Recognition of Previous Coursework and Examinations


Immediate measure to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus:

The office will be available by e-mail only until further notice. Currently, the ZPA does not accept mail. Please scan or take a picture of your requests and send them to us with your official university e-mail address. Please check your university e-mail regularly. For more information, please refer to the relevant contacts. We apologize for any delays that may occur in the coming weeks.

Please make sure to read the information and instructions of the University of Mannheim regularly.


In order to have coursework and examinations from your previous studies or non-academic achievements recognized, you must submit a request for recognition after enrollment. Recognitions are made only upon your request. Achievements checked in the initial review are not automatically recognized.

    Check list for your recognition request

  • Complete and sign the request form

    • Please fill in the first page of the form legibly and check the request for recognition under Nach der Einschreibung in den Studiengang (“After enrollment for the program”).
    • Indicate on the form the titles of equivalent courses taken previously. Enter the title as it appears on your transcript of records. A clear and correct request can be reviewed more expeditiously.
    • How do you know which courses may be considered equivalent? 
      If you have done an initial review, you should use that as a guide. As for the other courses, there must be no significant difference in the competencies of the courses in order for them to be recognized or, in the case of recognition of non-university achievements, there must be equivalence (see section 35 of the Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (LHG)). Therefore, compare the competency descriptions of your previous degree program with those of your new degree program. You can find the current module descriptions of the University of Mannheim on the website of the responsible dean's office.
    • On the last page, please provide your personal data and sign the request. We can only process your request, if it has been signed. 
    • There are no forms for master’s programs: Please write a free-form request stating clearly and conspicuously which courses you request to be recognized for which courses at the University of Mannheim. All other information remains the same.  
       
  • Attach required documents in the original

    • Competency descriptions from your previous degree program: 
      Mark the courses to be reviewed and note the corresponding page numbers of the competency descriptions next to the courses on the form. This facilitates the allocation and allows for faster processing.
    • Current transcript of records in the original or as a notarized copy from your previous studies or non-academic achievements, listing all courses to be recognized. This also applies, if you have already submitted a transcript of records for the initial review.
  • Submission to the ZPA: via mail / secretary’s office / by using the mailboxes

    You can send us your request via mail, drop it off in our mailbox or submit it in person to our secretary’s office. 

    Via mail
    If you want to send us your request via mail, please use the postal address of the office of the Central Examination Committee: 

    University of Mannheim
    Office of the Central Examination Committee
    Postfach
    68131 Mannheim

    Mailbox drop-off
    You can find our mailbox at the entrance of: 

    L 9, 7
    68131 Mannheim

    If you mail us your request or drop it off in our mailbox, we will return the original transcript of records to you along with the official notification.

    Secretary’s office
    You can also drop off your request in person at our secretary’s office, e.g. if you do not have any notarized copies of your original documents and urgently need them back. Please only make an appointment for the submission of recognition requests with the advisors, if you have specific questions that have not been covered on this page.

In order to speed up the process, please ensure your request is complete and includes all required information before submitting.


Important information

Examination regulations
Any information provided on these pages is based on the respective examination regulations. Only the examination regulations have legal validity.

Reference to the General Statutes of Fees of the University of Mannheim
Please take note of section 3 subsection 2 of the General Statutes of Fees of the University of Mannheim of 17 May 2006 as amended on 9 December 2013:

For a dismissal of an appeal a fee of up to 1.000 euros but at least 50.00 euros applies depending on the complexity of the case. The same applies in case of a withdrawal of the appeal by the appellant after work on the case has been taken up. In this case a fee of at least 20.00 euros applies as an exception from sentence 1. For less complex cases the fee may be waived.


Contact

Matthias Bulenz

Matthias Bulenz

Advisor at the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences: Recognition of credits obtained in studies abroad, in another degree program or at another university | DaF/DaZ part-time program
University of Mannheim
Office of the Central Examination Committee
L 9, 7 – Room 312
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
please contact me via e-mail
Madeline Dahl

Madeline Dahl

Advisor at the School of Humanities: B.A. and M.A. in Culture and Economy | School of Social Sciences: Bachelor's and master's programs | BAföG and KfW certificates (for all programs supervised by the ZPA)
University of Mannheim
Office of the Central Examination Committee
L 9, 7 – Room 311
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Mon–Thu 9–12 a.m. (by phone)
Eva-Maria Hartmann

Eva-Maria Hartmann

Advisor for teacher education programs GymPo I, B.Ed. and M.Ed. | School of Humanities: Bachelor's and master's programs (except B.A./M.A. in Culture and Economy and M.A. in Intercultural German Studies)
University of Mannheim
Office of the Central Examination Committee
L 9, 7 – Room 313
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Please contact me via e-mail