Information for applicants with foreign study qualifications

Information for applicants with foreign study qualifications

 

Being entered into the faculty's doctorate list is the requirement for admission to the doctorate procedure.

 

For being entered into the doctorate list, applicants with foreign qualifications must apply to the PhD Committee for their qualification to be recognised.

We must check the equivalence of your certificate/ your graduation with a certificate of a German University. For this purpose, please contact the Doctoral office first. 

In case we are not able to find information about your certificate and so cannot attest the equivalence of your certificate/ your graduation, you will need the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen) in Bonn to obtain their opinion about your qualifications.

What needs to be done?

  1. You require a binding commitment from an authorised member of the faculty NT (= supervisor of the thesis/ 'Doktorvater' or 'Doktormutter') in accordance with section 3, para. 7 no. 3 of the doctorate regulations, stating that the supervision of your thesis has been accepted, subject to agreement from the doctorate committee.
  2. In case we could not find information about your certificate your future doctoral supervisor sends the certificates and documents pertaining to your grades (with transcripts of records or a detailed list of subjects) to the Central Office for Foreign Education and asks them to verify that your documents meet the admission requirements for being conferred a doctorate in the relevant subject area.

             Their adress is:

             Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen

             Postfach 2240

             53012 Bonn

optionally you can send an E-Mail with your scanned documents to:

zab(at)kmk.org

You can find a sample request  as a template here.

Final Submission of the application to the doctoral office

Together with your doctoral supervisor, you send an application to the PhD Office for your qualification to be recognised ( and enclose the statement from the Central Office for Foreign Education in Bonn - if necessary).

At the same time, you make the application to be entered into the doctorate list.

Please ensure you enclose all of the documents and certificates listed in our CHECK LIST  with your application.

If all of your documents are present, the doctorate committee will then decide if you are to be entered into the doctorate list. 

 

In every case, the stipulations of the doctorate regulations of the Faculties of Natural Sciences an Technology of January 11, 2007 (Promotionsordnung der Naturwissenschaftlich-Technischen Fakultät vom 11.01.2007 ; English version) and the decisions of the doctorate committee shall be decisive.