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One of the most important aspects of your stay abroad is the recognition of your course credits at Anhalt University.
We show you how to do it in 6 simple steps:
What you need to know about recognition of credits
In Germany, course credits can be recognized for the continuation of the study and the admission to examinations.
The condition for this is that the foreign university and, if applicable, the degree program are recognized or accredited in accordance with the legislation of the country concerned.
The Lisbon Convention signs the "Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education in the European Region", drawn up in 1997 by UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Germany ratified the Lisbon Convention in 2007 and converted it into federal law.
The Lisbon Convention sets the standard for the recognition of course credits achieved in one of the signatory states. The higher education institutions are responsible for recognition for the purpose of access to higher education, access to further studies as well as for the crediting of study and examination achievements.
The management of foreign university degrees is regulated in the state university laws. Information is provided by the Ministries of Science of the countries.
1. Before your stay abroad
Signed Learning Agreement (Part 1) signed by the representative of Anhalt University (Prof.), student and the representative of the International Office at the partner university.
The Learning Agreement guarantees you the recognition of the course credits for the courses you have chosen. It is valid only with the signature of its representative (Examining Board Chairman / Specialist Adviser / Foreign Affairs Officer).
2. During your stay abroad
Complete the Learning Agreement (Part 2) in the event of changes and send it as a digital version to the International Office no later than one month after arrival in the host country.
3. After your stay abroad
Send the Learning Agreement (Part 3) filled out by the host university with precise information about lessons and exams to the International Office by scan or mail. The partner universities also issue a Transcript of Records (TOR). This can also be submitted as a third part of the Learning Agreement (Scan).
4. Submit an application to the examination board
Submit an application for recognition of course credits to the examination board of your faculty. Provide appropriate evidence (TOR, LA). Examination for completeness by the examination board: if necessary, forwarding the missing documents within a reasonable period.
Take your documents and recognition form to the head of the examining board of the respective department.
5. Critical rating
Key question: Are the differences so significant that they would jeopardize the student's success in continuing their studies?
Five key elements in testing for significant differences:
Check whether the other university and, if applicable, the degree program are accredited under the applicable legislation (especially important for foreign universities)
Which level is the achievement (Bachelor, Master)?
iii. learning outcomes
The recognition test should be oriented on the learning outcome. The learning outcomes are not to be compared in detail at the micro level, but in terms of the needs for further study.
Deviations in the quantitative scope of the course achievements (deviation in the scope of the ECTS credits) are generally no reason for the refusal of the recognition.
Check whether the achieved learning outcomes relate to the profile of the study program at the university. (Priorities, qualification and competence goals, research and application orientation, etc.)
6. recognition of course credits
- If there are no significant differences, the study and examination achievements abroad are fully recognized.
- In cases substantial differences exist, consideration should be given to whether partial recognition is possible. The reasons for the differences considered essential must be clearly presented to the applicant.
- The rejection of the acknowledgment must be in writing!
The Lisbon Convention prescribes a pre-determined, reasonable deadline for processing an application. The Lisbon Committee recommends that a deadline of four months should not be exceeded. An even shorter processing period would be desirable.
Right of objection of the applicant
The applicant has the right to appeal against the negative decision. For this reason, the refusal must be accompanied by a legal remedy which specifies the deadline as well as possible remedies.