Germany

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RECOMMENDATION

Expect an average of 1 to 2, with some grades of 3.
For applicants who have only the Vordiplom or Zwischenprufung before beginning studies here, expect an average of 1 to 2;  see below.

GRADING SYSTEM:

1

Sehr Gut

Very Good

2

Gut

Good

3

Befriedigend

Satisfactory

4

Ausreichend

Sufficient

5

Nicht Ausreichend

Unsatisfactory

A Diploma Supplement is available for students after they receive the bachelor’s degree.    The Diploma Supplement will usually show ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades, and grades  in the particular country’s grading scale.

ECTS grades:

A

Top 10% of the cohort

B

Next 25%

C

Next 30%

D

Next 25%

E

Next 10%

SUGGESTED DEGREE EQUIVALENCE:

(Both the Old system and New system are currently offered at many schools).

Old System

Equivalent to US Bachelor’s:
  • Diplom(FH) from a Fachhochscule (Polytechnic University/ University of Applied Science).
  • Erste Staatsexamen - First state exam for teachers (3 years); would yield transfer credit to graduate school from 4th year).
  • The Vordiplom or the Zwischenprufung are exams taken after the 4th semester ; they are not considered equivalent to the US bachelor’s  degree. Applicants who have only the Vordiplom or Zwischenprufung (but who will not receive the Diplom, or Magister, or pass the first state examination) would be expected to have averages of 2 (Gut) with no grades of 3.
Equivalent to US Master’s:
  • Diplom (sciences),  Diplom Ingenieur, Magister (Arts), from a University or University of Technology.

New System

Equivalent to US Bachelor’s:
  • Bachelor (from a University)
  • Bachelor(FH) (from a Polytechnic Univ/Univ of Applied Science)
Equivalent to a US Master’s:
  • Master (from a University)
  • Master (FH) (from a Polytechnic Univ/Univ of Applied Science
Professional qualifications:
  • Zeugnis uber die arztliche Prufung – comparable to MD in the US
  • Zeugnis uber die zahnartzliche Prufung –comparable to DDS in US
  • Zeugnis uber das Ergebnis des dritten Abschnitts det PieraztlichenPrufung – comparable to DVM in the US