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Important Notes Regarding Legalization of a Document for International Use

The legalization of a document for international use certification procedure only certifies the formal authenticity of a document, not the accuracy of its contents. When certificates are being circulated internationally, it must also be ensured that certificates for presentation abroad are issued by the proper authority and that the content of these documents is accurate.

In addition to international regulations governing certification, there are also bilateral agreements that make certification of some or all types of documents unnecessary.

Check the information in the list of countries to see which countries require which kind of certification: http://www.apostille-service.de/de/apostille-laenderliste.html

Notes regarding advance certifications and certifications of records and certificates for use abroad

International students who have earned their certificates from the University of Potsdam can have these certified for the purpose of recognition in their home country.

To do this, you must do the following:

1. Pre-certification

If you are applying to employers in your home country or another country, please make a reasonable number of copies of your certificates and records, including if necessary both sides of the pages. Pre-certification can also be done on the original copies.

The office at the University of Potsdam that produced the document will confirm the agreement of the originals with the copies, or provide confirmation of the original documents, free of charge. (Pre-certification)

The Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Affair/Examination Office is responsible for final documentation for basic degree programs and consecutive master’s programs.

Division of Student Affairs, Examination Office of the University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Building 8, Rooms 0.46 and 0.48

For continuing master’s programs, please speak with the faculty office responsible for the course of study.

State capital Potsdam

Department of Order and Security
Area of citizens' service

Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 79/81, 14469 Potsdam,
City Hall, room 0.007
Telephone: +49 331 289-1745
E-Mail: auslandsbeglaubigung@rathaus-potsdam.nomorespam.de

Office Hours

Tuesday: 9:00 - 12:00 AM and 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 - 12:00 AM and 1:00 - 4:00 PM

The relevant Office of the Dean for the faculty is responsible for certifying doctoral degree certificates. You can find information on the faculty’s website.

2. Certification

Next, have the pre-certified documents or copies of records and certificates authenticated by the administration of the state capital Potsdam. You can also receive more information about the certification process from the Ministry of the Interior.

For countries that are not signatories to the Haager Convention, legalization is being done by the respective country’s diplomatic representatives.

Avoid giving up your original copies at all costs!

State capital Potsdam

Department of Order and Security
Area of citizens' service

Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 79/81, 14469 Potsdam,
City Hall, room 0.007
Telephone: +49 331 289-1745
E-Mail: auslandsbeglaubigung@rathaus-potsdam.nomorespam.de

Office Hours

Tuesday: 9:00 - 12:00 AM and 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 - 12:00 AM and 1:00 - 4:00 PM