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Frequently Asked Questions

    ... about the recognition of credits obtained abroad

  • Which forms do I have to use?

    Depending on your destination please use the Erasmus Learning Agreement and/or the form on the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad (Formular zur Anrechnung von Auslandsleistungen).

    • The Erasmus Learning Agreement is exclusively used if you go abroad with Erasmus. In addition, students going abroad with Erasmus also need the form on the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad (Formular zur Anrechnung von Auslandsleistungen).
      (Even if you are not yet sure which courses you are going to take abroad, or if you have not yet found equivalent and appropriate courses, you can still use the Erasmus Learning Agreement. It is considered a document belonging to your Erasmus documents, but does not yet guarantee the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad.)
    • If you go abroad with an overseas exchange program,you do not need the Erasmus Learning Agreement. To ensure that credits obtained abroad will be recognized we recommend that exchange students going overseas use the form on the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad (Formular zur Anrechnung von Auslandsleistungen).
    • Exchange students of English and American Studies going overseas are obliged to use theform on the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad (Formular zur Anrechnung von Auslandsleistungen)

    When using the  form on the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad (Formular zur Anrechnung von Auslandsleistungen)  please ensure that you choose the appropriate examination regulations for your program. For a detailed description of the recognition requests please see Course Selection and Recognition.

  • Which form do I have to use to ensure the recognition of my ECTS credits obtained abroad?

    The form for the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad, which you can find both on the website of the Central Examination Committee and on Ilias ensures the recognition of your credits obtained abroad. It has to be signed by departmental area representatives for recognition requests.

  • Who is my competent departmental coordinator and who is the institutional coordinator?

    1. If you have any administrative questions, please contact our Institutional Coordinators , i.e. the team  of the International Office
    2. In case of any questions regarding the content of your semester abroad and the partner universities, please contact the departmental coordinators , i.e. the contact persons for outgoing exchange students of the School’s International Affairs Team. 
    3. If you have any questions about other courses, please contact the competent person responsible for recognition requests of the respective subject.
       
  • Who will sign my ERASMUS Learning Agreement?

    The Learning Agreement that forms part of your Erasmus documents, but which does not yet guarantee the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad, is signed by the exchange coordinator of the International Affairs Teams at the dean’s office of the School of Humanities.

    The form on the recognition of coursework and examinations taken abroad (Formular zur Anrechnung von Auslandsleistungen), which ensures the recognition of your credits obtained abroad, is signed by the departmental area representatives for recognition requests.

  • With whom do I have to coordinate and when?

    1. At the beginning of your stay abroad, you will discuss your selection of courses with the respective persons responsible. Please provide as much information as possible about the courses. 
    2. After your stay abroad: Courses that differ from the agreement concluded before the stay abroad must be signed again by the person responsible for recognition requests of the respective subject. 
      Courses that were already agreed on may be signed by the International Affairs Team. 
      Students of bachelor’s and master’s programs in Teacher Education have to again contact the respective departmental area representatives for recognition requests.
  • Do I have to see each contact person in person?

    You must see each contact person of the respective departments in which you would like to take courses and/or examinations in person or - if you are already abroad - contact them by e-mail.

  • What kind of information do I need to be able to settle the recognition of my coursework and examinations taken abroad?

    You need to provide the following information:

    • course title 
    • knowledge and skills imparted in the course 
    • as many details regarding the contents of the course as possible
    • a course number (or corresponding information on the course level)
    • number of sessions 
    • and - most important! - the required coursework and examinations
  • What happens if course changes occur on site?

    It is quite possible that there will be course changes on site. In this case, if you are abroad with Erasmus, fill in the Erasmus Changes form and send it to us by e-mail or fax. If you are overseas, please document the changes via your e-mail correspondence.

  • What do I do in case of missing course details needed for the Erasmus documents?

    In this case, please use the Erasmus Learning Agreement form. Though it is not yet binding, it forms part of your Erasmus documents. Please do not settle the recognition of your credits obtained abroad until you have received the above-mentioned information.

  • What do I do if my examination regulations stipulate 5 ECTS credits for a course, but the course abroad is credited with only 4 ECTS credits?

    Ultimately, it does not matter how many ECTS credits you would get for this course abroad. What is decisive is the number of ECTS credits you would obtain for the course at the University of Mannheim. So if you want to attend a course abroad that is listed with only 4 ECTS credits, it will nevertheless be recognized in Mannheim according to the acquired competences and in accordance with the examination regulations of the University of Mannheim.

  • What do I do if I do not want certain courses and/or examinations taken abroad to be recognized?

    If you are not happy with the final grade you obtained in a course abroad and do not want to have it recognized despite the Learning Agreement, then of course you do not have to.

  • Which courses can be recognized for the interdisciplinary cultural studies module?

    For an initial orientation, see your examination regulations. There you will find an overview of the contents that can be studied in the interdisciplinary cultural studies module. Please inform yourself before you come to our office hours. For any questions regarding the recognition of courses in your subjects, please always contact the competent contact persons in the respective departments.
     

  • What do I have to do keep in mind as free mover?

    As a free mover, you only have to fill out a recognition form if you are studying English and American Studies. However, if you would like to have your courses taken abroad recognized in Mannheim, we recommend that you discuss this with the competent contact persons in advance. If you would like to have ECTS credits for the interdisciplinary cultural studies module and/or the business ethics course recognized, please contact the departmental exchange coordinators of the School of Humanities. To have courses recognized by your department, please contact the person responsible for the recognition of the respective subject.

    You are not obliged to submit a report. However, as future outgoing students would certainly be happy if you share your experiences, we invite you to submit a report voluntarily.

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  • Do I have to take an academic leave of absence when I go abroad?

    You can, but do not have to, take an academic leave of absence. Further information can be found on the pages of the Student Services. In the bachelor’s program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media, spending a year abroad is an integral part of your studies, therefore no leave of absence is included in the program of study in Mannheim.


Advising and contact

Silvia Huber-Grahl

Silvia Huber-Grahl

Coordination Outgoing Students - Study Abroad, SQL-Funding Administration
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 291
68131 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.
Lea Bastian

Lea Bastian

International Affairs Manager
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 291
68131 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Open consultation hours and telephone service hours are cancelled until further notice. Please contact me via e–mail.