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Foreign school leaving certificate; application for recognition

The recognition of school achievements obtained abroad is limited to the recognition of school-leaving qualifications. Under certain conditions, these can be equated with a German school-leaving qualification.

Description

The Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle for the Free State of Bavaria is the Bavarian state office for the evaluation of certificates for non-Bavarian school-leaving qualifications: as proof of the higher education entrance qualification, the advanced technical college entrance qualification, an intermediate school-leaving qualification or the successful secondary school leaving qualification. The notices are issued on behalf of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Bavarian pupils who wish to obtain a university entrance qualification abroad should definitely seek advice beforehand from the Certificate Recognition Office on the conditions which must be met for subsequent recognition of the certificate in Germany in accordance with the assessment guidelines of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK). There is no official recognition procedure for achievements from a school career that has not yet been completed. The classification of pupils who have not yet completed their school career and who wish to continue it at a German school is decided by the respective school management in consultation with the relevant school authority - as a rule following a trial lesson.

Required documents

  • Required document, Bavaria-wide: School certificates or diplomas either as (foreign-language) original documents or as officially certified photocopies of the (foreign-language) original documents

    • In particular cases, presentation of the school certificates or diplomas exclusively as (foreign-language) original documents may be necessary.
    • Official authentications bearing an official seal can be obtained e.g. from a notary public or municipal administration office.
    • School certificates or diplomas drafted neither in the German, English or French language and writing also require a translation. The translation must be made by a court-certified, publicly appointed and officially accredited and translator and submitted as an original document. German translations made in a foreign country must have been legalized by the German Embassy in that country or by a German consulate.

  • Required document, Bavaria-wide: A photocopy of the person's identity card or passport containing the personal data and, where applicable, a photocopy of the change-of-name certificate

    If you have more than one nationality, be sure to specify all of your nationalities and to submit one (1) photocopy of each of your passports. Ethnic German repatriates are additionally obliged to prove their status by presenting their displaced person's certificate or repatriate's certificate either as an original document or an officially certified photocopy.

  • Required document, Bavaria-wide: Specification of a contact address in the Federal Republic of Germany (if possible)
  • Required document, Bavaria-wide: personal data sheet

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Bewertung von Bildungsnachweisen [File format: pdf]

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Application Form [File format: pdf]

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

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Status: 19.05.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Landesamt für Schule

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