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Transfer of semester and course credits

Decisions regarding the transfer of semester/course credits are made by course-specific examinations committees, except where a course is subject to a state-regulated licensing program (Medicine and Dentistry).
All applications for credit transfer must be addressed to the relevant Examinations Office.

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General information

For courses that are subject to state-regulated licensing programs, students will need to contact the relevant competent authority (as designated under federal state law). For students of Medicine and Dentistry, this would usually be the relevant State Examinations Board for the Health Care Professions (Landesprüfungsämter für Gesundheitsberufe). Different rules apply with regard to The New Revised Medical Curriculum (Modellstudiengang Medizin). For students enrolled on this course, credit transfer decisions fall under the remit of the relevant Charité-based examinations committee.

Students wishing to transfer credits accrued at foreign universities may require a ‘Statement of Comparability’, which is issued following an assessment of equivalence of training. For information on whether you may need a ‘Statement of Comparability’, please contact the office of the relevant competent authority. ‘Statements of Comparability’ fall under the remit of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Deutsche Kultusministerkonferenz).

The processing of applications by state and federal authorities will usually incur a fee and may take up to three months. Please take processing times into account when planning your application.
Examinations Boards continue to process applications free of charge.

Medicine

Please also note the information provided below on the transfer of credits accrued as part of the New Revised Medical Curriculum (Modellstudiengang Medizin).

Article 12, section 1 of the Licensing Regulations for Physicians (§ 12 Abs. 1 Approbationsordnung) states:
“(1) The competent authority established under federal state will recognize the following as counting towards the qualification discussed in these regulations [Note: medical degrees obtained in Germany], either in whole or in part, and providing equivalence has been established:
1. Time spent studying a related subject at a German university,
2. Time spent studying either medicine or a related subject at a university outside Germany.”

This means that credits and qualifications obtained as part of non-university-based training will not usually qualify for transfer.

The transfer of qualifications and course credits obtained by students of medicine is organized and administered by the State Examinations Boards for the Health Care Professions (Landesprüfungsämter für Gesundheitsberufe). For Berlin, the relevant competent authority is the Berlin State Department for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo).

Which competent authority a particular student should be applying to is determined by the student’s place of study or place of birth. For students not born in Germany and not enrolled at a German university, this would be the North Rhine-Westphalia State Administrative Offices (Landesamt Nordrhein-Westfalen).

All course credit certificates (Scheine) obtained as part of a degree course at a German university and those recognized as equivalent by the relevant competent authority are valid across Germany, including for future inter-university transfers within Germany.

New Revised Medical Curriculum

Provisions for the transfer of course credits accrued as part of the New Revised Medical Curriculum at Charité differ from those in place for other medical degree courses. All such transfers must be approved by the relevant Charité Examinations Committee.

Summaries of modules taught as part of the New Revised Medical Curriculum (Modellstudiengang Medizin) can be found in the appendix of the course regulations published in Official Bulletin No. 160 of 16.10.2015 (Amtlichen Mitteilungsblatt Nr. 160 vom 16.10.2015).

Non-medical qualifications obtained abroad must be approved by the relevant office of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. This process falls under the remit of the Office of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Sekretariat der Kultusministerkonferenz).

Please note that the approval process may take up to three months.

Course credits/qualifications obtained as part of medical degree courses abroad must be from universities officially recognized in Germany. The university in question must be recorded as approved in the ‘anabin’ database - please click on the relevant tile for further information.

Advice for applicants

Should you require advice or wish to make an application, please contact the Office of the Registrar/Equivalence (Stabstelle Registrar/Äquivalenzen).

  • Office hours are by appointment only. Please email or telephone to make an appointment.
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Dentistry

The transfer of qualifications and course credits obtained by students of dentistry is organized and administered by the State Examinations Boards for the Health Care Professions (Landesprüfungsämter für Gesundheitsberufe). For Berlin, the relevant competent authority is the Berlin State Department for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo).

Which competent authority a particular student should be applying to is determined by the student’s place of study or place of birth. For persons not resident in Germany and not enrolled at a German university, this would be the Thuringia State Administrative Offices (Landesamt Thüringen).

All course credit certificates (Scheine) obtained as part of a degree course at a German university and those recognized as equivalent by the relevant competent authority are valid across Germany, including for future inter-university transfers within Germany.

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees

The transfer of qualifications and course credits obtained as part of the degree courses

  • Bachelor Gesundheitswissenschaften (Bachelor in Health Sciences)
  • Master in Health Professions Education
  • Consecutive Master of Science in Public Health

will be administered by the relevant (degree-specific) examinations committees. Applications should be submitted to the relevant Examinations Office.