Recognition of Credits Earned Abroad

To make a recognition request for credits earned abroad DURING your TUM studies, a personal application must be submitted via the online Credit Transfer Application. For applications of credit transfer PRIOR your studies abroad please contact our departmental Academic Advisors (Studienberatung).

This does not apply to the following degree programs:

1. MSc Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence - for this program, please contact your Degree Program Coordinator
2. MSc Computational Science and Engineering - for this program, please contact your Degree Program Coordinator
3. BSc & MSc Bioinformatics - for this program, please contact your Degree Program Coordinator

For all IN.TUM degree programs, two conditions must generally be fulfilled for the recognition of a module:

  • The host university must have equivalent academic status to TUM.
  • The nature and scope of the credits must be equivalent to those of TUM.

As a rule, there are three types of recognition:

1. Recognition as discipline-specific module

TUM professorial staff are responsible for determining the equivalence of host university modules to discipline-specific modules at TUM. Please use the form Recognition Request – TUM Module (right) and contact the module coordinator or the current lecturer of the module in question. This person should complete the form for upload and send the relevant information to

2. Recognition as support elective module

The person responsible for this type of recognition (soft skills) can be found on the website for support electives; please contact him/her by email.

3. Recognition as elective module

The stipulations concerning recognition are generally set out in § 40 of the program-specific Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO). It must be determined whether the credits to be recognized meet the requirements of the TUM degree program and are meaningfully related to the program’s curriculum. As a rule, credits of this type are recognized as elective modules. Decisions on recognition of this type are made by the following persons, as a rule, Degree Program Coordinators:

  • Master Informatics: consultation with Claudia Philipps
  • Master Informatics: Games Engineering: consultation with Georg Groh
  • Master Information Systems: consultation with Richard Littmann
  • Master Data Engineering and Analytics: consultation with Timo Kersten
  • Master Automotive Software Engineering: consultation with Valentin Zieglmaier
  • Master Bioinformatics: consultation with and request for credit transfer to Prof. Volker Heun
  • Master Biomedical Computing: consultation with BMC Koordination
  • Master Robotics, Cognition, Intelligence: consultation with and request for credit transfer to Studiengangskoordination RCI
  • Bachelor Informatik: Absprache mit Claudia Philipps
  • Bachelor Wirtschaftsinformatik: Absprache mit Ruben Mayer
  • Bachelor Informatik: Games Engineering: Absprache mit Sven Liedtke
  • Bachelor Bioinformatik: Absprache mit und Antrag bei Prof. Volker Heun

The student must verify that he/she fulfills the above requirements by personally submitting relevant documents to the respective contact person. These include:

  • The module description (and curriculum of the master’s program where applicable) 
  • Learning outcomes, syllabus/outline and reference materials of the module
  • Grade report: As a rule, the transcript of records from the stay abroad

Required documents will only be accepted in German or English. For original documents in other languages, please submit a translation (need not be certified) in your Credit Transfer Application.

Note for MSc students - requirements for recognition concerning master’s programs: The module...

  • is master’s level (i.e. builds on knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s program)
  • matches the content of the corresponding TUM electives module catalog
  • is completed by passing an appropriate examination

NB: Arrange as much as possible before your departure!

Even if not every module you take abroad is recognized by TUM, don't let it discourage you from studying abroad. After all, you’re not going abroad to complete exactly the same curriculum you could have completed here at TUM. We encourage you to expand your academic and personal horizons!

The Credit Recognition Process - Step by Step

Ideally, the recognition process should be initiated before the stay abroad:

  • Step 1 - Initiate the credit recognition process before your stay abroad:
    Draw up a study program that includes all the modules you wish to attend at the host university. This plan must be approved by the International Affairs Delegate; to this end, please provide as much detail about the modules as possible. You should consider if and for which TUM modules you will seek to have those on the approved study program recognized. After consultation with the International Affairs Delegate, you can begin contacting the relevant professors for approval. In most cases, however, students wait to see if module offerings change (overlaps, new interesting modules, module cancellations) when they arrive at the host university.
  • Step 2 - The credit recognition process during your stay abroad: Any changes to the study program or further information on the modules should be discussed directly by email.
  • Step 3 - The credit recognition process after your stay abroad: After returning from the host university, you must submit an Credit Transfer Application. With the exception of elective modules (Wahlfachbereich) to the respective degree program, you have to provide the approval for "recognition as support elective" confirmed by email or the module is already indicated in the List of Previously Recognized Credits earned Abroad; for “Recognition as discipline-specific module” (1:1), confirmation of approval from the relevant TUM professor or module coordinator must accompany your application (Form or email).
    For credit transfer applications to the MSc degree programs CSE, RCI and Bioinformatics please contact the respective degree program coordination (see above).
  • Step 4 - Entry of Recognized Credits in TUMonline: All recognized credits will be entered into your grade report in TUMonline. The procedure can take up to 10 weeks. You will receive a special e-mail notification via the TUM Wiki Confluence System to show your original Transcript of Records in order to verify your application.  

List of Previously Recognized Credits earned Abroad

To provide a bit of orientation, you can look at the List of Previously Recognized Credits Earned Abroad. Please note the corresponding comments and provisos! If the foreign module has not changed in the meantime and the module fits into your curriculum, it can consequently be recognised.

Grade and Credit Conversion - How long does the whole process take?

Grade Conversion

As a rule, the grade scale of the host university is evenly matched to the TUM grade scale 1.0 - 4.0 according to the modified Bavarian Formula. Further information gives Claudia Philipps.

Credit Conversion

If no ECTS are indicated on the grade report, the workload must be determined. Please provide as much information as possible that is relevant for determining workload/credits from your host university and contact Claudia Philipps before leaving, so that any missing information can be obtained while you are still on site.

How long does the process take?

Generally, it takes 8-10 weeks (in lecture-free periods it might take a bit longer) to complete the credit recognition process and enter recognized credits into your grade report in TUMonline.

Open questions or specific assistance necessary?

Our International Affairs Delegate Claudia Philipps is happy to help you find the appropriate contact person and assess the equivalency of the credits in question. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of this offer.

If you are going abroad within the scope of a TUM exchange program (Erasmus+, TUMexchange, departmental exchange), you must draw up a study program before you begin your stay and have it signed by Claudia Philipps. Also for self-organized stays abroad a consultation with the International Affairs Delegate is recommended.