Credit Transfer


The International Office will send an official transcript of the coursework and grades to the students' home university at the end of each semester.

The transcript lists the following information about all courses:

  • name of the instructors
  • number of contact hours
  • ECTS credits earned
  •  final grade
  •  grade code explanations

Apart from the course title which is always listed in its original language, this transcript is written in English – any further translation is not possible.

Please click here to see a sample transcript.

We advise to discuss questions regarding grades, credits and recognition with your academic advisor at your home university

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and course types

Transcripts list the ECTS Credits earned for each course. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (short: ECTS) is a standard system for comparing the learning achievements and workload of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. ECTS credits are awarded only when the course has been completed, all requirements have been fulfilled, and examinations have been passed successfully.

At the University of Bonn, one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS credits that are equivalent to 1,800 hours of study. Accordingly, 1 ECTS credit equals 30 hours of study (incl. contact hours, preparation, homework, group work, exam preparations).

The number of credits to be earned for each course depends on the type of course and the required work/exam:

  •  Vorlesung / Lecture: certificate of attendance (with oral exam): 4 ECTS
  • Seminar: certificate of attendance: 4 ECTS; full certificate (usually this implies a written term paper): 8 ECTS
  • Wissenschaftliche, Landeskundliche or Sprachpraktische Übung: certificate of attendance: 3 ECTS; full certificate (usually this implies a written exam): 6 ECTS

Please note that these are recommendations only and the course instructors may depart from them. Students should ask each of their instructors at the beginning of the semester about the number of credits available and the requirements for earning them.

Again, please remember that the final grade and credits that students receive for a given course is determined by their home institution.

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