International Office

Recognition of credits

After you have completed your studies abroad, you can have the study and examination achievements gained there recognised at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences.


How do I proceed?

  • The person responsible for the respective module is responsible for the recognition of achievements. In case of discrepancies, please contact the examination board of the programme and inform the head of the International Office (IO) in parallel.
  • Please use the form for the recognition of study and examination achievements acquired abroad.
  • After completing the form, obtain all necessary signatures on the form and finally hand it in at your examination office.

Basis for recognition

According to the Lisbon Convention of 2007, credits earned abroad must be recognised unless substantial differences can be substantiated by the home institution.


What "substantial differences" mean in detail is a matter of discretion of the respective module supervisor. For example, minor differences in scope are not significant. The recognition of a module completed abroad with 4 ECTS in comparison to a module with 5 ECTS at the home university cannot be automatically rejected simply because of its scope.

Sometimes it is also advisable to combine several smaller modules for the recognition of a large module at the home university. Here the focus is on an integral assessment of the competences to be achieved rather than a detailed one-to-one comparison of the subject content.


After returning to the home university, the conversion of credits is usually unproblematic, especially if the host university also uses ECTS.

The Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences provides in this table a conversion of ECTS earned abroad and grades for different countries/universities. If the host country is not listed in the table, the "Modified Bavarian Formula" is used (linearisation between the best and worst grades).

Since April 2016 the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences is also a member of egracons, a database for transparent grade conversion within Europe based on the percentage grade distribution at host and home university. Lecturers can create their own account