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Information for German Applicants with Foreign School-Leaving Certificates

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If you

  • are a German citizen,
  • have a school-leaving certificate earned in a foreign country,
  • and wish to study at the University of Freiburg,


you will need to have your foreign school leaving certificate recognized at an office for the recognition of foreign qualifications (Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle). The office will check whether you have university entrance qualification in Germany and which fields you may study at German universities. In some cases, it may be necessary to take a preparatory course at a Studienkolleg. The University of Freiburg cannot perform this service for you!

You cannot apply for admission to the University of Freiburg until you have a certificate from an office for the recognition of foreign qualifications. Please note that the recognition process can take time. It is thus advisable to send your foreign school leaving certificate to the recognition office as early as possible if you are planning on applying for admission to a German university.

In all other respects, you are subject to the same regulations for applications and the same admissions procedures as other German applicants (with a German Abitur). If your native language is not German, however, you will also need to pass a language test (e.g., DSH or TestDaF).

The office for the recognition of foreign qualifications responsible for recognizing your certificates is located at the Ministry of Education of the state in which you have residency.

If you are currently living in Baden-Württemberg or abroad, please contact the Regional Administrative Authority in Stuttgart. The address is:

Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Schule und Bildung
Anerkennungsstelle
Postfach 103642
70031 Stuttgart.

The website of the Regional Administrative Authority in Stuttgart provides a list of all supporting documents you will need to submit to have your certificates recognized.