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Recognition of academic achievements

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Procedure in the faculties

The recognition of academic achievements abroad is relatively different in the faculties. It is therefore essential to seek advice from the relevant study office in good time before going abroad. At this point only an initial orientation is offered, which should help you to find the right information and contact persons more quickly.

Please also note the links under "International contacts at the faculties" on the page

Faculty of Law

Here you will find the regulations of the Faculty of Law regarding free grants and certificates of achievement for stays within the Erasmus + program.

Medical school

Here you will find information from the Medical Faculty about recognition.

Faculty of Education

Information on recognition can be found on the International pages of the Faculty of Education.

Faculty of Humanities

Here you can find information from the Faculty of Humanities about recognition of academic achievements.

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences

Faculty of Psychology and Exercise Science

Information on the accreditation practice at the Institute of Psychology can be found on the website of the Erasmus Psychology Office.

Faculty of Business Administration

General information can be found on the International pages of the Faculty of Business Administration.

Legal basis - Extract from the handout of the section Quality and Law of the Department of Studies and Teaching

Since the "Lisbon Convention" of the European Union was transposed into federal law in 2007, universities have generally had to recognize externally provided work. Recognition of externally performed achievements can only be refused if the university can prove that these are not equivalent.

The decisive principle of the Lisbon Convention is that a qualification is to be recognized as a rule. The burden of proof that an application for recognition does not meet the relevant requirements because there is a significant difference lies with the body responsible for recognition, in this case the examination board of the respective degree program at Universität Hamburg. This principle is reflected in § 40 HmbHG. According to § 40 HmbHG and the "Lisbon Convention", competencies acquired within and outside of the university sector must be recognized in principle.

Further information can be found under Handouts from the Quality and Law Unit.

Further information for students and faculties

  • Flyer "Study Abroad and Recognition" (PDF) from the German Rectors' Conference (HRK)
    The flyer informs students about their rights and obligations when it comes to the recognition of academic achievements acquired abroad.
A guideline has been created for universities that explains the basics of the Lisbon Convention and contains suggestions for the design of binding and transparent recognition procedures. This guideline for recognition offers assistance by providing information on the crucial content of the Lisbon Convention (especially with regard to the postulated principles of "reversal of the burden of proof" and "essential difference") and its (legal) implementation in Germany, tips and Gives recommendations for the optimal design of recognition procedures and offers guidelines for quality assurance of recognition procedures.
  • Guideline "Recognition of Study and Examination Achievements Acquired Abroad" of the University Rectors' Conference - long version (PDF)
  • Guideline "Recognition of Study and Examination Achievements Acquired Abroad" of the University Rectors' Conference - short version (PDF)