With the DAAD entrance qualification database or anabin database, which is run by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz) – Central Center for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen), you can check whether your degree is accepted in Germany.
However, the anabin list is not complete. Thus, it is possible that your certificate, degree or the institutions where you studied are not listed there. But don’t worry, because it doesn’t mean that your degree is not recognized.
This website is only in German, but we will give you a full guide on how to use it. Let‘s get started!
Step 1: Go to https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html The home page looks like this:
Step 2: Find “Hochschulabschlüsse” on the left and click on it, then you will see:
Step 3: You will see two categories namely “Suchen nach Abschlüssen” and “Suchen nach Abschlusstypen” on the right, which means you can search according to your major and degree. But either way, you have to choose the country where you have got your graduation. You will see the screenshot in the following with the example “suchen nach Abschlüssen”.
English translation : Länder: country; Studienrichtung: study field; Bitte geben Sie einen Suchbegriff ein: Please enter a search term; Suche starten: start research; Suche zurücksetzen: cancel research
Please note that non-Latin languages such as Russian, Arabic, or Chinese are displayed
Step 4: After filling in the information, you will see something like the following screenshot. Here, we take “Chemistry + China” as an example.
Click this “+”, then you will see more information about this subject in your chosen country.
Step 5: The information is displayed in 3 sections, sometimes it can be 4 sections:
Then you can click the “+” on the left for more information about each category.
Step 6: Information on how to classify the respective grades in the German education system (Äquivalenzklasse) can be obtained under "Bewertung" (by tapping on the plus symbol). The classifications are as follows:
Entspricht (corresponds to): There are no significant differences between your degree and the German qualifications.
Gleichwertig (equivalent to): The diploma is formally equal to a German degree
Step 1: Go to https://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html
Step 2: Click on “Institutionen” on the left
Step 3: Search the institution where you received your graduate degree by opening the “Suchen” tab.
Step 4: After clicking on “Suchen”, you will see a table like the one before:
Step 5: After finding your university, open the record and click on “Status” (click on the plus sign on the left side of the table for more details). Then another table will appear:
The institutes may have the following status type: