To simplify the recognition of academic performance abroad, the European Commission and Universities developed European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The system works by assigning a certain number of credit points to university courses. In practice, this means that an average student's workload equates to 60 credit points/year or 30 credit points/semester. The number of credit points for each course signals the necessary workload to complete that course at the receiving institution, thereby making it easier to recognise academic achievement.
This means that you should attain 30 credit points per semester and 60 in an acadmic year. Prior to departure you must complete a study contract (learning agreement) determining the courses you will visit at the receiving institution. The form must be signed by you and the Erasmus coordinators in Bremen and at the receiving institution. The receiving university normally sends information on available courses, credit point allocation etc. or makes it available online. Please deal with all issues concerning course recognition in your study programme prior to departure.
The grade scale in Bremen is converted to ECTS grades in accordance with BPO §11(10) as follows:
|ECTS||Deutsches System/ German System|
|1.00 < Note < 1.24||ausgezeichnet / excellent||1||sehr gut|
|1.25 < Note < 1.54||sehr gut / very good||1.3||sehr gut (-)|
|1.55 < Note < 2.54||gut / good||2||gut|
|2.54 < Note < 3.54||befriedigend / satisfactory||3||befriedigend|
|3.54 < Note < 4.04||ausreichend / fair||3.7||ausreichend (+)|
|4.05 < Note||nicht bestanden / fail||5||nicht bestanden|
ECTS is an assessment system to simplify the recognition process of academic achievements from abroad. The study content must be agreed upon prior to the study period abroad. Together with the sending and receiving institutions' Erasmus coordinators, a study contract (learning agreement) is agreed upon determining the courses that will be recognised after the Erasmus period. The contract can be changed after arrival at the receiving institution in consultation with the Erasmus coordinators.
For exchange students (Erasmus, DAAD,...), a learning agreement detailing the procedure for the recognition of academic achievements from abroad is part of the application procedure. For information on the procedure that applies to you, please see the responsible department (International Office, DAAD).
The recognition procedure then proceeds as follows: