Please note that we can only accept international documents if they have been either issued in German or English language or translated into one of these two languages. In case the documents you would like to submit have been issued in another language, you need to submit a translation of the relevant documents in German or English in addition to the copy of the original certificate. Please note that any certificates and Transcripts of Records listing the grades of your coursework and examinations must be translated by a sworn translator.
We have many applicants holding an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
Provided that the subjects, the level, and the grading system, etc. comply with our regulations, the IB diploma will be recognized as a valid university entrance qualification.
The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz, KMK) has issued a document outlining the guidelines for recognition of the IB diploma. This information is only available in German.
Here, you can check whether your IB diploma is considered equivalent to a German university entrance qualification.
If you do not have received your IB diploma by the application deadline, you can apply using your provisional transcript of grades. Alternatively, as IB results are usually published online in early July, you can provide us with access to your results website as a form of proof. If you want to do so, just include a screenshot of your results with your application and give us your log-in details (personal code and pin) so that we can verify the results.
The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level / Advanced Subisidiary Level is a school-leaving certificate that is accepted as a university entrance qualification in Germany.
However, in order for an A-Level to be recognized as university entrance qualification, it has to meet certain criteria. The Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, ZAB) in Bonn, Germany, provides information in German on the recognition of A-Level certificates.
Some international school-leaving certificates are not sufficient for direct admission to higher education in Germany. In these cases, you will have to first attend a Studienkolleg for one year and then take an assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung).
We cooperate with the Studienkolleg at Heidelberg University. However, you can still apply to the University of Mannheim, if you have passed your assessment test at a different Studienkolleg. Please make sure that your assessment test is valid for all universities or higher education institutions in Germany.
For your application to the University of Mannheim please submit both the certificate of the assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung) certifying the eligibility of an international applicant to attend a German higher education institution and your respective international school-leaving certificate.
If you are not sure whether your assessment test can be recognized, please do not hestate to contact us at email@example.com
If you wish to apply for a bachelors degree course at the University of Mannheim, and you are not sure whether your educational background can be considered a University Entrance Qualification in Germany please visit the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) in Bonn, Germany.
Under “Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang” you may find information regarding foreign University Entrance Qualifications and their equivalent in Germany.
Applicants who obtained their university entrance qualification or degree in China, India or Vietnam, must also provide the original version of the APS Certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Center (Akademische Prüfstelle) in the corresponding country.
Applicants who have completed their university entrance qualification in Italy must submit, in addition to the school leaving certificate, the annual reports of the last two school years together with a translation into German or English. If the school leaving certificate is not yet available, it is possible to apply with a document issued by the school, stating that you have completed your “Esame di maturità”. The official “Diploma di maturità” must be submitted subsequently in case of admission.