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Prof. Dr. Roland Fried
Foreign Student Advisor

M.Sc. Jana König
Office hours: By appointment




ECTS Overview

If you are considering undertaking a study of statistics within the scope of ECTS credits, we ask you to regard the following information.

Detailed explanations to the conditions of admission, as well as the recognition of course studies, can be found in the corresponding points under Formalities.



The "European Credit Transfer System" was introduced by the European Union, with the goal of creating one system  to recognise previous studies abroad. The ECTS should make it easier for students to show their achievements at guest and home universities and other educational instituions. The ECTS should hence strengthen the value of a year abroad, as well as making the process easier.


How does ECTS work?

A principal characteristic of ECTS is the introduction of 'Credit Points' to evaluate the assessment of study events, such as lectures, seminars, internships, etc. This evaluation is based on the assessment of the workload that the student has to undertake, in order to complete the class successfully. A class which consisted of four hour lecture with two hours for tutorials would be valued more than a two hour lecture with only one hour for tutorial.

An academic year is made up of 60 Credits, a Semester correspondingly 30 Credits and a Trimester 20.

It is important that the student only receives the credits once they have completed what is required, for example by passing an exam.

Institutes and faculties participate in a ECTS programme on a voluntary basis, which means that not all courses at all German universities will provide the opportunity of studying under a ECTS programme. The participating institutes, which of course includes the Statistics Department at TU Dortmund,  now follow the guidelines of the ECTS programme. These include:

  • Information about the available courses
  • Mutual agreements between the partnering institutions and the students
  • Using ECTS credits as a measurement to assess the workload of students


The attained credits of the students can also be transferred to another institution participating in the ECTS programme.

Important: ECTS serves only to unify and simplify these transfers of student achievements; it has no influence on respective studying regulations of the institute or of the country.


Registering at the University

Applications to admission to the university:

The application of an admission to a university must be submitted to the departmental co-ordinator for the ECTS programme. Included are the two following forms:

  • The 'Student Application Form'
  • The 'ECTS Learning Agreement'

Should you wish to participate in particular courses of limited places, these forms should be submitted at the earliest possible time.


Language Assumptions

Students studying within the ECTS programme are expected to have a solid measure of knowledge of the German language, so that the students can follow courses in German and actively take part. The Language Centre of the university offers language courses with varying levels of difficulty. However, it has been noticed that the particpation to these courses alone cannot guarantee a successful study. It is also possible to attend a language course during the semester, parallel to the statistics course.


ECTS in the study regulations

The ECTS points for the courses at the Statistics Department can be found here in the respective Examination and Studying regulations (in German).