How do I get a degree

Regardless of whether it's in your stomach or you're looking forward to it: There are usually six semesters before the Bachelor's degree. Some courses also consist of seven or eight semesters - for example in practice-oriented or international courses where a practical or semester abroad is firmly planned. With the Bachelor-Plus variant, some universities also want to counter the accusation that too much material would be taught in too short a time in the Bachelor, so that they set up some courses of study for eight semesters from the start.

In most courses, however, the bachelor's degree ends when the students have completed six semesters and earned 180 credit points (CPs). You acquire the last 30 CPs with the bachelor thesis - a mostly 20 to 50-page scientific paper that is researched and written in the sixth semester.

Those who have written the bachelor thesis and received a grade better than 4.1 and successfully completed all the prescribed modules will receive their bachelor’s degree. The grade of the final thesis, like that of all previous module examinations, is included in the overall grade, which later appears above the individual grades on the certificate. There is not always a final examination that goes beyond this - the bachelor’s examination often means the course-related examinations in combination with the bachelor’s thesis.

At the end of the course, the bachelor's certificate with the diploma supplement is awarded. In this appendix to the examination certificate, which was introduced in the course of the Bologna process, the course content and the knowledge and qualifications acquired are explained in more detail. The Europe-wide introduction of the Diploma Supplement is intended to increase transparency and ultimately also mobility for further academic and professional careers. For example, employers at home and abroad can easily see what the applicant has learned during their studies.

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