Credit Transfer



The International Office will send an official transcript of the coursework and grades to the students' home university at the end of the semester or better: after receiving all grades. If students stay for two semesters, the home university will receive one transcript for the first semester and upon completion of the second semester, they will receive an additional transcript covering both semesters.

The transcript lists all courses the student registered for, the name of the instructors, the number of contact hours, the number of tutorial hours (if applicable), the ECTS credits earned and the final grade. 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.

The grades are based on the official German grading system in use at the University of Bonn. As the transcript is meant to facilitate credit transfer to the home institution, the back of the page includes detailed information about the German grading system and for recommendations on grade conversion. Please click here to see a sample back page. These conversion scales only aim to orient foreign institutions to the German system and are in no way a mandatory or binding conversion. The final grade and credits that students receive for a given course is determined by the home institution.

Therefore, students are strongly advised to address all questions regarding grades, credits and recognitionwith their academic advisor at their home university, ideally prior to departure. At the International Office in Bonn, Mr. Gerkhausen is the contact person regarding credit matters.


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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