Reservations and Declarations for Treaty No.165 - Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region
Nature of declaration : Authorities
Status as of 21/10/2017
GermanyDeclaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Delegation of Germany to UNESCO, dated 7 December 2007, registered at the Secretariat General of UNESCO on 7 December 2007, and transmitted to the Secretariat General of the Council of Europe by letter dated 12 March 2013, registered at the Secretariat General on 21 March 2013 – Or. Fr.
With reference to Articles II.2 and IX.2 of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region, the Federal Republic of Germany makes the following declaration:
Within the federal system of the Federal Republic of Germany, various bodies are competent for matters of recognition:
– Assessment of foreign diplomas giving access to higher education
It is the higher education institutions that decide, in the context of the admission and/or enrolment procedures, as to the recognition of foreign qualifications held by German, foreign or stateless candidates permitting their entry to higher education. Recognition is limited to the specified course of study. The schemes of assessment published in the database www.anabin.de in the section “Hochschulzugang” (access to higher education) serve as a basis for the decision on recognition. Assessment of foreign qualifications may nonetheless be entrusted to central bodies for the recognition of certificates. The decisions of the bodies for the recognition of certificates, and of the higher education institutions, are acknowledged in all Länder.
– Recognition of unit credits obtained in studies and examinations
This task falls to the higher education institutions. The Framework Act for higher education and the laws of the Länder governing higher education only provide that in order to be validated, these unit credits obtained abroad must be equivalent. The framework regulations for examinations, and the examination regulations of the higher education institutions, contain more detailed information on the certification of equivalence.
In those streams leading to a “State examination” (Staatsexamen), transferable course units are validated by the Land examination services within the purview of the Länder.
In those streams leading to other public examinations/qualifications, transferable course units are also validated by services operating within the purview of the Länder.
In those streams leading to the “ecclesiastical examination” (Kirchliche Prüfung) diploma or to other ecclesiastical qualifications, transferable course units are validated by offices of the churches.
– Assessment of foreign qualifications
The Central Office for Education Abroad (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen - ZAB) has charge of assessing foreign qualifications on behalf of the German higher education authorities and institutions. The ZAB provides relevant information for assessment, particularly via the anabin database, and delivers opinions on individual cases.
– Assessments without a specific object under Article III.1 of the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region
The ZAB is responsible for carrying out Assessments termed “without a specific object” under Article III.1 of the Convention.
The ZAB fulfils the mission of national information centre under the terms of Article IX.2.
Period covered: 07/12/2007 -
Articles concerned : II.2, IX.2