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Academic Document Review at TH Köln

Spanischlehrer schreibt an eine Tafel (Image: Costa Belibasakis/FH Köln)

German applicants as well applicants from EU/EEA member states who obtained their HEEQ abroad and want to apply to a Bachelor's program with restricted admission are required to submit their academic documents to TH Köln for review. TH Köln will then determine if your secondary education is equivalent to the German 'Abitur' or 'Fachhochschulreife'.

Application with foreign certificates for a bachelor's degree programme with restricted admission

The following information is only valid for German citizens and other EU/EEA citizens as well as individuals applying under the same regulations in accordance with sect. 2 of the Regulation on the allocation of study places in North Rhine-Westphalia with a foreign Higher Education Entrance Qualification as well as for foreign applicants with foreign certificates who already have a German university degree  who wish to apply for a Bachelor's program with restricted admission.

Please note that you need to submit your documents for review as well as apply through our online application platform by the application deadline for Bachelor's programs with restricted admission.

The application deadline is

  • January 15 for applications for the summer semester
  • July 15 for applications for the winter semester

Relevant is the date of receipt at TH Köln, not the date of the postmark. Only complete applications will be considered.

Which documents do I need to submit?

If you have already had your documents reviewed by TH Köln, uni-assist, a different German university or an official certification institution, it is sufficient for you to mail the results of this document review to TH Köln by the application deadline. Please enclose the form 'Application for an Academic Document Review at TH Köln' which is available for download on this page.

If you have not had your documents recognized by one of the above mentioned institutions yet, please submit an Application for an Academic Document Review at TH Köln by the application deadline. If you have already submitted an application through our online application platform, please state your application number on the application form (available for download on this page). Please make sure to regularly check your emails since we will contact you by email in case of questions or missing documents. Please include all documents required to determine whether you hold a Higher Education Entrance Qualifiction:

  • foreign secondary school diploma
  • additional documentation on your past education (if applicable), such as transcripts of records from a foreign university, certificate of a university entrance examination, certificates from a Studienkolleg (perparatory class) and certificate on the Feststellungsprüfung
  • marriage certificate confirming that you are married to a EU/EEA citizen (if applicable)
  • Proof of change of name (name change certificate or marriage certificate)

Please submit officially certified copies.

When reviewing your acadmic documents, TH Köln strictly follows the binding regulations of the 'Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen' (Central Office for Foreign Education – ZAB; in order to determine if your secondary education is equivalent to a German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife. The external website linked above also provides additional information on required documents (please select 'Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang' in the left-hand navigation. Please note that most information on this website is only available in German). If your academic documents are recognized, your final grade will be converted to the German grading system and the date of your HEEQ will be determined.

If your documents are issued in a language other than German or English, please submit a German translation by an officially recognized translator in addition to the certified copies of the original documents. Please note that documents such as proof of language proficiency, internship certificates etc. are not required at this time. Please present these documents at the time of enrollment.

You will receive the results of the document review by mail. We will automatically adjust the grade and date of your Higher Education Entrance Qualification in your online application. Should the result be that you do not meet the admission requirements of the program you want to apply to, your application can unfortunately not be considered.

Additional Information

Requests for an academic document review can be submitted starting in August (for the summer semester)/in February (for the winter semester). We recommend you submit your documents as early as possible. That way you will have ample time to submit missing documents in case your request is incomplete. If you have not submitted all required documents by the end of the application deadline, your application cannot be considered.

Please refrain from inquiring about the status of your request since this will only slow down the review process. Particularly towards the end of the application period processing times may be longer than usual. Thank you for your patience.