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What are the differences between a certificate of participation (“Teilnahmeschein”) and a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsschein”)?

In general, the required work for a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsschein”) is more complex than the one for a certificate of participation (“Teilnahmeschein”).

If you obtain a  "Teilnahmeschein" you will receive 3 ECTS for your active participation in a course. Besides regular attendance, the requirements can include readings, a presentation, reviews or more. During the first week, teachers will share with you with the specific requirements for their course. This kind of certificate is NOT graded, but marked with a “P“ for participation.

To receive a "Leistungsschein", and therefore 7 ECTS, you will have to meet all of the requirements of an active participation and additionally complete an assignment at the end of the semester. This will usually be a research paper or exam, which will be graded. During the first week, teachers will share with you the specific requirements.

This applies to courses offered by the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science. The regulations and forms of certification at other departments and faculties may differ. Please note that the number of ECTS is a matter of the Erasmus office, not individual lecturers. No extra credit points will be awarded for extra work, since we need to be consistent with the ECTS rules within our faculty.


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