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Institute of Cognitive Science

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Acknowledgment of foreign courses


in general:

Every now and then, students contact us seeking (general or specific) advice regarding the acknowledgment of a foreign course. Experience has taught us that more often than not there is a decisive discrepancy between expectations before the course and its real quality later on. The scope ranges from "perfect, but unfortunately taught in national language", "substantial changes in the plan" to "not taken place". Therefore, a final acknowledgment decision can only be taken in hindsight.


before the course:

If you want to assess in advance, what will be acknowledged, please note:

- Compulsory courses at the UOS are compulsory ones. To acknowledge a foreign course as a compulsory one would require a very good and detailed argumentation. In general, I do not acknowledge foreign courses as compulsory ones.

- Compulsory elective courses. Here, you are asked to tell, which UOS course equals the foreign course. You may document this by a script or syllabus. In case there is no real equivalence, but you still consider the course to be relevant for the compulsory elective area, you may illustrate this on a separate sheet.

- Optional course. This area is handled very liberally. As long as the course is roughly relevant, there should be no problem to have it acknowledged. No need to involve me. You may go directly to our examination office.


after the course:

Having accomplished your foreign term, please fill in the corresponding acknowledgment form (downloadable from the examination office's website). Make sure to specifically enter the hours of instruction, your numerical grade and the research field. Please hand this form to Prof. König (50/208), together with a documentation (a PDF is welcome) illustrating the actual course content. I will then check this. If everything is ok, I'll sign the form or else make some necessary modifications.


If you need any further clarification or beforehand-information, you may also contact me directly: Prof. König