The Preliminary Documentation (VPD)
What is the preliminary documentation (VPD)?
The preliminary documentation (VPD) is a certificate issued by uni-assist, if all the criteria of the university are fulfilled. The VPD is issued for individual universities. It contains information about which certificates have been presented, and how uni-assist evaluates these certificates and how uni-assist classified the grades within the German grading system.
We issue the VPD for the complete year, irrespective of the semester and time limits. It is valid for one year. Note: You must apply directly to the university up to the closing date for applications.
Do I need a VPD?
More information can be obtained from the universities.
How do I obtain a VPD?
You can apply for a VPD in the uni-assist online-portal. To do this, select your university under “Search for study programmes”. For some VPD universities there is not list of study programmes. In this case, simply select “all subjects”, “all degrees”.
Submit the application online within uni-assist.
- Print out and sign the application, and post it to uni-assist together with officially certified copies of all relevant certificates. (Check with the university whether you also have to submit language certificates.)
- If the examination returns a positive result, you will receive the VPD by post and email from uni-assist.
- The handling fee for a VPD is the same as for a regular preliminary examination performed by uni-assist.