Frequently asked questions on recognition
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Frequently asked questions on recognition
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Successful recognition does not automatically mean that your achievements will count towards your degree. If you change to a degree programme with different examination regulations or change your focus of study (such as from a teaching degree to vocational teaching programme), it may be that credited achievements will not count towards your degree. If this is obvious when you apply for recognition, you will be advised that recognition is not worthwhile as it will not count towards your current programme.
Recognition is generally possible unless there is a substantial difference. A difference of one credit will not be considered as substantial.
The form of examination is unimportant unless it is crucial for achieving the module objective (e.g. for practical examinations). Generally, the competence to be acquired is always the deciding factor in whether achievements can be recognised – regardless of the form of examination.
In principle, this is not possible. However, there are exceptions:
1) If the Bachelor’s degree programme involved is worth more than 180 credits, achievements from the advanced stage of the Bachelor’s degree programme can be credited towards a Master’s degree programme. This is because Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, when studied consecutively, comprise a total of 300 credits. It is up to universities to determine the scope of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme. Following the recommendations of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), a Bachelor’s programme comprises 6–8 semesters, and a Master’s programme comprises 2–4 semesters. (Example: when changing from a 7:3 structure to a 6:4 structure, this means that the 7th Bachelor’s semester formally counts toward the 1st Master's semester under the new structure).
2) In the case of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes in the field of teaching, it is for universities to decide which (advanced) competences are offered in the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme. In this regard, Bachelor’s modules may count towards a Master’s programme, especially in the event of a change of study location, and similarly, Master’s students may be required to obtain any missing achievements at the Bachelor’s level if their admission to the programme is conditional on obtaining these achievements.
Additional achievements from a Bachelor’s programme cannot be transferred, as they usually do not correspond to the level of expertise required in a Master’s degree programme. Exceptions may apply to achievements that are subject to item 2.
If modules with a generally introductory character have not been studied at the previous university, but a completed degree has been obtained, introductory modules may be recognised as part of an overall consideration. For the recognised module, the overall grade of the degree will be transferred (or the grade of the corresponding area of competence). Specific competences that were not part of previous studies cannot be recognised as part of an overall assessment.
Credit for identical modules will only be transferred if they are part of the curriculum of your new degree programme. You do not have to apply for recognition. Please contact your administration team informally and ask for the module credits to be transferred.
Please note that all modules that are transferable will also be transferred.
This also includes failed attempts. Therefore, you cannot retake identical modules. If you do not want certain modules from your previous degree programme to be transferred to your current degree programme, there are two options:
- You can opt to have these modules credited as exchange modules in the area of specialisation by submitting this form to your administration team. Application for admission to specialisation modules
- You can apply for these modules to be indicated as additional achievements if they are optional in your current degree programme.
Modules that have been removed from the previous programme can only be used in the area of specialization. They cannot be transferred to the new programme. This is because the new programme may also require the removal of certain modules. In some cases, transitional arrangements may apply that allow modules to be transferred to another programme.
Recognition of a module to replace another module within the same degree programme is generally not permitted since credit transfer is only possible between degree programmes and not within the same degree programme.
If modules are not identical, you will need to apply separately for recognition of these modules.
In a number of programmes, your vocational training can be recognised as an internship. A list of eligible internships is given on the application form for recognition of study periods and examinations (German only). Antrag Anrechnung Praktikum
Please note the specific regulations. The relevant administrative team is responsible for the recognition of vocational trainings as internships. Please submit your application using the contact form und select the inquiry concern "Area of Specialisation".
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Unlike for completed vocational training programmes, only the practical component of an internship may be recognised. The relevant module and associated examination still need to be completed. Further information can be obtained from the representatives of the relevant subjects. You do not need to apply for recognition. If your internship can be recognised, it will count towards the internship module.
Module components cannot be recognised, unless you have passed an examination. Please do not apply for the recognition of a module component. Whether and to what extent a module component completed elsewhere can be included in a module at the University of Oldenburg is ultimately the decision of the module coordinator.
No, as a student of the University of Oldenburg, you are subject to the examination regulations that apply at the University of Oldenburg. These examination regulations cannot be circumvented in this way.
However, different regulations apply if you take an examination while you are studying abroad. These may count towards modules at the University of Oldenburg in accordance with Section 4, paragraph 3 of the Bachelor’s Examinations Regulations (BPO).