Recognition of credits earned abroad according to the European Credit Transfer System

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Attention: The recognition of a work performed abroad is not possible if the work was performed exclusively in a group without any individual performance (e.g. exam, seminar paper, etc.).


What is the minimum number of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points I have to acquire and what is the maximum number of credits I can receive from abroad?

To be eligible for ERASMUS+ financial support, students must earn at least 15 ECTS credits per semester abroad. In Kiel, 5 ECTS will then be recognised per course. Example: If you have taken 2 courses abroad with 7.5 ECTS each, you will still only be recognized in Kiel for 2 courses (= 10 ECTS).

Bachelor's/Master's students are allowed to earn an unlimited number of ECTS credits from abroad for the Kiel degree. In the case of a desired crediting for a compulsory course, there must be a content equivalence of the courses to the Kieler Studienprogramm, in the case of a desired crediting in the Bachelor's elective area or the supplementary area of the Master's, there must not be an exact equivalence of the content to a course here in Kiel. Here you can submit for recognition all courses that are assigned to the field of economics and correspond to the respective level. 

It is also possible that the partner university limits the choice of courses to an upper limit of ECTS credits.


What is the maximum number of points I can have credited to my account for a semester of leave?

In case of a leave of absence, you may not have any ECTS points credited.


How is the crediting of work done abroad (with ECTS points)?

Before the beginning of your semester abroad the later recognition of the achievements planned abroad must be discussed with the respective Kiel professorship or lecturer. Therefore, you should select courses from the curriculum of the host university that are of interest to you and consider for which modules they could be recognized in Kiel. Then submit all documents necessary for recognition (course descriptions with content, time frame and form of the examination) together with information about the exact course of studies for which you are enrolled here in Kiel and for which the course is to be recognized in Kiel to the respective lecturer (see below). As a rule, it is sufficient to send an e-mail request with the above information (e.g. a link to module descriptions). In addition, please refer to the information of the respective professorships, which documents should be enclosed. The reply e-mail about an acknowledgement must then be submitted to the ERASMUS coordinator together with the Learning Agreement.


Please note that in Kiel, the number of ECTS credits awarded for the module according to the curriculum or, in the case of recognition without equivalence, for comparable modules in the field, will be credited. This means that 5 ECTS per course from abroad are always credited in the elective area of economics in the Bachelor's programme, in the Master's programme and in the supplementary area.  


After your stay abroad, you fill out the form for the recognition of achievements in the Bachelor's and Master's programme (you will find this on the forms page of the Examination Office) and hand it in at the Examination Office together with printouts of the recognition letters and a QIS printout of your previous performance overview. The Examination Office then forwards the documents to the ERASMUS Office of the Institute of Economics. The ERASMUS Office enters the grades according to the table and any missing professorships, confirms the entry (with stamp) and informs the students that they can pick up the documents. Afterwards, students submit the documents separately to the respective chair in the office. After processing the credits, the individual professorships inform the students (or the secretary's office tells the students that they can pick up the documents in X days / weeks). The completed form is then submitted by the students to the WiSo-PA (2 pages: 1. student information, 2. table of courses, stamps & signatures).

Please note that courses listed in the final Transcript of Records of the partner universities will also be credited ex officio. This means that all courses will be recognised, even if they are not listed by you in the examination office form. The allocation is made here according to courses still available in your transcript of records.

Note for W-X study programmes
For example, economic chemistry: The recognition of economic chemists (BA and MA) is carried out by the home faculty, i.e. the examination office for chemistry. This is where students should submit their recognition documents, even if they are taking Economics or Business Administration modules. In this case, the documents will be forwarded to the study advisor of the Studienkolleg for examination or recognition. The registration of the grades in POS is also done at the home faculty. The procedure is the same for Bachelor and Master students of all W-X study programmes.


Who is responsible for the recognition of services rendered abroad for the respective modules?

The later recognition of the course must be clarified with the professor or lecturer responsible for recognition at Kiel University before the stay abroad!


If courses from abroad are to be included in the compulsory part of business studies, the compulsory part of economics, the compulsory part of quantitative basics or the compulsory part of law, it is urgently necessary to ensure that the content of the courses is equivalent. In the elective area of economics and in the area of general studies, courses can also be recognised which differ in content from the courses offered in Kiel. The recognition of a course is only possible if the services were rendered abroad under the same conditions as in Kiel. This means that seminars that were prepared in a group work and do not include any individual work will not be credited.


Contact details of professorships for the recognition of achievements from abroad

Professorship Professors Contact
Professur für Außenwirtschaft Prof. Holger Görg PhD holger.goerg(at)
Professur für Wirtschaftsethik Prof. James Konow PhD konow(at)
Professur für Finanzwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik Prof. Dr. Sebastian Köhne
Professur für Geld, Währung und Internationale Finanzmärkte Prof. Dr. Thomas Lux lux(at)
Professur für empirische Arbeitsmarktforschung und räumliche Ökonometrie Prof. Dr. Annekatrin Niebuhr niebuhr(at)
Professur für Regional- und Ressourcenökonomik Dr. Sampo Pihlainen pihlainen(at)
Professur für Mikroökonomie Prof. Horst Raff PhD raff(at)
Professur für Umwelt- und Energieökonomik Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz rehdanz(at) 
Professur für Internationale Finanzmärkte Prof. Dr. Stefan Reitz stefan.reitz(at) 
Professur für Innovations-, Wettbewerbs- und Neue Institutionenökonomik Prof. Dr. Till Requate


Professur für Finanzwirtschaft, Sozialpolitik und Gesundheitsökonomik Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrich Schmidt
Professur für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Wirtschaftspolitik  Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr PhD felbermayr(at)
Professur für Internationale Finanzmärkte und Global Governance Prof. Dr. Christoph Trebesch christoph.trebesch(at)
Professur für Makroökonomik Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Wohltmann wohltmann(at)