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Recognizing Credits

If you have completed part or all of your studies at another university, you can apply to have these credits accredited for your studies at TUM. 

Equivalency

The prerequisite for recognizing previously-earned credits is establishing that no large disparities exist with respect to the skills or knowledge acquired through a course at another academic institute (article 63 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act, BayHSchG). In other words, the knowledge acquired must be equivalent to that received at TUM.

You wish to apply for a higher upper-division semester? Here is all you need to know about the Credit Transfer Report

Recognizing Credits previously earned in Germany

You have already attended another institute of higher learning in Germany and would now like to enroll at TUM and have your credits recognized? This is what you need to know:

How does the Recognition Process Work?

  • The individual TUM school or department is responsible for establishing whether previously-earned credits are equivalent and can be recognized. Contact the student advisor or office of student affairs for your school to inquire about the process.
  • Please inform yourself about the credit transfer report, which has to be submitted with your application.

Please Note:

  • Previously-earned credits can be legally recognized only after you have enrolled at TUM.

  • A proactive approach is nevertheless recommended. Contact the student advisor at your school at an early stage to determine

    • which external credits qualify for recognition
    • who is responsible for verifying the equivalency of course contents at your school

  • Please make sure you provide comprehensive and detailed documentation. This includes first and foremost module descriptions and associated learning outcomes, course structures, content, workload, prerequisites and the grading system used to evaluate the module (see § 16 (7) APSO). 
    If no module descriptions are available, you can provide alternative documents from which the information outlined in §16 (7) APSO can be ascertained. Examples include teaching and learning material such as scripts, worksheets, reading lists or examination problems.

Recognizing credits previously earned at foreign universities

You have started your studies abroad and would now like to enroll at TUM? This is what you need to know.

How does the Recognition Process Work?

Important:

  • The verification process for recognizing credits previously earned at foreign universities cannot be carried out prior to enrollment.
  • The application for recognition may be submitted only during the first two semesters of your course of study at TUM.

Please Note:

  • Contact the student advisor at your school at an early stage to determine 

    • which external credits qualify for recognition
    • who is responsible for verifying the equivalency of course contents at your school

  • Please make sure you provide comprehensive and detailed documentation. This includes first and foremost module descriptions and associated learning outcomes, course structures, content, workload, prerequisites and the grading system used to evaluate the module (see § 16 (7) APSO). 
    If no module descriptions are available, you can provide alternative documents from which the information outlined in §16 (7) APSO can be ascertained. Examples include teaching and learning material such as scripts, worksheets, reading lists or examination problems.

Who can Answer my Questions?

Recognizing credits earned by TUM students as part of a foreign exchange program

You have earned credits during a stay abroad while being enrolled at TUM, and would now like to have them recognized? 

How does the Recognition Process work?

In order to obtain recognition for credits earned under a foreign exchange program, students have the option of completing a so-called Learning Agreement in advance. For participants in the ERASMUS program, completion of the Learning Agreement is mandatory prior to beginning the foreign exchange program.
Here is how the Learning Agreement works:

  • Clarify early enough

    • which credits you plan to earn during your stay abroad
    • whether the credits qualify for recognition by TUM
    • if the desired credits are actually being offered by the guest university

  • Document this information in the Learning Agreement and ensure that all parties sign it.
  • After your stay abroad, submit a transcript of records that details the credits earned at the guest university and clarify which credits qualify for recognition.
  • Here you can find a form for the Learning Agreement, as well as other useful information. 

Important:

  • In developing a Learning Agreement, students must expend considerable up-front effort in dealing with the courses of study offered by the guest university.

Who can Answer my Questions?

Advising and Information

You have questions about application, admission or administrative matters?

Please have your applicant or enrollment number ready.

Write us an email:
studium@tum.de

Give us a call:
+49 89 289 22245

Contact hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm

Visit us: 
Service Desk
Campus Munich
Arcisstr. 21, Room 144
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture Period, Lecture-Free Days/Holidays, Enrollment periods- overview on all dates and deadlines of each semester

Advising and Information

You have questions about application, admission or administrative matters?

Please have your applicant or enrollment number ready.

Write us an email:
studium@tum.de

Give us a call:
+49 89 289 22245

Contact hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm

Visit us: 
Service Desk
Campus Munich
Arcisstr. 21, Room 144
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture Period, Lecture-Free Days/Holidays, Enrollment periods- overview on all dates and deadlines of each semester