Frequently Asked Questions
Which documents do I need to submit?
Follow the recommendations in the information portal on foreign education qualifications at anabin.kmk.org (in German) or in the DAAD admission database at https://www2.daad.de/deutschland/nach-deutschland/voraussetzungen/en/57293-database-on-admission-requirements/. Also, take note of the country-specific information in our recognition process brochure. If you are unsure whether a document is relevant for your evaluation, submit it as well.
Where can I find information on certified translations?
If you do not have a German or English version of any of your documents, we require a certified translation in addition to the original document. You can find a list of certified translators in the database maintained by state justice administrators at www.justiz- dolmetscher.de. You can find further information and/or a list of translators via the consular services web pages of German diplomatic missions.
I cannot remember exactly when I started or finished school.
We need to know the complete duration of your schooling. However, you do not have to specify these to the day. For example, if you began school/studying in September 2000, enter “01.09.2000.”
What do I enter into the fields for highest and lowest grade?
The highest or maximum grade is the highest possible grade that can be awarded for an individual examination. The lowest grade is the minimum that can be awarded while still passing the exam. Generally, these are indicated in the grade scale on your degree certificate. If your documents do not display a grade scale, you will need to submit additional confirmation from your educational institution.
I already have preliminary review documentation (VPD) / an evaluation result from uni-assist e.V.
Preliminary review documentation (VPD) issued by Universität Hamburg and evaluation results for other universities will continue to be accepted by Universität Hamburg. You do not need resubmit an application for recognition. Have you completed some coursework or other academic achievement in the meantime?
If so, a follow-up assessment may be useful at Universität Hamburg.
I missed the application period. Can I apply at Universität Hamburg anyway?
To apply to Universität Hamburg, you need to have your foreign education certificates recognized. If you have an endorsement of recognition from a grade recognition office of the federal German states, from another German state university, preliminary documentation or an evaluation report from uni-assist e. V., or an APS certificate or 211 confirmation, you may apply directly to Universität Hamburg.
Be aware that these documents do not provide a converted grade, and you must therefore apply to Universität Hamburg with the lowest possible grade.
Can I use the endorsement of recognition from Universität Hamburg to apply to other universities?
No. Unfortunately, the endorsement of recognition is only valid for applications to Universität Hamburg. If you would like to apply to the Studienkolleg Hamburg or another university, you must follow the recognition process of the institution in question.
I am having technical difficulties.
The recognition portal is currently under development. The beta version may have longer loading
times. If the portal does not respond, restart the recognition wizard. Your data will not be lost. If you
have any further questions, contact www.uni-hamburg.de/int.