What is a uni-assist VPD certificate?

VPD certificate is issued by uni-assist. Generally, this certificate provides an overview of the student’s educational records according to the German grading system. That’s why it is called Vorpr├╝fungsdokumentation (preliminary review documentation) or VPD in short.

Specifically, uni-assist VPD certificate contains the following information of a student who applies for this:

  • Conversion of grades into the German grading system
  • Evaluation of educational documents; certificates and degrees

How do I know I need a uni-assist VPD certificate?

Before applying for a VPD certificate, it is necessary to know you need this or not. Because it required only in some special cases. These are the special cases when you need a uni-assist VPD certificate:

  • When you find your chosen university in the list of uni-assist universities. Or,
  • When your chosen university accepts admission only through uni-assist.

So, better to check in advance, your university of choice included in the uni-assist list or not. If it is present in the list then try to get a VPD certificate as early as possible before the end of the admission deadline.

In which scenario uni-assist VPD certificate is not required?

You don’t need uni-assist VPD certificate In the following scenarios:

  • If your university of choice not present in the uni-assist list.
  • And, if your university of choice does not accept admission application through uni-assist.

How to get a uni-assist VPD certificate?

Arrange documents

When you need a uni-assist VPD certificate for a particular university that present in the uni-assist list. Then arrange all the documents required by the university and scan them on your personal computer. Get two notaries attested copies of each document as well. One copy for uni-assist and other for university.

Please keep in mind: you have to upload all the documents on the uni-assist portal once. No matter how many universities you wish to apply to.

Get translation of documents

If your documents (certificates and degrees) are not in German or English language. Then additionally get the translation of these documents from a certified translator.

Submit an application on the uni-assist online portal called ‘My assist’

  • Register yourself on the online portal of uni-assist ‘My assist‘ and create an online application for all the universities of your choice.
  • Upload scanned copies of all required documents on this portal. These documents will use for all the universities. Don’t need to upload the documents multiple times.
  • In the end, pay the uni-assist handling charges.

Payment of VPD application

Handling charges

You have to pay handling charges of 75 EUR for one university and for each additional university 30 EUR.

Payment options

You can pay uni-assist handling charges either by bank transfer or with credit card. Choose your desired option and pay according to the instructions mentioned on the uni-assist payment portal.

Beware: uni-assist will only process your application until you confirm the payment of handling charges.

Sending of documents by post

After payment, put all the certified copies of documents in an envelope and send them to uni-assist by post. Don’t forget to mention the name of the university of choice and uni-assist address on the envelope. Don’t send any original document to uni-assist.

uni-assist Address: uni-assist e. V. 11507 Berlin GERMANY

Confirmation receipt

After confirmation of payment and documents, you will receive confirmation of both via e-mail.

The arrival of VPD certificate

The status of an application will change in the uni-assist portal after approximately 4-6 weeks. After that, you will get a soft copy of the VPD certificate via e-mail and hard copy by post.

Sending VPD and application to university

After receiving, read your VPD certificate attentively. If you find everything in order then put the VPD certificate along with all other documents in an envelope and send it to the university of choice.

FAQs about uni-assist VPD certificate

Can I use one VPD certificate for all the universities?

No, you cannot use one VPD certificate for all the universities. Uni-assist issues one VPD certificate only for one German university. So, get VPD certificates according to the number of universities of choice. You can apply for one or more universities at the time of application at the ‘My assist portal’.

How long VPD certificate remain valid?

You can apply for a VPD certificate at any time because it remains valid for a period of one year.

How long does uni-assist take to process an application of a VPD certificate?

uni-assist takes around 4-6 weeks to give the final answer.

Is uni-assist free?

No, uni-assist charges 75 EUR for one university and for each additional university 30 EUR.