Please make sure that you contact our chair in good time in order to have your academic achievements abroad recognized. During the term before your stay abroad at the latest, you should clarify which achievements can be recognized and to what extent. To contact our office, please use the form to check the creditability of credits earned abroad. It is essential that you enclose a course description (official document) of the corresponding course abroad with a reference to the source (page number). It is not sufficient to forward us a link. We need a PDF file with the specific description (e.g. corresponding excerpt from the syllabus).
The recognition follows a procedure consisting of three steps:
It is necessary for you to submit a clear proposal as to which course abroad should be recognized for which course offered by our chair (please specify only one). First of all, you have to make sure that the course to be recognized corresponds to the course offered by our chair in terms of type and scope. This means that you have to prove the comparability of the content as well as the equivalence of the scope of the course. Since foreign universities do not always apply the same credit points, it is essential that you submit a relevant certificate on the conversion factors for determining ECTS points with your documents. Following the recommendation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for example, achievements made in the USA are recognized in a ratio of 1 : 2 (units : credit points). In case of doubt, please contact the International Office at TU Dortmund University. At our chair it is mandatory to achieve at least 80 % of the amount of ECTS credits listed in the course of our department. The content and scope of the course to be recognized must be proven with the help of an official document from the university you are attending (e.g. the syllabus). In terms of content, a clear comparability of the courses must be evident. After a successful preliminary examination of the criteria mentioned in the first step, the chair holder decides whether the corresponding achievement can be recognized for one of the courses offered at the chair or not (you will be notified by email). If the decision is in favor of recognition, please complete the Learning Agreement. Please submit the form to the secretary's office of our department. After your stay abroad, please submit the certificate of achievement, which clearly shows the ECTS or equivalent credits as well as a grade for your achievement, to the secretary's office of our chair. We will then issue a certificate of recognition of the work performed abroad. Please take into account that only fully submitted documents can be processed by us. We apologize for this bureaucratic and strict measures. Unfortunately, the large number of applications for recognition does not allow us to proceed individually.