GET YOUR PREVIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED

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WHAT ARE RECOGNISED ACHIEVEMENTS AND HOW CAN I SAVE TIME WITH THEM?

Recognition of your previous achievements means that we recognise and count your achievements from a previous degree programme or from your professional experience towards your planned studies with us. You do not have to take modules again that you have already covered through your previous work.

With relevant prior experience, you can reduce your study time and save 30 euros per ECTS point on top of that.

We distinguish between recognition and credit:

  • Recognition: We recognise academic achievements that you have completed at another university.
  • Credit: Vocational training (e.g. IHK qualifications) and professional experience (e.g. advanced education or relevant areas of responsibility in your job) can be credited towards your degree programme.

For the sake of simplicity, we will use the general term "recognition" in the following.

Standard and individual recognition

STANDARD RECOGNITION

We have prepared standard recognition applications for you for many vocational training and advanced educational qualifications. All you have to do is print them out and attach them to your application for recognition (including certified copies of your transcripts and certificates) of prior achievements. Here you can see in advance how many ECTS credits we will award you for your vocational training or advanced education.

Examples of standard credit recognition possibilities:

  • Vocational training IHK, HWK
  • Advanced education IHK, HWK
  • Advanced education VWA
  • Other


INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION

If you do not find your previous or advanced education and vocational training in the standard applications for recognition, we will verify your previous achievements - along with your application for recognition - on the basis of the documents you have sent to us.

For example, the following achievements can be recognised in the bachelor's degree programme:

  • Study achievements from other universities
  • Non-university qualifications (e.g. IHK qualifications)
  • Content from vocational training
  • Professional experience

Download your forms of previous achievements

Whether individual or lump-sum recognition: You can find a detailed overview and all forms in our download area.

I SAVE VALUABLE TIME & MONEY DURING MY STUDIES.

My challenge is to combine work and study in such a way that there is enough time for hobbies and the like. The recognition of prior learning helped me to achieve this. I was able to get 60 ECTS credits from my teacher training recognised. This shortened my studies by a third. Perfect!
Lena Thurner
Student Social Work & Educator

Your next steps

1. CHECK RECOGNITION

Check whether there is a standard recognition for your previous achievements. If not, no problem: individual recognition is also possible. Download the relevant application form from our download area.

2. SEND DOCUMENTS

Complete your application for recognition of prior achievements and send it to us together with the certified copies of your documents.


3. APPLICATION RECEIVED

As soon as you have submitted your application, we will contact you by e-mail and inform you about any additional documents, if necessary.

4. FINAL ACCEPTANCE

We will send you a message when we have processed your application and forwarded it to the examination board for final acceptance.

5. DECISION OF RECOGNITION APPLICATION

After the final check, we will send you a decision regarding your recognition of previous achievements by e-mail.

6. REGISTRATION OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

We will forward the decision letter to the Examinations Office so that your recognised achievements can be entered into your transcript of records. However, this will only happen after your official enrolment.

7. COST REDUCTION

If you are also able to save tuition fees through the recognition, you will receive an additional agreement that will be sent to you before the first payment of fees and will be valid from your official enrolment date.

REDUCE STUDY DURATION & SAVE MONEY

Our distance learning counsellors at IU International University will show you everything you need to know about the topic of recognition in a free information event and give you useful tips along the way!

You can find current event dates under the section "Recognition of previous achievements"

Please note: due to the fact that the study programmes offered on this website are in German, the video is in German as well.

YOUR CHECKLIST

Have you already submitted all the necessary documents?

We still need a few documents to check your recognition: Please send us simple copies (not certified), as we cannot return your documents. Here you will find an overview of which documents are required to verify your previous achievements.

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