Here we will inform you about how to get your academic achievements abroad recognized.
Before your stay abroad
Please submit the completed application for prior recognition of academic achievements taken abroad to the Examination Office of Faculty 03 as soon as you can foresee which courses you will take during your semester abroad, but no later than six weeks before the start of your stay abroad.
Please note that the content of the courses you have selected must match the module for which you are applying for recognition. In particular, you must ensure that the course covers the knowledge and skills that are listed in the module description of the respective study regulations.
After your application has been processed by the Examination Office you will receive it back with a note stating which courses you can expect to be recognized.
Please comply with the following points so that the Examination Office can process your application for prior recognition:
Some partner universities only publish their course catalogues at the beginning of the semester/trimester. In this case, please submit your application for prior recognition as soon as possible.
It is advisable to register for a semester on leave while you are staying abroad. Your number of semesters will not increase and your academic achievements abroad can still be recognized. Also, your student status and your student health insurance are retained. Child benefits will also continue.
However, if you would like to take an exam at Goethe University during your semester abroad, you cannot register for a semester on leave.
You can find further information on the website of the Global Office. A leave of absence can be requested at the Studien Service Center.
If you would like to have your academic achievements abroad
recognized by another faculty, please contact the responsible
Examination Office in good time. Recognition must
always be clarified with the Examination Office of the Faculty by which
you would like to have your achievements abroad recognized.
If you enter a course in your Learning Agreement that you got confirmed by another Examination Office, you must always add proof of this. This can be an informal email stating that you will receive credit for the course. Alternatively, you can have the recognition of the course signed by the ERASMUS coordinator of the other Faculty on the Learning Agreement
An example: Your major is Political Science at Faculty 03 and your minor Business Administration at Faculty 02. You go abroad via Faculty 03. You now have the opportunity to attend business administration courses at the partner university and want to have these recognized. In this case, the (prior) recognition of the business administration courses is not carried out by the Examination Office of Faculty 03, but the Examination Office of Faculty 02.
You have the option of completing the “semester abroad" module with your stay abroad. For this you need 31 ECTS which can be obtained by completing three seminars in connection with two term papers. As an alternative to the semester abroad, please choose modules PT-MA-7 to 9 in the study regulations.
Please note that you can complete this module outside of the Anglo-American language area or in a foreign language other than English. You can find further information on the partner universities in the Political Theory degree program in North America here.
After your stay abroad
The final recognition of the study achievements made abroad is carried out by the Examination Board
of your degree program. However, the application for recognition must
always be submitted to the Examination Office at Faculty 03.
In principle, all achievements are recognized that are equivalent in terms of the subject, the focus, the modules, and the scope of the study achievements.
Please submit the following documents to the Examination Office if you have not applied for prior recognition or if you have completed other courses than those prior recognized:
If you have a prior recognition, you only need to submit the official Transcript of Records to the Examination Office.
For more information, see our FAQs on recognition of academic achievements.
International Relations Management and Erasmus+-Coordination
Dr. Anke Reinhold
Tel.: +49 (0)69 798-36571
PEG Room 2G. 134
Open consultation hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am – 1 pm and online by appointment via email to email@example.com.
During the semester break, office hours are held on Tuesdays from 11 am – 1 pm.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Westend, PEG building
60323 Frankfurt am Main