Information on recognition

One aim of any study visit abroad is to get course work and exams completed abroad recognized as a contribution to your degree program at the University of Bonn.

Getting recognition for examinations passed and study achievements earned abroad

  • The Learning Agreement must be completed and signed by the International Coordinator in order to spend a semester studying abroad. Erasmus students have required an Online Learning Agreement (OLA) since 2021.

  • Recognition is confirmed by the International Coordinator based on the student’s Learning Agreement, the Transcript of Records from their host university and their current ToR from the University of Bonn. Modules that have already been completed or put forward for examination in Bonn cannot be swapped retrospectively for work completed abroad.

  • As a basic principle, recognition will only be granted if there are no fundamental differences between the achievements earned abroad and required in Bonn.

  • Only a maximum of 78 credit points on a Bachelor’s program or 36 on a Master’s program can be earned abroad and recognized in Bonn.

The number of semesters you have completed will be increased in the following situations despite you taking a leave of absence:

  1. 1 semester abroad and 1 semester on leave of absence: number of completed semesters increased by 1 if more than 20 credit points are recognized.

  2. 2 semesters abroad and 2 semesters on leave of absence: number of completed semesters increased by 1 if between 21 and 40 credit points are recognized and by 2 if more than 40 credit points are recognized.

  3. 2 semesters abroad and 1 semester on leave of absence: to be discussed with the International Coordinator.

Module-specific information on recognition

For non-subject-specific electives, credit points earned abroad are recognized in the form of a grade. Geography courses taken abroad can also be recognized as part of non-subject-specific electives, but language and key skills courses cannot (i.e. only scientific or academic events).

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Possibilities for recognition

  • Non-subject-specific electives: credit points earned abroad will be recognized (this includes geography modules). Language courses do not count!
  • B0-B4: these modules cannot be recognized.
  • B5 Consolidation: ideally to be taken while studying abroad.
  • B6 Statistics: by arrangement.
  • B7 Geomatics: by arrangement.
  • B8 Methods: ideally to be taken while studying abroad
  • B9 Regional Geography: by arrangement.
  • B10 Learning in the Field: by arrangement.
  • B11/B12 Physical geography project/Human geography project: by arrangement.
  • B13 Bachelor’s thesis seminar: this module cannot be recognized.
  • B14 Geography Professions: this module cannot be recognized.
  • M1 Current Research: by arrangement.
  • M2 Research Methods: ideally to be taken while studying abroad.
  • M3/ M6 Consolidation I & II: ideally to be taken while studying abroad.
  • M4 Research project: this module cannot be recognized.
  • M5 Learning in the Field—field trip: by arrangement..
  • M7 Research Topics: ideally to be taken while studying abroad.
  • M9 Master’s thesis colloquium: by arrangement.

Contact

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Dr. Simone Giertz

International Coordinator

0.034 (110)

Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-5597

Office hours

Tuesday: 09:00 am - 10:30 am
at the office or via Zoom

Meeting-ID: 996 0524 4248
Identification code: 037806

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