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Coursework done at other universities can be counted towards studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences subject to the Guidelines on the Recognition of Coursework.
These guidelines govern recognition of prior or external academic achievement for Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in accordance with § 43 ff. of the framework rules governing study in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs offered by the University of Zurich’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (of 27 August 2018), § 11 of the ordinance on the cross-university Master’s degree program in Film Studies at the University of Zurich Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (dated 25 May 2009) as well as the Program Regulation for the Study Programs at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (general and special sections). The decision on recognition is made by the Vice Dean of Studies.
Recognized academic achievement is communicated via the transcript of records. Appeals are subject to the procedures and deadlines specified in the transcript of records. Academic achievement submitted by calendar week 5 or 35 will be notified in the transcript of records for the Fall or Spring Semester respectively. Academic achievement submitted after these dates will be notified in the transcript of records for the following semester.
External or previous academic achievement is basically recognized via the recognition arrangement. If the academic achievement relates to two different study programs, a separate agreement must be made for each study program. Your contacts for this are the academic or mobility advisors for the various study programs. You will receive the original, with your academic or mobility advisor retaining a copy. Please arrange for your academic achievement to be recognized as soon as possible in the event of the following:
Basically academic achievements will only be recognized if they have not already been counted toward a degree. An exception under the terms of § 37 of the Program Regulations of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is coursework completed at another institution, and proven language skills if these skills are taught in a compulsory module in your study program. In this case, the compulsory module will be recognized as passed with 0 (zero) ECTS credits, thus meeting the requirement. The ECTS credits for the compulsory module must be earned via other coursework. The module group in which this must be done is stipulated in the plan of study in the program regulations. For matters related to credits, please also contact the academic or mobility advisors for the various study programs.
UZH and ETHZ language courses will be recognized without you having to take further action.
In principle academic achievement at ETH Zurich is not recognized automatically. If you want to do coursework at ETH Zurich and have it recognized, you follow the same procedure as for mobility studies. To do this you must contact your academic or mobility advisor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences before you book the ETHZ module to clarify with them whether the module can be recognized. This decision will be set down in a recognition agreement. After completing the module, you submit a printout of the myStudies overview to your academic or mobility advisor.
For questions related to recognition, and in particular the conversion of grades and ECTS credits, please contact Student Services.
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