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Foto Dr. Christiane Brokmann-Nooren Dipl.-Päd.

Dr. Christiane Brokmann-Nooren
Head of the Open University Department

T +49(0)441 798-4420
F +49(0)441 798-4411
E christian1ce.brtmokm+hanekbn.nooren@uol.de

General Information and Advice

Prospective students and current students who have a professional qualification and wish to be granted credit for competences acquired outside higher education are asked to contact:

Antje Beckmann
Examinations Office
StudendServiceCenter (SSC)
Building A12, Room 2-214
Campus Haarentor 

T: +49(0)441 798-2338


Providers of continuing education and training courses outside the higher education system who are interested in having their courses assessed for credit transfer purposes or would like a general recommendation for credit transfer are asked to contact:

Anja Eilers-Schoof / Dr. Wolfgang Müskens
Credit Transfer Section/PLAR-Service
Lifelong Learning Campus,
Ammerländer Heerstr. 136,
Building V02, Room 2-209

E: plar@uol.de
T: +49(0)441 798-4789
Telephone consulting hours: Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00

Open University Oldenburg

Since its teaching activities first began in 1974, the University of Oldenburg has proved itself to be an open educational institution, with courses designed to cater to diverse target groups. From early on, the institution has offered access to prospective students who lacked the classic university entrance certificate: the Abitur.

The University of Oldenburg has long since assumed a pioneering role in facilitating access to university studies through the Z-Prüfung and/or prior learning assessment, recognising previous qualifications (including those acquired outside higher education) and combining professional training and higher education.

The Open University Oldenburg web pages contain all the relevant information for prospective and current students who come to the University with professional qualifications. We hope that this will help you navigate the uncharted university territory, select an appropriate course, and ensure that your studies get off to a smooth start.

Students with professional experience are welcome!

The OPEN University OLDENBURG offers specific information, advice, and support for:

In delivering these services, we take each individual’s personal situation into account and focus on the different needs of heterogeneous groups of students.

Accessibility and Recognition of Previous Qualifications/Prior Learning

Modern university education focuses on the competences that students should have acquired by the end of a study phase or by the end of a study programme (= output orientation).

This means that teaching content (the input) is no longer the critical factor, and where learning takes place also becomes less relevant. This approach is particularly interesting for qualified professionals and students who work alongside their studies, as in many cases they have already acquired relevant professional and/or personal competences through their jobs. These competences can be counted as credit towards a degree programme, thus shortening the duration of studies (in some cases considerably).

  • Credit transfer for prior learning/previous qualifications
  • Other possibilities for credit transfer
    • Individual possibilities
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