Foreign school leaving certificate; application for recognition

As a certificate recognition body, the State Office for Schools is responsible for evaluating general education school-leaving certificates obtained outside Bavaria. This procedure is free of charge.

Description

The Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle at the Bavarian State Office for Schools is the Bavarian state office for the evaluation of certificates for non-Bavarian general education school-leaving qualifications: as proof of higher education entrance qualification, advanced technical college entrance qualification, intermediate school leaving certificate or successful secondary school leaving certificate.

Bavarian students who wish to obtain a university entrance certificate abroad should definitely seek advice in advance from the certificate recognition office on the conditions that must be met for subsequent recognition of the certificate in Germany in accordance with the evaluation 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 placement of students who have not yet completed their school career and wish to continue it at a German school is decided by the respective school administration in consultation with the responsible school authority - usually following a trial lesson.

Required documents

  • Certificate of the Bavarian educational institution (e.g. university, vocational school or secondary school) about the necessity of the certificate recognition
  • Certificates in officially certified photocopy of the (foreign language) original

    • Official certifications with official seal can be obtained in Germany e.g. at notary's offices or at the municipal administration.
    • In individual cases, it may be necessary to submit the certificates exclusively in the (foreign language) original; you will receive a separate message if necessary.
    • In the case of certificates that are not written in German, English or French, a translation is also required.
    • This must have been done by a publicly appointed and sworn translator and must be submitted as an officially certified photocopy.
    • German translations made abroad must have been legalized in third countries by the German embassy or by a German (general) consulate.

  • Photocopy of ID card or passport (photo page only - serial numbers and photo may be blacked out) and, if applicable, a single photocopy of a name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate).

    • If you have more than one nationality, please indicate this and enclose a photocopy of each of your passports.
    • (Spät-)Aussiedler/innen prove their status by submitting an officially certified photocopy of the expellee ID or the Spätaussiedler certificate.

  • Specification of a contact address in the Federal Republic of Germany (if possible)
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with detailed information on school years and grades attended and, if applicable, periods of study (subject, duration of study, university)

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Bewertung von Bildungsnachweisen (deutsch)
    Please note

    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
    Please note

    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.

Links to more information

  • Allgemeinbildende Schulabschlüsse

    Als Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle ist das Landesamt für Schule zuständig für die Bewertung von allgemeinbildenden Schulabschlüssen, die außerhalb Bayerns erworben wurden.

Status: 14.09.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Landesamt für Schule

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