Start or further your higher education in Germany


Young student or young graduate, do you wish to start higher studies abroad in accordance with what you are studying in your home country? Thanks to this article, you will find out how your wish can be fulfilled in Germany.

Thanks to the Academic recognition system, Germany is one of the first European country that allows foreign students to find the equivalent of their curriculum studied in the home country.

In the case the recognition of your academic qualifications is partial, you will only have to take additional courses that will help you to obtain a final total academic recognition. 

Conditions and procedures

Application for undergraduate studies recognition

You can have access to a German institution of higher education with foreign secondary school-leaving qualifications. To be recognized, your validation degree must be in compliance with the legal provisions in the country in which they were acquired.

If you are an applicant from a Member States of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and if your course of study has been validated in your home country, you can benefit from a direct access to a course of study in Germany.

If you come from third countries, the International student office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) or the registrar's office at the institution of higher education will have to check your level of qualifications acquired to determine if they are enough to give you access to the German institution curriculum. If it is not the case, they will determine if your admission could be made possible thanks to additional courses or an assessment test.

Application for admission to Master's and doctorate degree courses

The International Student office is also responsible for admission to Master's and doctorate degree courses.

 Be careful:

You are not allowed to convert a foreign university degree into a German university degree.

 Good to know:

At the beginning of april 2015, the German government adopted a simplified procedure for European nationals concerning the examination of their academic recognition file. As from 2016, you will be allowed to apply by sending an email.

Post-graduate scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) – DAAD is the main organization that grants scholarships to young graduates in order to help them to finance a course of study for a specific degree in Germany. The Erasmus Mundus Programme, implemented by the European Commission, also provides scholarships for international higher education.

You can have more information about granted scholarships if you contact your school/university or the embassy of Germany situated in your home country.


Take the time to get informed about the scholarships granting conditions as they vary depending on the duration of availability or the area in which you are going to study.

An asset for better employability

Studying for higher education in Germany can definitely be a precious advantage once you have arrived on the German labour market.

Curriculum such as double degrees afford you to get a degree in two different universities from two different countries. 

The ERASMUS Programme offers the possibility for European students to travel abroad in a country of the EEA, the European Economic Area, in order to study abroad for a while and could facilitate your access to a job once your period of study is over.

Subjects that are proposed by German higher education institutions are very diverse and have a good reputation. German courses of study include communication sciences, domestic sciences, economic and social sciences, medicine courses, food-processing courses, music, theatre and many others. Germany is a destination that favors the diversification and the level of your qualifications. Do not hesitate to start a new academic training in Germany, it will be much easier for you to find your fist job there in the future.

 Useful links:

Recognition in Germany
DAAD – The German Academic Exchange Service

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