. The database is currently available in German.