Application with foreign educational certificates

An academic education in accordance with the requirements of the doctoral regulations entitles the holder to a doctorate at a doctoral center. Whether this entitlement is given is checked in advance by uni-assist for an application fee. The criteria for this are uniformly defined in Germany and are based on the requirements of the Central Office for Foreign Education in Bonn and the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art. In its anabin database, the ZaB publishes information on the assessment of international certificates of education (currently only available in German).

Application to uni-assist

The procedure comprises several steps:

1. Information on the procedure of obtaining a doctoral degree at the doctoral center and preparation of the application for acceptance using the given templates and instructions.

2. Compiling copies of the required documents:

  • Application for acceptance
  • Copy of passport
  • 1st university degree (bachelor's or diploma) with credits (subject and grade overviews, credits or ECTS points)
  • 2nd university degree (Master) with performance records (subject and grade overviews, credits or ECTS points)
  • Language proficiency certificate: German language test for admission to higher education for foreign study applicants (DSH) with at least level 3 or alternatively for the English language a language certification comparable to TOEFL with at least 80 points IBT.

3. Certification and translation of the relevant documents. Original certificates that are not issued in English or German must be translated by a sworn translator.

4. Application in the online portal My assist.

5. Processing costs are incurred for the examination of the application documents.

6. After payment of the processing costs and successful transmission of the application in the online portal My assist, the documents must be sent to uni-assist by mail.

7. Submission of the application for acceptance with the same documents digitally and by mail to the office of the doctoral center.