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 university entrance qualification, 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 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Specification of a contact address in the Federal Republic of Germany (if possible)
  • personal data sheet

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Bewertung von Bildungsnachweisen
    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: 30.06.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Landesamt für Schule

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