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CREDIT TRANSFERS FOR EXAMINATIONS

Credit transfers for examinations taken before commencing the programme at the WiSo Faculty

Students who previously studied at a government-run or government-recognised university or government-run or government-recognised university of cooperative education (“Berufsakademie”) must submit a current transcript of records (bearing the seal of the issuing examination office) as part of the examination admission procedure, irrespective of which programme they previously studied. This transcript of records must also include all failed examinations even if the student has passed them in the meantime. Students who did not take any examinations on their previous programme must have this confirmed by the body responsible for examinations on that programme.

Examinations can only be transferred at the student’s request. The request must be submitted to the Examination Office along with the request to be admitted to the examination procedure.

Credit for examinations will be transferred in full on request provided the learning outcomes assessed in the examinations are not significantly different to those specified in these regulations. This also applies to failed examinations.

Students who waive their right to have credit transferred for examinations taken before commencing the programme at the WiSo Faculty must state this explicitly during the admission process. Students who have requested a letter of confirmation of credit transfer for terms previously studied cannot waive their right to have credit for examinations transferred.

At most, the amount transferred should be such that the number of examinations still required in order to graduate from the WiSo Faculty programme justifies the awarding of an academic degree by the WiSo Faculty.The accreditation of examinations not passed is limited to such an extent that not all possibilities for repetition are exhausted according to the examination regulations. Theses will not be credited.

On bachelor programmes, two failed attempts per module in a maximum of three modules and a maximum of one failed attempt per module in all other failed modules are transferred. On master programmes, two failed attempts per module in a maximum of two modules and a maximum of one failed attempt per module in all other failed modules are transferred. This rule applies irrespective of whether the past examinations were taken at the University of Cologne or another higher education institution.

The procedure to have credit transferred for examinations will be started as soon as you request the credit transfer as part of your request to be admitted to the examination procedure and we have the following documents:

  • a transcript of records, bearing a seal or stamp, of all examinations taken at the prior higher education institution, including any failed attempts (not required for a change of degree programme within the faculty);

Please note the criteria for a Dean’s Award.

Accreditation of achievements taken beyond university

In general it is also possible to transfer credits for achievements taken in institutions or organizations beyond university for inner-university examinations. This has to be submitted by the application for admission to the examination procedure. Within the application for admission to the examination procedure the following documents have to be sent in:

  • A sealed/stamped transcript of records containing all achievements
  • A comlete application for accreditation generated by the homepage of the WiSo Credit Transfer Centre ("Wiso-Anrechnungszentrum"). Please choose „Foreign education institution“ („Fremde Bildungseinrichtung“). Please remember that it is neccessary to have a precise tabular comparison of the external accomplishments and the courses of study.
  • A verification that the chosen accomplishment for accreditation and the module examination maintain the same standard of the German Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (DQL). A company-based appenticeship usually achieves a DQL-Level of 4 whereas a bachelor degree has a DQL-Level of 6. This does not apply if merely Core Module Fundamentals of Accounting (BM Technik des betrieblichen Rechnungswesens) or credits in Studium Integrale shall be accredited. You find more information further on.

In the case of a three-year commercial training, completed by an IHK examination or an other comparable successfully completed apprenticeship, an accreditation of Core Module Fundamentals of Accounting („BM Technik des betrieblichen Rechnungswesens“) as well as twelve ECTS in the “Studium Integrale” area is possible by application for accreditation and without content-related review. In this case no proof exept a complete application for accreditation generated by the homepage of the WiSo Accreditation Center and the training certificatate has to be sent in.

Please note that in general by accrediting achievements taken beyond university, grading does not apply for the module examination.

Credit transfer in the “Studium Integrale” area

If the “Studium Integrale” area is part of your programme, credit can be transferred for it for examinations you passed in unrelated subjects on prior programmes. If an examination cannot be considered for a module examination because of significant differences, it can be credited in the Studium Integrale. You must submit a simple written request for these credit transfers as part of the admission procedure even if you wish to waive your right to have credit transferred for the examinations related to your subject. The request must describe in clear detail the examinations for which you wish to have credit transferred for the “Studium Integrale”. If the documents submitted do not show what examinations were taken in the various modules and the number of ECTS credits awarded for the examinations, you will have to submit further evidence showing the type of examination and the course workload. Usually, the module description is sufficient for this purpose.

More information on the “Studium Integrale” is given here.

For the accreditation of Studium Integrale by practical work you have to send in a signed and complete application for accreditation generated by the homepage of the WiSo Credit Transfer Centre ("Wiso-Anrechnungszentrum") as well as the corresonding verifying documents. These documents shall proof duration (hours per week) and the type of work.

General procedure

  1. We check to see whether we have all documents and whether they are complete.

    • If not => You will receive a written request to submit the missing documents
    • If so => Continue to 2.

  2. We check to see whether the records we have from your prior higher education institution are sufficient

    • If not => Continue to 3.
    • If so => Continue to 6.

  3. The Examination Office approves your request for processing by the WiSo-credit transfer center.
  4. If necessary, the WiSo-credit transfer center asks you to provide further evidence (e.g. module descriptions).
  5. The Examination Office receives a response from the WiSo-credit transfer center.
  6. As soon as it is possible to assess your documents conclusively, credit will be transferred for your examinations.

The decision on the accreditation can be seen in KLIPS 2. 0. Only in the event of a refusal of accreditation the reasons for this will be given in a written form.
The decision on the accreditation is normally taken within three months. We kindly ask you to refrain from making interim enquiries about the status of the respective accreditation process.

Credit transfer for examinations taken on the current programme (e.g. during a term abroad)

Please consult the WiSo-credit transfer centers website to find out what the procedure is and what the formal requirements are.

The decision on the accreditation can be seen in KLIPS 2. 0. Only in the event of a refusal of accreditation the reasons for this will be given in a written form.
The decision on the accreditation is normally taken within three months. We kindly ask you to refrain from making interim enquiries about the status of the respective accreditation process.

Bachelor programmes with an education component

The procedures described above for credit transfers for examinations also apply to students on bachelor programmes with an education component. However, their final letter of notification of the examinations for which credit has been transferred comes from the Examination Office of the Centre for Teacher Education (ZfL) , not the WiSo Faculty’s Examination Office. If you wish to have credit transferred for a thesis, please also contact the ZfL.