Anabin Guide #1 - what is Anabin and why you might need it

Anabin indicates the recognition of your education for study or work in Germany

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What is Anabin?

Anabin is a database of degrees from many countries of the world. The Anabin database provides information for the evaluation of foreign educational certificates and supports authorities, employers and private persons in classifying a foreign qualification in the German education system.

Anabin offers two types of evaluation: academic recognition (for the purposes of studying in Germany) and professional recognition (for the purposes of employment in Germany, including Blue Card employment).

S. also Anabin FAQ (in German). Use Chrome Translator to read them in English or your language.

Hochschulabschlüsse - University degrees

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Institutionen - Institutions

Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang - Qualifications wth university entrance

Why is Anabin evaluation important

The Anabin statement of your degree (example) and the institution (example) is on the list of necessary documents for applying for a national visa. See an example from the EU Blue Card Leaflet (Screenshot 2).

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If you intend to study in Germany, your existing education must also be comparable to the German one. For this you also need two Anabin statements: for your institution and for your degree. If your studies do not (fully) conform to the German education system, a ZAB evaluation is necessary.

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Let's assume you studied programming in India at Calcutta University in West Bengal. The main question is: does Germany recognize the diplomas issued by this particular university?

If you're using Chrome browser, by the right click you can translate the page into English or other language. However, each new page will again be persistently displayed in German. In the end, I decided to keep the German screenshots. Besides you could learn some useful German words ))

Step 1 - go to Anabin, then Institutionen -> Suchen

First of all go to Anabin website. Click on the Institutionen in the upper left corner. (Screenshot 1.1). Then click on Suchen (1.), screenshot 1.2.

Screenshot 1.2 Screenshot 1.2 (Source: Anabin)
Step 2

Click on the Alle Länder (All countries (2), screenshot 2).

Screenshot 2 Screenshot 2 (Source: Anabin)

Now choose the country - in our example it's India. Click on the relevant letter (3) and tick the box near Indien (4). Click on Länderauswahl bestätigen (Confirm country selection (5) screenshot 3).

Screenshot 3 Screenshot 3 (Source: Anabin)
Step 3

Ort Auswahl - the choice of city (6). The process is the same - choose a city, then - Ortsauswahl schliessen (close the city choice (7) screenshot 4).

Screenshot 4 Screenshot 4 (Source: Anabin)

Please note that the names of countries and cities will also be in German (India German: Indien). Also keep in mind that different cities with the same name are possible, e.g. there are two cities named Kolkata (s. figure 6).

Step 4

Alle Institutionstypen (All types of institutions of higher education (8) - there is nothing to change here. The results will be displayed automatically. If not, use the Suche starten buttons to start the search or Suche zurücksetzen to reset the search criteria.

If you don't see your university, take a look at the following result pages (9). In our case, the University of Calcutta is at the top of page 2.

Screenshot 5 Screenshot 5 (Source: Anabin)

Look at the status of H+ (10). The explanation will follow later, but in the meantime click on the plus sign at the beginning of the line (11). A pop-up window with contact information appears. Kontakt - there is no need to explain anything here (screenshot 6).

Screenshot 6 Screenshot 6 (Source: Anabin)
Step 5

To understand the H+ status designation, let's go back. Look at Screenshot 2: to the left of Suchen (1) you will see Info (12). Now you can translate the explanation into English using the Chrom's right click (s.Screenshot 1.1.)

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Click on Info and you will get to the page with explanations. Look at the figure 13 and a bit lower:

"The institutions are grouped together, the so-called "institution types", and provided with a specific "status". The status indicates whether an institution can be considered as university or not. The status of an institution can be H +, H-, and H +/-.

H+ means that the institution is recognized as an university in its home country and is also regarded as a higher education institution in Germany. H- means that the recognition / accreditation in the state of origin is missing and / or that it can not be classified as a university in Germany. H +/- denotes institutions for which no clear statement can be made. This is the case, for example, if certain programs are offered at an institution that belong to the higher education sector, while others are lower or not accredited according to their duration and level. In such cases, the examination of the individual financial statements is required. A look at the comment on the institution type can provide important additional information in this context."

Conclusion

Conclusion: what if the Anabin status H+ or H- or H+/-

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If the status of your university H+ , congratulations, it will not be an issue with the recognition of your diploma!

If the status of your university is H+/-, it means that some faculties are recognized, some are not. Make it clear - contact the Anerkennung in Deutschland.

What to do if the status is H- ? First of all, don't panic :) This issue can be solved withing 1-3 months for about two hundred euro.

Read the article below or just hire Migwork. Send the inquiry below and you' ll receive not binding offer.

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