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Best Practice at TU Dortmund University

On the basis of legal framework conditions, including the Lisbon Recognition Convention, and the guidelines anchored in the Recognition Regulations of TU Dortmund University, a framework is provided in which the recognition of academic achievements gained abroad is applied at TU Dortmund University. The guidelines for the recognition regulations are an additional, important part of the basic principles.

How It Works

Before a Stay Abroad

Erasmus+ students who study abroad for one or two semesters (so-called Outgoings) must complete an Online Learning Agreement. Students outside the Erasmus+ program should complete one from the International Office designed Learning Agreement, so that there are no problems with the recognition of study achievements abroad after the stay.

As a rule, the Erasmus+ departmental coordinators for all students are the first contact persons for students who conclude a Learning Agreement. In all departments, the chairpersons of the examination boards are also involved in the process.

A best practice example is the Department of Business and Economics, which has prepared the information transparently and comprehensively for students on its website.

Students can find general information on recognition on the web pages of the International Office under "Discuss Recognition..." .

Agreements should be made in the spirit of acquiring competencies and not on the basis that the same/identical content must be offered abroad as in Dortmund.

During a Stay Abroad

Changes to the learning agreements must be agreed upon, as it is always possible that courses cannot be carried out on site or that other courses are added.

After a Stay Abroad

The students come back with their Transcripts of Records and directly contact the person(s) with whom the Learning Agreement was agreed upon in advance.

If you need guidance in the department regarding grade conversion, you can consult the "Aachener Tabelle". A working group at RWTH Aachen University has developed this table to suit many countries, and TU Dortmund University uses it as a guide. This table is available to all Deans and can also be requested from the International Office.

If a country is not included in the table, please refer the student to the Checklist of the International Office, which contains the grade calculation form under the item "Recognition of Study Achievements from Abroad...".

Once the grades have been converted, recognition can take place in the department. Afterwards, students submit an application for recognition of examination achievements (Antrag auf Anerkennung von Prüfungsleistungen) to the Central Examinations Office. The information on this can be found under Recognition of Examination Achievements .