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Course Choice and Recognition of Credits

Studying abroad should not lengthen the course of your studies.  You should therefore choose courses at your host university that will also count as credits in Mannheim.


As soon as you are sure of the host university where you will study, you must contact your university faculty in order to discuss your course selection.


You should also negotiate a so-called „Learning Agreement" so that the courses you plan to take while abroad are noted and approved by the department chair in Mannheim.  Almost every department has developed its own Learning Agreement form.  Please contact your department's exchange coordinator for more information about the Learning Agreement. 

For Erasmus programmes, a so-called ECTS or Erasmus Learning Agreement is also necessary. However, because of technical reasons, this document differs greatly from the university department Learning Agreements. The International Office provides Erasmus students with further information about this at a later date. 


Your respective examination committee (Prüfungsausschuss) will answer your questions concerning the recognition of credits achieved abroad and on the conversion of grades. The examination committees of all schools work with standard grading transfer tables. These conversion tables apply for all exchange programmes of all schools of the university. You can find it in ILIAS, just log into your account and look for the group grade transfer/conversion. The information is updated by the examination committee of the business school, but applies for all schools.



The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

The European Community promotes study abroad as a means of improving the quality of academic cooperation bringing benefits to students and higher education institutions.

Studying abroad can be a particularly valuable experience. It is not only one of the best ways to learn about other countries, ideas, languages and cultures; increasingly, it is an important part of professional and academic career development.

Students envisaging a study abroad will be looking for:

• study programmes which are relevant to their final degree,
• full academic recognition which ensures that they will not lose time in completing their degree by studying abroad.

To help students make the most from their study abroad, the European Commission has developed a European Credit Transfer System, which provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another.

ECTS helps higher education institutions to enhance their cooperation with other institutions by:

• improving access to information on foreign curricula,
• providing common procedures for academic recognition.

ECTS can also be used within one institution or between institutions within one country.


ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at the institution, that is, lectures, practical work, seminars, private work -- in the laboratory, library or at home -- and examinations or other assessment activities.
In ECTS, 60 credits represent one year of study (in terms of workload); normally 30 credits are given for six months (a semester) and 20 credits for a term (a trimester).

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