Recognizing International University Entrance Qualifications

The information provided on this page is for German applicants who hold an international university entrance qualification and for German or international applicants with an OIB or AbiBac qualification
Do you have a qualification that isn’t included here? Separate information on applying is provided for citizens from countries
within the EU/EEA or outside of the EU/EEA.

German applicants who took the Abitur abroad usually need to submit a document which recognizes their qualification as equivalent to a qualification issued in Germany. In Baden-Württemberg, the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart is responsible for recognizing qualifications. We also accept qualifications that have been certified by a Department of Evaluation and Recognition for Certificates of Education in another Land. 

It is important that the document confirms that your international qualification is equivalent to a German university entrance qualification. It must also include a converted grade and the date of the qualification.

Don’t forget to include copies of your international university entrance qualification and the document that recognizes your qualification as equivalent to a German qualification with your application.

If your university entrance qualification is not sufficient for admission to a program at the University of Mannheim, this must be clearly indicated in the document that recognizes your qualification as equivalent to a German qualification. If this applies to you, we will enroll you at the Studienkolleg Heidelberg if your application to the University of Mannheim is successful.

Common International University Entrance Qualifications

You can find information on the common international university entrance qualifications below. If your qualification is not included here and you are looking for advice, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

    In order for the IB to be recognized as a university entrance qualification, it has to fulfill certain criteria. The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany has published information, in German, on recognizing the IB diploma. You can use this information to check whether your qualification is considered equivalent to a German university entrance qualification.

    If you do not have 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. Just include a screenshot of your results and give us your log-in details (personal code and pin) so that we can verify the results in your application.

    German applicants who hold an International Baccalaureate need to submit their IB diploma and a document from a Department of Evaluation and Recognition for Certificates of Education (for example the Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart) which recognizes the IB as a university entrance qualification (see above). If you only have a transcript of grades you need to upload a provisional recognition of your IB.

  • The European Baccalaureate

    The European Baccalaureate is accepted as a university entrance qualification in Germany. Upon request, the European Schools can issue a letter containing an average grade based on the German grading system. This letter must be submitted with your European Baccalaureate diploma.

    A document from the Regierungspräsidium which recognizes your qualification as equivalent to a German qualification is therefore not required.

  • AbiBac and Baccalaureat Franco-Allemand

    Both the AbiBac and the Baccalaureat Franco-Allemand are degrees that are fully recognized in both countries as university entrance qualifications without having to apply for equivalence first.

    When applying, you must submit all documents concerning the university entrance qualification, i.e.

    • the respective diploma with individual grades – the “Releve de notes” or the table of grades
    • as well as the certificate of the German Abitur. This is either integrated into the certificate or is issued as a separate document. It is important that it confirms the equivalence to the German university entrance qualification (individually for the applicant) and shows the German average grade.

    A document from the Regierungspräsidium which recognizes your qualification as equivalent to a German qualification is not required.

  • Option Internationale du Baccalaureate (OIB)

    You need to submit your OIB diploma with the relevé des notes and confirmation from the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) that you have obtained a German university entrance qualification which also indicates your average grade.

    A document from the Regierungspräsidium which recognizes your qualification as equivalent to a German qualification is not required.

To complete your online application correctly enter your converted average grade and select Ausland (allgemeine beziehungsweise fachgebundene) Hochschulreife. When asked to provide your individual grades, enter “n” in the boxes. 

Claudia Dörr

Claudia Dörr

University of Mannheim
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68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181–1199
Fax: +49 621 181–1229
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