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When the student has successfully completed the study program previously agreed between the home and the host institutions and returns to the home institution, credit transfer will take place. Credit Points (ECTS/LP) were introduced to facilitate academic recognition. Credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study. 60 credits represent the workload of a year of study, 30 credits for the workload of a semester. Erasmus & Cooperation students may take less ECTS/LP according to their German language ability and their arrangements with the home university.

The Transcript of Records lists all courses the student has attended and is the basis for credit transfer to the home university. Cooperation students usually receive the transcript through their academic (Erasmus-) coordinator in the department. So, it is important that students contact their academic coordinators before they leave Bielefeld University in order to clarify how and when the transcript will be issued.

Grading scale  


Sehr gut 1,0; 1,3 very good
Gut 1,7; 2,0; 2,3 good
Befriedigend 2,7; 3,0; 3,3 satisfactory
Ausreichend 3,7; 4,0 sufficient
Nicht bestanden / ungenügend 5,0 fail
Bestanden / Passend (ohne Note/not gradede) completed or passed (not graded)

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