TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Are you already studying at Mainz University of Applied Sciences and planning to switch degree programs there? Or are you planning to switch universities nationally/internationally or spend a temporary period of time studying abroad? The recognition and transfer of already acquired university qualifications fosters mobility, reduces the workload and, where applicable, results in a reduction of the duration of your studies.
This page gives you an overview of the concrete procedures and processes of recognition and transfer at the School of Engineering. Furthermore, the downloads section provides, among other things, a guide to recognition/crediting at the School of Engineering.
The application portal of Mainz University of Applied Sciences accepts applications for the
- first degree program semester and/or
- higher degree program semesters.
The department performing the approval and transfer is happy to advise you on the selection of the appropriate semester.
Depending on the application choice, the recognition process is divided into the following types of recognition:
- after enrollment and/or
- during the application process
In the case of temporary study abroad, it is recommended that, before your study abroad, you sign a
- learning agreement
The following sections will guide you through the steps of the respective process.
PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBLE PARTIES AT THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Under Section 25 para. 3 of the Higher Education Act of Rhineland-Palatinate, the transfer and recognition of credits at the School of Engineering is carried out “upon request”.
In accordance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention, achievements are recognized and credited as long as there is not a significant difference between the knowledge and skills acquired and the knowledge and skills to be acquired. The learning outcomes are an important criterion here. The decision will be made by the body responsible for the recognition procedure.
Please note that an application for recognition and transfer of credit is also required in the event of an internal transfer at Mainz University of Applied Sciences (with the exception of transferring from the architecture degree program to architecture with an integrated practical period).
Recognition after enrollment
Applicants applying to the first semester of the degree program and students who are already enrolled and who are only seeking recognition of individual modules can submit the application for recognition and transfer of credits and other required documents (see Downloads) to the office of the School of Engineering responsible for recognition and transfer no later than the end of the first four weeks after the start of lectures.
However, the transfer to a higher semester after enrollment is not possible in these cases.
Recognition during the application process
If you have already completed previous academic work that qualifies you for a higher semester, you must submit an application for recognition in the application portal together with your university application and the generally required documents by the application deadline at the latest.
Please keep in mind that the School of Engineering needs time to process applications. Early submission of the application for recognition together with your university application is therefore highly recommended.
What is eligible for recognition and transfer?
Recognition is granted for independent modules that have typically been completed with an examination and are equivalent to the modules they are to replace. Coursework assessments and individual exam or assessment components are generally only recognized in the event of a transfer within the university itself. You will be informed of the findings of the Examination Office of the School of Engineering. You will usually receive the notification of recognition by April 30 at the latest for the respective summer semester, or November 15 for the respective winter semester.
The examination regulations of the School of Engineering provide for the crediting and transfer of failed examinations in the chosen degree program or in other degree programs, if the modules are equivalent, in accordance with Section 25 para. 3 of the Rhineland-Palatinate Higher Education Act.
The final failure of an exam (Endgültig Nichtbestehen) in the chosen degree program will result in the rejection of your application. The final failure of an exam (Endgültig Nichtbestehen) in a module of a related degree program with equivalent or lesser module requirements will also lead to a rejection of your application.
You will receive information on the recognition and transfer of failed examinations and the documents to be submitted by e-mail at the start of the lecture period.
PLACEMENT AND GRADE CONVERSION
Placement in a degree program semester is based on the recognized credits (ECTS). Students are expected to earn 30 credits per semester. Accordingly, placement in the second semester is usually based on 30 to 59 credits, placement in the third semester on 60 to 89 credits, continuing successively for the following degree program semesters.
In the event of comparable grading systems, the grades are to be transferred upon recognition. If several modules from previous periods of study correspond to a single module at Mainz University of Applied Sciences, the weighted arithmetic mean is calculated. Tables with the grades of the respective countries are provided for the conversion, and are mostly based on the modified Bavarian formula. Furthermore, in the event of recognition, the credits of the respective modules, as specified by the European Credit Transfer System, are to be transferred.
The “Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region” was established in the Lisbon Recognition Convention (pdf) of May 16, 2007 (also in French and English starting on p. 2). The convention regulates the recognition and transfer of higher education entrance qualifications, periods of study and degrees.
You can find the detailed legal framework in the recognition/transfer of credit statutes of Mainz University of Applied Sciences, the Lisbon Recognition Convention and the Rhineland-Palatinate Higher Education Act (only available in German).
CREDIT FOR QUALIFICATIONS OBTAINED OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY
Are you pursuing the opportunity to study at the School of Engineering, and you already possess knowledge and skills you acquired outside of the university? You may have acquired them, for example in the form of vocational education, professional development/continuing education, seminars, online classes or as a result of work experience, possibly also in a leadership position. Are the skills you already possess equivalent in content and level to modules of your intended degree program at Mainz University of Applied Sciences?
Here you will find an overview of the procedures and possibilities for receiving credit for non-university qualifications at the School of Engineering.
PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
The procedures for crediting at Mainz University of Applied Sciences can basically be divided into individual and blanket crediting. The two procedures can also be combined.
You must provide proof of the equivalence of the previously acquired skills and expertise.
In the individual crediting procedure, your learning outcomes are compared individually with the respective module requirements.
For this, you should examine the content and level of your previously acquired skills, along with the content and learning outcomes listed in the module handbook of the degree program you are planning to pursue. Reflecting on, structuring and documenting your expertise and skills in a portfolio will give you an idea beforehand as to whether an individual credit transfer procedure looks promising. Our guide for the expertise and skills portfolio will help you with the specific steps.
We also offer credit consulting services to support you in the crediting process. Please contact the office at the School of Engineering that carries out the recognition/crediting process.
We recommend that you take advantage of this service before submitting your application. The degree program directors of the individual degree programs are responsible for providing professional advice. You can find the contact details of all contacts in the information column on the right side of this page.
See our credit recognition checklist to learn what documents you will need for your application.
Blanket crediting involves cooperation agreements between universities and professional associations, chambers of crafts and trades, or vocational, master craftsman and trade schools. A cooperation agreement determines which expertise and learning outcomes (from the curricula at vocational schools, for example) will be credited toward university modules. Such cooperation agreements are established in advance by experts, providing a guarantee of credit for the students.
According to the resolutions of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs issued in 2002/2008 (only available in German), qualifications acquired outside of higher education can generally be credited to a degree program up to a maximum of 50 percent, if
- The requirements for admission to higher education are fulfilled.
- They are equivalent to the portion of the degree program in terms of content and level.
- The qualitative content criteria for the substitution have been verified as part of the accreditation process (criteria for accreditation are regulated in the State Ordinance on Academic Accreditation Section 9, only available in German)
You can find the detailed legal parameters in the resolutions of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs issued in 2002/2008 and the Higher Education Act of Rhineland-Palatinate (Section 25 Paragraph 3) (both only available in German).
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Degree programs in the Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying
- Geoinformatics and Surveying B.Sc.
- Geoinformatics and Surveying B.Sc. - combined degree program (dual)
- Geoinformatics and Surveying M.Sc.
- Digital Methods in the Humanities and Cultural Studies M.A.
- Geoinformatics M.Eng.
- Geoinformatics certificate (continuing education)
- Applied Informatics B.Sc.
- Applied Informatics (dual, Public Service) B.Sc.