A Statement of Comparability cannot be issued in cases of reasonable doubt regarding the authenticity.
The qualification must have been awarded by an institution recognized as a higher education institution according to the principal criteria in the country of origin.
For degrees from countries in which the accreditation of courses is mandatory, the completed course of study must be accredited.
In case of a joint degree involving a German higher education institution, no statement of comparability is required as a German degree has already been awarded.
For degrees acquired on the basis of cross-border cooperation agreements or with the participation of several higher education institutions (known as ‘franchising’), all the institutions involved must be recognized or accredited as higher education institutions pursuant to the law of the country of origin. Furthermore, the quality of the degrees must meet the requirements of all the countries involved and must be in line with the countries’ higher education regulations.