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The preliminary review documentation


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What is the preliminary review documentation (VPD)?


Some universities ask their applicants for a preliminary review documentation (abbr. VPD) from uni-assist. In such cases, study applicants must apply directly at the university and submit this so called VPD along with their other application documents.

On behalf of these universities, uni-assist will check whether the foreign certificates submitted by the applicant are sufficient for admission to a German university. If the result is positive, uni-assist will issue a document bearing the result of this check and the grade(s) as converted via the German grading system. This document is called a VPD (Vorpr├╝fungsdokumentation = preliminary review documentation).

For the VPD, the applicant generally needs to provide uni-assist with a fully-filled and personally signed application form and all certificates required for university admission. This usually means secondary school certificates (leaving certificate plus subject and grade summary), for some countries it also means proof that the applicant has passed a university entrance examination and/ or proof of course achievements.

Proof of German language skills generally does not need to be sent to uni-assist, usually this is only needed once the applicant applies directly to the university. Certificates must always be submitted as officially authenticated copies and in paper form – both in the original language and in sworn translation.

The costs for processing an application for a VPD are no different from those for processing a standard application. The processing time also takes up to six weeks after receipt of post and handling fees. The VPD is sent by post and by e-mail. It can be issued throughout the year, regardless of application semesters, and is valid for one year from the date of issue.

As well as applying for a VPD via uni-assist, each study applicant has to apply directly to the university before the application deadline and submit the VPD to the university along with all other required application documents. Universities will advise on requirements and application deadlines.

Before applying, please contact the university that you wish to apply to regarding their application procedures.