What are the differences between a participation certificate (“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 participation certificate (“Teilnahmeschein”).
The latter is awarded with 3 ECTS for your general participation in the specific course, and, besides regular attendance, can include readings, a presentation, reviews or more. During the first week, teachers generally provide you with the specific requirements. This kind of certificate is NOT graded, but marked with a “P“ for participation.
A certificate of achievement additionally requires the completion of an assignment (e.g. research paper or exam), which will be graded. During the first week, teachers generally provide you with the specific requirements. You will be awarded with 7 ECTS for the total work and receive a grade.
Specifics of the different forms of cetification may vary between departments and faculties.
The number of ECTS is a matter of the Erasmus office and not the lecturers. Please note that no extra credit points will be awarded for extra work and that the number of ECTS is not up for negotiation between you and individual lecturers.