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Acknowledgment of Courses in Other Universities

Area of Study

B. Sc. VWL 

Volkswirtschaftspolitik: Modul POL3 Wirtschaftspolitische Wahlpflichtmodule.                                                      

M. Sc. Economics

Master of Economics and Politics.

M. Sc. VWL             

Spezialisierungsbereich International and Development Economics (PO 2014)               


Courses from other universities are recognized if they adequately correspond to the level and scope of the courses offered by our chair.

If the scope is less than we usually do, the courses can still be recognized, but with a lower number of ECTS (courses at the University of Basel, for example, are often offered with 3 ECTS. If they are equivalent, we also count 3 ECTS).

In terms of content, it may well be different courses, but they should be related to economics and not fall within the competence of another colleague (for example, we do not offer "Feminist Economics", but we would credit it if the level is appropriate).



Our department offers courses in the following areas:

  • Macroeconomic policy
  • Political Economy and International Political Economy
  • Foreign economic theory and policy (International Economics)
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Development Economics

Courses from other areas of economics or from other degree programs are usually revised by the appropriate colleagues (e.g. business administration, political science ...)

Formal Requirement

As a rule, only master's courses are credited for the master's degree (M. Sc. In Economics, M.Sc. in Economics), for the bachelor's degree, bachelor's courses are considered (and of course also master's courses).

The requirement level of the course to be recognized must adequately correspond to our course level. Courses from well-known universities usually have a good chance of being credited.

These are basic rules; An individual review and decision will follow for each individual case.


A clear certificate of performance must be provided; the individual performance must be proven by an individual performance examination. The exam must be passed.


Courses at other universities can be counted as seminars in the master's program if the following requirements are met:

  • The course must require a clear, individualized certificate of performance; this must be passed. Group evaluations are not counted as a seminar.
  • A term paper of around 15-20 pages is to be written individually.
  • The course requires an understanding of relevant articles about the respective topic. It should correspond to the level of the literature used in the chair´s seminars.



General procedure for recognition at our chair

The recognition takes place in two steps:


Preliminary evaluation of the chances of recognition.
(Optional but strongly recommended).

  • Send us an outline and the required literature before the course begins. On this basis, we determine the chances of recognition of the course.
  • We will inform you of the preliminary evaluation as early as possible by email.
  • The preliminary evaluation is not binding. This applies in particular to cases such as Bachelor courses in the fourth year, which should be recognized for the Master's degree.

Final decision on recognition.

A final decision on recognition is only possible after the course. In order to assess whether the course can be recognized, please send us the following documents:

  • Copy of the performance certificate
  • Outline of the course
  • Literature list of the course with the compulsory literature on each topic
  • Certificate of the number of hours per week in the semester
  • Certificate of the type and scope of the respective examination performance
  • Certificate of the level of the course (Bachelor, Master in Economics)
  • Slides or notes of the course.
  • Exams, homework, term papers, etc.
  • Any other documents that could help make a decision.
  • The completed and signed application form from the office of the examination board


Recognition of compulsory elective achievements in B. Sc. Economics (via the international office)

Under certain conditions, compulsory elective achievements in economics can be recognized directly via the international office.

You can find more information here.