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Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications


Important Notice:

The ZAB is currently migrating its database for the processing of Statements of Comparability to a new system. This may cause a temporary delay in the processing of applications.

Thank you for your understanding!


What is a Statement of Comparability?

The Statement of Comparability is an official document issued by the "Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen" (Central Office for Foreign Education – ZAB) that describes the foreign higher education qualification, its professional and academic usage.

The ZAB Statement of Comparability can facilitate access to the German labour market for holders of foreign higher education qualifications. It is a comparative assessment but not a recognition certificate.

What Information is included in the Statement of Comparability?

The Statement specifies the German qualification to which your foreign qualification is comparable and provides information on the options for continuing your studies, the legal basis of the use of academic degrees and the procedure of professional recognition. The Statement does not give rise to a legal claim.

The Statement is issued in a long and a short version. Both versions will be sent to you together. The short version is intended for use as an enclosure to your application documents and supplies information for the employer or employment agency on the comparability of your higher education qualification to a German degree. You can use the long version whenever more detailed information is required.

For which Qualifications does the ZAB issue Statements of Comparability?

Statements of Comparability are issued for higher education degrees obtained world-wide. The ZAB does not provide Statements for incomplete higher education courses or courses not assigned to the field of higher education.

Statements of Comparability cannot be issued for school certificates.


Detailed information can be found here:

Contact

Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB)
im Sekretariat der Kultusministerkonferenz
Graurheindorfer Straße 157
53117 Bonn
Germany
(Postfach 2240, 53012 Bonn)

Please note that the ZAB offices are not open to the public. Therefore we are not able to receive visitors.
If you have any questions about Statements of Comparability you can contact us via:

Email:

Tel:

Mon, Tues, Thurs:
Fri:

zabservice@kmk.org (Please let us know your registration number if you already have one.)

+49 (0)228 501-664

10:00-12:00 / 14:00-15:00
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